As we move into the darker months of winter, the landscape takes on a new hue as colours mute, shadows emerge, and the light becomes even more ever-changing and dramatic. This is also the time of year that, in the past, people would draw together to share stories and tales from our folklore.
The rich folklore, even today, inspires and captures the imaginations of local craft producers, and none more so than Trowie Knowe Crafts. Trowie Knowe draws inspiration from the tale of trows that repeatedly appear in our folklore. Trows are creatures, similar to humans but smaller and uglier who lived in the hills, particularly the heathery peatlands inland from the sea. They would only come out at night to work mischief in the human world. If a trow were to get caught out by the rising sun, it would turn to stone before it was able to get back to its underground layer. Trowie Knowe Crafts captures trows and sells them in little jars for people to keep – these make excellent gifts and explore a multitude of trowie themes. They have also recently opened a Trow Fridge – similar to the cake fridges found across the isles – selling trows and trowie gifts. For those who can’t attend the fridge for fear of the trows or geographical location, you can order from Etsy from the safety of your own home!