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.
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.