I’m a seamstress. I love sewing. But hats? Never crossed my mind. Then...
So I got to thinking—always a dangerous endeavor—and that got me to drawing and sewing. Within a week, I had made 15 different hats...yet found myself always going back to the very first prototype from the very first attempt.In true Yooper fashion, I kept saying to myself, ‘It can’t be that simple’. I kept trying to improve it. Surely this hat has to be somewhere in the world...so why haven’t I ever seen one? Could it really be that simple?
The answer was Yes.
And so, the Yooper Chook was born.
From there, I sold them at ice festivals, Christmas bazaars, out of my van, at the Trenary Outhouse Run, sled dog races and even during the summer. The stores in the Upper Peninsula readily saw the promise of the Yooper Chooks and my inventory grew steadily.
A few thousand later, I figured we were on to something and, like the good Yoopers we are, it was time to share them with everyone. The label has changed and of course the patterns, but it’s the same hat from the start and still as unique and warm as the people who wear them.
Hope you enjoy your Yooper Chook. And please, share your Yooper Chook story with us for the website Yooper Chook User Guide. Send us your photos of the Yooper Chooks in use and let us know when it saves your face. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your submission for consideration.
Touques on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuque#Canadian_tuque