Saturday, May 29, 2010

History Lesson and Batt Giveaway!







I have the distinct pleasure to know Lampy of Lampyridae in person as she lives nearby and is very much a fiber fiend. I don't think anyone else knows the work she does in her non-fiber life as a Veteran's advocate though. On occasion, she is asked to give speeches at various local events and with her permission, I have reprinted one of them here- note I believe she has added the "Phat Town" info as entertainment for us :) We're giving away these batts to three separate winners- just visit Lampyridae and look around, when you find something you like, write a comment about it in the comments section below- twitter, facebook updates and ravelry will help get you second entries while spreading the word about Lampyridae!

Three years following the surrender of General Lee to General Grant at Appomattox and the end of the American Civil War, General John A Logan drafted General Order # 11. Here’s a few lines as he presented them:

The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land. In this observance no form or ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit. If other eyes grow dull and other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remain in us.

Let us, then, at the time appointed, gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with choicest flowers of springtime; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from dishonor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us as sacred charges upon the Nation’s gratitude,--the soldier’s and sailor’s widow and orphan.***

General Logan and his beautiful and very kind wife lived in my home town of Murphysboro Illinois--not far from Phat Fiber HQ in fact. And it was a few years prior to his writing that order that General Logan started the tradition of Memorial Day IN THE TOWN OF CARBONDALE ILLINOIS--also known as Phat town--home of Phat Fiber.



69 comments:

Nupur said...

I am in love with the creamsicle sock yarn- such a delicious color! The history lesson was very interesting too.

TuttleDB said...

Everything in Lampy's shop is gorgeous, but I'm going to choose Honeybee Inspired Sock Yarn 3 ply Superwash Merino.

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dixiemaiden said...

I really like the Wind in the Willows inspired sock yarn.

jessecreations said...

I'm really LOVING those Hippolyta batts she has in her shop now! I also love her beads, and will be back to her shop the next time I'm in the market for them to be sure. :)

Jess

Becca said...

I really like the Hermia inspired batt.

Thanks for the history on Memorial Day. Too often the meaning gets overlooked as people celebrate their 3-4 day weekend. Speaking as a military member myself, I know what sacrifices are made in the name of freedom.

To all the men and women who work to keep our country free!

heather said...

I love the Wind in the Willows yarn. I have hearted her shop, she is one of the first places where I could find beads for knitting.

Perry said...

May we never forget those who served and preserve our liberty and quality of life.

I like Hedy Lamarr and Lampy's shop.

Mandii said...

The Peacock inspired sock yarn and the Belladonna Amaryllis batt are both awesome!

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Spinnergirl said...

Violet Posies sock yarn, perfect for Spring socke!!

yarnmagic on Ravelry said...

The Miss Rose Designs inspired fiber batt! Or pretty much anything else, really. The Creamsicle yarn is also something that I noticed a while ago, and really like.

Andrea said...

The Belladona Amaryllis batt looks to die for!

burnt rain said...

hmmmmmmm there's a certain teal yarn labelled "Rhionaeschna multicolor Blue eyed darner Dragonfly inspired yarn skein " that is very very much my alley. Delicious..

Stephanie said...

I'm loving Patricia Roc inspired Fiber Batt. The color combo is wonderful

A Rose said...

Purple Martin sock yarn!

Cool story!

Rachael said...

Love the Purple Martin sock yarn!

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butterflyears said...

Belladonna is just so sweet and cool!

Jessie said...

I love the white batt! It's out of stock at the moment, but I think it counts anyway. :)

Zombie Queen said...

I love the purple martin sock yarn!!

Zombie Queen said...

Fb @ Angelica Rodriguez Macklin

Turtle said...

what gorgeous patriotic colors! I have to say her honeybee inspired yarn is so fun for summer as well.

Greta said...

Oh my gosh, Hermia is such a beautiful batt. I think that's my favorite.

Johanna said...

I love the yarn inspired by Peacocks!

Sarah said...

I've got to agree, that Hermia batt is beautiful. All of her yarns appeal to my eye as well. Fantastic stuff!

Jags said...

I finished spinning up her Peeps batt earlier this month and it was a dream to spin up!

I'm drooling over the Hermia batt right now, I think it could be an intriguing spin ;)

Galia Lael said...

After receiving the sample in my May box, I'm totally in love with the Hermia inspired batt.

Knottiegirl said...

The purples in this are absolutely amazing: Concord Cordial inspired sock wt yarn 400 yards 100 gr - Baby Alpaca, Cashmere, Silk

Anna B said...

lol i love the scallywag's yarn! lol

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Red said...

Belladonna Amaryllis inspired fiber batt is super pretty!

Tera said...

Neurothemis ramburii ramburii or Red Dragonfly inspired Skein of Yarn 400 yards (100 grams) sock weight would make a beutiful pair of socks or a small shawl!

Jan L said...

All the batts are so beautiful, but the colors and fiber combination of Silver Screen Inspirations Hedy Lamarr really caught my eye.

Kristin said...

Ok, I pretty much loved EVERYTHING in her Etsy store! Some of my top pics are:

Silver Screen Star Patricia Roc inspired Fiber, the Silver Screen Inspirations Hedy Lamarr Fiber, and the Creamsicle yarn 435 yards sock yarn (YUM!) My fingers crave them!

I left a Facebook status too. :)

sherry said...

I particularly like the Hermia batt...that just-right bit of copper sparkle! Matter of fact, that movie she talks about, is the first 'Shakespeare' film I ever saw..No wonder I've always loved Midsummer Night's Dream!
Also, those bits of information given with each offering are really fun to read...as well as, the Memorial Day history.
What an intelligent lady!

Katie said...

I love the driftwood inspired yarn!

Lilm4105 said...

The Driftwood Inspired Sock yarn is gorgeous!! And I think the Bumble Bee Beeswax kit is an ingenious little kit!
Emily
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kmp1964 said...

The driftwood sock yarn is wonderful. What a relaxing - calming color.

Lampy said...

Thank you all for the really nice things you've said! You all have made me proud to say I served in the Marines. I am so happy to know Jesse, Marcus and her bebes and of course Chopper. They are just as nice and sweet as they appear in the blog/box videos, etc. Thank you all for your kind words for veterans and for remembering this weekend those who died much younger than they should have.

Snaps said...

The vibrant colors are awesome! I really like the bright yellow lace yarn (FIRE?).

Enchantments by Rhianana said...

I really like the Belladonna Amaryllis batt, it looks like pink cotton candy! I'll bet it's really soft too!

knitmomma said...

I love her fiber inspirations and the descriptions! My favorite tonight is Hermia inspired, 3 oz fiber batt for spinning SW Merino, Bamboo, Firestar, Alpaca. Simply lovely!

InJuneau said...

I love the Blue Poppy inspired skein 435 yards of silk-superwash Merino blend yarn, esp. since I just bought a blue poppy plant.

Anett Kiefer said...

I really like the Hermia inspired batt and the Rose inspired batt - so fluffy.

Melrose said...

In a blue mood lately and I am smitten with the bluebells lepidoptera lace. Just lovely!

Kat said...

Thank so much for the history lesson. I think people, especially the younger generations, forget what this holiday is really about.
I am totally in love with the Polish Pottery Inspired Yarn 400 yards. That color is amazing!
BUT- the Wind in the Willows Inspired Sock Yarn really caught my eye for 2 reasons. Gorgeous colorway and this will be perfect for Cookie A's new Cubist socks. I just hope this yarn is still there on payday. And, the Wind in the Willows was one of my kids' favorite cartoons. When they were bad they got called "toad". LOL

Kathleen said...

I love the Hermia batt and the info about Olivia de Haviland.

ZombieCat said...

Wonderful lesson, thanks Lampy! And for the fiber, I love the Hedy Lamarr fiber batt. Gorgeous!

DariceMoore said...

Oh, I love Lampy's stuff -- I made a delicious Trinity shawlette out of one of her blue fingering weight yarns! Right now, I'm eyeing up her ruby-red dragonfly-inspired sock yarn (http://www.etsy.com/listing/46345006/neurothemis-ramburii-ramburii-or-red). Such a rich color, and a nontypical red.

Robin said...
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Robin said...

Not only are her batts divine, all the fiber and yarn in her shop are gorgeous. Love all the batts especially!

trh said...

Lampyridae has the most beautiful, colorful yarn and fiber in her shop. I would love any of it but the Rhionaeschna multicolor Blue eyed darner yarn is really gorgeous. I also love the names of her colors -

All For Love Of Yarn! said...

I've been eyeing the silvercreen blue and green batt, it looks so dreamy and wonderful to spin!

Little Miss S. said...

I really love the Violet Posies- such amazing colors

Marni, Robert, Zero, MaryJane and Grace said...

Wow- the color is intense! Great photos. The Turquoise is my favorite.

Sarah said...

The Wind in the Willows Sock Yarn is just gorgeous!

SJS said...

I love that Hermia-inspired batt as well as the Purple Martin sock yarn. Lovely!

fiberfriend said...

I'm in love with Lampy's Puck, Midsummer Nights Dream, 2 1/2 oz fiber batt for spinning SW Merino, firestar, silk, milk, Bamboo, Angelina, Alpaca
GORRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGEOUS!!!!

Be Grim said...

I love all the names...Wind in the Willows sock yarn catches my eyes..

nowhereslowhandmade.com said...

i love the neutral tone of
Gray Petaltail Dragonfly sock yarn! i would love to make some baby stuff out of this - i'm due in october and we are keeping the sex a surprise!

Angie S. said...

I don't knit socks but I really love the Driftwood inspired sock yarn!

Carlin said...

My favorite is the Helena batt.

Stacy said...

Puck! Definitely Puck!

brownbear said...

I think the bumble fix kit is a really cute idea. I also like the Hippolyta batts.

Merinitta said...

So many wonderful colors. I think that the Delphinium Inspired sock yarn is my favorite colorway, but the Tell me a story Storybook inspired super soft luxury sock is my favorite name.

Alison said...

I love the Midsummer Night's Dream batts! Especially the Puck and Hippolyta. (I'm crossing my fingers that some of those are going into the July box...)

HolyCuteness said...

I have to say I'm loving the Hermia batt! Gorgeous!

Dawn said...

What gorgeous yarns. I love the colours of the Wind in thw Willows inspired sock yarn.

Kristen said...

Wow. Today I'm loving Cymothoe sangaris or Red Glider Inspired Lepidoptera Lace weight yarn 1312 yards 100 gr.

petitevache said...

Lampy's hedy lamarr bad is totally calling my name.

sam said...

all her batts are really gorgeous, but I am partial to Helena. Also, the bluebell inspired lace yarn is really lovely

mugginskate said...

I like the peacock inspired yarn! It's so nice!!!