Welcome to Forgotten Festivals Rolag Club!
This month we are celebrating Collop Monday on the 8th of February.
Many of us may be looking forward to pancake day on Tuesday. Some of us may still use its traditional name of Shrove Tuesday, and remember the reason we like to cook and eat pancakes on the last day before Lent starts.
Lent is the traditional Christian fasting period for the six or so weeks before Easter. The word is of Old English derivation, traced back to the word for spring and possibly referencing the lengthening days at this time of year. Prior to Lent comes Shrovetide, and the old verb ‘to shrive’ means ‘to seek absolution via confession and penance.’
Part of preparing for the Lenten fast involved using up the rich food during Shrovetide. Shrove Tuesday’s pancakes use up the eggs, milk and sugar, but Collop Monday was the last day to eat meat before lent, and cooking the collops (traditionally made of bacon) provided the fat for the coming pancake feast. The traditional breakfast on Collop Monday consisted of the bacon-collops and eggs. It turns out this is a great excuse to create a whimsical “Full English Breakfast” themed rolag box!
With thanks to our guest makers, Sarah from Setting the Twist who has made this month’s mini skeins, and Kirsty from Buttons Be Good who has made us some beautiful mushroom-themed buttons.
I hope you enjoy it!
In this box you should find:
- 20g of rolags in “Flesh” – 70% Corriedale, 15% Faux Cashmere, 15% Soya Bean Fibre
- 10g of rolags in “Fowl” – 67% Romney, 33% Corriedale
- The story of Collop Monday
- A handspun mini skein from Setting the Twist in “Tomato”
- Mushroom buttons from Buttons Be Good
- Mini chocolate eggs
- Beans by Jelly Belly
- Tea in English Breakfast and After Dinner blends
- Knife and Fork stitch markers
“Flesh & Fowl” rolags – inspired by a traditional Collop Monday Breakfast.
Mushroom buttons by Buttons Be Good
Knife and Fork stitch markers, made by Imogen.
Tomato mini skeins by Setting The Twist