It was real work, buying the sheep, raising the sheep, keeping them from getting stuck in fences, I tell you what. Shearing the sheep, washing the wool, carding the wool, dyeing the wool --

and to dye the wool I had to go and gather the plants myself, and let me tell you, that was hard work, because I had to chop down wood to make a scythe, and dig deep into the earth to find iron, and chop more wood to turn some of the wood into charcoal, and quarry the rocks myself so I could make a big blast furnace to smelt the ore, so I could finally get some good solid iron --

And to chop the wood I had to gather flint, first, which is hard to find around here, knock off pieces until I got a nice sharp edge.

And I had to wait an entire summer so I could raise the grapes I needed to make wine so I could let it sour into vinegar so that I could make a fixative for the dye. And I watched, and waited, as the wool boiled in the green dye.

And to shear the sheep I needed to use up even more of that precious iron so I could make some shears.

With that done, I had to carve a drop spindle, and to do that I needed a knife, so I had to use up more of the small amount of iron I'd acquired. And I spun that green wool into green yarn. And then I had to weave the yarn into cloth, so I had to take my knife and carve pieces of a loom -- and not a machine loom either, I didn't have enough iron left to make the metal parts for that. We're talking gravity loom here. Hard work, I tell you.

And I had to spend a week running down a deer so I could get some bone to make a needle for sewing.

And how was I going to make string without cotton? I had to raise cotton alongside the grapes, pick cotton, take the seeds out of the cotton, wash cotton, spin cotton, until I got some real string,

and only then, ONLY THEN was I finally, finally able to put my cloak together.

Please help me. I have not had time to raise food. All I have is venison jerky.

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