I got the idea from Andrea Grinberg’s blog, and it is now one of my favourite wraps. I do it in many different colours, but here is my favourite, the red-and-orange one, with one of my Sephardi homedresses (I have a number of them, in many colours, too, ranging from simpler everyday ones to festive ones).
Just a nice old photo with my husband, from one of our summer trips to Helsinki, Finland. I didn’t choose the tichel & shirt colour on purpose, but it turned out a perfect match: Helsinki in summer is a sky-and-sea-blue city! (Look, even my husband’s white shirt seems blue against all that background!)
It is getting very cold here in the northern hemisphere (it starts snowing!), so once again we head-wrappers are faced with the seasonal problem: what to wear on our head to keep it warm outdoors and prevent it from getting hot indoors? Pashminas are a good solution for outdoors, but if you have to sit in class (or somewhere else, indoors) after your walk, you sometimes get the feeling you are sitting there in a fur hat – so hot it gets!
My solution for combining outdoors and indoors without having to change my headwear is layering. A combination of two or more scarves (the more the better) really works. This is, for example, how I went to my Yiddish discussion class recently (it was about 0 C outdoors). Yes, I know the photo quality is far from perfect (my webcam refuses to function properly), but I cannot help being proud of my personal record: 4 scarves at a time!
All four scarves are in fact very very thin: two Israeli tichels, one lace tube (like those “neck warmers”, but actually transparent), and one cotton sash wrapped on top. It is amazing how they kept me warm through the day – and I didn’t even feel them on the head while siiting in class! Layering is definitely my choice for the season 🙂
Cold autumn is back to the northern hemisphere where we now live – and in my sixth year of staying here I am still in the process of adapting to it. It took me some time to figure out what to wear in a weather like that – and how to wear it – if I wanted both to feel warm and to look nice, and even now I still make many discoveries in this field. Here is one of my ways to resist cold and seasonal depression (a real plague for us Southerners staying in the north): double wraps and bright colours! This is how I looked while visiting Vilnius, Lithuania, with my husband this weekend:
Can you see the Lithuanian-style brooch?
An exciting thing about covering your head full-time is that, in your search for comfort and variety, you constantly discover new types and styles of headwear. This is how, about a year ago, I discovered snoods.
A snood is very similar to a beret or a hairnet (in fact it looks like a combination of the two). It is a kind of soft fabric purse where you put your hair and let it hang down your back while having them fully covered and put out of your way at the same time. Very convenient, I must say! There are three main things I like about snoods:
- They are super-easy (and fast!) to put on. No folding and twisting! This is great when you are in a hurry but still want a nice covering on your head. For the same reason a snood is perfect when you visit a doctor or any other place where you may have to uncover your head for a while: after you are finished, you just slip the snood back into place, no mess (we all know how annoying it can be to undo and then re-do a scarf!)
- Snoods are comfy. There are no knots and, as I have already said, no twisting, so you won’t even feel it on your head, and there is no risk of it coming undone. Also, to mention doctors once again: when you, for example, visit a dentist, it can be very uncomfortable to lie on that couch with your hair done into a bun or otherwise gathered and pinned on the back of your head. With snoods, you actually have it hanging loose or done into a simple ponytail, so there is nothing to inconvenience you there – you do not even have to remove your headwear while having your teeth examined.
- And, last but not least – snoods look great! They give you that Renaissance, Victorian or any retro air you may want – it depends on the style of the snood you are wearing. And as concerns the styles, there are dozens of them!
Here is my first snood, Renaissance-style, which I sewed last autumn. It is made of stretchy velvet and has two ties at the back to adjust and keep it in place. A thing I have found out while making snoods is that you have to choose a fabric that drapes well. I have tried making summer snoods out of cotton but I don’t really like the result because they just do not drape on my head nicely enough.
You can also use the ties to make a little pouch at the back:
And here are two free sewing patterns I have found on the Internet:
I am also thinking about crocheting a snood (or a number of snoods if I like the result) – with a soft lining to prevent my hair from sticking through the holes. There is quite a lot of crocheting & knitting patterns on Ravelry – so why not give it a try and enjoy myself in the process? 🙂
This is one of my favourite summer wraps. It’s perfect when you need a beautiful headcovering but do not want too much bulk and layers of material on your head in hot weather! And, despite looking rather intricate, it’s in fact very very simple, you can do it in a couple of minutes (which is also a HUGE advantage). A friend of mine once asked how I do it, so here is a step-by step description. It is preferable to tie your hair in a bun for this wrap. If your hair is short, you may use a large clip instead (such as those flower “peony” clips now sold everywhere).
1. Take a rectangular scarf and tie it once at the back of your head, so that it forms a kind of close-fitting “cap”, covering all your hair (or a part of it if you so choose – but do not uncover too much, as the wrap may not hold securely enough in that case), with two long ends hanging on your back. You may make both ends equal in length or may find it more convenient to make one end longer than the other – it all depends on the general length of your scarf and your personal preferences, just try it and find the ideal version.
2. Take one of the hanging ends (if one is longer than the other, take the longer one), twist it and wrap it around your head. Tuck the remaining under the “cap”, to keep the twist securely in place.
3. Take the second hanging end (you may also twist it a little, but this is optional) and wrap it around your bun (or clip), covered by the “cap”, once or twice, according to the length of that end. Tuck the remaining under the cap or, if it is still long enough
4. pass it under the first twist, just below the ear (between the first twist and the “cap”) and let it hang in front over your shoulder. Done!
P.S. On the photo: me and Barny the Bear, proudly representing South Africa at the United Buddy Bears in St. Petersburg, 2012 🙂