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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
Welcome to Forgotten Festivals Rolag Club!
I hope you’ve all had a good break over the festive season. Now it’s a new month, a new year and time to get back to work.
This month we are celebrating Plough Monday on January 11th.
Plough Monday falls on the first Monday after Twelfth Night. The traditional Christmas celebration was a full twelve days of feasting, culminating in a huge and rowdy party on twelfth night, the 5th of January. So what better way to mark the return to work, when ploughing would begin for the next crop … than with a feast?
In villages around the country there were a variety of traditions. Leaping dances were held, with the young and fit encouraged to leap as high as possible because it was though the height they achieved marked the height of the forthcoming corn crop. In some places, a “fool plough” was decorated and dragged around the streets to encourage villagers to donate money, sometimes under threat of having their garden ploughed if they were less than generous!
Inspired by the theme of ‘back to work’, this month’s rolags reflect January skies, and the box contains a mixture of extras to help you get going at the start of the working day, and help you relax at the end of it. I’m particularly thrilled to introduce our guest maker, Leanne from Solocro who has made one of your treats. I hope you enjoy all of it.
In this box you will find:
- 30g of gradient rolags in “Shifting Skies” – 42% Corriedale, 19% Falkland, 19% Gotland, 11% Rose fibre, 9% Milk protein fibre, and a hint of sparkle.
- A mini skein in “Midnight Clear” – 70% Merino, 30% Trilobal.
- The story of Plough Monday.
- A set of stitch markers.
- Tea in ‘Refresh’ and ‘Revitalise’ blends.
- Bath, or foot bath, salts.
- Handmade hand cream from Solocro.
“Shifting skies” gradient rolags, inspired by the January weather.
“Midnight Clear” mini skeins, inspired by the starry winter sky and spun as my favourite style of gently thick and thin singles.
Bath salts from the old apothecary in Haworth.
Handmade handcream from Solocro
This was another swap with a lovely and talented lady. She wanted a complete surprise so I thought I’d spoil her with a Hilltop Cloud gradient set. The fibre was called “Cabbage Leaf” and inspired the concept behind “Eat Your Greens.”
I saw a cabbage flower once, in the place I’d least expect it. Nestling, hiding its face, but placed at the centre of everything, radiating nature’s elegance.
It was in a flower display in a church. And it wasn’t even harvest! It had been picked for its subtle beauty.
Was this the cabbage I knew? From school dinners and uneaten meals. The two ideas didn’t go together. Incongruous was the word.
But now I have a new idea of what ‘cabbage’ is.
Title: Eat Your Greens
Composition: 55% Merino, 30% Corriedale, 15% Bamboo.
Weight: 140g / 16 WPI / Sports weight
Length: 539m / 590yd approx.
Care: Hand wash only. Dry flat.
Date: November 2015
Skein code: 0077
Fibre: Handblended Merino, Corriedale and Bamboo.
Source: Hilltop Cloud