Knit1 Oxford is today’s review. One of the things that I most like about this shop is the local artisan products! Check out their website and blog. Located in north Mississippi, Oxford is home to the University of Mississippi and the Ole Miss Rebels sports teams. Nearby, the homeplace of William Faulkner is a key tourist attraction. Built in 1848, Faulkner purchased the home in 1930 and named it for the Celtic legend of the Rowan tree.
The “Trees for Life” website states “The rowan’s mythic roots go back to classical times. Greek mythology tells of how Hebe the goddess of youth, dispensed rejuvenating ambrosia to the gods from her magical chalice. When, through carelessness, she lost this cup to demons, the gods sent an eagle to recover the cup. The feathers and drops of blood which the eagle shed in the ensuing fight with the demons fell to earth, where each of them turned into a rowan tree. Hence the rowan derived the shape of its leaves from the eagle’s feathers and the appearance of its berries from the droplets of blood”.
While living in Oxford, Faulkner published numerous stories, including As I Lay Dying, Absalom, Absalom!, Light in August, and A Fable. Faulkner died in 1962. The house is now owned by the University and is open for scheduled tours.