Handy with a crochet hook? Custom fly bonnets are cool

This custom ear bonnet from www.ear-z.com retails for $149.

This custom ear bonnet from http://www.ear-z.com retails for $149.

In the summer I always ride Freedom with a fly bonnet. But I’d always thought of these crocheted ear protectors as functional, rather than fashionable.

How wrong was I! Custom fly bonnets are gaining in popularity on the show circuit. Not only do these bonnets give you the chance to co-ordinate your show colors, but they provide another opportunity for bling, decorated with crystals and braid.

A custom ear bonnet from Equine Icing runs between $50-$75.

A custom ear bonnet from Equine Icing runs only $45-50. A real bargain!

Some of the ones I’ve seen are pretty fancy and they carry a price tag that screams custom. They run from about $50 to $150 depending on the company and the complexity of the design.

For those of us who like to crochet (there’s something about winter that makes me go all crafty), this would be a good time to break out the cotton yarn and start studying the $10 variety from the tack store. I have several in varying states of

This fly bonnet from De La Coeur features Swarovski crystals

This fly bonnet from De La Coeur features Swarovski crystals

disrepair in my tackroom. Who knows? They’re not very large and if I get cracking I might have a couple ready to give as Christmas presents. If not, I have until the spring to perfect my technique. One thing about the ones featured here — the craftsmanship looks very high.

For those of you who find the idea of crocheting hopelessly old fashioned or have found that you’re all thumbs, here are a few places that do lovely custom work.

Here's an example of how you can add bling to a fly bonnet from Sanswill Designs.

Here's an example of how you can add bling to a fly bonnet from Sanswill Designs.

Ear-z

Equine Icing

De La Coer

Sanswill Designs

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