Typing my blog from my bed on a Friday, yes 'f' is for Friday but I could have changed this to 'f' is for flu but to brighten our days and forget my rattles and wheezes, 'f' is also for an old Folk song about Mr Fox.
I harken back to the times when dad sat at my beside reading me stories and rhymes, suffice to say he didn't sing to me but his character acting made a world of fairy tales live in my mind. Some of the rhymes and stories that dad loved best were about animals which is why this one had more meaning to me when I saw the theme for this beanie in the Fauna no2 edition of Making magazine.
I quote from the folk song from which the pattern designer: Beatrice Perron Dahlen gleaned her inspiration for the colours and the name of of the hat featured in the magazine. The fox with his creamy white tail.
"The Fox went out on a chilly night, He prayed for the moon to give him light
For he'd many a mile to go that night
Before he reached the town-o, town-o, town-o
He'd many a mile to go that night before he reached the town-o"
Words for children, remembered by adults with deeper meaning. Now can you see why I had to knit this hat.
I have started another one to keep me occupied during this enforced resting time. It wouldn't be s Mr Fox but the colour I am using is perfectly summed up from the land of myths and legends this time the tail/tale of a blue dragon. The pattern is a fun way to practise Brioche stitch and is very relaxing to knit. In my case it was the 'quick' brown fox!
I am grateful for parents who saw the importance of books and reading, another blessing I enjoy today and now my knitting projects have opened up my childhood memories and imagination as I remember mr fox going out on that chilly night. I will have two beanies to keep me warm when I venture out next time and off course 'dad will come along'