HNW - Re: Sprang - was Re: Hardanger and Ukrainian Whitework

Irene Davis idavis at
Tue Oct 7 22:05:52 PDT 1997

>On Tue, 7 Oct 1997, Mike Newell wrote:
>> Icelandic people knitted TENTS??? Wasn't it just easier to use cloth 
>> hides (much faster, too!)
>> I am boggled.
>Me, too, but that's what Turnau said. 

I don't know about knitting tents, but I do know that the Icelanders 
have sheep with VERY long fiber wool. When I lived in Maine I was given 
an Icelandic sweater, and I found it TOO WARM to ice skate in in all 
but the VERY coldest weather. Very amazing critters, they make most 
regular sheep look naked! Since my wool fabric cloak, which has the 
lanolin left in, sheds water like a duck, I would imagine that a 
properly knit and shrunk piece of knitting would make an amazing tent!

Irene Davis
SCA: Eirny Thorvaldsdottir

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