My newly arrived, custom-made scarf by Ryder and Amies of Cambridge, England in University of Wisconsin colors: cardinal and white.
Every once in a while, we all see something we simply must have. Such was the case with with this scarf from Ryder and Amies in Great Britain. I happened on a post mentioning the company's ability to produce a wide array of wool 'school scarves' on Christian Chensvold's Ivy Style website last fall, and made a mental note to check it out, and possibly order a new scarf, in the new year.
Well, about two weeks ago, I finally bit the bullet, spent a little while fooling around on the Ryder and Amies website to find a suitable stripe configuration, and made an order, which arrived in the mail just yesterday. I'm very pleased with the purchase. A warm, eye-catching, six foot long wool scarf in the colors of my alma mater, the mighty University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Sure, it's not Oxford, Cambridge, or even among the so called Ivy League schools here in the United States, but UW-Madison is a large, world class school that I am extremely proud to have attended for five years. I completed a bachelor's and master's degrees there back in the 1990s, growing by leaps and bounds in a host of ways during my time there. Quite simply it was a fabulous time, and I was lucky enough to work with some amazing professors and fellow students while there.
Sadly the only scarves available from the UW-Madison bookstore are those goofy, cheap acrylic things with the school mascot Bucky Badger emblazoned on them. Like you might wear to a football game on a cold autumn day at Camp Randall Stadium. And if that's your thing, fine, but it's not exactly what I was after in winter scarves. So, when the possibility presented itself to create my own? Well, see for yourself.