Change is the only certain thing in life

Usually my wool colour range is oriented towards cold, natural, or Christmassy shades – it has no ‘alternative’ colourways. I mentioned in a recent post that change is the only certain thing in life and we ought to embrace it. Yesterday, on a rather low-mood day, I did just that.


Unusual for me, I braved Oxford Street on a Saturday (if you’re not familiar with that, it’s a busy day and place to be!) to buy some fine DPNs that I had set my eyes on while ago – maybe they would work well with my Shetland 2-ply yarn. While there, I was squeezing some wool (you can’t do that on the internet!) and almost bought some in natural tones, but instead decided to opt for another one I had seen online earlier, which is from a local producer and sold through a small yarn shop.

And then the unexpected happened… May it be because of some Flashdance posts I have been reading recently? Or perhaps due to a need for something less conventional? I ended up buying this chunky yarn in black and red, plus some more in neon green to go with the flashy pink wool snapped at the charity shop.

ImageFab Big by Patons, shades 08233 Neon Green, 02311 Black and 02348 Poppy

ImageAnchor tapestry wool, colours 8434 and 8454

Candidate items would be:

… suggestions are welcome.

Skull neck warmer, free pattern by Birdface  Flower neck warmer, free pattern by Birdface                    Neck warmer, 2 free patterns by Birdface

Image Image          Anticraft – Knitting, beading and stitching for the slightly sinister, by Rénee Rigdon and Zabet Stewart, photo by Al Parrish.

Image                                         Legwarmers they made at the ‘Flashdance: Movie and Knitting’ workshop

But there is also another confession that I have to make: the chunky yarn is 100% acrylic… well, at least the other pink one is 100% wool. I can hardly believe I did this!! I just couldn’t find there any neon wool made of… er, real wool. So if you know of any, pretty please, would you share your sources?

On the same tour, there were a few definitely more conventional finds: a handful of fabric cuts and some wool in Nordic shades. Yes, I swing from one extreme to the other… Am I the only one?




7 thoughts on “Change is the only certain thing in life

  1. ScrapAndSalvage says:

    you can totally rock some rad leg and neck warmers with those neon colors!!! i can hardly believe Flashdance just celebrated its 30th anni a couple weeks ago. way to honor it with creativity and fashion! 🙂 and way to change things up by brightening your yarn repertoire! happy knitting!!! now let’s see those dance moves 😉

  2. reWOLLuzza says:

    I’d totally go for anything Anticraft! I love their site and the book. So maybe I’m biased… legwarmers are totally cool too.

    • itwasjudith says:

      Thanks! yes, i bought the book because had seen many interesting quirky pieces in there and I couldn’t let it go 🙂 I’m trying a skull neck warmer at the moment, but hope to work with one of the Anticraft patterns soon!

  3. MasonBentley says:

    oooh! can’t wait for you to post a pic! xxx

    • itwasjudith says:

      Thanks! I’ve been buying some more crazy colours, but have only worked on a black/red mini “collection” so far.. time is not enough – I wish I could try them all immediately 🙂

  4. […] a recent post I was talking about alternative colours to my usual range. I’ve since sourced more wool and […]

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