Tommy Tutone, the Two-tone tuque

Here is an interesting story from an unusual source...

Isaac Walters wrote on Wednesday, November 3, 2010"...In a blog that I follow, fellow researcher and reenactor, Nathan Kobuck, gave the following quote from John Henry who was on Arnold’s campaign into Canada:

“...having a fine white blanket coat, and turning my cap or ‘bonnet rouge’ inside out, the inside being white, made me as it were, invisible in the snow...”

In his blog (an excellent blog on historical market hunters and other various bits of 18th century history and reenacting) he questions if this isn’t a lined “Canada Cap.” In my opinion, this is a double tuque with half of the knit tuque knit in red and the other half in white (actually natural wool… undyed and unbleached). This type of knitting is commonly seen and is a frugal way to save on dye, since the one half of the tuque is unseen when tucked into the other half and worn. A knit double cap like the tuque was common in Scandinavia and often used dyed yarn only on the outside. This is mentioned by Sheila McGregor in her book Traditional Scandinavian Knitting. Anyway, the questions to us are 1.) was this seen on tuques in North America, and 2.) was John Henry’s cap a tuque?...

So we have another mystery, "Was Santa a French-Canadien?"

Je vous souhaite une très joyeux noël et bonne année 2011!


1 comment:

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