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Would you Snood?

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Yesterday evening a lovely woman came in to the La Plata shop with a project for which she'd purchased two skeins of Silky Wool the week before. I asked her what she was working on, and she showed me this beautiful piece of knitting in the round from Elsebeth Lavold's accessory book. It was a snood. A snood? Back in the day, a snood was what we wore under our riding helmet to hold our hair in place at horse shows. Now, a snood is more of an extended cowl that you can wear bunched up at the neck like this

or pulled up over your head and ears like this.

To be precise, this garment is more appropriately called a "wimple", which is a piece of medieval finery that women, expecially nuns, wore to cover their hair. Apparently, it was either too sexy or otherwise unseemly for a woman to show her hair. My my.

Anyway, snoods, along with cowls, (and soon, I predict, wimples) are all the rage. Truly, one of the most exquisite snood patterns I've ever seen is this one from Knitty. Worked with just a single skein of a luxurious blend of super kid mohair and silk, it is absolutely a work of art.

If you think you'd like to have a snood (whether to hide your sexy hair, or simply keep your ears warm) come by and let us help you get started. You can work either of these snoods for under$20 - how cool is that!

Comments on this post (3)

  • Nov 23, 2009

    I think I would wimple, no so sure about a snood, though. This is a snood:

    which is worn on the back of the head. But the effect is the same – to cover the hair. I’ve seen women in snoods in the stores around here (not just Amish folk…)

    Of course, hair is very sexy. I wonder if maybe these garments didn’t help keep your hair clean, too? (Or hide it because it wasn’t, ew!)

    — Amy

  • Nov 24, 2009

    l have worn one of these for many years. they are great. love your designsx lynda

    — Lynda

  • Nov 24, 2009

    l have worn one of these for many years. they are great. love your designsx lynda

    — Lynda

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