Today I’m going to finish this snood, I’m making a small one as a custom order for a customer and while she’s said she’s in no rush for it I’d rather get it done than have the poor thing hanging around half done and it’s pretty so I want to finish it. I call this one Fancy Green Snood because its fancy on two levels, the pattern is fancy and the cotton is pretty fancy too. I am resisting calling it Spring Greens (which is the name for it in my head).
I have started this snood and restarted it a few times now, it’s one of those stitches that you have to gauge by eye as you do it and a couple of times now I’ve taken a step back from it and seen a stitch in a row 2-3 rows back that I’m not happy with so I unravel it and do it again. If charged for my snoods by an hourly rate some of them would be in three figures. Still though, if its not right its not right and I have to redo it.
I only have this one ball of this mercerised cotton, I have no idea at all where I bought it so the chances are this is going to be a very limited colourway. Mind you, green is one of my favourite colours so if I do ever see some more of this I’d buy it but that kind of depends on being allowed to go to out to shops that are allowed to open…
That first picture was taken a good week ago, I know that because I’ve finished reading that book and nearly finished another since then. Here’s how it looks right now.
I only have the edging to do, a bit of sewing and then Bob’s your uncle, Fanny’s your aunt, we’re all tickety-boo and away she goes.
I do have one more of these in stock in my Etsy shop, its a large one. I think I have enough of this colour to make a medium and a small to complete the set but we’ll have to see how that goes as I make them. The pictures below are of the large size, I put a cream ribbon on this one because there is quite a lot of cream in this yarn and also variegated green is much harder to match to a ribbon!
It’s been far too long since I’ve updated this blog. I really want to make more of an effort with this rather than just spending time on Instagram, don’t get me wrong, I do love a bit of Insta but I feel like the time is right to move back to blogging.
I’ve been on holiday since my last update, 9 nights in Crete which was really lovely but I think I’ve fallen out of love with flying. I used to really enjoy the whole airport experience but this year I just found the whole thing really stressful and just not worth it. So we’re thinking of staying in the UK next year and maybe driving up to Yorkshire. I’m all for it.
Right so lets get on to what I’m actually making today. Usually on a Sunday I have about six projects on the go at once and I flit between them all during the day but today I’ve only picked two things to work on and hopefully I’ll make some decent progress for a change.
First up is a lipstick bright red snood. I finished a large one in this colour this morning and have updated my Etsy shop with it, so if you want a large red snood I have one ready to post to you. This one is going to be a medium, and then I’ll make a small. Not sure I’ll get both done today, I have some housework to do too and I have this delicious Portuguese tart to eat (only 50p in Asda!). I’m in love with this shade of red, it’s a blue red so very easy to wear, I’m a redhead and I can wear this shade. You’ll also see in this picture my perfect and much loved solid silver crochet hook from Lynn Roberts Design and I’m sure I mention it all the time but it’s just the most joyous thing to work with. It feels really special and is a joy to work with. When I’m at home its the only hook I use, I don’t tend to take it outside because I’d be really upset if I lost it.
Anyway, I’m making a bit of an effort to put some snoods back in my Etsy shop, I’ve had to put them on the back burner for most of this year because I’m doing a City & Guilds in hand embroidery and I need to concentrate on that really so I’m only adding stock I have in hand rather than listing everything and making snoods to order, which I what I normally do but means I’m constantly making them and I fell way behind with my coursework. I think I’m back on track now but my snoods are thin on the ground to say the least.
Next up is my fisherman’s rib scarf. This will eventually go in my Etsy shop but it will be a long time in the making. I can’t quite remember where I got this yarn, I’m pretty sure it was passed to me, it might have been my mum’s but I don’t think she ever bought grey. It doesn’t really matter does it? It’s an acrylic 4ply so that means it is pretty practical for a scarf because its easy to wash and won’t felt from rubbing against your clothes. Its SO squishy and soft and the shade of grey itself is such a nice pearly grey, with almost a pink tone to it. I just realised this Sunday is all acrylic. Now I’m not much of a yarn snob, I just use what I like and I do like hand dyed natural fibres but if I see acrylic and like it I’m having it. A lot of my acrylic yarn has been gifted to me when another knitter has died or has a destash and it’s better to knit with it then send it to landfill. However you feel about yarn content, this is a lovely yarn and I have two huge balls of it. Let’s just take a moment to have a little smirk at my two huge balls.
As I said, this is fisherman’s rib which has the look of brioche but none of the faff. I have seen several people online assert that brioche and fisherman’s rib are the same thing, they’re not. They’re really not, fisherman’s rib just looks like brioche and has the same squish factor. It feels amazing. I have actually pulled back about three inches this afternoon because there was a row where I slipped a stitch with the yarn in the wrong place and I had been thinking it didn’t really matter because it was in a pretty good place for me to sew on a label to cover it up anyway, but then thinking about it that mistake draws my eye so much that I’ve been putting off working on the scarf so I thought, sod it, just rip it back and reknit. Of course I could have just dropped that stitch and picked it up correctly all the way up but I like knitting, so more knitting is good, right? I’m going to put a stitch marker in to see how much progress I make on this today. How many inches do you think I’ll recover? Its 4ply knitted on 4mm needles.
This morning I finished making my first ever metallic gold 1940s style hair snood. Its something customers have been asking me about for quite a long time but I’ve never found a metallic yarn in a quantity that makes it possible to make a large snood without a join.
I always have a look in yarn shops for metallic gold but never have any luck, in the end I found this yarn online from the Turkish company, Ice. Turkey seems to be a pretty enthusiastic knitting country, a lot of yarns seem to be produced there now and its good quality too. Ice make a lot of more unusual yarns, I’ve bought from them before and never been disappointed.
So, I have bought six balls, each one is just enough to make one large snood with a fair bit left over so not entirely enconomic and the yarn is quite expensive so this batch of six will be the only ones I make. If you like them and want one please do move quickly, they’re a very limited run.
The other reason I won’t be making these regularly is the yarn is properly metallic, it’s gorgeous, it has a lovely sheen and teeny tiny little sequins that really catch the light so they’d be brilliant for performers but the yarn is quite stiff so it’s blimmin’ hard going on my hands to crochet with. Course, this means the snoods are a bit stiff too, so if you have one of my usual acrylic numbers it won’t feel anything like that.
I am going to keep looking for a softer metallic gold yarn, I think Ice do a lurex thread I can use alongside a ‘normal’ yarn but finding a base colour of a non metallic gold is also a bit of a challenge. Don’t hold your breath because I’ve been keeping an eye out for gold for years so far.
Whenever I sell a snood in my Etsy shop I send out a message to the buyer where I ask them to send me a pic or two of them wearing it to include in my blog. Well, Claire kindly responded with quite a few really good ones and I’m sorry to say its taken me months and months to get around to blogging them because I am utterly rubbish at updating my blog.
Its a double faux pas because she looks so good in them!
This is Claire with her beautiful hair, that I envy so much, before adorning her snood.
Now here she is wearing a medium cotton snood, I think this before and after really helps if you want to gauge the fit.
We’re not leaving it there though, because she does something I’ve frankly not seen enough of. The snood/hat combination is such a winner and she does it very well indeed.
Here is a gorgeous pillbox with a cream acrylic snood. The acrylic snoods are quite a bit thicker than the cotton ones but they still only weigh about 30g so they shouldn’t drag off the back of your head. I like the way the hat brings out her blue eyes. Is the hat navy or black? Note to self – buy more navy.
Next up a black veiled pillbox with the grey cotton snood.
Then this absolutely dreamy brown velvet hairpiece with a brown acrylic snood, the yarn thicknesses vary a bit from colour to colour but if you’re au fait with yarn weights the acrylics are all in the 4ply range.
These hats are all original vintage pieces of Claire’s collection. I love this one so much I have to put in three more pics…
Then last up we have this little furry feller worn again with that versatile brown snood.
In this picture, artfully photographed by Dawn Elliott photography (www.dawnelliottphotography.co.uk) and modelled charmingly by Vintage Vi (www.vintagevi.co.uk)you can see one of my ribbon fastening 1940s style snoods. I make and sell these based on an original 1940s design, (www.etsy.com/shops/ginpoodle) I make an elasticated version too but the ribbon one is what I want to talk to you about.
When you buy a new snood the silkiness of the ribbon means it can be a swine to keep in place, the bow can work loose and can even come undone completely.
So my top tip is before you put it on, with the ribbon untied give it quick spritz with hairspray. Don’t go mad or you’ll get manky looking dark patches, all you need is a little bit to stop the ribbon being so slippy. Over time the ribbon will behave better and it will get a coating of hairspray every time you wear it but its the first outing that needs help or you might end up flinging it across the room never to be worn again.
If you do go a bit mad with the hairspray or if the ribbon loses its lustre after a few wears give it a handwash with some shampoo and it will perk up no end.
Finally, I also want to say, and this is a bit of a sore point with me, is that this is a snood. The knitted tube you wear around your neck is a cowl. I blame Nic Kershaw.
Most of my snoods are made to order and I only have a little bit of this
yarn left so I’m going to make up a long one for this potential customer who wants one that sits just below her shoulders and then I’ll have to see how much yarn I’ve got left and revise my listing accordingly. I’m guessing I have enough to make another five after this one but I find it hard to tell with cones.
This particular customer prefers a longer length snood, personally I prefer to wear one higher and for it to scoop up my hair, maybe I should make some extra-long ones? What do you think? Do you prefer a snood that holds up your hair or just covers it for decoration?
Most of my snoods are elasticated around the outer edge but every now and then I make one in the most traditional way – ie with a ribbon threaded around the outside edge that you tie up in a bow on the top of your head.
This type are all one-offs because I have quite a lot of 1980s ribbon already cut in half metre lengths that I've had stored for years and there is not often more than one of each type. The thicker ribbons I use for collars for my Gin Poodles.
So a while ago I made a light-mid grey snood with a thin emerald green ribbon and listed it in my Etsy and Folksy shops. There it sat quite lonely until 'Puffincat' came along and bought it. Now, don't repeat this too loudly but Americans are my favourite customers. They send you such nice messages and leave amazing feedback. Also there is just something quite exciting about thinking about my little snoods travelling all the way to America, I'd say most of mine end up there, and it does give me a bit of a thrill to imagine them being worn so far away and… perhaps this is just making me sound a bit gushy and odd. What is extra special about this sale is that Puffincat sent me a picture of herself wearing the snood and gave me permission to publish it on my blog. So here she is in all her snoody glory. She looks great in it doesn't she? I love that green top she's wearing too, it looks really soft and drapes very nicely.
Meet Anne Marie, one of my favourite ever customers who bought from me in November last year. She recently got in touch again asking about a gold snood but so far I’ve had no luck tracking down metallic gold 4 ply… if anyone knows where I can get some (I need at least 35g) please do let me know.