Thursday, September 27, 2012

To scarf, or not to scarf, that is the question

The weather has really turned autumnal here during the past week. Chilly temperatures overnight, the leaves are starting to change, and conkers (buckeyes) are dropping from the horse chestnut trees in droves.

We have discovered that the heating in apartment buildings is generally not turned on until after October 1st. It is dependent on the date not the thermometer reading! As a result our spacious living room is currently not at all cosy in the evenings. The shift to autumn/fall has prompted to me to begin a new knitting project: a ribbed orange scarf [thanks go to Lisa C for the wonderful birthday gift of this glorious hand-dyed wool]

Stay tuned for a photo of this blog writer/knitter wearing above vibrant (& warm) scarf coiled several times around the neck to resemble a giant turtleneck. I will almost blend in except that my scarf will stand out in the sea of cream, grey, and black scarves on show.

Which in a rambling way brings me to the opening quote "To scarf, or not to scarf, that is the question". I can say in Denmark it is a definitive 'to scarf'. An informal visual survey on a ten minute walk home this afternoon gave me a 9/10 women wearing scarves, and about 3/10 men. Today the weather is not especially windy, if it was that would increase the number of male scarf wearers. 

Danes of all ages sport scarves, the current trend seems to be huge thick woolen circular scarves. Having noticed the scarf-ing style, I am now constantly observing the number of new ways I have seen scarves tied. As many of you know I have always had a 'thing' for scarves .... so living here I can indulge in wearing several different scarves for different outings all in one day! When I first emigrated to the US in the mid-90's I distinctly remember a comment from a co-worker at the Boulder Bookstore about how my scarf wearing was "so European".

A thank you to the Copenhageners who were unwitting models in my random photo shoot this afternoon on Oster Farimagsgade. Happy scarf wearing to you all....

To be, or not to be, that is the question:
Whether 'tis Nobler in the mind to suffer
The Slings and Arrows of outrageous Fortune,
Or to take Arms against a Sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them: to die, to sleep
No more; and by a sleep, to say we end
The heart-ache, and the thousand Natural shocks
That Flesh is heir to? 'Tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wished.

Hamlet's solioquy
from Hamlet by William Shakespeare

1 comment:

  1. I love the scarves and can't wait to see your new one on you. Enjoy the fall season! :)