She is a fast and furious artist. Her ideas and drawings are all around the house and I just can't keep up with them, quite honestly. She needs an Assistant Manager or something. Or at the very least she needs to find someone who will pick up all of the projects on her bedroom floor and clean up the stuff she's got shoved under her bed.
One of her most recent projects is this crocheted panda hat that she lovingly refers to as "Endangered Lid." She was inspired by her favorite crochet pattern designer, Ana Paula Rimoli (she writes those adorable amigurumi books we love), specifically her baby hats. Arden decided to make her own version of the baby bear hat and didn't care at all that she didn't have a pattern. I am not a knitter or a crocheter so I'm not sure how to go about something like this without a pattern (or with a pattern for that matter). She said she just put together different parts and pieces from her books and mind. The unusual color palette was prompted by a yellow and orange panda she saw in the March issue of American Girl magazine, and it was always part of her plan to make a yellow and orange panda out of Sculpey clay to match the hat:
This little guy was supposed to have been pinned to the side of the hat but we haven't gotten around to that yet. We're not quite done setting up her Ravelry page and talking about her pattern shop and discussing why she needs her own Paypal account. Good gravy, you gotta get up early around here.