Friday, February 7, 2014

Farmer turned Mad Hatter!

Turning attention to oneself in the earnest endeavor to improve oneself
  may only increase obsession with oneself,
which is the root of mischief……..
To be whole persons
    we must get ourselves off our hands.
                        Harry Emerson Fosdick


 Well, I knew there was a small chance of this happening but now I have slipped over to something strange….. something wonderful. It is Random 5 Friday once again with Nancy.


1-   I have been known to grab hold of many different creative outlets and ride the process through till either boredom or another creative outlet comes along. It seems next to my blogging that this knitting hats thing is hanging around with unexpected benefits and the timing could not have been any more perfect.


2-   I was sitting in an uncomfortable chair beside my Mom chatting while she lay in a hopefully cozy hospital bed, (don’t worry I am pretty sure she is on the mend and will be home soon), I had my bag of knitting on my lap and was knitting yet another hat for someone special. I looked up and Mom was smiling. Since she could not knit with her arms full of tubes and wires she took great pleasure in watching me try to imitate my many memories of her doing the same thing long ago. I knew there was a reason that I had finally sat down that day not so very long ago and let her teach me how to knit. It is all about the smiles.


3-   Our conversation revolved around how many hats I have knitted so far and the colours. I shared with her the fact that someone actually wanted to pay me for a hat, and that she was insisting. I have knit well over 20 hats to date and have never really thought of actually selling one. I just love the relaxing calming effect it has had on me at this time and the smiles that come when someone pulls one on their head. I then asked Mom how much she thinks one would be worth. She looked at the hat and answered "Two fifty". Sounds about right to me, she understands this need I have to knit because she used to knit socks for everyone she knew and never took a dime. In the long run, I did not charge the lady and took great comfort and joy as I watched her smile while pulling it on her head in a driveway in the middle of yet another snowstorm. That was worth more to me than $2.50


4-   I have one hat that I made while visiting my girls in the big city. I wear it every day while out doing the chores it makes me think of trees and the snow much like a camouflage and it is very warm. The cows have constantly asked if they could try it on and up until the other morning I have been reluctant to share. Bossy2 finally was the lucky girl. I hope they all don’t want hats now because I am afraid I would never get them all knitted before haying time. You should have seen the others girls faces, I could tell they were a bit jealous but Bossy2's smile was worth it.


5-   I find myself constantly taking photos of my hats. Hanging from trees when a branch catches it as I duck under in the bush. Sitting on top of the Jeep before they are to be delivered to those special people in my life. Waiting on the red gate to go snowshoeing, and sitting on the back of a chair waiting for the sun to rise. I am surely turning into the mad hatter. What do you think, is that a bit like a mad hatter?


Thanks, Mom.

Random 5 Friday

Later

72 comments:

  1. Mad about creating hats perhaps. I'm so glad you have something which makes you smile and I hope your mother is home very very soon. *hugs*

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  2. Bossy2 looks so spiffy in her new hat! Hope your mom is back in her own bed soon.

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  3. oh my gosh buttons, you are so funny...love bossy2 and her hat, she's beautiful in it! hope you mama is home soon...hugs!!! by the way, your hats are great! you are so talented!

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  4. ...and why not take photos of your hats?!! They're your creations and you should be proud to show 'em off!!

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  5. I am so glad that your mother is doing well. So hard to see someone that you love filled with tubes! Your hats look so cute,and it is wonderful that you enjoy your knitting. Thanks for stopping by my blog, and you are welcome anytime to sit in my jacuzzi with tea. The view is great!

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  6. I think it's fabulous that making hats makes you so happy! You could do much worse than be a Mad Hatter. :))

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  7. Hey I think it's great that you enjoy this hobby so much- I remember when you were telling about your mom teaching you- and you have come a long way since then. I'm glad your mom is doing better- take care, both of you!

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  8. Well the hat on the cow made MY morning :)

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  9. Your hats are beautiful and quite warm looking..

    I used to make hats for my daughter, and she wore them to school. Her girlfriends came over the house and order them from me. I only charge them for the yarn that I have to buy!

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  10. Your hats are beautiful Buttons. $2.50 sounds very reasonable to me.

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  11. Great photos! Love the variegated wool yarn :)
    It's my first Random 5, so lovely to 'meet' you and see something of your life :)

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  12. i really hope you were trying to be funny ... but what did the cow think of her new hat? that is too cute. but so funny too. i think she needs a bigger hat. i love your colors. i bet they are super warm. you know the hat ebenezer scrooge wears to bed ... the long cap? i have always wanted one of those to wear when we camp out. or when it is cold ... but wonder if it would stay on my head? they don't sell them any where i know of? ( :

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  13. Oh my gosh I love that photo of the hat on Bossy2!!

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  14. Hope your mom is back to her own digs soon.
    Mad Hatter? No, more like Delightful Hatter or A Happy Hatter. But...$2.50.....think about this...you need the cost of your wool back plus your time is worth something as well. Even at minimum wage if a hat takes two hours to knit (I'm only guessing here) then you need to charge the cost of the wool (including tax) plus two hours of minimum wage. Smiles are nice but they don't buy your next ball of yarn.
    Keep making those cows happy, girl.

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  15. That $20.00 hat looks pretty good on ol' Bossy. xo {{snort}}

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  16. The photo of Bossy2 wearing that hat made me laugh out loud - and I'm sitting in the middle of a coffeeshop! Thanks for the giggle!

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  17. What a fun post! I hope your Mom is well and out of the hospital. Bossy2 wearing your hat -- quite chic! So nice that you share knitting with your Mom ... forever memories! Happy Friday!

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  18. You made my day with this post, B! I love the story of your mom smiling at you. I bet she is so happy to see YOU happy while knitting. I hope she is back to her own bed very soon. You are doing so well with these hats, and they look so pretty and warm. Bossy2 looks so stylin'. The other cows were jealous, I'm sure.

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  19. Oh, I love those hats and it made my heart smile to think of you knitting there with your mom watching...the circle of life. Thank you for a lovely post~

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  20. Buttons, if you're the mad hatter, I think I like it! Your hats are great! They look so warm, and I like the colors. Bossy2 now has something to hold over the heads of her friends...they'll have to let her have first dibs on the hay, since she's queen. :)

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  21. Love your hats! Glad you take some joy into making them :)
    I agree with Nancy, your cow looks great in your 20. hat :)

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  22. I knitted a hat which is my favorite & I wear every day of winter! My mom liked it so much that I made a similar one for her for Christmas a couple of years ago. A couple of weeks ago, my grandma saw me wearing my old knitted hat & asked me to make her one, too! So maybe I'll knit three hats. :)
    I love that you shared your hat with Bossy2!

    I had to hop over & see where you're from that you are able to snowshoe every day you can.
    Your mention of "the bush" tells me somewhere in Canada! Ontario, perhaps? We have a cabin way up north, just beyond Pickle Lake, Ontario.
    It's been so bitter cold here in northern MN, we haven't been as much as we'd like for recreation outside. To make it above zero(F) has been a treat.
    We have modern aluminum snowshoes as well as the traditional Ojibway ones.. you'd be surprised at how light those particular wood ones are!

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  23. What pretty yarn colors! Your hats look so cozy too. Enjoy your weekend :-)

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  24. You and your hats=cute! Hope your mom is better soon.

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  25. Awwwwww, I'm just so *jealous* of you being able to lose yourself, in knitting your hats. It's wonderful.

    And also wonderful, that it brings a smile to your Mom's face. Best wishes to her, btw.

    I'm still trying to learn to knit... At all.... And it's not so easy a "learn." -pout-

    Here, it's my daughter who has taught me. Her paternal grand mother taught her. :-)

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  26. A hat on a cow, too cute! I hope your mom recovers quickly.

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  27. You definitely have turned into mad hatter land, Buttons (in Ontario, sorry, but you know, now I have a blogger friend in every province, except New Brunswick, which is great) but mad hatter or not, you are making my fingers itch, wanting to do something creative. I don't know how to knit, but I do know how to crochet. We'll see -- and your hats are wonderful.

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  28. LOVED your clever title....your hats are many and just adorable!!

    good news about your mom!!

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  29. loving bossy2, but i think she'll need a chin strap. :)

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  30. Love your hats they look so cosy have a good weekend..

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  31. Hey don't sell your self short on these awesome works of art $20 each take it or leave it . Lovely photos . Hope your mum gets better and gets back home soon ! Thanks for sharing . Have a good weekend !

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  32. wonderful five.

    Who knew you would enjoy this so much along with making another special connection with your mom.

    Stay warm.

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  33. Cute hats! Bossy 2 makes a cute model. So glad to hear your mom is doing better. :)

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  34. Love your hats! You're having a great time creating new hats, keep it up, hey you never know, it could be an Etsy sensation for selling your hats.

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  35. I think Bossy looks very royal with her hat ! She could go to Ascott !

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  36. Makes me smile, that your knitting made your mom smile. Priceless! Wish I could knit. My gram taught me some basics of crocheting, but my hands never handled it well, so I never pursued it much further.

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  37. It's so lovely to think of you and your mom sitting together talking about knitting! I agree, it's not worth the $2.50. The giving is worth far more to our souls than that. Good for you!

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  38. Oh my gosh, I love Bossy2 in her hat! That is just so cute. I'm glad you were able to give your mom some smiles while she watched you knit. I hope she will get to leave the hospital soon!

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  39. True artists have a hard time charging for their creations. Keep on knitting and enjoy :)

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  40. I totally agree..it's all about the smiles!

    The Mad Hatter: Have I gone Mad?
    Alice: I'm afraid so. You're entirely bonkers. But I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are.

    'Nuff said!
    Visiting from R5F

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  41. Hi Mad Hatter! :) Love your randoms and I agree that is IS all about the smiles! Glad your mother is better. And I love the pic of Bossy with her hat!

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  42. Sorry, I can't seem to type very well today. (: That should read "it IS" not "is IS".

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  43. Yep, you are the new mad hatter! Your new addiction... Hope your Mom is back home soon.

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  44. Mad in the very best of ways - those are absolutely wonderful hats! I love the colors and the pattern. You are really something special.

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  45. Loving your knitted hats my friend. Well I did it, I just finished my first pair of knitted socks. I will try to show them off soon. seeing your cow with your cap on made me smile. I LOVE it..

    Hugs~

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  46. LOL
    Good for your for knitting away!
    I say sell as many as you can knit! :-)
    I agree...knitting/crocheting is very relaxing and calming.
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    diane @ thoughts and shots

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  47. You could have a Madhatter Blog or Madhatter Etsy shop! Or you could have a give=away on your blog of one. Or let people choose one. I am just full of ideas! And I don't wear hats...when it is really, really cold and I am going to be out, I wear one of those bands that fit around and cover my ears!

    But isn't it wonderful to have something to to turn to when you are sitting in the hospital visiting someone...I used to always have some sort of hand sewing/applique to do at those times. I have gotten away from that...

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  48. Your hats are lovely! I want to learn to knit better, maybe make a scarf. I can only knit a dishrag.

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  49. The Happy Hatter, knitting hats that bring smiles!

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  50. That's wonderful you have mastered knitting hats, and so many, and blessed to sell them but didn't. You have a very kind heart.
    I bet your mum is proud of you learning to knit, and her thinking, I taught her at last!
    Hugs M xox

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  51. I love the hats. I think I love the photos even more. How you got that on Bossy2 is beyond me. I'm sure the other cows are jealous of her styling ways. I hate picking out quilt material and cutting the quilt. I don't even like picking out the quilt to make. I just like the monotony of the quilting. It brings peace. I'm glad your mom taught you and I am going to sit down with my mom and have her teach me tor crochet.

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  52. Bossy in her hat -- priceless! Your post makes me smile. Thanks for brightening my day!

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  53. Oh you're definitely the 'mad ( but not really mad )knitter of hats ' for sure. But I think Bossy and her cow friends are very happy with this obsession. Even better, I think your mother must be, and you !

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  54. Those hats are amazing! And you're obviously not cowed by the thought of making some for the girls.

    I hope you keep having fun with those, and that our mom is soon up and about.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!

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  55. Oh B. you had me grinning ear to ear with those wonderful hats posing and on your girlie there !
    Love them and the pictures. !!
    Sending well wishes to your lovely mom , she is knitting with you again soon.

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  56. You made me laugh. I too become obsessed with hobbies and my Mom taught me how to knit too. Your hats are with far more than $2.50, probably more like $25 or more, but your girls shouldn't have to pay for their hats. Have a great weekend.

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  57. I love these knitted hats!! The picture of Bossy and her hat is precious!! I especially love how you have displayed them...all in a row or hanging from a tree. I need to take knitting up again...it's been years. A good project for long winter days! You made me smile with your comment on my posting...a good way for me to start my day! I'm happy your Mother will be getting better! Blessings~~~Roxie

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  58. I am in love with that picture of Bossy2! She is Adorable! Love the hat on her head too! Girl...you should charge $25 not 2.50! Those hats are cute! Even better...you made your Mom smile. Ain't nothing better than a happy cow, a happy Mom, and a happy Buttons :-)

    Cindy Bee

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  59. but did bossy2 pay you 2.50?

    and is that in loonies?

    OMGAWD I WANT A COW WITH A HAT!!!!

    do they come with a hat???

    xoxo

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  60. Hahahaha! You're a mad hatter and I'm a nutty bird lady - what a pair we are! I'd love to see all the cows in hats - can you imagine what everyone would think if they drove by a pasture of cows in hats? Just the thought makes me giggle.

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  61. Love the hat on your cow. Hey whatever makes you happy! At least till spring hits and you can enjoy the outdoors again.

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  62. your hats are lovely and one of my favorite things to knit. in less than a day, I can have a piece of hand made love to give to someone.

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  63. Your pretty camouflage hat hanging on the branch does look warm and snuggly. What a gift you have given yourself this time, to be able to make so many smile. The first picture (at first glance) left me with the idea you were knitting hats to cover hay bales! Then you mentioned hood of the car, and I realized what I was seeing. Now which of us is mad? LOL

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  64. I really love the color of Bossy's hat : ) At least you are making hats, all I can make are scarves. Hope your mom is on the mend.

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  65. wonderful, happy post . . don't forget to tell us when you are actually offering them for sale . . .

    Oh, Happy Day!!

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  66. Its a great hobby to have. Calming to do it and rewarding to give them to friends. Love the cow in a hat instead of a cat in a hat. Have you made one for your hero?

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  67. And the very best gift you can give is a gift from the heart! I am pretty confident that your friends and family love being a recipient of these hats! And socks!

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  68. Bossy 2 looks rather contented with her new hat, did she give it back willingly?

    I hope that your Mom is doing better now.

    Jen

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  69. Special... very special talent and creative to boot.

    Lovely sunset!

    p.s. Its been snowing nonstop with daily snow squalls coming off the lake. Everyday I have to get the snowblower out.

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  70. I do love those hats. Have you ever shared a pattern for them I wonder?
    I do hope you mum will soon be OK and out of hospital.
    That beautiful cow looked so pleased with herself wearing your hat and I can imagine the others were very envious of her being the one chosen to wear it.

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  71. What a dapper-looking cow in your beautiful hat! She looks mighty pleased to be the special girl to try it on :)

    I also get 'stuck' on outlets - lately it has been crocheted dishcloths. I am hoping to make enough that I am actually prepared for Christmas next year!

    Keep being awesome, Buttons, I love your sense of humour and adventure :)

    HUGS!
    Mandi

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  72. Glad you are still going with the knitting! Great pic of the cow in a hat by the way!i t is nice that it brings your Mum happiness to see you picking up her mantle!

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