Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Overdressed? .....possibly!

The body is the shell of the soul,
and dress the husk of that shell;
but the husk often tells what the kernel is.
                 Anonymous


It appears I have an addiction, an addiction now thinking back probably started when I was in grade three. I never really worried about what others thought of me, let me rephrase that, sometimes I did but chose to live in a world of my very own. A world that I had created in my head shutting out the laughter coming from the other kids. Oh yes, there was indeed teasing and laughter. Life in public school was not always gentle to many of us, I like to say “Outside of the box thinkers.”

Enough of that, now back to my addiction.

The winters were long and cold when I was a kid. Our old house was cold and walking to school was even colder, I was always freezing.  One day, in a bag of hand me downs a hat came into my life that changed things and started me down a road that grips me to this day.


It was an itchy blue wool toque that pulled down, covering your face except for your mouth and eyes. Some called it a ski mask or a bank robbery mask, I loved that hat. I would pull it on first thing every morning leaving my face exposed, sit down for my breakfast of lumpy oatmeal with skim milk powder and never paid any attention to my brothers and sisters laughter. Mom tried to talk me out of wearing it but I knew if I took it off one of those jealous kids would snatch it and it would be gone. It was like my shield from the cold plus it was mine only, something in a family as large as ours was a rare thing.

After that delicious breakfast I, along with my brothers and sisters would pull on our coats and boots and they pulled on their hats and we would head out into the blustery cold wind to walk to school. I pulled down my itchy blue wool toque hiding my face with only my eyes and my mouth showing and walked along like I owned that winter. I did feel sorry for everyone who did not have one.

After walking through the door at school my teacher after much protest would pull that hat off my head apparently not impressed with my sense of style. Every recess she pulled it from inside her desk drawer and then once again for that long walk back home. I wore that hat every day, long into the hot days of June. I am not sure of the day but I do remember my Mom finally took it away; it was a very sad day indeed. You would have thought I had lost my best friend. I was so angry but Mom convinced me that there was a bald spot on the back of my head. I never did see that hat again.


I tell you this story now because it appears I am drifting back to those days once again, I have no idea why. Knitting constantly and making hat upon hat always changing the style and the colour, knitting and knitting.

 I realized it was once again becoming a problem while sitting at a delicious beef supper at our local church on the weekend. I sat with my shades of blue hat, a pattern, and style I had never done before. I sat there in a room full of non-hat wearing people and dreamed of that itchy knitted blue wool toque that disappeared without a trace. I have no idea if there was laughter I was once again in my own world.


So, my questions for you...

Do you think I have a problem? Is there such a thing as hat wearer anonymous?

Later


76 comments:

  1. The people with most personality never care what others think. I love the story of your beloved ski mask!

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  2. So have you knitted yourself a facemask-toque yet? Or are all your hats so far, just for the head and not the face?

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    1. Oh I wish I did know how. I am still working on this whole knitting thing and experimenting. I am so far from a skilled hat knitter:) but I think I will get there eventually.:)

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  3. I LOVE IT! I wear hats ALL THE TIME! I have made some, I have bought some, I have a lot and I love them. I'm cold a lot, and they really do help keep you warm. No, you do not have a problem my dear friend. Not with hats anyway!!! LOL!!! I wonder if your Mom has that childhood mask/hat tucked away somewhere!

    Cindy Bee

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    1. I did know you would get this hat thing:) Bee lady:)

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  4. I wish I had a little more of your "I don't care what others think" mentality. But, back to the question at hand: No, I am not a hat person (or a ski mask person). I am not a knitter or crocheter, though I admire those who create beautiful things. I love the colors of the hats you've pictured here though. My husband, on the other hand, is a fan of stocking caps and ball caps and pretty much any other kind of head covering for himself. To each his (or her) own!

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    1. Kim I just starting knitting last winter to have something my Mom and I could do together and I have not turned back. The don't care thing takes work I must say sometimes:)

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  5. I don't think you have any problem, but if you do I think it's a fabulous problem to have! Especially in your area with the bitter cold- I would think one could never have enough hats- but If you wind up with too many, you can always donate some to a local charity!

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    1. Oh Terri you will be surprised to know I have only a couple of those hats left. I do give them all away. Fridays post will show where one went.:)

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  6. Knitting is a good addiction.. staying warm is important.. perfect combo

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  7. I don't derive any humor in this... All schools (public and private) could be and were pits-of-hell for some of us.

    You found your protection, in that hat. It may have looked out-of-place, to the adults around you. But is was a Magical Shield, for you.

    A Magical Shield leaves an indelible mark on a person. Why wouldn't you love, sort of "recreating" this wonderful childhood friend??????????

    Knit on! Wear on! With pride!

    Just wish I had a Magical Shield, during my friendless 5 years of end of middle school, and first 3 years of high school. -sigh-

    Keep knitting, Dear One!

    Tessa~

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    1. I wish you had of had one too Tessa I am sorry. HUG B

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  8. I don't think you have a problem but I know you have a great hobby of knitting hats. They are beautiful and very warm looking... Maybe you'll be selling them to sustain your hobby.

    Some people knit others rug hook. If you never tried rug hooking, you might give it a try. It's really addictive too.
    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. Rug hooking addiction oh yes I have seen a few friends on here with that wonderful skill possibly someday I will try it. For now I am content sharing the hats..

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  9. No problem my friend...just a great hobby and sense of style.

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  10. I like hats. It's sure better than letting your head freeze in the wintertime! I'm hoping that I'll get some knitting done this winter. It's a great hobby and very useful. Keep on knitting. I'm sure you can find Knitters Anonymous somewhere. :-)

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    1. I would love to see your knitting.

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  11. i think you and debbie are hat-knitting fools! and i say that with love in my heart. :)

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    1. Oh yes I like that "Hat knitting fools" and I know that comes with love in your heart:) Hug

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  12. Some people like hats, and some people don't. Period. I only wear them to keep my ears warm, personally...

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    1. That is OK Judy to each his own right? You express yourself in your photos very well..

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  13. I love hats, but unlike you it took me years to not care what everyone thought, it wasn't until I realized that people didn't care nor did they take any notice of me that I wore them with ease. I admire souls like yourself who just get on with their life without not too much ado to the opinion factory. I say hobby :-)

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    1. Denial of what was going on around me helped a lot Lynn:)

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  14. Personally I think you do NOT have a problem. Not at all. But have you tried knitting mittens? I'm always losing mittens so I could never have enough. :))

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    1. Mittens look very hard to me but I am sure once I am tired of Hats I will give it a try.

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  15. No, you don't have a problem. Fabulous images, Buttons. I adore hats. My husband says I look like a robber with the kind of hat I wear during the winter. It is my favorite hat.

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  16. To think you have only been knitting a short while! Wear those hats girl, they are a part of you. Pretty too.

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  17. I love your hats! Nope...it's not a problem! I wish I knew how to knit. I can crochet washcloths, but that's about it!

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    1. You are younger than I am Alica so you still have time. Google helped me:):)

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  18. Buttons: the mad hatter? Doesn't seem right. Buttons: the marvellous hatter? So much better, and much more to the point. Keep on knitting!

    Blessings and Bear hugs!

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    1. Thanks Bear that means a lot to me:)

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  19. In our winters I am always for warmth no matter what I look like I don't care . I got a warm winter hat the other day and posted a photo of me in it I love it always wanted one to lol . I love your hats full of warmth and colour . My mum knitted hats, mitts and scarves for me when I was a kid , I had lost one and I cried but mum just made me another . Knit to your hearts content it is a craft that lots of us still appreciate and is better made then any store bought by far ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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    1. I did go to see your hat it is awesome and looks very warm. You were a very lucky kid.

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  20. Absolutely not. You do not have a problem of any kind. Maybe others around you....but you? No. There can never be too many knitted hats. I could have used your itchy wool toque/balaclava through all of my school years. A perfect, warm, safe hat.

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  21. I love the hats! And having too many hats is not something to be avoided, but to be enjoyed!

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    1. I love the way you think. thank you.

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  22. at times I think I care what others think, then most normal days I really could careless. I have never followed trends - I wear what I like & feels right. I got picked on that a lot n school / I enjoy being different. usual. I love u hat issues / u have as many as u wish / unless ur hubby cares? then tell him u need a bigger hat storage. ( ;

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    1. Bigger storage oh yes indeed that is a great idea:)

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  23. Hat wearers anonymous! Lol! I got me a new hat....it's awesome! It's a mad hatters hat, also known as a top hat! I can't wait to wear it! We are going to vegas in December for the NFR and my sisters birthday. I'm gonna wear that bad boy like I own it! :) my mom thinks I need a gold cane to go along with the hat! Lol! Uhhh, no. :)
    Cheri

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    1. Oh I bet you are going to look incredible and your Mom is right:)

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  24. It kept and keeps you warm. When removed it's cold. So why not keep warm :) Hugs M xox

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  25. Hats are always in fashion! And I do like the yarns you are using - colorful and extravagant looking ;)

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    1. Thanks Lisa coming from such a wonderful artist like yourself that means a lot.

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  26. That tuque was your comfort blanky! There are many different wool hats made these days . Some of the colors patterns are pretty complicated.

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    1. Oh Red so that is the way you properly spell tuque I guess I knew a teacher could help me out with that. Thank you. Love the comfy blanket thought it is probably true.

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  27. I don't think you have a problem. And I agree with Lisa's comment--the ones with the most personality don't worry about what others think. I love your story and your originality. (P.S. I still haven't tried knitting a hat.)

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    1. Thanks Tina and you will have to try them. Beware is very addicting:)

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  28. Absolutely nothing wrong with having your own sense of style, one of the things I adore most about you is your originality; thank goodness you've hung on to it!

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    1. By the Way did I ever mention your hat? Oh yes I love your style too.:)

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  29. Knitting definitely has that wonderful way of tipping you into your own world! I am off to parliament today in Toronto with a friend who wants a bill to be passed. I am wondering how appropriate it will be to to take my knitting into a parliament building?? When will you be in Hammer B??? Xxxx

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  30. Oh I think knitting anywhere is a good thing:) Hammer next week:)

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  31. there are worse things right?! :)

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  32. awwww b, we have the best problem EVER!!!! i love your hats, i love our passion for knitting. we are creating something that will keep our loved ones warm and cozy......something that will be with them, long after we are gone. i love you b!!! xo

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  33. I thought that was a real advert fence. Great idea. Love the hat.

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  34. I love your hats and I don't think it matters why you knit them. I know belong to a knitting group that meets most Fridays and I notice that those who are really good at it always finish one thing, and by the next Friday they are working on something else. They knit and crochet for themselves, for their families, for the needy, even sending stuff abroad to poor countries, for newborns, for Halloween, and Christmas.. I don't think anyone knitted something for their cows yet, so you in that are unique, which is so wonderful. All this to say, wearing and knitting hats is a good thing and you are not alone. But if all the cows got one, maybe you might have a little problem.......Just kidding.

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    1. My cows are not as interested in my hats lately but it is getting colder now so I am sure they will be asking to try them on now Inger:)

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  35. You knit wonderful hats. The impression I got from your story was that the hat was your protection, your pal. Hard to give something like that up! If it makes you happy to knit hats and wear them, then do it! Buttons you are an awesome lady!

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  36. I love hats! My mom is the one in the family that wears them best , but I always have a hat on outside these days , a ball cap in summer and a warm hat in winter. My granddads old Harris Tweed cap is a favorite, it warms my head and my heart . SO wear your hats and knit them , you are not alone!

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    1. Oh your Granddads hat sounds like a verity special hat indeed. I can only imagine the memories tied to it. :)

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  37. Grace, keep on wearing your hats. They are lovely. I agree that you loved that hat so much because it was one of very few things that were your own. That is precious. We need to keep hold of things like that. More importantly, it left you feeling stronger and prouder--able to face the world--not always easy for kids who "think outside the box."
    Hats are practical, yes, as they keep the elements off our head and out of our hair. Hats can also make a "bad hair day" better, and add flair to an outfit. Long live hats--and those who wear them.

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    1. "Long live hats---- and the those who wear them" I love that.

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  38. Never lose who you are . . .
    If a HAT is you . . . be you!
    Mine is a vest . . . Winter, summer, fall, spring . . .

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    1. Oh Lynne I do love wearing vests too especially on a day like today it is freezing out there.

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  39. If making hats makes you happy why worry what others think. I think your hats are fun and colorful.

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