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FEBRUARY 2010 MEETING

February 22, 2010

Hello Everyone,

The Wooly Wonders Fiber Arts Guild will be meeting at the home of Suzanne Karns in Franklin at 10:00 am on Saturday, February 27th.

Our program for the February meeting will be how to make a “Monmouth Cap” presented by Jane Bigelow.

Materials needed:

Approximately 135 yards of a bulky weight yarn

Size 10 – 16″ circular needle  (you could probably use a 20″ if you have it)

A 16″ circular needle smaller than a size 10  (8 or 9 would be good)

A crochet hook that will accommodate the bulky weight yarn.

The gauge for this pattern is:  4 stitches to one inch in stockinette stitch

Please continue to spread the word about the “WW Spring Fling Knitting Retreat” taking place on March 12-13 at Cross Creek Resort.  For more details and a registration form, please see our blog post from 1/19/10 https://woolywonders.wordpress.com/2010/01/19/spring-fling-knitting-retreat/.

Don’t forget to bring your show and tell items!

The Wooly Wonders Fiber Art Guild

If you need directions please e-mail woolywondersNWPA (at) gmail.com

******* THE HISTORIC MONMOUTH CAP ******

The following description of the history of the Monmouth Cap is from the website http://www.gentlemenoffortune.com/tricorne.htm

The Monmouth cap has truly been around a long time, and was extremely popular during the 17th and 18th centuries. While the Monmouth was first mentioned in history in 1576, it has also been written about in the famed writings of Charles Dickens and William Shakespeare.

The original home and name of the cap may have been derived from the Welsh border town of Monmouth. Many cappers (those who made caps), lived in and around Monmouth, and for more than half a century it remained a cap-making center. Caps were an essential clothing item and were general wear. A quality cap could cost more than a shirt, a pair of breeches or even shoes. Imported felt hats and those of leather cost less than the famed Monmouths.

Many cappers were employed annually, this being mostly true before the advent of fulling-mills. Back when each cap needed to be wrought, beaten and thickened individually. Caps were big business, and laws were even placed on the books in England declaring; “…no caps or hats ready wrought should be brought from beyond the seas”

The caps resembled modern day knit hats but were knitted closed as opposed to sewn closed, another difference involves the older method of knitting the thick, course 2-ply yarn with four needles, and using a seamless “stocking stitch”. The caps were then ready to be felted and shorn. Originals are mentioned being of brown or gray, commonly topped with a button. They are designed to fit snug and at times carry a small loop of yarn at the rear.

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