Friday, April 12, 2013

Red Hat Society

I just wanted to share with everyone that my first craft (before quilting) was crocheting.  My aunt taught me when I was a young girl.  I made afghans, shawls, scarfs, hats, baby sweaters, caps, booties, pillows, different animals, etc.  (gee that makes me sound old)  Anyway, I wanted to share my new adventure.

I crocheted a RED HAT with a PURPLE RIM and PURPLE FLOWER.  Check it out:

Did you ever read the story that goes with it?


I shall wear purple
  With a red hat which doesn't go,          
 "Ode to the Red Hat Society" 
And doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension
On brandy and summer gloves who know me are 
And satin sandals, and say we’ve
No money for butter.  I shall sit down
On the pavement when I’m tired
And gobble up samples in shops 
And press alarm bells
And run my stick along the
Public railings
And make up for the 
Sobriety of my youth.
"The Red Hat Society began
I shall go out in my slippers
In the rain and pick the ‘flowers in other people’s 
Gardens and learn to spit.
You can wear terrible shirts
And grow more fat 
And eat three pounds
Of sausages at a go or
Only bread and pickle for a week
And board pens and pencils
And beermats
and things in boxes.
But now we must have cloths that keep us dry
And pay our rent
And not swear in the street
And set a good example
For the children. 
We will have friends to dinner and
The Red Hat Society is a firm
Read the papers.  But maybe I 
Ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are
Not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old  I am old
And start to wear purple.

it's the Red Hat Society!

I do not know if they meet around where I live now, but when we lived in VA, there were a lot of women that would have fun together.  Their motto was to never grow up.  Just have fun.  And that they did!  They would go shopping together, have luncheons, etc.

Well, I had to make a scarf to go with my hat.

Now have the hat and the scarf, I am ready!

How about you???  What is your motto???

HAY did you hear???     There are some GREAT Blog hops coming up  

FIRST,   EQ Animal Blog hop....

go to:   Beaquilt
To get the Full Schedule

There are going to be full tutorials on
Animals, Critters, Bugs and Summer Stuff
All sponsored by EQ
Each participant will have a great
Giveaway from EQ
You will not want to miss it!!

                       NEXT:   Shake your POM POMS   

Go to:   pigtalesandquilts
To get the full schedule

You will see lots of POM POMS
big ones, little ones,
they will be showed off in many
different ways.
It starts on April 24th 
come shake your POM POMS with
everyone by going to their blogs.
Oh, I am sure there will be
BIG giveaways there also.

So till then, have fun, enjoy life, and hope to see you all at the hops


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Joyce Carter said...

Hi. There is actually a Red Hat Society in my county where I live. They go to festavals, places of interest, shopping, and all around town.I have seen them out and about lots of times but I didn't know the story behind them. Thank you so much for sharing this. It really is a great story.

Jevne said...

I have loved that poem for years, I even have her book. I've made and sold many small cloth dolls dressed in purple with red hats and purses. I know there was a branch of the society in our town, don't know if it's still active or not. There are still a couple on my picturetrail page if you're interested. in the 'ornaments' album.

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

I know that poem well!! Would you believe that the first craft I ever learned was also crocheting.....many, many years ago!