Advent: December 8th, 9th and 10th!

Sorry! I got behind - badly! I don't really have much to add to the following creatures but for completeness here they are in order. December 8th: Valkyrie. The Soundcloud clip is here. The fibre was a deep chocolate purple dyed on a re-design of my British BFL/Rose fibre blend, now with added llama down. …

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Advent: December 7th

Today's creature is the Jabberwock - the hideous winged sauropod beast from Lewis Carroll's nonsense poem, The Jabberwocky which is part of Through the Looking Glass, the sequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The Soundcloud clip is here. The first lines must be one of the better known children's poems in English literature; Twas bryllyg, …

Advent: December 6th

Today's creature is the Centaur. The Soundcloud clip is here. I'm afraid don't have anything much to add about centaurs to the clip Ellaria kindly recorded! Centaurs are a horse/human hybrid with the horses body and the torso of a man. Perhaps this myth came about when non-riding cultures first encountered the sight of people …

Advent: December 5th

Today's fibre is a blend inspired the Moomin characters. The Soundcloud clip is here. The Moomins were created as a cartoon strip and series of books by the Finnish artist and writer Tove Jansson. Originally published in Swedish, the characters she created that dwell in the fictional Moominvalley have entranced adult and children alike since …

Advent: December 4th

Today's creature is the Selkie. The Soundcloud clip is here. Selkies are found in the mythology of of northern coasts, around the British Isles, Ireland and Iceland. They are said to be shape-shifters, both seal and human. They are not like mermaids which live their lives half and half permanently, they can move between their …

Advent: December 3rd

Today's beast is the very well-known Unicorn. The link to the Soundcloud clip is here. Unicorns are also common to many different cultures since earliest times. They are even described in accounts of natural history not just myth and legend - one can only imagine at what their creators were imbibing at the time or …

Advent: December 2nd

A day late with this but I did say I probably wouldn't post every day this year!! The fabulous beast in the calendar this day is the majestic Gryphon. The link to the Soundcloud clip is here. Initially I'd thought to dye today's fibre in a rich gold - partly due to the golden nugget …