|From the book "Knit Your Own Scotland" by Jackie Holt and Ruth Bailey. For more information about the designers|
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Yes, folks, it's your very own knitted Loch Ness Monster. With a plaid crown. I think she's quite lovely actually.
Scotland and knitting go back to the days of cavemen. While he was out riding mammoths and jousting with pterodactyls, she was at home gathering up the fur the mammoth shed, spinning it by hand and then knitting it into cabled and fair isle sweaters for him. She designed these cables and fair isles by observing flowers and trees which she also used to decorate the cave, and make medicine, dyes, tea, and food. She did this while knocking out saber tooth tigers that came to the door, which she then detoothed and turned those teeth into lovely knitting needles and crochet hooks. Of course she domesticated the tigers and bred them smaller and smaller so that she could have something to sit in her lap while she knit.
And that is how cats, knitting, and tea became synonymous.
Now of course, instead of mammoths, sheep populate Scotland and the Shetland Islands have become renowned for their knitted goods and yarns.
If you google Scotland and knitting you'll get several choices of knitting tours. One day I'll go on one and then write a novel about it. You'll all buy it and I'll make enough to pay for my trip.
One trip I found said that as part of the package you get a complimentary yarn kit. Well, no, that's part of the package you paid for. So it isn't really complimentary is it? Why not just say that the yarn kit is part of the package. But no, they make it sound like it's free. Did I just go off on a tangent? Okay, Anna, heid doon arse up**.
So what do I have for you for this week's sale. Could it be something Scottish?
Not really. But it does have a Scottish name. And it is what the title is all about.
75% OFF SALE
46% Wool 46% Acrylic 8% Polyamid
65 m/71 y/ 50 g Bulky (6)
Regular Price: $12.00
Sale Price: $3.00
Posted by Anna Maria Junus (happy employee who loves plaid and the occasional bagpipe playing).
*Translation: Good things come in small packages.
**Translation: Get on with it.