I hope the year has started well for you, with progress a-plenty on your knitting or crochet projects! Unfortunately for me, school parent evenings, poorly dogs and other general life is getting in the way of my knitting time! Which is a shame as I have so many ideas! Some of them quite wacky, but I like wacky... For example, I am always cold, which is why I nearly always have a neck warmer or shawl of some description on. I find shawls can get in the way when I am helping find yarn so for work I nearly always stick to my cowls (a nicer way of saying "knitted neck tube" I think!) However, these do have gaps where my top are lower cut than the cowl and these bits get chilly. So imagine my happiness when I came across this in one of Sharon's vintage books.
Now, I know what you are thinking... I do vaguely remember the 80s, plus I am a big fan of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. I know these are uncool. But really, why? It seems genius to me, you tuck it into your shirt or jumper so it's not like you're wearing a bib. There would be no draughts either, as its tucked in. So I started thinking...
Obviously there is no way I am making it in the yarn they mention in this charming book from 1983. (as nice as Bri-nylon sounds...). Plus I think it would look much better, and less choke-y if its not tight to my neck, as this looks in the picture. So maybe making it in an Aran weight? We have this yarn in the shop that is just pure bliss...
It's pure buttery softness so I don't think it will itch at all. It's wool, and kept sheep warm on the Falkland Islands so I think it should keep me warm in an England winter.
And just like that, another item has made it onto my wild and wacky To Knit List. It was swiftly followed by legwarmers as I started to think about cold ankles and other good idea from the 80s. In rainbow colours I think, because that's definitely something that the 80s did right! Have you ever knit anything others have considered wacky? I'd love to hear about it!
My name is Sharon the Sheep, the owner of Avicraft Wool Shop in Bromley Kent..