Fibre Fun at Kings Landing

I’m moving into a new apartment tomorrow, which is why I haven’t been posting lately. There has been apartment-hunting, packing, and suchlike. It’ll also take a few days after I move in for my Internet to be set up, and I probably won’t have much time for either knitting or blogging until a little while after that.

Last Saturday, I went to Kings Landing Historical Settlement with my boyfriend and some friends. It’s a “living history museum” that recreates a nineteenth-century Loyalist village. I thought it would be a cool place for a textile geek, and it totally was. So much textile-y goodness.

the beginnings of a crazy quilt

There were a bunch of crazy quilts, including this crazy quilt-in-progress. I didn’t take any photos of the cross stitch sampler and the embroidery that some historical animators were working on, but I did capture a hooked rug-in-progress,

closeup of the beginnings of a hooked rug

as well as a tiny table loom, although I also didn’t get any pictures of the larger floor looms (they were in a rather dark room). The thing on the right side of the loom is going to be a braided-straw hat when it is finished.

a small loom and a braided straw hat-in-progress

There were also, of course, some spinning wheels.

spinning wheel and fleece

It was nice for me to be able to ask the people working there some questions, because sometimes I listen to other people asking intelligent questions and I feel like a dork for not being able to come up with anything or I feel like it makes me look uninterested if I don’t have questions. I mean, as a graphic design and typography geek (although it isn’t even remotely apparent from the way this blog looks), I cared about what the guy in the print shop was telling us, but I didn’t have any questions, so I was hoping it didn’t make me seen bored.

Anyway, we asked a girl working there a lot of stuff about spinning and got her to demonstrate using a wheel

girl at King's Landing spinning on a wheel

and a drop spindle.

girl at King's Landing spinning on drop spindle

I was hoping that I might pick up some pointers by watching, but since she was using a bottom-whorl spindle and I have a top-whorl, it was slightly less helpful than I’d hoped. Still fun, though.

She even asked me if I had carders at home and said if I did (which I don’t), I could take a little bit of fleece home to practice. Me working with any bit of unprepared fleece, no matter how small, would be a comedy of errors, but still, it was extremely nice of her to offer.

They also dye some of their yarn at King’s Landing using natural dyes, of course, since it’s supposed to be the 1800s.

hand-spun, hand-dyed yarn at King's Landing

The dark pink was dyed with cochineal, some of the peach-ish skeins were dyed with apple leaves (which produce quite a different colour in the spring than they do in the fall), and I don’t remember what else she said they used for dyeing… but isn’t this yarn pretty?

Back in the twenty-first century, I’m not sure how long it will take to get all my ducks in a row with regards to my new apartment, but it is definitely worth it, since it is giving me more space to store my yarn and craft books.

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3 Responses to Fibre Fun at Kings Landing

  1. Ria says:

    Is it wrong of me to want to live at King’s Landing? I haven’t been there since I was a kid, but I miss it, and would love to go back and hopefully even help out. I have a pet obsession with that time period and lifestyle, so it’ll work out fine.

    Maybe once my life is more financially stable and I’m working from a comfy home business, I’ll consider applying for a job there over the summer months or something. It’ll be years before that happens, but it’s a goal that’s much more in sight than, say, buying a house. :p

  2. Tia says:

    Found your blog looking for Kings Landing photos – I know the girl in your pictures, her name is Erin and I think she’ll be amused by her inclusion in your blog πŸ™‚ (I work there too btw, but was in Greece while you were there, so no, you didn’t run into me).

  3. Kitten says:

    If she’s not amused by her inclusion in my blog, let me know and I’ll remove the picture. I usually ask people for permission before posting photos of them on my blog, but I figured that since she probably doesn’t wear that bonnet in real life, that probably isn’t the most recognizable picture of her. πŸ˜‰

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