Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Update

     2nd quarter Fae Yarn Club-music- closing in a few days, did you get your order in?
     Moriarty's first clue to come out tonight at midnight, Kanuck's last clue at the same time. Kits are still available.
     Scarlet Pimpernel, did you order your kit? Looks like the silk has been the more popular of the items. We hope to begin dyeing by the end of next week. 

 If not me then Pixie #1, it's her color after all.  We have a lot of the goodies ready to go so it should move swimmingly after dyeing.


     Year of the Classics, the Secret Garden will open for pre-orders soon.  This is lovely gradient hand painted lace.  A beaded, floral themed circular shawl cut open up the front.
     I'll be in surgery Wednesday for my back,,, but things will still move along as always. Any questions or TK issues will take a bit longer for me to handle.  Hope you are all well and happy enjoying the spring time.

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.

SOLD OUT sorry


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


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.