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Monday, February 06, 2006

Woolgathering


A few minutes ago, my friend and neighbor brought me a wonderful present. She found a page-a-day calendar titled "Knit Bits - Cool Stuff to Know About the Knitting Lifestyle".

One of the entries was a history of the term "woolgathering".

Definition: Indulgence in idle daydreaming

In Wales, woolgathering, or gwlana, was a social custom adopted to provide for poorer wives of laborers who did not have access to wool of their own to spin. It involved walking along hedgerows and stone walls and picking off wool that was left behind as the sheep had passed by. Later, after the custom was in little use, woolgathering was considered an unprofitable enterprise. Its practitioners were perceived to wander aimlessly and gained little for their efforts. Hence the association of woolgathering with your mind wandering aimlessly.

Thanks Heather! Now excuse me while I go woolgathering.

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