Presenting the bamboo toque and pompom roundup…

I’ve been busy over the last week or so matching up recycled fur pompoms with bamboo toques to fill customer orders.

It’s been so much fun. I love the look and feel of each pompom. No two are exactly alike because they’re handmade.

Every time I match up a toque and pompom, I say thanks to the women in the COKANNA Coffee Shop Community who have generously donated their pre-loved fur coats. To read about their fur stories, check out: Recycling Reusing Repurposing Pre-Loved Fur Coats; Bernadette Alcock: Visual Artist, Upcycler, Supporter of Women; and Christine’s Fur Memories and Musings.

It’s a thoughtful way to recycle, reuse, and repurpose. To give new life to something that may have had sentimental value but has been sitting in storage lonely and unworn.

At the same time, I express my gratitude to my skating buddy, Pat Corbeil, who has been diligently making pompoms by hand since the spring. Thank you, Pat!

So, please enjoy this roundup video of some of the toques and pompoms that have been delivered to customers so far:


If you haven’t ordered a toque yet, then now’s the time. Winter hat season has arrived. The toque is made of a double layer of bamboo fleece so it’s soft and fuzzy on the inside and smooth on the outside. It’s non-scratchy and breathable.

And the fun part, you get to pick your pompom. You can make your selection from the photos. Then enter your choice in the Notes section upon checkout, subject to availability. Or, if you’re in the Ottawa region and can do local pickup, then you’re welcome to hand pick your pompom in-person.

The toques make wonderful gifts. I’ve had several customers buy them for friends and family on their Christmas list.

Shop bamboo toques

You can also pick up a matching pair of bamboo mitts.

Add some mitts

Until next time,

~ Colleen

Colleen in black bamboo toque

I’m a recovering Chartered Accountant and Breast Cancer Champion turned Fashion Designer. My COKANNA Canadian-made bamboo clothing is all about comfort and style. Giving back to the community is important to me so I support Rethink Breast Cancer‘s metastatic breast cancer education, support, and advocacy work.