Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Weeks ago in Indiana..

On our way to Colorado, we stopped off at Abraham Lincoln's boyhood home in Indiana

It's also home to a working 1820's style farm. Park Rangers work on the farm throughout the year dressed in period clothing. The farm has cows & sheep. The park rangers trade their sheared sheep wool for cornmeal from a grist mill a few miles away. Here is a replica of a blanket that might have been used during that time period Queen Anne’s Lace gave the greens, purples and blues from indigo, browns from walnut.
Ranger Sam is holding a Niddy Noddy, an instrument which was used to wrap yarn into managable portions. There was also a rhyme you would say while you wrapped the yarn around the niddy noddy, repeating the rhyme 11xs while you wrapped helped you keep track of the length which when done would be a hank (or skein).


Blogger questiongirl said...

hey nice pics!
I'll check the rest tomorrow!

3:02 AM  
Blogger Opal said...

Have you ever read the biography of Mary Todd Lincoln by Barbara Hambly? It was very intriguing and thought provoking. Also, a little disturbing.

I love the pictures. I think I'd fit right in with all the lovely spinning things. Except there's no indoor WC!

5:30 AM  
Blogger Rosieglasses said...

That's so neat! These are great pics. Thanks again for sharing. I hope your studies are going well. When are you due back?

10:21 AM  
Blogger Carine said...

I haven't read that one yet, I'll check it out. Thanks Akamai Knitter!

1:12 AM  
Blogger Carine said...

Yup, studies are going well, thank you for asking Carine! I'm heading back in August.

1:16 AM  

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