I'm so on trend it hurts

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


Apparently, cosy knitted snoods are so in right now. I don't like to blow my own fashion trumpet, but I was ALL OVER this trend two years ago. Not only did I knit a snood for myself, I also knitted one for Smidgen, because I am a crazy dog lady. I then knitted a second one for myself, in softest pink, but Smidgen ate it. I tried not to take it personally.

Anyway, the fashion world has finally caught up with Smidgen and me, and the internet is rife with snoods. The best thing about the snood trend is that it's a zero effort trend, which is my favourite type of trend. You don't even have to go through the tiresome process of wrapping it around your neck with your arms, ugh, scarves are so exhausting. Snoods are also warm and endlessly practical in these chilly climes, for which the back of my neck is profoundly grateful (#shorthairproblems).

My beloved chunky grey snood is practically glued to my body at the moment, but if I was inclined to purchase a new one to add to my rotation, it might be this colourful number by Donna Wilson.


The big question is, which colour? (And do I need the matching mittens?)


What winter warmers have you got your eye on? Gimme your knitwear porn.


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  1. I really like the berry one. Really like it. Cannot afford it this year so have gone back to my super long black and grey scarf with a skull on it and matching fingerless gloves with skulls on them. I like skulls. I have no links though as I picked them up from a branch of Snow and Rock that no longer exists about 6 years ago...

    I have a snood though, that and mittens will come out when London gets properly cold or I am living in Scotland, whichever comes soonest (probably the latter)

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  2. Grey or turquoise ones are my favourites. I have an abundance of winter woollens so until I do a clear out I've got a ban on buying more (except that cheap Primark fairisle hat I may have picked up recently...)

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    1. I think those are my faves too. And yes, more knitwear is really the last thing I need. Doesn't stop me imaginary shopping, though...

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  3. I bought my first snood yesterday! Then I read your blog post. Coincidence or #snoodfate?

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  4. Can't beat a snood, I'll never buy a scarf again.
    Lauren
    livinginaboxx

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  5. I'm confused. Is this an American/Brit language barrier? Because that is definitely not what I learned a snood. This is a snood: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/240098223857460832/. What you are talking about is what I call an infinity scarf.

    Definitely cute regardless of what it is called. I like the charcoal/green colorway best.

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    1. Ha! Don't worry, knitted hairnets are definitely not coming back into fashion. You're not the first person to ask this, actually (see this post).

      In fairness, although this Donna Wilson is called a snood on the site, I'd say it was right on the edge - to my mind, a snood has to be a tube that doesn't need wrapped around more than once (which is what it looks like in the first picture, but not the product images).

      But yes, according to Wikipedia, which as we all know is never wrong, the word "snood" has been applied to tubular scarves since at least the late 60s, and I've been calling them that since the 80s, so there you go. No idea how the word evolved that way, although I'd love to know (word geek).

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    2. Also, I love that the link you posted is described as a "perky snood." I wonder what makes it perky?

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  6. Hmmmm, well I'm going to fathom a guess and say that using snood to describe a tubular scarf spread after someone misinterpreted the word. Snoods go back to Medieval times, so the name as applicable to a scarf since the 1960s really has no weight when you stack it up next to the historical definition. Also, not just a knitted hairnet. A snood can be net or cloth that create a pouch for the coiffed hair. See this very chic 1940s snood from the Met: http://www.metmuseum.org/Collections/search-the-collections/156760?rpp=20&pg=1&ao=on&ft=snood&pos=1

    (Sorry to get all fashion historian on you.)

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