The (hopefully) Ultimate Hat!

Hellooooo!!!

As it is night-time, I’m sure that by now, it is Valentine’s Day all over the world!  I’m having a funny old V.Day this year, surrounded by it as my family are florists and own their own flower shop, which meant they were rushed off their feet today… I popped in later in the afternoon, and I must say, it was sweet watching a few men walk in and buy their partners a beautiful bouquet and knowing that some lovely ladies were going to get a sweet surprise when they arrived home…

I’m as anti the commercial nature of Valentine’s Day as the rest of us, I suffered through Christmas just a couple of months ago, seeing the $2 shops packed to the doors with cheap Christmas crap, and Valentine’s Day has snuck up on us, can you believe it is mid-Feb already?  Despite all of my anti views, there is a side to Valentine’s Day I have to muse about here, and that is the sweetness of knowing that people are going to feel special when they receive a bunch of flowers from their partner who might not be able to show them affection at other times in the year.  And I’ve been thinking about the people in a relationship which is struggling, where the partners are having a hard time loving each other, making time to remember what romance is about and sharing some much needed love….

What has turned Valentine’s Day and all other Days like it into what it is now?  Commercialism?  As the consumers we have the power to stop it…. Do we need to buy heart shaped crap that will end up in a landfill?  Or will a pot plant or a baby tree to plant in the garden do the trick?  I’m not really sure of the answers, but I will admit that I got my beloved KB a Valentine’s Day present because I heart her heaps, and although I try to show it every single day, it was fun to wrap up a little token of love and give it to her.  Although we celebrated yesterday just to be a bit different.

As she was running low on her kereru face cream, I bought her another bottle… Kereru (named after a native NZ bird) is a fantabulous grass-roots company that makes oils, creams and candles, you can look at their website HERE which explains their company ethos and shows pictures of their farms and how they make their products.  It’s a very small business and their products are only found in the real health shops, not the vitaminey-supplementy-pretend-health shops… I met the owners a few years ago when I lived a bit more of a hippy lifestyle and did arts and crafts markets, and fell in love with their products and attitudes… It sounds like I’m giving them a plug here, and I kind of am, but sadly they don’t sell their products outside of NZ and as most people who read my blog are not from NZ I’m really just showing off about this fabulous company that sells wonderful skin creams…. Sorry about that!

And as you can see, I knitted KB a hat.  it’s a funny shaped hat, but she has been going on and on about how her ultimate hat would be long at the back, so I bought some lovely soft merino wool and gave it a bash!  She loved it, but to be honest, I have the sneaking suspicion that she did not think it was her ultimate hat, but knew that if she said that, I would cry.  So in my mind, it is the ultimate hat, and probably in her mind, she has yet another knitted hat that is not quite her ultimate hat.

She is tooooo sweet.

I finished my long mitts today!  Joy!  I haven’t taken any pictures of them yet, but here is a progress shot!

 I tried it on so many times when I was making it, it’s a little bit bigger than the other one, so I’ll have to try that one on a few times to make them match.

Oh, and a few of you asked how Raymond and his fleas were…. seems to be good!  We have been giving him applications of Diatomaceous Earth powder daily, which he seems to really enjoy for some odd reason!

He looks like a pretty happy cat to me!  And no fleas…

OK then lovelies, have yourselves a beautiful day or night,

Lots of love from Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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I'm a crochet obsessed, reiki master, crystal healing, yoga junkie, counselling student, in a happy long term relationship... and Raymond's mum!
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37 Responses to The (hopefully) Ultimate Hat!

  1. Marla says:

    Now how spoiled is that for a cat?? Wish mine would lay that way! Wish I was there- he’d get a good belly rub and spoiling, but looks like you’re doing a good job of that already.

  2. Aisyah Helga says:

    Hi Alice, just wanted to wish you & KB Happy Valentine’s Day!

  3. julia says:

    Has to be one of my favourite poses Raymond!

  4. Teacup Lane says:

    That is one very happy contented kitty! What an adorable picture of Raymond.

  5. Dorothy says:

    Oh I do love Raymond. He reminds me so much (in fact he is the living image) of my beloved Choc Point Siamese, Chang, who lived to the ripe old age of 19. I’ve had lots of Siamese cats since (we used to show and breed them) but Chang, my first, will always have a special place in my heart.

  6. hayley says:

    Raymond looks so chillaxed there! Molly is too pointy to even attempt trying that!
    Your mitts are looking good btw
    xxx

  7. colette says:

    For brilliant hats for KB, Have a look at this site http://www.woollywormhead.com her hat are fantastic and I am sure that KB will see one she’d love.

    I must master the DPN’s as the mits do look great.
    Have a lovely week.
    Colette x

  8. Debs says:

    Your long mittens are looking good, but the photo pales into insignificance against the one of Raymond. The look on his face say it all; he’s in heaven! Its my favourite pic of him by far. xx

  9. Pati from London says:

    Hello Alice! Raymond is looking great! Glad the fleas have flown away! This week is Reading week at uni, which means that neither my hubby nor me (he is doing a part- time MA) have to go to Uni for any lectures and therefore, even though we will not be doing any St Valentine’s commercial thing, we’ll be able to have dinner together at home with the kids, the way we like it…. I love the grey tone of KB’s hat and look forward to seeing your ta-dah for the mitts! Have a lovely eve, Pati x

  10. Claudia says:

    Hi, Alice!
    Just passing by to say a huge “Thank you” for such creative, inspirational and vivid blog! Your colours and positive words are contagious! :)
    (As you could see from my post, I just L.o.V.e your mandalas!)

  11. Hellooooo Alice, yes I agree with you about Valentines Day but unfortunately I had to go and have a baby on that day so we are forever bound to give each other a gift on this day. I got the best Valentines present ever with Ethan anyway but he notices that everyone gives flowers and cards so we continue the ritual. Actually this year I put my foot down about the cards because yes they end up in landfill, there are only so many you can keep!
    Chocolates are a winner and Billy gets me those all the time but an extra special box for Valentines.

    Love your gloves and the colour, they came out beautifully didn’t they! Cool hat! My neighbour just crocheted a sort of dready cap using your granny triangle pattern and then joining then together to form the top of the hat and crocheted around to make the headband and a brim……so cool and she loves your tutorials :-)

    Billy and I love that photo of Raymondo getting his flea treatment, how happy is he!!! Some cats really appreciate a bit of TLC and a good brush as they get older.

  12. MeredithJean says:

    Hhahhhaaaaaa Raymond wants you to do the 2 hours of flea combing again, and again. Oh and some more of that powder, oh yes. Your yarn looks stunning knitted up. Valentine’s Day hmmmmmm. Hearts for landfill – how tragically we trivialise the high five of emotions. Intelligent and diversely observant as usual Alice, well said.

  13. Fiona says:

    Raymond looks so happy there; what a contented cat! We don’t do any of the commercial stuff for Valentine’s Day. At most we get a great bottle of wine!! Both hat and the mitts look fantastic!

  14. Denise says:

    What a lovely post! I adore that hat Im sure she does do..That cat looks so very happy!

  15. sandiart says:

    Bless you Raymond, my Meggs hated having Diatomaceous powder rubbed into her, I went mad with the stuff, spread it all over the couches etc. but the fleas persisted, not so bad this year, thank goodness.
    No Valentine happenings here. What a pity Kereru don’t sell beyond NZ, I’d be interested.
    x Sandi

  16. Claire says:

    The picture of Raymond cracked me up, he looks so happy! Like he wants to give everyone a big hug. My cats would probably try and rip my arm off if I tried any of that flea powder stuff. We have to resort to the ones that you drop on the back of their neck (usually very quickly before they get grumpy!)

    Loving the look of the armwarmers, great colours.

    I know what you mean about the landfill crap. On mine and my husbands first Valentines Day he bought me a huge, massive cuddly gorilla. Now I’m not the cuddly gorilla type and I think he knew that too but was swayed by all the hype. I felt awful but I asked him to return it as I could just picture years of having to give it houseroom out of politeness. I’m very glad I did! For me it’s not about the gifts, it’s about the thought like you noticing KB was almost out of skin cream, that shows consideration. My other half isn’t quite there with the ‘noticing’.

  17. Jennifer says:

    the picture was wonderful! That is one happy cat!
    and we try to always give each other useful thoughtful gifts on Valentine’s Day – the kids each got a toy, and my husband & I got leather jackets. Sorely needed but also a treat.

  18. penelope dubois says:

    Ahh Raymond, you looked so relaxed!
    Your long mitts look so warm, I like the length.
    Enjoy your Valentines with KB and Raymond!!

  19. Campfire says:

    I’ve got a 13 year old Siamese, Merlin, whom we had off a neighbour’s son 4 years ago. He has a more pointy face than Raymond and is a little darker. Aren’t they so adorable, annoying, naughty and lots more adjectives all rolled into one? Mine is very naughty and nervous & sprays up furniture. I tell him off and send him out when he does it and he runs to the door, knowing – but he still keeps doing it!

  20. Robin says:

    Happy ❤ Day Alice! Love your post and your reaction to all the heart items being sold. I have been making most of my gifts so far this year and it really feels good! Love the hat and your sweet Raymond. He definitely looks more than content. What a lucky guy!
    Happy Day, xoRobin❤

  21. Hi Alice…love the post (and the pic of Raymond, of course!). I totally agree about Valentine’s. It seems to have gone from sending an unsigned card to someone special to a full-on huge spendathon. Me and other donl’t actually do V Day and that is fine with me, but my little boy loves it so I bought him some sweet little foil covered chocolate hearts. Love the knitting! xxx

  22. I’ve never been thrilled with valentine’s day, I don’t feel you need to spend a kabillion dollars on jewelry and such to show you care. The most my husband and I do is buy the kids a small treat and spend the day together. I’m like you, I tend to make gifts for holidays instead. ( I really don’t need the calories anyway!) haha. By the way, what a sweet pic of Raymond, he’s a cutie!

  23. Fiff says:

    What a lovely picture of raymond!

  24. Penelope says:

    Beautifull Raymond, he really looks like he’s in heaven! Regarding v. day, ‘ve alwyas believed it’s a hallmark conspiracy! and all that plastic heart nonsense that jus gets dumped and is undegradable. Alice and I cut out a heart from some old cardboard and I crocheted a little heart to stick in the middle for Andy, Bless his heart he thought v.day was tomorrow wich I love about him, I would hate all gushy hearts, chocs and roses to be honest. Just a simple note under my pillow or a silly little gesture like drawing a heart shape in the butter or on a steamed up bathroom window is great (the more cryptic the better I think!!). I don’t believe in all the hype at all. In fact you will see from my post that I call it happy heart day instead!
    Your DPN’s are doing thei magic again…hoooraaay for you xox Penelope

  25. Sarah says:

    I am going to print the picture of Raymond and put it on the wall above my computer , that is the cutest picture I have seen in a long time. Thank you so much for your blog, I have learned so much about NZ.

  26. Meredith says:

    Alice,
    Happy Valentine’s Day to you, KB and of course Raymond. That is the funniest picture of Raymond, ever!
    XO,
    Meredith

  27. Melissa says:

    That looks like one happy cat! Does he purr loudly? I have the mental sound effects for that picture and his motor is just running on contentment :) So glad you were able to complete the long mitts. Hope they finished smoothly with no more dropped stitches or tears! Happy Valentine’s Day!!

  28. Cuckoo says:

    Good gracious me! I have just made my husband jump by laughing out loud and having a coughing fit simultaneously. Raymond is HILARIOUS! x

  29. Julia says:

    Just look at that perfect cat tummy fur!! It reminds me of fudge and clotted cream, beautiful colour!
    I also love your hat – I too have a bit of a love affair for sloopy droopy hats to be honest and am still searching for a really good pattern!

    Julia x

  30. Betsy says:

    I love your happy, happy Valentine post. I’ve been with my wonderful husband for 33 1/2 years and he is the love of my life. We decided long ago to forgo the cheap Valentine gifts. We try to show each other every day how much we mean to each other and don’t need a special day for it. He does much better than I do-a special man indeed. Sorry about the mushy comment, but oh, I do love that man!

    Raymond, oh Raymond, you are a lucky cat. He looks so content. I lost my kitty George last spring after 16 years. I can’t bring myself to get another yet, he was so special. I’m afraid he spoiled me for any other feline.

    Happy Crocheting!

    Betsy in Spokane, WA

  31. Kate says:

    I am lost in a blogwarp tonight catching up on all my fave bloggers happenings…you’ve been busy- love your felt needle case, it’s sweet to see your style translated to another medium! I think that’s the sweetest piccy I have seen yet of Raymond, he’s looking the very picture of contented!! Xo Kate

  32. Reebandays says:

    Hi Alice,

    I visit you blog the first time and oh my good what a cute tea pot covers you have done!! I’m not the biggest cat fan, but that cat of yours looks really enjoying to be in your lap :) I would like to attach your blog to mine as I would like to pop-up once in a while to see what great designs you have come up with. Please, dont hesitate to to visit my blog too! ps. you shouldn’t have told about those spa-products, because I totally love all different kinds of oils and creams :) Last bathsalt I both in Vietnam last month.

    With big smile, Reeban

  33. Kat says:

    Happy belated Valentines Day! My friend and her DH celebrated by setting a limit on the amount they could spend. They were only allowed to spend $5 on each other. They ended up buying small things and making gifts for each other.

  34. Mary says:

    Happy Valentine’s day from Texas! Your Raymond looks very happy. He reminds me of a cat I had last year… He is missed. Thank you for having such a wonderful blog, it’s my first experience with blogs and have enjoyed it immensely!

  35. Oh Raymond, are you the most loved cat in the world? I think you are, and not just by your owners! And your ultimate hat is lovely Alice, in time it will become the ultimate and best hat ever, in the whole wide world, because you knitted it. Love Vanessa xxx

  36. I came across this today, thought it could possibly be an ultimate hat.

    http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/santa-hat-10

  37. JustMyOwnSelfToo says:

    Haha! Just like my little secret dirtball Seeley, who at all times maintains the polar bear sections of his Snowshoe Siamese coat posh and sparkling white with obsessive laundering – hence my shock when I once allowed him a walk in the backyard & he headed straight for the one patch of dirt & spent a glorious 5 minutes wriggling it all into his pelt before I noticed! He looked like a little chocolate truffle.

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