Glow-in-the-dark yarn sounds like a rather wonderful concept, no? When I heard this thing existed, I had a, ‘Gah, WHY didn’t I think of that?’ moment. This happens a lot – the universe is clearly some way ahead of me. Anyway, I know TheTwistedYarn is primarily a stuff-for-the-home blog, but when I heard about this brand new yarn, I had to take a minor swerve into garment-knitting, because what toddler-about-town doesn’t need a glow-in-the-dark knitted hat?
Pedantically, I should point out that the yarn in question is not glow-in-the-dark, but rather it contains a highly reflective fibre. Perfect, I thought, for toddlers with questionable road sense out and about (albeit accompanied by semi-responsible adults) in winter. Time for some hats! Want the details?
Hey! You with zero interest in either toddlers or glowing yarn! Don’t worry, I’ll be done with this stuff soon and will reward you with lovely scenes of autumnal sunset. Promise. Bear with me.
The yarn in question (thank you so much for asking, darling) is Rico Design Glühwürmchen Luciole. (Translation: glow-worm. But you probably figured that out already. See? Everybody’s ahead of me.) I was quite excited when it arrived. It’s a chunky yarn, supplied in eight colour options in 100-g balls. Unfortunately, it plopped through the letter-box in broad daylight so its nocturnal reflective qualities were of no use whatsoever. I waited. I drummed my fingers. I scratched the skin above my ear. I fetched some green tea. I knitted. Eventually it got dark. A-ha! Now we’re talking. Look!
Can you see those little reflective fibres amongst the orange? They really are very reflective. They’re glass fibre and they comprise 16% of the yarn. The rest is acrylic (54%) and wool (30%). This yarn has only just hit the market in the UK, and I’m not sure whether it’s even directly available in North America yet. So I knitted some hats for the toddler twinnage, because I thought this would be fabulous from a safety point of view, and because I wanted to test the yarn out in order to review it. I used a very simple pattern. I knitted and I knitted:-
And at last they were done. The yarn is wonderfully soft, but be warned: it’s like a soft conglomeration of fibrous fluffiness rather than a coherent plied yarn. So if you tug on it more than the tiniest amount, it gently pulls apart, like this:-
This takes a little getting used to, when you’re accustomed to being able to inflict a certain amount of abuse on a yarn. But no matter.
So the hats were knitted and gratuitously pom-pommed. And I decided to quite literally road-test them, to see whether they’d make the slightest difference in the terrifying case of a toddler caught in the headlights of an approaching car. Here they are, illuminated by my beat-up old hatchback on full-beam. And the result, as you can see, is distinctly hmmmmm….
(No, those aren’t really the Toddler Twinnage. You’re uncommonly observant, if I may be as bold as to say so?) Yes, there are tiny flecks of reflective loveliness in the hats, but that’s the problem: they’re just tiny flecks. They do what they’re supposed to, but really, this yarn isn’t going to make the difference between safe and unsafe for an unreliable pedestrian. I know it’s not billed as a toddler-saver, but I can’t be the only person who thought that this might be the perfect use for it? So, disappointed, I go back to the toddler-safety drawing board, and wait for a yarn that’s maybe got a little more reflective fibre in it. Ah well, it was a nice idea.
But let’s get back to some sunsets. It’s been quite pretty round here lately of an evening, as the clouds turn lazily pink:-
And a tractor works across the field, purely for the delight of the Toddler Twinnage, obviously:-
And then the sun slides low in the sky and everything is beautiful, even the things that are usually a bit ‘meh’:-
And even though all can most certainly not be said to be well in the world, there is still some beauty, and peace, and colour, around us. So life is good.