How did the Crazy Hat Lady movement begin? Where did the idea for a £1 donation to Breast Cancer UK or Macmillan with every hat purchase?

Kathrina lost her father to cancer. He was diagnosed on her birthday in October and passed away on the 12th of January 2021. During that time, he went through chemo and lost his hair. As a man who has always had a very full head of thick hair, it was somewhat shocking to everyone and also, most importantly for him, cold!

So she bought a loom and got to work.

It all started with her making hats in her father’s favourite colours to make him happy so that she could feel like she was helping in some way. Over time she started experimenting with styles, themes and materials and built a little collection for friends and family. Since then the Crazy Hat Lady movement took hold and the range expanded into caps, bucket hats and so much more.

The ranges

A Hat For Every Occassion

“Take off your hat,” the King said to the Hatter.
“It isn’t mine,” said the Hatter.
“Stolen!” the King exclaimed, turning to the jury, who instantly made a memorandum of the fact.
“I keep them to sell,” the Hatter added as an explanation; “I’ve none of my own. I’m a hatter.”

― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland / Through the Looking-Glass

 

Is it really an occasion without a hat? Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter a reason for every season. From panel caps to buckets and from the breast bobble hats and bold beanies – take your pick.

Summer Hats

Don’t be mislead cover that head! Keep the sun out of your eyes and your brain protected this spring and summer.

Winter Hats

Keep that autumn and winter chill off your noggin’ with a selection of loomed and embossed knitted hats.

Where it all started

The Hike For Gary

Kathrina’s father was diagnosed with a cancerous tumour in his sinus in October 2020 and sadly died in January 2021. In the summer of 2021, she and her partner Luke took part in a Macmillan Mighty Hike, hiking 25 miles across the Gower Peninsula to raise money for Macmillan in her father’s memory.

She caught the fundraising bug. After knitting countless hats for her father when he started chemotherapy in winter she put 2 and 2 together and made a plan to sell her hats and others, and so the Crazy Hat Lady was born.

“When someone has cancer, they don’t do it alone. Their friends and family walk the path with them. Remember to enjoy the little moments when you can, try not to avoid the difficult ones, and most importantly, show yourself compassion.”