Sunday, May 9, 2010

Knitty skies and light winds

A visit to Mount Calvert Historical and Archaeological Park this weekend reminded me of the importance of sewing, spinning and knitting in our history.  They have been excavating this area for artifacts representing over 8000 years of human culture, beginning with Native Americans of the Archaic Period (7500-1000 BC).  You can see many unearthed pottery shards, arrow heads, spears, household items, gun parts and glassware, but I naturally look for any proof of needlework of any kind wherever I roam, and was intrigued by these buttons and pins.  It's a wonderful place to take your children and for adults.  They have some hands on activities so if you are planning a trip or live in the area, check out their website for details on upcoming events.

I'll be posting another short history note soon from today's excursion involving the importance of knitting, spinning and weaving in one of Maryland's first farming communities.

Tomorrow there will be knitty skies and light winds.
Marg (two steps forward, one step looking back)
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