My Hat is BACK!

Tue 10/11/2011

Well, I turned 32 last week. I got a bunch of super cool stuff for my birthday, but the best present BY FAR was a 2.0 version of the winged hat that I had since I was a kid (and lost in New York in 2004, as some of you might remember). Claire whipped this up based on one black and white photograph and my verbal description. It's perfect! She even improved upon the original design by making it out of wool (instead of acrylic), so it will be warmer and will age better. Now I just have to make sure I don't LOSE it!

It was this time last year that Claire moved in with me and I feel like we have been traveling through hyperspace ever since. Between teaching, working as much as possible on Basewood and spending time with Claire, the days have passed quickly. I guess time flies when you're having fun, eh? Or when your butt is glued to the drawing chair...

I hope that trend will continue! I'm currently 75% done with the last chapter of Basewood and I CAN'T WAIT to have it done so I can move on to other creative projects that are currently burning in my brain. I'm still on track to have it done by the end of the year, but that means drawing as much as possible between now and then.

31 was gone in the blink of an eye, and 32 is already shaping up to be an interesting year of life, with many changes coming down the pipeline. But more about all of that later, for now it's back to the drawing board!

10 comments on this entry

Happy Belated Birthday, Alec!
And may I say, NICE HAT!

n.g. Oct11

Lookin' sharp in the new hat!

Happy 32, Alec. I hope it's a smashing, creative, successful year!


I know EXACTLY how you feel. I used the same mechanical pencil from my first day of college until the last class of my last semester of grad school. I lost it 2 minutes before my last final (French Grammar). All I know is I had it when I was downstairs, I went upstairs to the classroom, sat down, and I didn't have it anymore. I looked EVERYWHERE, but I never found it. I was devastated for days, I freaked out so bad I almost blew off the final.
A few days later a friend at work bought me a new one and gave it to me with a sympathy card.
Everyone else gave me shit for being a crazy person, but she actually felt for me. That pencil she gave me in 2009 is the one I still use now. And it means more to me than the original if that's possible.
Just thought I'd share.
Happy Birthday.

jason Oct12


Happy birthday, Alec! Awesome hat! Nice work, Claire!

Arlene Oct17

oh man! what kind of camera did you use to take this picture? it looks like your standing completely still!


Thanks everyone for the birthday wishes!

Jason, thanks for sharing your story - I think you've hit the nail on the head. This new hat somehow holds all of the original nostalgia of the original hat with new added meaning.

Zack, I just took it with my computer, but I was ZOOMING by the camera :P

Alec Oct18

That is the greatest hat I've ever seen!

Can you tell me where to buy that hat? My sons wore them 30 years ago and I'd love to get my hands on a couple of them.

kathy Dec02

Hey Kathy, please actually read this post. This hat was handmade, not bought.

Alec Dec02

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