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Enter Your Woolly Wonderland
If you are passionate about needlecrafts such as knitting and crochet, you need your own woolly wonderland. A world where there is an unending supply of soft, fuzzy, colourful balls of yarn, ready to be knitted or stitched into fancy wearables or household items. Here at Raaaft, we promise you a wool paradise where you will enjoy a visual feast of shades and textures. Our fascinating range of yarn fibres, along with myriad colour options are sure to inspire your yarn crafting journey.
Knit and Stitch with Soft, Fuzzy Balls of Knitting Wool
Whether you are just topping up your wool stash or looking to build your own stockpile of soft, fuzzy balls of yarn, we offer you innumerable options from the best brands in the business. On our site, you will find an extensive collection of 4 Ply wool, chunky wool, merino wool, double knit (DK) wool as well as Aran wool in a diverse range of colours and ball weights. Depending on the nature of your project, choose from a variety of yarn compositions that include both natural and synthetic fibres.
Shop for Wool on Raaaft and Weave Warm Smiles
Browse our extensive collection of wool in a multitude of colours options and fibre compositions. Plan your designs and order your yarn supplies through our site, in order to weave warm smiles into the lives of some very special people. For every order over £5, we will provide life-saving water to needy children.
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Baa Baa Black Sheep, Have You Any Wool?
Did you know that most of the nursery rhymes that we have all grown up on appear to have their roots in some historic social, political or economic aspects? The rhyme ‘baa baa black sheep, have you any wool’ was all about sheep and wool, and is said to have its origin in the wool trade taxes imposed in the 13th century.
In fact, originally, the last few lines of the rhyme used to read:
Two for my master,
One for my Dame,
None for the little boy who cries in the lane.
It is only in the last 16th century that this was modified to:
One for the master,
One for the dame,
And one for the little boy who lives down the lane.
In medieval UK, the wool trade was a massive business due to the unending demand for warm, woollen clothing. The landlords and upper-class Englishmen started maintaining huge flocks of sheep. Young farm boys tended to the animals as full-time shepherds. In 1272, King Edward I introduced the wool trade tax to support the nation’s military ventures. It is believed that this is when the famous nursery rhyme was written. Thanks to the tax system, around 2/3rd of the price of each bag of wool went to the King’s treasury (Master) and the remaining 1/3rd was the contribution to the Church and monasteries (Dame). That left nothing for the little boy (shepherd) who used to tirelessly tend to the flock before the wool shearing.
Almost all other popular rhymes also have an anecdotal reference, reflecting the transitioning economy, society and culture of that period. Now, wouldn’t you want to check what some of the other rhymes meant?
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