We decided to escape the exhausting London heatwave and went to visit Dover Castle. The temperature there was a lot more pleasant and there was plenty to see and do. One of the highlights for me was seeing a scarf that was crocheted by Queen Victoria. I was dumbstruck when I saw this scarf as it just oozes history.
Please excuse the terrible photo. The scarf was in a glass display case in a dimly lit room. The shade is really a khaki green. It is 5 feet long and 9 inches wide with a fringe at both ends. It seemed very well made to me, though I'm hardly a crochet expert!
Apparently Queen Victoria made 8 of these scarves and they were given to soldiers in the South African War. They were worn like a sash over one shoulder then across the chest and buckled at the hip. There is more information about them here.
A clever crocheter has written a pattern for her version of the scarf and it can be found here.
No scarves were injured during the writing of this blog post. There were no signs banning photography and I made sure my camera flash didn't come on. I thought I was very restrained as I managed NOT to open the case and stroke the scarf!