Making hats for the eclipse

Divya Jayachandran, left, and Rahul Bhasin sport their custom-embroidered eclipse ball caps at the James C. Sheffield Olympic Speedskating Oval in Lake Placid on Monday. (Enterprise photo — Sydney Emerson)

LAKE PLACID — Divya Jayachandran taught herself to embroider recently with one goal in mind: Making custom ball caps for her and her friends to wear during their trip to see the total eclipse in Lake Placid.

“It’s surprisingly easy,” Jayachandran said.

When their friends had to cancel at the last minute, Jayachandran and Rahul Bhasin decided to still come to Lake Placid and experience the eclipse together — hats included. Jayachandran and Bhasin live in Rhinebeck, in the Hudson Valley.

Both hats said “solar eclipse” and featured an embroidered depiction of totality: a black circle with an orange corona. Bhasin said that he had trouble fitting into the hat but liked it nonetheless.

“I didn’t try the hats on before I started embroidering them,” Jayachandran said. “Don’t recommend that. Try on your hat before you do that, but it’s pretty easy.”

Their trip to Lake Placid had been planned since last summer, and Jayachandran had made hats for the whole group. The one she wore to view the eclipse was the one she had embroidered for her friend who had planned the trip; the trip coincided with that friend’s birthday.

Though they were not the ones who planned the trip, they said that they were happy to be in the Adirondacks for the eclipse.

“It’s another beautiful area and it’s so close,” Jayachandran said.


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