Thursday, October 19, 2006


One of the ways I "flipped out" in Israel was when I jettisoned my black suede yarmulka (since suede is, at least traditionally, made of baby animal skin) and replaced it with a black knit one. However, like a gateway drug, once I wore my srugi for a while I started having color envy of all those colorful yarmulkas out there.

So, I am jumping on the bandwagon in honor of PsychoToddler's guest post at DovBear about Black hats, here is my present collection of thematic knit kippas:

EverydayHigh Holy Days
10 Days of Repentence

Shemini ‘Atzeret
Week of Parashat Bereishit

Week of Parashat NoahhHhanuka
Yom Ha‘atzma’ut

T"U BishvatPurim

Pesahh Sheini

Fast Days
The Three Weeks
T"U Be’av


Blogger ~ Sarah ~ said...

impressive collection!

10/20/2006 2:36 AM  
Blogger Mar Gavriel said...

Explanation, please?

(I mean, I understand the Bereishit one. And the Noahh one. But what about the others?)

10/20/2006 8:11 AM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

Thanks, Sarah!

Here's the explanation for MG...
Remember though that most of these are impressionistic.

Everyday: plain black simple blends into [what's left of] my hair more-or-less
HHD: white Israeli hippy style
Sukkot/Sh‘A[/ST]: green for plants, blue for geshem
Bereishit: dinosaurs
Noahh: fish
Hhanuka/YH‘: blue-and-white nationalism
Tu Bishvat: green
Purim: umordòkhai yatza’ milifney hamelekh
Pesahh: brown deserty matza with blue split seas
Shavu‘ot: mountainous pyrotechnics
Fast: black red fire hhurban
Tu B’av: white in the flowery vineyards of looooove

10/20/2006 9:46 AM  
Blogger Knitter of shiny things said...

I feel like you could get a bunch more parsha related ones. Like one with Donkeys on it for parsha Balak. Or one with blue on the sides and sand-color in the middle for Beshelach.

OMG. I'm envisioning something insane.

A kippah for each parsha. Many of them depicting a scene. How amazing would that be?

I don't know what I'd do with them all, but I feel like I need to do this. If only so I can be the coolest person ever (since only the coolest person ever would make a parsha-related series of kippot.

10/20/2006 9:59 AM  
Blogger Shoshana said...

I really like the Noach one. My roommate and I in Baltimore used to decorate our apartment in parsha themes, but we weren't lucky enough to wear kippahs depicting them.

10/20/2006 12:15 PM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...


Having a different yarmulka for every parsha would be crazy... you should definitely go for it and earn that "coolest person ever" title.


Thanks! i picked it up this past year in Teaneck NJ and am looking forwards to wearing it for the first time this coming week.
What did you apartment decorations look like?

10/20/2006 12:46 PM  
Blogger Shoshana said...

I'm big into crafts, and always have lots of markers, paint and construction paper handy, so we would choose a scene from the parsha and post paintings and cut-outs on the wall. Parshas Noach was great fun, with all the animals, the ark and the rainbow, but Bereishis was cool also. Admittedly, the decorations probably could have been mistaken for preschooler's projects, but they were valuable educational tools (and a lot of fun to create - who says projects are only for preschool?).

10/20/2006 3:27 PM  
Blogger The back of the hill said...


Yay, dinos, yay!

I wonder if R. Slifkin has one of those?

10/20/2006 4:46 PM  
Blogger The back of the hill said...

And in mittn drinnen, one of my coworkers ("Shnoon") loved the 'Slifkinless Science and Halakha Post' - which he read with avid interest after I showed him the dino-keppel.

10/20/2006 7:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


10/22/2006 5:00 PM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...


Sounds like definitely a lot of fun!

The Back:



If i were, you'd expect some kind of "AFTER" picture, nu?

10/22/2006 7:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are hilarious :-) I made my boys dino kippot for school this week - their teachers thought it was funny, but no one else got it (they are still pretty little). Don't think I'm up to one for every parasha. Not sure how the skin diseases would look on a yarmlke ;-)

10/23/2006 7:48 PM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...


Thanks :-)

Skin diseases would look great -- just get some vaguely white, medium/skin-colored, reddish, and greenish/yellowish splotches all over it ;-)

10/23/2006 9:13 PM  
Blogger Knitter of shiny things said...

I've started a scary project... But it's worth it for the "coolest person ever" title.

10/23/2006 9:13 PM  
Blogger Jen Taylor Friedman said...

Any good recommendations for kippah shops? :)

10/23/2006 10:17 PM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...




just the ones on and around Ben Yehuda street

10/23/2006 10:28 PM  
Blogger rabbi neil fleischmann said...

Nice post. Nice collection.

10/24/2006 1:25 AM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...



10/24/2006 7:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reminds me of when I used to crochet kippot. I sold quite a few to the shops in Yerushalayim. (But most of them I gave to my brothers.) Also crocheted some "extra-large" kippot for my Dad's follicle-impaired head -- they had to be able to stay on without a bobby pin.

10/25/2006 7:59 AM  

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