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January Rolag Club: Plough Monday

January Rolag Club: Plough Monday

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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.

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“Shifting skies” gradient rolags, inspired by the January weather.

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“Midnight Clear” mini skeins, inspired by the starry winter sky and spun as my favourite style of gently thick and thin singles.

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Bath salts from the old apothecary in Haworth.

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Handmade handcream from Solocro

Unicorn Smog

Unicorn Smog


I went to Fibre East for the first time in 2015, and picked up some beautiful grey Gotland fibre and this amazing rainbow trilobal from Adelaide Walker. The combination reminded me of interferometric patterns in a diesel spill, of light playfully interacting with a dystopian industrial world. They had to go together.

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Industrial landscape, grimy and gritty. Smoke belches. Factories consume the population. Is there any beauty to be had here?

Beauty and cruelty, hand in hand. The stark landscape has its own elegance. Monochrome scene, all shades of grey.

A splash of oil or diesel here and there – and suddenly – a break from the monochrome!

Rainbow patterns swirl in the industrial spill. A glimpse of a more colourful, maybe a kinder, world.

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Title: Unicorn Smog

Composition: 67% Gotland 33% Trilobal


Weight: 81g / 13 WPI / DK

Length: 167m / 183yd approx.


Weight: 69g / 13 WPI / DK

Length: 147m / 161yd approx.

Care: Hand wash only. Dry flat.


Date: July 2015

Skein code: 0063

Fibre: Grey Gotland, Rainbow dyed trilobal nylon.

Source: Adelaide Walker

Status: 1. For Sale 2. For Sale