I am plugging along with the designs for the tree bark project. One of my favorites so far is the Oak Infinity Scarf. I love the deep furrows and the knots sprinkled throughout. Plus the Shepherd’s Wool yarn is so soft.
Oak trees are a common symbol of strength and endurance. Its bark is very resistant to insect and fungal attack because of its high tannin content; which also gives oak its characteristic dark brown color. The tannin-rich bark was used by tanners for processing leather and oak galls were used for centuries to make dark brown manuscript ink. The thick bark develops deep ridges called rhytidome, Greek for wrinkle, consisting of dead cork layers that protect the tree. All these characteristics earn the oak its reputation as a strong, enduring, and steadfast tree.