1) Please note the different PRICING OPTIONS a) $60 includes shipping to Ontario/Quebec b) $50 for those living nearby who will be picking up c) $65 includes shipping to Canada (outside ON/QC) as well as the United States
2) This yarn colourway will be created on Samhain, October 31. Orders will be shipping within a week of that date.
3) Your parcel will contain a) a squishy skein of sock yarn (ONLY sock yarn available for now) and b) other seasonal goodies either made by me or sourced from local artisans to celebrate the season!
4) A second reminder….you won’t receive your yarn BY October 31, it will created on that day and shipped within the week.
5) This is a Mystery Club – I don’t know what I am going to dye until the actual day and you won’t know what the colourway looks like until it arrives….so by purchasing a club kit, you acknowledge that you like surprise endings!
6) Due to the Mystery nature of the Club, colour requests can’t be taken and there are no refunds once the yarn has been dyed.
October 31 is a day layered with historical meaning and celebration.
The one we know best is Halloween which is a contraction of All Hallows’ Eve, a holidayobserved on October 31, the evening before All Saints’ (or All Hallows’) Day. Prior to this though, we find that the festival of Samhain was celebrated by the Celts of ancient Britain and Ireland on and around this time. It was seen as the new year as well as when the season of winter started to truly take root.
During the Samhain festival, people believed that the souls of those who had died returned to visit their homes. Bonfires were lit on hilltops…one reason being to scare away evil spirits (Jack-O-Lanterns anyone?) and sometimes people wore masks to avoid being recognized by the visiting spirits. It was in those ways that beings such as witches, hobgoblins, fairies, and demons came to be associated with the day. The period was also thought to be favourable for divinationon matters such as marriage, health, and death. When the Romans conquered the Celts in the 1st century CE, they added their own festivals of Feralia, commemorating the passing of the dead, and of Pomona, the goddess of the harvest. (Source: Britannica.com)
Eight times a year, I mark the changing seasons by going out to watch the sunrise. I chose these dates based on the seasons and the midpoints between them. These dates are celebrated for a variety of reasons around the world and have been celebrated in many ways for hundreds of years.
Observing them throughout the year has become a way for me to feel connected to the world around me and to also take some time to be present and acknowledge Mother Earth. On each of the eight days, I take photos and pay attention to my surroundings and lately they inspire yarn colours!
On May 1, 2021, I found myself inspired after the sunrise on May day to dye some skeins to represent the day. Then on June 21, after watching summer’s first sunrise, I again took that inspiration home and dyed a few skeins of yarn. Again on Aug 1, another awesome yarn was created! So I decided to make it a regular thing!
Each time, I try to let photos, colours, animals of the morning inspire the yarn colourway….with no pre-planning and no expectations….so I never really know what the yarn is going to look like, until it appears in my dye pans!
UPCOMING DATES of CREATION 2021/2022
These are the dates of creation. Shipping within 1-2 weeks AFTER this date (though usually sooner than that! )
THIS LISTING IS FOR: Oct 31 Halloween/Samhain/Final Harvest/Midpoint between Autumn and Winter
Dec 21 First Day of Winter/Winter Solstice/Yule (TBA)
Feb 2 Mid-point between Winter and Spring/Imbolc (TBA)
March 20 First Day of Spring/Spring Equinox (TBA)
May 1 May Day/Bealtaine/Midpoint between Spring and Summer (TBA)
June 21 First Day of Summer/Summer Solstice/Litha (TBA)
Aug 1 Midpoint between Summer and Autumn/First Harvest/Lammas (TBA)