. . . that my boys are early risers. In fact they really test the definition of early morning. Is it, in fact, morning or still actually night? There was a time in my life when I would be going to bed at this hour, not getting up . . .
Muz and I take it in turns to do the early shift. That normally means lying in the foetal position on the sofa while the TV does some babysitting, with the boys taking it in turns to drive cars over you and build lego houses on your head.
This Saturday I drew the short straw. I was barely functioning, with a lego city covering my face, when Little Man suddenly got very excited. 'Jake and the Neverland Pirates' was on TV and this episode featured Peter Pan.
Turns out, Peter Pan is a ginga.
Little Man was blown away to see a cartoon character - a cool cartoon character - with orange hair. In fact he was so excited that he wanted to BE Peter Pan. Immediately. Like RIGHT NOW.
A paper hat with a paper feather just wasn't going to cut it, so I promised to make him a real Peter Pan hat that night after his bath. Ginga role models are few and far between. When one comes along you make the most of it . . . even if it's Peter Pan.
Thank you internet, for providing me with a wealth of Peter Pan hat tutorials. In the end I went with this pattern , with about 5cm added because my family (myself included) all have giant heads. Because I was using shite green felt I lined it, like this woman did. I didn't go so far as to add interfacing but I had to make it more substantial because:
- my boys can be rough, and
- the felt really was utter shite - role model or no role model, I wasn't using the good felt on this project.
The end result was a hit . . .
. . . for the 5 minutes it took before Little Man moved on to something else.
But hey, Peter Pan's a ginga. That's a win in our books.