Sunday, March 19, 2017

Scarlet Pimpernel

That time again kiddies, we are playing!  Oh well, knitting, it's mystery knitting a long time! 😊  I just finished loading the page, pattern and all the goodies for Scarlet Pimpernel, found here.  Now it's time to do my research.  
     While I was designing the patterns I was watching Merle Oberon and Leslie Howard in the 1934 rendition (my favorite) playing their parts rushing about and having a great time.  Turns out that Baroness Orczy who wrote the first book wrote several others in the genre using our intrepid adventurer Sir Percy Blakeney.  I can't wait to dig in and see what other adventures our zany Pimpernel gets up to. You can find the books for free, as recordings on Librivox here.
     Anyone want to join me?  I was thinking it would be great fun to listen/watch while in a chat world, perhaps on Ravelry in our group?  What do you say?  And of course you can come along to play regardless of knitting prowess.  😏 Lets play!

Let me start things off with symbolism from the book, taken from The Novel Guide.

The Scarlet Pimpernel: Symbol Analysis

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Perhaps the most noticeable symbol in the book is, of course, “the hastily-scrawled little device—a tiny star-shaped flower” (p. 104), the symbol that serves as the novel’s title, the scarlet pimpernel itself. Although the novel never explicitly states why Sir Percy chooses this flower as his symbol, a clue may lie in its color. In the opening chapter, the red blood that flows through revolutionary Paris—e.g., “The lust of blood grows with its satisfaction, there is no satiety” (p. 9)—can be seen as contrasting with the red of the pimpernel—a flower, and thus a symbol of life, not death. The flower becomes not only a symbol of the French authorities’ impotence, but also of England’s superiority to France.

Jellyband’s inn, The Fisherman’s Rest, may serve a symbolic function. Readers may choose to view the Scarlet Pimpernel as a “fisherman” who “catches” those aristocrats from the turbulent “seas” of the Reign of Terror. Jellyband is, in and of himself, a symbolic embodiment of the British pride that animates the Pimpernel’s heroics: we are told he is representative of “every self-respecting innkeeper in Great Britain” (p. 18). Of course, Jellyband’s patriotism is not without its darker side (as discussed in the Analysis). He and his inn can thus symbolize the best and the worst of national pride.

The arrangement of Marguerite and Sir Percy’s chambers symbolizes in a physical way their emotional relationship—or, at least in the novel’s earlier portion, their lack thereof. We learn that Percy and Marguerite occupy separate chambers in Richmond, their elegant Tudor home, “well divided from each other by the whole width of the house, as far apart as their own lives had become” (p. 122). Furthermore, the sparse and neat interior arrangement of Sir Percy’s rooms corresponds to the strict, discreet way he has arranged to conceal his true activities from the general public, as well as his wife.

Masks and disguises are another dominant metaphor in the novel, mainly in the fact that the Scarlet Pimpernel adopts various disguises—an old woman driving a cart; Benjamin Rosenbaum the Jew; and the foppish, foolish Sir Percy—in order to accomplish his real work. Even when he is ostensibly unmasked, he is masked. In Chapter XVI, for example, we see he is able to don a mask without benefit of literal, physical costume. “The lazy, good-natured face looked strangely altered,” for example, when Marguerite pleads the love of her brother (p. 126); “Sir Percy’s face had become a shade more pale; and the look of determination and obstinancy appeared more marked than ever between his eyes” (p. 129)—the shift in his countenance as he resolves, within himself, to protect Armand. Even the couple’s approach to Richmond has to do with “masking”: the semi-darkness of the night “masks” (not Orczy’s word, but true nevertheless) the way Marguerite usually sees her husband—Percy’s “face in the moonlight looked singularly earnest, and recalled to Marguerite’s aching heart those happy days of courtship, before he had become the lazy nincompoop, the effete fop, whose life seemed spent in card and supper rooms” (p. 121). Even the way Percy drives the bay horses can be seen as a “slippage” of his mask, telegraphing to attentive readers a hint of his truly adventurous spirit: “To-night he seemed to have a very devil in his fingers, and the coach seemed to fly along the road, beside the river” (p. 120).

Friday, March 17, 2017

Fairy Land

Check it out here's Fairy Land in real life.

You get everything except the light, dirt, plant and bark. :-) A complete list contains:
leaf table and chairs 
Swing 
hedgehogs 
chick 



pond 
bridge 
greenman tree 
treehouse 



wheel barrel bike (only 6) 
fairy girl with gazing ball


ORDER HERE-stock will not allow us to over sell. FULL SET SOLD OUT Please note, these are wholesale pricing, you'll not find these items for less anywhere. The small set weighs 14 ounces so the shipping is lower.  We reduced the entire set price from $15 to $9. The cart will charge you $13 for shipping but your only paying $7 for shipping as the overall total is $15 & 7 = $22.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Contest

Hi Kiddies, just needed to pop in and let you know that the Annual Sale has now come to and end. We thank you all for your support now and in the years to come.

Also to tell ya'll we are having a contest for a free skein of Fae Transitions sock yarn on Instagram.  Go sign up for a chance to win and tell all your friends.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Annual Sale

It's that time again, our Annual Sales event is now live.  Take 40% off our already low prices, good on everything pre-dyed and in stock is subject to sale pricing.  The following pages:

  •  Twist
  •  Cobweb 
  •  Fiber for spinning
    If it's dyed and in stock, you can get it for the sale price of 40% off of our already fabulous pricing.

Also in stock we have: 
  • Peacock (2 sets)
  We have more cones of cobweb then what is shown if you need more. All the colors are already loaded.
     While here check out the Yarn Color page for the new Find Your Fade shawl color ways.  These kits are only $90 and shipping.
     Hurry all these lovelies will fly outta here with this large a reduction in pricing.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

New Colors & Links

     Hi Kiddies, happy Tuesday!  Just wanted to give ya'll a heads up.  We are dyeing towards the end of this week as Pixie #1 is gone all of the following week.  
     Happy to paint more Find Your Fade (yarns only $90 vs $150-175 we've seen it listed for) Spice Market or any of the new colors.  We could totally work with you to get up a sweaters worth on say Pixie Maxy? Haven't seen hide nor hair of that one in some time now.  I'm working up a sweater in our new Hummer color way, Drops pattern 104-39 with a few changes. Adding a shawl collar and while there's a button band I don't seem to be fond of buttons.  Not sure what's happening there,,, afterthought buttons? Progress is shared on Instagram. We can paint this on any of our sport weight yarn's you'd like, love my new sweater, it's Fisherman's Rib, my first. Come knit with us.
     Speaking of the new color Hummer, it's now up and we have a collage of Violet Vale.  This is another Pixie #1 color, she's got this lovely method of blending things and everyone loves her color sense. Her English Cottage, Victorian Valentine and Seabreeze are always top sellers these days. They are so spring like that Peeps are lining up to snatch them as we pull them off the racks. We also dyed up a London Calling on the color strand sock.  It will pool silver, brown and black, 4 rows of each when knitting up socks. Wonder what it would do in a shawl? You can find these long strands on the Twist page.
     Oh and before I forget, new necklace available from the Fae Roses.  How about just a single rose on a real gold chain? That can happen, PM me for more details.
     Did you know we are on Instagram?  It's true, we are on there with contests of free stuff all the time, hop on over and check it out.  We are there and on Face Book as Yarn Fairy and the Pixies. Don't forget to pick up your personalized coco, tea, coffee mug from Cafe Press.
     Fae Yarn Club is now open for the next quarter.  This current one, we have come up with some really out of the park colors... not to be repeated.  So if your looking for YF OOAK, that's the place to pick it up. We also have some goodies in that club which aren't making it out to the general public.  Last months color was P!ink. I just love seeing how the different bases respond to all the colors we load up.  Yes these are all painted the same.  Depending on how well the dye takes (Mink on top) it will stick or wash out.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Official? & BIG discount

     When do you step into the big time? When you paint wholesale orders (several each year) or when you get a sign!?! HAHA yuppers, we have a sign for the front gate. Or is it defined by something else entirely?
     Through all of these items, I'm attempting to share the Fae Realm with you all.  What we think it should look like, the vibe and feel of it.  Above you can see wee Pixies fluttering about (ok so they are some kinda butterfly LOL). 
     And we are using the bookmarks for labels, well we are trying to... it's difficult with all the different bases we carry.  Then there's the gradient sets which sort of need a longer tag.  I did see a really nice one with just a logo on which which was real classy looking.  They put the white stickers on and it didn't look as mashup as ours have been looking. We have white labels on purple background. That's going to have to change.
     Anywho... we have these cards for fiber, makes it easy to just check the boxes and bag the roving up with the card. The front is just like the sign above and this is the back.
     And while I was at it, we got new business cards, course I had to change them again.  Oh and we got PENS! Love this pen, it's a Paragon, clickable, writes when you put it to paper, none of that having to pull the ink down. SQWEE!
     So I ask you, what's the "marker" for having "made it"? What with learning all these graphic skills and where to get all the images etc, it's made doing this so easy.  The only thing missing is the mugs now.  I really wanted to send ya'll the fixings for Tea with Kanuck... hum... no reason we can't still do this.  Head over to CafePress and get you a mug. I love the purple mushroom ones but there are others. We have enough tea and possibly enough hot chocolate to put them into all of the Kanuck orders. Sqwee,,, cause we love to spoil all ya'll.
     Back to winding off massive quantities of Imp Sport in the Hummer color.  One for an order, and another for myself.  I have to make a sweater of purple, blue and green with black all over!!! :-) 
      Yeah my hands, they HATE me, I love what we do though and can't seem help it. Anyone else for some deeply discounted yarn?  Imp Sports been discontinued so we bought a massive box full of cones from the mill.  This is the merino/nylon/cashmere which is so amazingly, next to the skin soft that you'll never want to take it off. I was thinking pants, skirts, undergarments LOL. We have a special going any yarn or fiber order (excluding kits-already discounted) over $100 gets to take an additional 25% off. This base normally sells for $21.50 but we can sell it to you for just $17.50 per 4 oz skein.  We can make any size skeins you'd like but I'd prefer to make 8 oz. Off to play, have a great day! 👼

Monday, January 23, 2017

Year of the Classics

       As we begin our year of knitting through the classics... the first pattern takes inspiration from The Scarlet Pimpernel starring Leslie Howard and Merle Oberon.  In this set we have cables, lace and beads in gloves, a scarf and hat in your choice of our Siren sock weights they work up really fast.  While your waiting for the KAL pre-order to open feel free to watch the movie here.
     I love my set and you will too, perfect accessories with my long black duster.  We are using our new color Phoenix and the bases are not all super wash which gives the yarn a lovely color that reads red, yet has lovely blips of the rainbow coming through.