Welcome to Forgotten Festivals Rolag Club!
This month we are celebrating All Fools’ Day on the 1st April.
Now more commonly known as April Fools Day, the origin of All Fools’ Day and how it came to be celebrated by so many cultures remains a mystery.
One story dates the tradition to 16th century France. In 1582 France changed from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar, meaning the new year was celebrated on the 1st of January. Those who persisted in celebrating the new year towards the end of march, up to April the first became the butt of jokes, including having a paper fish stuck to their backs and being called “poisson d’Avril” because the young, easily caught fish was a symbol of gullibility.
Other ideas tie this widely-celebrated festival to the start of spring, when nature frequently fools us with unpredictable weather. There may be links to the ancient Roman festival of Hilaria, celebrated at the end of March, which involved dressing up in disguises.
This month is a double celebration because it’s Story Skeins’ birthday! Story Skeins officially launched on the first of April last year. It’s been an amazing year of unexpected surprises and exciting projects, including this rolag club. Thank you all for being a part of it!
This month’s rolags are inspired by the traditional costume of the fool. We have bright and bold primary and secondary colours, and equally colourful accessories. The bells are also inspired by the fool’s costume and in addition to your stitch markers you have 6 extra bells to add into your yarn, or use for your own creative project. There’s a selection of April fool’s pranks, tea and a handspun mini skein from our guest maker, Sarah at Setting The Twist.
Have all the fun!
In this box you should find:
- The story of All Fools Day
- 30g of rolags in “Fool” – 60% Merino, 20% Silk, 20% Corn
- A handspun mini skein in “Harlequin” by Setting The Twist
- Tea in blends of “Three Tulsi” and “Heart-warming”
- Stitch markers and split rings for you to store your stitch marker collection
- 6 bell charms
- A “poisson d’Avril” – use at your own discretion!
- And you can find your final treat at tinyurl.com/RolagRevellers