Welcome to Yarn Story for November, 2023.
I listened to a song today called "Charm On, Goldfinch" by Spell Songs. The chorus goes like this- "Charm on, goldfinch, charm on. Heaven help us when all your gold is gone" and I think we've hit that time in the year when they are fading to grey. When we put our sweaters on and settle in for the winter; make mittens, think about Christmas- which stresses some of us out, and makes others quite glad.
We're all different, birds included.
Our book this month is Bird Cottage by Eva Meijer (translated by Antoinette Fawcett). This is a fictional account of the life of Len Howard who was forty years old when she decided to leave London and move to the country to live among the birds. While living in her small cottage in Sussex, she wrote two books detailing her life with the birds who lived nearby. Birds as Individuals and Living with Birds were bestsellers once, but are now only found second hand. This is a pity, according to Meijer, because Howard's research was "ahead of its time".
To carry on with our theme, our featured yarn this month is Tosh Merino Light and we're making the Passerine Hat, which you can find here. This is a fun and fast knit that would look well in many color combinations.
"Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings." Victor Hugo