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Fibers get around. Various processes are involved but eventually it makes it from field to product. Harvest or sheering, dyeing and weaving, cutting and constructing–sometimes these are done by the same person, or persons, but usually not. Each step takes the fibers on a long journey. Where that journey ends is impossible to say.
An archaeological dig in North Yorkshire has yielded fibers that suggest Roman legionnaires wore socks. Rust from a sandal contained the fibers in question. The fact that soldiers wore socks doesn’t really surprise me. I am, however, intrigued by the idea of them knitting socks on cool autumn nights singing bawdy songs and passing around the beer.