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How Yoda Helped Launch My Business

Who’s excited to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens? I am. I’m not even a superfan, and I still got chills typing out those first sentences. In honor of the movie’s release, here’s a piece of related Amy Eve Jo history.

In 2013, I became an aunt for the first time. I felt that my soon-to-be-born niece needed a Yoda hat and robe; perhaps I was moved by the light saber classes I was taking, at that time. Although my knitting skills were rusty from not having knit for years, I was deeply motivated to knit the ensemble for her, rather than buy one.

Thanksgiving weekend, I met her for the first time:

my first time holding my niece
I almost dropped her that first time I held her. Apparently, she was in a phase where she’d lean back really fast, so it wasn’t my fault!

I also presented my Jedi gift to her, which was based on a pattern that was way too big for a newborn. Although I had resized the pattern for the hat to fit her head properly, the ears were still too big, even for Yoda. Still, my friends and family were amused and delighted with how it came out.

Yoda Hat
Trying on the hat for the first time. photo by Wendy Wang

 

Yoda Hat
This picture is blurry, but I had to share because you can see me cracking up in the background. photo by Wendy Wang

Even though everyone else thought the huge ears were fine, I was a little more nit picky. At that time, my knitting skills weren’t advanced enough to truly reshape the ears in a way that looked authentically Yoda, but I at least made them a little smaller, just before I had to return to San Francisco, where I was living at the time.

Jedi hat, phase 2
Yoda Hat, Phase II. In these pictures, I was on the way to the airport to go back to SF. I was so sad to leave her and the rest of my family. We couldn’t pull the hat all the way down because her head was resting in her car seat.

I became obsessed with my niece and  I couldn’t stop knitting and crocheting garments for her. In doing so, my knit and crochet passion and skills kept growing. Ever since that Thanksgiving, I don’t think I’ve gone more than a day without knitting or crocheting.

This year, I had the opportunity to knit a Yoda hat for my friend’s first baby. I created my own pattern this time, and I have to say, it looks pretty rad. I forgot to take a picture of it before wrapping my friend’s gift, except for this one, when I had my niece try on the hat, so I could get a better idea of the fit.

amyevejo.com Knit Yoda Hat

You can’t see the hat very well because she rarely keeps anything on her head for longer than three seconds. But look how healthy and beautiful she’s grown!

I’m so glad that the release of the new movie inspired me to share this part of my origin story, and I’m so grateful for Yoda and Jenevieve for helping me launch my business before I even knew that it was what I wanted.