Happy Birthday Alice …

Illustration by Margaret W Tarrant, 1916. Found Here.
Illustration by Margaret W Tarrant, 1916. Found Here.

This week, Lewis Carroll’s fabulous Alice in Wonderland is an amazing 150 years old!

His psychedelic, dream-like storytelling kept my childish, and overactive, imagination, brimming with pleasure for years. Not surprisingly, this classic tale lives on today. It is full of quirky, strange characters, magic and mystery… plenty enough to compete with any Harry Potter volume (having said that, anything that encourages children to read is a very good thing!).

It was because of Carroll that I fell in love with poetry and spent my early teens devouring W.H. Auden’s Complete Works…I was a complicated child.

One of my favourite nonsense verses was this one…

How Doth The Little Crocodile
Lewis Carroll

What could be as good as a funny verse but a 'funny' crocodile? Pattern to buy Here.
What could be as good as a funny verse but a ‘funny’ crocodile? Pattern to buy Here.

How doth the little crocodile
Improve his shining tail,
And pour the waters of the Nile
On every golden scale!

How cheerfully he seems to grin,
How neatly spread his claws,
And welcome little fishes in
With gently smiling jaws!

I couldn’t let the time pass without some kind of homage to this great writer and his best known heroine & what better way to do that than combine the occasion with yarn?!

Patterns available to purchase on Etsy Here. Designed by HandMade Awards
Beautiful Character Patterns, available to purchase from Etsy, Here.

And I really couldn’t resist these gorgeous mittens.

Pattern available to buy Here. Designed by Sadie & Oliver.
Pattern available to buy Here. Designed by Sadie & Oliver.

Of course, I haven’t forgotten crocheters…

Patterns Here.
All the usual suspects, for hooking… Patterns Here.
Cute rag-doll Alice. Free Pattern Here.
Cute rag-doll Alice. Free Pattern Here.

I wonder what Lewis would think, seeing his beloved Alice wrought in wool?

At least we know he had a sense of humour… 🙂

The Bat
Lewis Carroll

Twinkle, twinkle, little bat
How I wonder what you’re at!
Up above the world you fly
Like a tea-tray in the sky.

I hope this little celebration of Alice & Mr Carroll may have whetted your appetite to re-read this great novel, I know I shall. If you would like to find out more of this authors life try Here.

Happy reading ❤ x

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