Tuesday, July 12, 2011

"Why do they call them hanks?"

 Asked a young lady named Ailene as she patiently waited for her mother to by some roving at my Sew Expo booth last weekend.  I am rarely at a loss for words but I didn't have an answer for that one.  I think I have one now, though.

The English work hank comes from an ancient Norse word, hǫnk, that means coil.   Traceable to Middle English, hank was used in those times to indicate a definite measurement of fiber;  a hank of worsted weight wool was defined as having 560 yards.

And there's your interesting fiber fact for the day.

Thank you, Ailene.

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