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Because the Barlick Yarn Fairies are very real and their wonderful and unique creations have delighted millions in the week since the Queen’s death.
Yes, you read that right…millions. For a photo shared on the Burnley Express facebook page of a wreath crocheted by the Barnoldswick-based fairies has been seen by at least three million people.
It has been shared thousands of times and posted in several different knitting groups.
The tribute to Her Majesty was lovingly crocheted and placed on the Castle Road postbox in Colne by fairies in the dead of night.
I managed to track down one of the fairies this week and she revealed that anonymity was a key part of their existence and mystique.
“If our creations can help lift someone’s spirits, it makes us very happy,” the fairy told me. “It’s not about recognition for us because only our very close family and friends know who we are.”
The fairies found themselves locked in when they discovered they shared a love of crochet. One of the first projects they got involved with was the Octopus for a Preemie project, a group of people who crochet and knit little octopuses and jellyfish to comfort premature babies.
To the premature baby, the octopus’ carefully crafted tentacles resemble its mother’s umbilical cord.
Since then, their crochet designs and embellishments, which are designs designed for mailbox tops, have appeared regularly, usually on special occasions and events, including Remembrance Sunday, Victory Day , Mother’s Day and the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this summer. In the past two years they have made about 50 toppers.
The fairies were faced with a dilemma when they won a Pride of Barnoldswick award and had to find a way to conceal their identity.
“We bypassed it like back in the pandemic days where you had to wear a mask, so we teamed up with those with pulled down pom pom beanies,” the fairy said.