Thursday, July 23, 2009
On the ridge this week, Amish farmers cut oats and bound them with a horse drawn grain binder. They built the oat straw bundles into ricks of 6 bundles leaning into the center, with one fanned bundle on top for a hat. Though it was sunny and warm at noon, by supper an inch of rain fell. Inside the ricks, it was still dry. The ricks look like little huts, or a whole field of shaggy six legged animals.
Sometimes we weave oat straw with wool, or cotton yarn, to make table mats and runners. Oat straw is shiny and gold when it's woven. It looks especially pretty woven with red or white wool yarn, in a goose eye pattern, or rose path. It looks prettiest on a candlelit table in midwinter, which is still a long way off.