Wishing all our wonderful P/Hoppers a happy, healthy and fulfilling 2014!
My fist day back in the MSF office and there’s been loads to do. Two invites to shows were in the inbox with all the form filling that that requires to apply for a place. The first is Woolfest in Cockermouth, Cumbria on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 June, followed by Fibre-East in Redborne, Bedford on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 July. Both are lovely shows. If any of you would like to volunteer to run the P/hop stall at either of these shows, I’d love to hear from you. Either drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me through Ravelry – I’m Katestwirl!
We were also lucky enough to have the final bits of information needed for our latest pattern, which has been very kindly donated by Karie Westermann. This gorgeous shawl is called Eyre Shawl and is now ready for download on the Eyre Shawl pattern page, where you can also read all about it.
It is perfect for keeping you cosy in this stormy weather while you’re sitting indoors reading the classics! Think of poor Jane Eyre in that drafty school and pull it a little tighter!
Here is what Karie had to say about her inspiration for the shawl:
I first read Jane Eyre when I was fourteen. I had this mad, mad notion of ‘reading all the classics’ before I turned fifteen. I did not get far, of course, because I read indiscriminately and without any real understanding of what I read. Jane Eyre was one of the books I did read and I remember thinking it was ‘okay but a bit dull’.
Then I decided to revisit Jane Eyre last year and the novel took my breath away. What an intelligent, passionate, fierce book it is. It is both a Victorian literary equivalent of a Mills & Boon novel (“Reader, I married him”) and a proudly feminist book about the importance of knowing your own mind. The many knitting references were just cherries sprinkled on top! I swooned and cheered.
There was even a lovely bit where the housekeeper, Mrs Fairfax, says something in the vein of, “Oh, hang on a sec. Must. Finish. This. Row. before you dash off with the Master” – any knitter would smile in recognition. So, how could I resist designing a shawl to match Mrs Fairfax knitting away?
Please don’t forget to donate for patterns which you download. Evey little bit helps MSF to help those in need wherever they may be.