For many of us Diana Gabaldon fans, June 1st holds a special place in our hearts. It's a day to stand united as Outlander fans! Twenty-six years ago, I never imaged that the following for this book and t.v. series would have grown to reach such a massive global audience of 32 million fans and counting!
Well, I suppose I am not truly surprised! After all, I have been singing her praises and recommending her writing for years. And now look at us! I mean, #WorldOutlanderDay???
We couldn't be more thrilled!
SURVIVING THE DROUGHT!
Now that we know when to expect in Season 3 (September 2017 for those of you who may not know!), doesn’t it make you want to touch some stones so you can travel AHEAD of time and watch the entire season NOW??!!!
While we are waiting in this prolonged shortage, we are very busy here at AbbyShot playing dress up as we receive samples of products we are perfecting!
You know one thing that really bothers me about our product development process? It keeps me awake at night knowing I have to make all you fans wait so long for new product! Imagine if I could create sketches one day and the next...POOF! We have an entire collection of Outlander goods to fill your boots!
OK, BACK TO REALITY! Ha!
While Claire in her 1940s life used laundry soap and a basic washing machine, her time traveling life did not have such a luxury. Instead, wash day consisted of lots of drinks, hand washing, and urine production.
One of the great pleasures of watching Outlander includes admiring all of the gorgeous costumes and accessories that adorn all of the characters. The knitted wool items have featured heavily, and have definitely caught my eye. As I am devoid of the skill of knitting, I have a great admiration for the talent. I seem to recall hearing once, on a tour of a croft house in the Scottish Highlands, that traditionally all family members in the household would have learned to knit. Because they did not have the luxury of idle time, knitting was a task that was accomplished during times of limiting physical circumstances, i.e. winter, while shepherding, or by those who were infirm. It has caused me to wonder recently; could Jamie have knit Claire’s cowl?
The importance of the plaid as it is known in North America became evident when Jamie and Murtagh were in Ardsmuir Prison. At that time, Scots were not allowed to wear their tartans, speak Gaelic or own weapons such as guns. This is represented by the clothing that the prisoners are wearing and how they are allowed to hunt while at the prison.