Friday, December 05, 2008

More on the noble balaclava...



Should you wish to knit this vision of WW2 loveliness, a pattern is available here. I think perhaps I shall take a pass on that myself.

And did you know that Ontario has its very own Balaclava?

From the Victoria & Albert Museum site: 1940s patterns to knit

My question being, what is a body belt, and why would I want to knit one??

11 comments:

  1. Imagine the hat hair that would occur after wearing this!!! Be afraid, very afraid!

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  2. Hideous. Just hideous. And why would they leave the ears out? I'm getting cold just looking at that.

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  3. Ah, the earless feature has a reason behind it:

    "With ear flaps to enable good hearing during telephone operations (or for use with a mobile phone)."

    Obviously they weren't wearing these delightful balaclavas at -40 Celsius, because if they had been doing so, their ears would have frozen solid and broken off like icicles, thus negating the need for either a telephone OR ear warmth.

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  4. Why are the poor ears exposed!! Oh look, Crowzma noticed that too! Lol, I know

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  5. Oops! I was a little gung-ho about submitting that...look how excited your balaclava got me! :)

    Oh, those poor people in the very cold colds... Like you said...ear icicles!

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  6. No worries, Laura-Jane, I know balaclavas can cause people to lose their heads...ar ar ar. Well, that was almost a bad pun!

    Seriously, balaclavas are fearsome enough, but EARLESS ones? Good grief!

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  7. Anonymous5:51 pm

    I see you are STILL making fun of my bright blue ear and nose-covering balaclava. Well! I must say I used it for the first time the other day and my face was clearly warmer than anyone else at the dog park. I was a vision in red (face) and blue (balaclava). Oddly enough, no one was staying for very long. Ear holes...boy, that is so missing the point, which is WARMTH. Phyllis

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  8. You know, Phyllis, if you stopped wearing the balaclava, you might hear from Colin. In fact, you might even hear from Daniel Craig!

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  9. Anonymous9:52 am

    Honey, I hear from Colin Firth AND Daniel Craig *every night.* In my sweet sweet dreams...Phyllis

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  10. The egg balaclava is tiny and fantastic!

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Thank you for all your comments, which I love to read!