[out of season WIP]

In a recent post I was talking about alternative colours to my usual range. I’ve since sourced more wool and cotton yarn (acrylic is practical to wash but not as nice to work with) in crazy colours. The items in this post use the black and red big yarn (~10mm) I’ve shown there before.

I’m having fun with experimenting something different and created a few item ideas, as well as using existing patterns. It’s still WIP, though. Here is a preview of the mini Goth series I’ve been working on:

G♥th collection (WIP)

I know, I know… this is not the season for such wool and styles.. but, who cares? This is one of the many ideas they’ve recently been going around in my head. You know when you keep thinking ‘I wonder how it would be to work with that yarn? What about this idea? How would it look like?’… Well, I stopped thinking about and started making it!

The first item to be made was this Skull Neck Warmer by Birdface. I loved her design as soon as I saw it some time ago and wanted to try it out – finally I’ve done it. As the skull pattern reminded me of Goth designs, I used the typical colour scheme black/red.

Skull neck warmer, free pattern by Birdface Goth neck warmer                Skull neck warmer: the original free pattern by Birdface and my Goth version.

I also wanted to create more accessories in the same style and drew some things myself. The first piece I made was the neck warmer above. Then I tried my own G♥th fingerless mitts – well, at the moment there is still just one of them!

G♥th fingerless mitts

I will work on more items and try to finish them – wave ends in, etc… all the fun work. In the meanwhile, forget about thick wool and enjoy the nice weather!

...some pop madness                      A crazy fabric I just bought; very bright and pop… just something completely different, of course!


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?