I am known as a bit of a Luddite— not that I don’t use technology (this is the web, after all), but I certainly prefer to do a lot of things by hand when possible. I love old kitchen tools, hand tools for wood-working, and my rotary phone (yes, I do have cordless as well). And of course knitting needles and drop spindles are right up there among the ultimate Luddite tools.
So when I was invited to take part in Shall We Knit‘s super-hero-themed Shenanigans in early June, I knew that my colour names needed to be a Luddite/ Wonder Twins mashup.
Remember the Wonder Twins? They’d touch fists and cry “Wonder Twin powers, activate! Form of…” and then change. Zan could change into any form of water and Jayna into any animal.
I actually found both of them really annoying in Saturday morning cartoons, and wondered how Zan could become not just water but also the bucket holding the water. Still, the phrase “Wonder Twins powers, activate!” has really stuck with me.
I figure that a Luddite superhero would transform into some old school, hand-powered tool, something old fashioned and nearly obsolete but arguably useful in the right circumstances. Something like, say, an encyclopedia, a pocket watch, or a canning jar. Or, best of all, a squince!