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Wheel of the Year Mystery Yarn Club | Imbolc Edition 2022

$45.00$60.00 (CAD)

Welcome to my Wheel of the Year Mystery Yarn Club: Imbolc Edition
This listing is ONLY for the Imbolc box.  (I hope to set up a subscription model at some future point, but for now, they are sold individually)

Eight times a year, you have the opportunity to receive a squishy package in the mail!   In addition to that, the yarn is a mystery, even to me, until it is made! (See gallery photos for yarns created earlier in 2021)

Please be sure to read the description below in full before ordering.

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DETAILS

1) Please note the different PRICING OPTIONS   a) $55 includes shipping to Ontario/Quebec   b) $45 for those living nearby who will be picking up c) $60 includes shipping to Canada (outside ON/QC) as well as the United States
2) This yarn colourway will be created for Imbolc, Feb 1-2.  Orders are shipped within 1-2 weeks of the dye date.
3) Your parcel WILL contain a) a minimum 115g of sock yarn (ONLY sock yarn available for now) and b) one or two additional pieces by either myself or local artists to celebrate the season …it MAY ALSO contain c) a designer spotlight to support fellow fibre creators who I know and think are fantastic! 🙂
4) A second reminder….you won’t receive your yarn BY Feb 2, 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.

DESCRIPTION

Imbolc or Imbolg is a holiday with roots in the Celtic nations of Britain celebrated from February 1 through sundown February 2. Based on Celtic tradition, Imbolc was meant to mark the halfway point between winter solstice and the spring equinox in Neolithic Ireland and Scotland.  It also is the feast day for Saint Brigid.

In pre-Christian times, Imbolc observance began the night before February 1. Celebrants prepared for a visit from Brigid, a Celtic Goddess linked to fire, milk, poetry, crafts and fertility.. They also burned lamps and lit bonfires in tribute to Brigid. Brigid was said to visit one’s home on the eve of the festival. To receive her blessings, people would make a bed for Brigid and leave her food and drink, and items of clothing would be left outside for her to bless. Brigid was also evoked to protect homes and livestock. Special feasts were had, holy wells were visited, and it was a time for divination.

Although many of its customs died out in the 20th century, it is still observed by Christians and non-Christians in its Christian and neo-pagan forms respectively, and its customs have been revived in some places. It brings to mind fiery images of the earth beginning to wake after a cold winter, seeds just beginning to stir, sunlight that begins to offer warmth once more…germination, beginnings, fresh starts.

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 Spring Equinox 2021 it began. I found myself inspired after the sunrise to dye some skeins to represent the day.  Then on May Day and again on Summer Solstice, I took that inspiration home and dyed a few skeins of yarn and decided to continue with Mystery Boxes!

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!

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UPCOMING DATES of CREATION 2022
These are the dates of creation.  Shipping within 1-2 weeks AFTER this date (though usually sooner than that! )

2022
Feb 2 Mid-point between Winter and Spring/Imbolc/Chinese New Year
March 20 First Day of Spring/Spring Equinox
May 1 May Day/Bealtaine/Midpoint between Spring and Summer
June 21 First Day of Summer/Summer Solstice/Litha
Aug 1 Midpoint between Summer and Autumn/First Harvest/Lammas
Sept 22 Autumn Equinox/First day of Fall
Oct 31 Samhain/Halloween/Midpoint between Autumn and Winter
Dec 21 Winter Solstice/First day of Winter/Yule

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Pickup or Shipped

Local Pick up (no shipping cost), Shipping in ON or QC, Shipping to Canada or US