The Cossacks Are Coming! The Cossacks Are Coming!

In my knitting re-enactments of exciting but destructive events in history, I am hard at work uncovering under-explored hand-knit garments and accoutrements of victors and victims. My latest...the Steppes of Asia. Mongol patterns are so hard to find!

Vicki Square's Folk Hats book is a well-developed resource...I will be dipping into it periodically for your entertainment, elevation and edification...oh, yeah...and to keep my head warm with another signature hat. I have now 14 hats...worn from my days as an events producer.

"Why so?", you may ask.

Cuz, when out-of-doors at a mile-long parade, or upon acres of fields devoted to a temporary festival or crafts fair, inevitably someone arrives, looking for the troublemaking King Asparagus of the event.

Rather than respond with a shrug and a doleful "Oh, he's out-of-season.", the responder would helpfully offer, "Look for the guy with the hat!"

Thanks to John F. Kennedy, no one wore hats anymore. But I did...and now, am found!

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Bill's picture

it's hard to tell whether that's knit or crochet...but it's very YOU!

New York Built's picture

Knit, on Size 10's, with black Filatura Di Crosa's Ricciolo, and S. Charles' Pasha in camel, doubled up to Bulky size. The mohair is long so the tufts look more like a young fleece as opposed to, say, Persian Lamb, in tight curls. I have seen both, liked the former rather than the latter.

Me, huh? I fit right in to the Little Moscow where I shop here in Brooklyn. Da!

Every person I encounter teaches me more about myself. Without whom not.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

That is definitely quite a hat. I'm also known for my varied headwear. Mainly, though, I go with my tried and true watch cap - I've several versions of a pattern I learned many years ago.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.


love hats myself. fedora's still favorite with me. I bet lately with all the weather over there that hat came in handy!

You big hairy Mongol !!!! Have you hoard lately ???

New York Built's picture

This hoard's reward is mainly by the whored.

I think you got it! I think you got it!

(hums gently to himself considering the next conquest...)

Every person I encounter teaches me more about myself. Without whom not.

ronhuber's picture

That's a great hat and in my mind's eye I can see you wear it.

A pillage worthy headpiece. My hat's off to you. (pun intended)

Kerry's picture

Good work Mark, bring back hats for men.

raydio's picture

Nice work, NYB.

I hope you have a blog so we can read more detailed accounts of your work and viewpoints re: knitted (or otherwise) textiles of the past. I am also interested in historical knitwear. (Gunnister finds, Eleanora's hose etc. etc. and so on.)


New York Built's picture

I like knitting with historical roots and hysterical purpose...demographism, as it were, where the diagnosis is written with red purl welts all over the front of the garment...LOL

Every person I encounter teaches me more about myself. Without whom not.