Thursday, May 17, 2007
Hebridean Bonnets, also known as tam-o-shanters, after the Rabbie Burns poem of the same name, are a slightly more modern take on the headwear of the Scots. They are most commonly associated with the 1860s, but are still worn today. This pattern is now also available for purchase, as are the hats themselves. Pattern and hat prices are the same as the eighteenth-century style bonnets, and may be purchased from the paypal menu at the top of the blog.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
For those of you who've always thought Scotch Bonnets were just a type of flower or perhaps a hot pepper, I've got news for you. They're hats too. Lovely felted wool hats. Think tam-o-shanter or beret on steroids. These babies are lovely, almost completely waterproof, and much softer than wool has any right to be. They were the hat of choice for Scots fighting in the '15, the '45, the French and Indian War, and even the American Revolution.
Sadly, these bonnets are now pretty tough to find in this country, especially hand-made, as they should be to be authentic, and in any variety of colors or sizes.
That's where I come in. I've designed my own pattern, and am now offering my bonnets to the world! Check the paypal menu at the top of the blog to order, drop me an email, or click the button below to purchase the knitting pattern online.
Hat prices include shipping. Custom sizing available.
Go nuts, Scotophiles!