a purple fairy

22 December, 2010 ·

A lovely friend of mine, S (who has had, shall we say, an interesting year) has a special interest in purple fairies. To understand why, you need to think of the beginning of the story of Sleeping Beauty.

The queen had meant to invite all the fairies to the christening of her baby daughter but in fact she had forgotten one. The overlooked fairy was so offended that she put a curse on the baby princess – that when she grew up she would prick her finger on a spindle and die.

But there was a good fairy present at the christening too (a purple one, according to my friend S) and although she could not undo the spell, she was able to lessen its impact and help to create a new reality around it. So the purple fairy reworked the curse so that the princess was destined to sleep for a hundred years instead.

My friend S calls people purple fairies when they are able to help to make a difficult situation easier, ‘E.g. Thank you, you’ve been a true purple fairy today!’

In conversation she sometimes even uses it as a verb, i.e. ‘How can this situation be purple fairied?’

So it was easy to think of what to make S for Christmas this year.

(It isn’t very clear in the picture, but this small purple person has little silvery wings sewn onto her back.)

Edited much later: If you would like to make a doll like this, the tutorial is here.


  1. Kimberly Oh, I just love that purple fairy story. I just completed my first knitted wee gnome hat and am anxious to now try a gnome to fit under it. Lovely.
    December 23, 2010 at 2:42 am ·
  2. Emily Oh! Such a sweet doll - your friends are very lucky. I absolutely *love* the idea of saying "how can this situation be purple fairied" - it's so expressive!!
    December 23, 2010 at 8:28 am ·
  3. Rebecca She's so lovely! Sleeping Beauty is one of my daughter's favourite stories - although unfortunately it doesn't seem to stop her playing with my spinning wheel..... :)
    December 24, 2010 at 7:29 am ·
  4. Sharon Thank you Anna. You are indeed a true "purple fairy"
    December 25, 2010 at 8:05 am · Reply
  5. maree My son has a small band of puple fairies circling him. They provide practical support as well as metaphysical in the form of prayer and goodwishes. They are real people . XXXX
    December 25, 2010 at 8:11 am ·
  6. jeanene She's lovely Anna. A sweet gift.
    December 26, 2010 at 11:13 am · Reply
  7. josette baldacchino Loves the purple fairy! thankyou for telling me about her!
    January 4, 2011 at 3:06 am ·