Spain – The Origin of Knitting in Europe

The art of knitting has existed in the world for a very long time. However, to date exactly when the first knitted item was made is hard because of the fact that organic fibers used to knit decay quite quickly. However, researchers have managed to find out that some of the earliest signs of knitting were found in the Middle East, from where the art found its way to Europe.

European Origin of Knitting

The earliest knitted items that are known to us were first created by Muslim knitter who used to work under various Spanish royal families. Spain became the origin for knitting in Europe. Knitted gloves and cushion covers created by the hands of these Spanish Muslims can still be seen in the tombs of the Abbey of Santa Maria la Real de Las Huelgas in Spain.

After Spain, knitting found its way to many other parts of Europe, including Estonia, France, and London. The first knitting guild was created in Paris during the 13th century, and knitting had become an advanced craft by this time.

The Knitting Machine

William Lee was an English man who, in 1589, invented the first knitting machine. The country saw an increase in these kind of machines over the next few years, and the hand knitting industry took at major hit. This was when commercial hand knitting saw its demise, and the machines took over. Even to this day, knitting by hand is thought of as a domestic hobby that anything else, but the art is revered in many parts of Spain to this day.

 

 

 

Don’t Let Spain’s Hot Summers Ruin Your Photos

Spain is undoubtedly a beautiful country. The natural beauty of the country, with the historic architecture, winding streets, and vast coastline make it one of the best travel spots in the world.

Whether you are traveling to Spain or live there permanently, you may have faced a problem when taking family photos outdoors with the harsh sunlight. The blue skies that you see with your eyes would wash out into white backdrops most of the time, doing an injustice to the beauty that the country holds.

A Quick and Easy Fix to Your Problems

A great way to take perfect family photos in Spain is to make use of HDR. Many cameras have this functionality built in, where they take successive shots of a scene at different exposures and merge them to create one well-exposed photo. However, if your camera does not support this feature, you can make HDR images yourself in just a few steps:

  • Take at least three photos at different exposures. One of these should keep the sky in perfect exposure, one should focus on the shadows, and one on the people in your frame.
  • Go to www.aurorahdr.com and download the software. Also go through some of the tutorials and features of the program to learn a little more.
  • Import all the exposures into Aurora HDR and simply merge them. You can then tweak the final image to your liking, and the end result will be a picture that showcases your family in front of the beautiful natural backdrop that Spain has to offer.