Last Saturday I picked up this treasure form the Sally Ann's Salvation Army Shop here in Cambridge. It's quite an unlikely thing for me to buy because it's made from man-made fibre. I'm not at all a fan of man-made fibre and on top it's a size S, which means I can't even wear it. But I love the design so much, the mesh of lots of bright colours that start solidly at the bottom, then get sprinkled over the white background until they fade into it. Even the wrong side looks good.
So, I stood in the shop looking at it for two minutes or so, decidedly undecided whether I should buy it. No, Karin, it's too small, it's made from plastic, you don't need it, you can't use it, what would you possibly want to do with it. But the colours and the pattern and the amount of thinking that went into designing and making it... and if I just hang it up on the wall to look at?! That was it, the excuse I needed to make myself fork out the money, I took it with me. It has no lable in it anywhere. I have no idea who produced or designed it or what sort of plastic fibre it is. I don't care, it now hangs on my wall to look good. As a piece of art.
That is the nice thing about charity shopping. Purchases don't break the bank. This one was £4. And I'm happy and thoroughly in love with a jumper ... Oh!