Thursday, June 9, 2011

Mermaids and Hans

As a child Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales were not my favorites, I was much more drawn to the simplicities of Grimm and Perrault, but as an adult I found his strange complex tales much more interesting. Of course my appreciation for his lovely writing was engaged as well...

“Far out in the ocean, where the water is as blue as the prettiest cornflower, and as clear as crystal, it is very, very deep; so deep, indeed, that no cable could fathom it: many church steeples, piled one upon another, would not reach from the ground beneath to the surface of the water above. There dwell the Sea King and his subjects. We must not imagine that there is nothing at the bottom of the sea but bare yellow sand. No, indeed; the most singular flowers and plants grow there; the leaves and stems of which are so pliant, that the slightest agitation of the water causes them to stir as if they had life. Fishes, both large and small, glide between the branches, as birds fly among the trees here upon land. In the deepest spot of all, stands the castle of the Sea King. Its walls are built of coral, and the long, gothic windows are of the clearest amber. The roof is formed of shells, that open and close as the water flows over them. Their appearance is very beautiful, for in each lies a glittering pearl, which would be fit for the diadem of a queen.” - "The Little Mermaid"

I've just added a couple of little mer-children to my Etsy shop...fresh from the briny deep via Mr. Andersen and me!

I want to say a big thank you to everyone for their support of my last post. I'm looking into some ways to make my tutorials into PDF files and to improve them so I can eventually make them available in my shop. A silver lining perhaps to the whole episode. Thanks to all my amazing readers here and at Facebook all rock!


  1. so sweet, love your little mermaid

  2. I think her twin is living here in Australia! My big girl finally had her birthday last week ...I have been waiting all year to give her your stunning mermaid...she loves her, just like I knew she would ~ thank you again.

  3. hi Cyn - your mer-girls are fabulous. I've been wanting to knit one for the longest time. Hopefully soon...
    thanks for your comment on my blog - scary day yesterday. :(

  4. I "thought" I just posted a comment so will try again. Cyn, love your work! I stop by often to see what you have been up to. I am sorry to hear that you had a Sad Day but am anxious for you to put your tutorials for sale on Etsy! Now to figure out my budget so that I can purchase the little bunny I spied there!


  5. You know I love your mermaids. Great writing choice to accompany her!