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A ‘whimsy’ – Colorado style

By Debra Dobbins

“Whimsies” is the plural form of “whimsy,” which Webster’s defines as:
“ 1. an odd fancy; idle notion; whim
  2. curious, quaint, or fanciful humor [poems full of whimsy]
  3. something odd or whimsical, such as an art object, piece of writing, etc.”

Early this morning I also learned that “whimsy” describes a wisp of a hat, usually made of veiling adorned with small items such as feathers. This sounded British to me, so I IMd my friend Dianne Bunt in England to inquire. In the midst of packing to move into a new home, Dianne did take time to reply. “Yes, that rings a bell,” she wrote. “Although I've never been inclined to wear a whimsy on a whimsy or any other time.” Sensible lady, she is.

En route to work, I realized I should have told her a “whimsy” in this sense is something like the fascinators so in vogue in Britain. The Duchess of Cambridge and other royals are seen in them frequently.

When colleague Penny Stine walked into the office, it was pure serendipity. Lo and behold, Penny was modeling a whimsy – Colorado style. No wispy veiling here, no feathers, no delicate beads … rather some sturdy orange and blue wool obtained from local store Tangles that Penny herself had knitted into a warm tribute to the Broncos. I told Penny it made her look like a college girl.

Nope. No lace, veiling, feathers or frills. On a cold January day, though, Penny’s choice of headgear does have a western Colorado whimsy.

The Duchess of Cambridge wearing a fascinator
Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Penny Stine, knitter extraordinaire



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