The hat saga

talking about the Exeter Hat for Bill took me back to when I started this whole, perhaps has not silly, knitting hats for fellow cruisers. The year was 2013 and I had been back cruising on Royal Caribbean for a couple of years. The ship was the Radiance and I was going to be leaving the ship at the end of the cruise after doing a number of back to back to back cruises and headed home to Germany. Early in this last cruise, I was talking to the hotel director who mentioned going on vacation (New York) at the end of the cruise and how he wasn’t going to be prepared for the cold. I looked at him – would you like a hat so at least your head would be warm?

he was pleased. In return, he mailed (it must have been hats) to Maus who was going to school in NYC.  Then someone else asked for a hat –

which I knit the next day because it was easy.

and didn’t think any thing more about it.

Fall of 2014 rolled around and it was cold on the North Atlantic

easy stripes

then there was the Splendour in fall of 2015 where there were several people headed back to places seriously colder than Venice or Dubai

since England can get cold

I didn’t capture Egbert or Tony in their hats –

But I still think this one is the cutest.

Baby hitchhiker hat with baby

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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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8 Responses to The hat saga

  1. Val says:

    That was when we first met. 2013 circumnavigation.

    However, we were not at D back then. I remember Clint and Zandra talking about Juan Diego at the time. So when we cruised back from Vancouver on Radiance last September we got to know Juan Diego very well.

  2. Alison says:

    That baby totally steals the show!

  3. Steven says:

    I love this.

  4. Vicki says:

    That baby hat is adorable, as is the little person wearing it. Vicki

  5. Allison says:

    Love the photos and hats!!
    I hope you’re doing well health wise and in all ways.
    Thinking of you,

  6. Chere says:

    Oh, I agree. And just adds to the cuteness factor.

  7. Carmen says:

    Lovely mementos for lovely people – you are such a fast knitter! This is also another reason why hats are such a good take-along project. They don’t have to come home, and they make people happy.

  8. Bill R says:

    I wore my new hat to the propane station ​yesterday and my fellow pumpers were jealous of course….we live in a co-op R V park so I volunteer twice a week to pump propane.
    Life is GoOD….

    Wow !!! another HAT..

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