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Busy Summer

Ahoy! I’ve been buried in work for my upcoming Craftsy class! I am thrilled to be flying out next week to film a knitting class that will be available online soon. The prep work is intense and I hope you’ll love it and learn a lot. I continue to cross things off my Teaching Bucket List and I’m honored to get to work with such a fantastic company that provides an exceptional educational platform for crafters worldwide.

In the meantime, I keep stumbling across interesting articles that I want to share with you, so sit back and enjoy! We saw a lot of old yarn and ropes from Viking ships during our recent trip to Scandinavia so I found this discovery fascinating. Original article found here.

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Found: A 3,000-Year-Old Ball of Yarn

By Sarah Laskow

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This is 3,000 years old. (Photo: Must Farm Archaeology)

The ball of yarn above is 3,000 years old. For much of its existence, it has been buried underground, in boggy land, along with the rest of the remains of three small houses built millennia ago, near what’s now Cambridge, England.

Ever since archaeologists discovered Must Farm, which has been called Britain’s Pompeii, they have been uncovering small clues as to what life was like for the families that lived here. This ball of yarn is one of the most delicate finds–extraordinary in its survival over all these years.

In the week since the yarn was first found, the team has carefully cleaned it up. “Excavating and cleaning artifact this fragile is not easy but seeing them up close like this really shows how remarkable these finds are,” the team wrote on their Facebook page.

It’s easy to imagine how one wrong touch could cause the small ball, just over 1 cm in size, to break apart into nothing.

 

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  1. Cynthia #

    it’s pretty incredible to see this ball of yarn from so long ago. the spinning is quite fine. i would have loved to see their spindle.

    August 2, 2016

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