Wednesday, 3 May 2017


It all depends on how you space the words - there are sites on the internet devoted to listing unintentionally unfortunate domain names.
Teachers Talking which is lacking both a space and 2nd capital letter is in danger of being misread Teacher Stalking.  Then there is Menswear - or is it Men Swear? Virtually any site name including the words Therapist, Scrap, "Of Art", Exchange ... is prone to being misread.. Somebody helpfully pointed out to that Garden Centre in Australia that calling themselves Mole Station Nursery - molestationnursery - sounds like some sort of centre for paedophiles. So they've renamed themselves Mole River Nursery, which is much better. And going on holiday, would you really want to consider a masochistic site called Choosespain?
So - did you read the title as Scar Face, or Scarf Ace ?
It is meant to be the latter. This is a post about The Scarf
Scarves are definitely the fashion accessory for so many women nowadays.
Wrapped, draped,, cotton, linen, see them everywhere.
Mary Berry is fond of the four-in-hand knot for her neckwear.
Theresa May frequently drapes colourful silks under her suit jackets.
The windswept BBC news reporters outside 10 Downing Street muffle themselves in swathes of wool or cotton. 
And of course, Her Majesty is often seen with her Hermes creations knotted under her chin, as she watches the Royal Windsor Horse Show, or dons one with her Burberry raincoat to tramp round the gardens at Sandringham in December Dampness. 
I possess a navy scarf similar to this - but not Hermes - and a genuine Burberry, so I am equipped should the call come for me to step in for HM at any time to attend a social event in Norfolk.

I have lots of scarves - cowls, shawls, infinity loops, silk squares, stoles, cotton bandannas, and more - and I enjoy adding a bit of colour to a plain outfit, or keeping my neck warm in the biting winds.
But here's the thing, I have realised that my scarves get rather neglected in terms of care. So often they are hung on the hanger with the coat when I come in from the cold, or just taken off and subsequently folded away into my scarf basket. 

Somehow, because they are treated like costume jewellery and not clothing, they do not get laundered as frequently as other garments. I have just sorted out all the ones I have worn in the last few months and washed them - later they will be carefully ironed and put away neatly. There's some good tips on this site on how to care for scarves.

A few years back, I posted about my feeble scarf-tying skills, and since then I have been practising. Since then, I've received a few lovely scarves as gifts, and I wear them quite a lot now. This year, I am determined to become a Scarf Ace - not just knitting them and knotting them - but also keeping them in pristine condition. 
Do you like scarves, and do you have any good tips for style or storage? 
Are you a Scarf Ace?


  1. definitely sounds iffy!

    I'm hopeless with decorative scarves. The gypsy look is far too authentic on me. I can manage a warm woolly number in the winter though.

  2. I had an absolute mound of scarves until I gave 20 lightweight scarves to the teacher from our Kenyan link school from church to give to the girls. I've still got some but fewer! I am not very good at tying them though I do do a silk scarf tied quite dashingly to the neck- I have a delightful Oscar De La Renta one I charity shopped which finishes an outfit beautifully!

  3. Oh and YESSSSS, re the reading names wrong. My Dad made up a series of stories about a mole called Mr Mole Star! He asked me to do an illustration of him with a title for it and I couldn't help but notice it looked like Molestar, rather like the one you mentioned above!

  4. I do like scarves and have several. But I am afraid I just wear them one or two ways, for warmth more than style.


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