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Back in black

June 15, 2010

I’ll tell you a secret.

It isn’t anything ground-breaking — it’s not even something that I’d ever thought about until recently — but it’s something that has come to my attention, and now that it has, I think I need to do something about it.

Are you ready? Alright then — this is it: I have never used black yarn. Ever. I wouldn’t have even considered it as something worth considering. I like things colourful. All the colours of the rainbow at once, or more subtle — shades, contrasts, tones and combinations. Buying yarn is like choosing flowers or sweets in a sweet shop — and it’s usually a case of the brighter the better.

But in the last couple of weeks I’ve suddenly started spotting some great crocheted items that are making me have a rethink about black. Take, for example, this super granny square scarf, as sported by Mary-Kate Olsen:

Or this awesome crocheted standard-lamp shade cover — one of Sarah London’s latest wonderful creations:

The idea is a gem in itself, but just look at how the lovely colours are set off so nicely by the black and white:

And now I have a serious case of the wanties (I blame Lucy at Attic24 for that phrase, but it fits the feeling so perfectly, don’t you think?) after seeing these fantastic pyjama bottoms:

Of course they are not actually crocheted — that would make for some very warm bed-wear — but don’t they look great? I’m not sure how much they would cost in sterling — or even if the website will ship to the UK — but I might just have to try to find out. Maybe.

The thought of buying and crocheting with black yarn is still a little bit alien to me — even a bit scary (am I daft? I just don’t want to end up hating something I’ve made) — but these things all look so great that I think I’m going to have to try it some time soon.

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