Monday, 24 March 2008

How French shepherds did their knitting in times of yore.

French shepherd resting on stilts, knitting. Undated.

"[...] Walking was just one form of locomotion. The swamp dwellers of the Marais Poitevin got about their watery world using fifteen-foot ash wood poles with webbed feet that allowed them to vault across a canal twenty-six feet wide. The shepherds of the Landes spent whole days on stilts, using a stick to form a tripod when they wanted to rest. Perched ten feet in the air, they knitted woolen garments and scanned the horizon for stray sheep."
~ 'The Discovery of France' by Graham Robb.

1 comment:

alabama whirly said...

that is one cute dog ; )
Not sure if I could do stilt knitting