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.
Look at the fantastic ribbon detail at the back!
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.
I’m being the nutter on the train again today, crocheting hair nets while I commute. I don’t know which gets me more funny looks, the crochet today or the trashy romance I was reading yesterday.
Anyway, I’ve had an enquiry via Etsy about one of my sparkly snoods, this nice silvery grey one in fact.
Link: Snood for sale in my Etsy shop
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.
Here are four snoods I finished making today in Fleet park for an Etsy customer. They’ll be off to their new home in Portugal where I sincerely hope it won’t be too hot to wear them.
My snoods haven’t been selling awfully well for the last couple of months so I was ever so pleased to get an order for four of them in one go.
I must remember to send a sample one to Vintage Life magazine….
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Here is another happy customer from my Etsy shop.
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.