An Extra Week

July 13th, 2008

Back when the Ancient Egyptians invented the calender, they divided it into 12 months of 30 days each. They then grouped those months into three seasons in accordance to the state of the Nile, be it flooding, receding, or receded. I'll bet you've done the math and seen that this is 360 days and won't gel. It didn't. After enough time letters would be written that said, "it was the third day of Inundation when the land was dry". Eventually they realized they needed to fix things. Enter the "extra week"--five days really, starting tomorrow. The story was told that Ra was the king of the gods. It was prophesied that Nut would give birth to the god that would replace him, so he cursed her that she not give birth on any day of the year.  This made her very sad.  So Thoth, god of wisdom, god who brought writing to the Egyptians, played a game of Senet with Khons, god of the moon.  The prize was a portion of Khons's light.  As an added bonus, this explains why the moon cannot shine full all the time but must wax and wane.  Thoth used that light to create five extra days, outside of the normal year.  Nut was able to bear children on those days. As I said, the extra time starts tomorrow, but I wanted to start this contest today, because today is Ra's birthday. Ra is the hawk-headed deity who drives the sun barge across the sky on its daily voyage. I love that the Egyptians actually pinpointed the location of the entrance to the underworld, where Ra traveled by night to rise again the next morning. It's in the Bakhu mountain range in modern-day Iraq. So here is the contest. Leave a comment on the blog, either today's entry or one of the subsequent ones talking about each of the gods, for a chance to win hand dyed sock yarn in my Ancient Egyptian colorways. It's 30% silk/70% merino. 440 yards. 100 grams. Enough for an average pair of woman's socks. The contest will end when we return to normal time on July 20, which, coincidentally, is the birthday of Alexander the Great.  A winner will be selected at random.  Watch this space on July 15, Set's birthday, for a free beaded sock pattern. As an aside I find it amusing that the Roman calendar started with 10 months then added two extras: July (for Julius) and August (for Augustus). This is why the prefaces of the later months don't match their actual numbers. Sept = 7. Oct = 8. Nov (think Novena) is 9. Dec = 10.

Entry Filed under: Ancient Egypt,Knitting

184 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Samantha  |  July 13th, 2008 at 6:03 am

    Wow, you just gave me quite an education! Good luck with your contest!

  • 2. Teish  |  July 13th, 2008 at 6:06 am

    Hmmmm. I knew that July was a special month, LOL! And not just because my birthday is in July! I do wish it was the 20th, it would be cool to share a birthday with Alexander… ;-)

  • 3. KallieKY  |  July 13th, 2008 at 6:10 am

    I had no idea that there was an “extra” week. I wonder if my boss will mind if I just spend it knitting since it’s extra.

    I feel smarter having read your blog and look forward to other wisdoms.

  • 4. Ann  |  July 13th, 2008 at 6:22 am

    Happy Birthday Ra!
    What an awesome contest- and this so appeals to my historian/Classics side. I love Egypt and I wish there had been more classes focused on it at uni. Instead I had to focus on Greece and Rome- I’m not complaing, but Egypt is so cool.
    Loving that colourway!

  • 5. Susan  |  July 13th, 2008 at 6:23 am

    Thank you for the fascinating post. I am a history buff, so anytime I get to learn a little history, I’m very happy. Your yarn is beautiful and I am glad I found your blog.

  • 6. M.  |  July 13th, 2008 at 6:25 am

    I’m glad they didn’t stay with the 10 month calendar, the 12 mos years go too fast as it is………………………. :-)

  • 7. M.  |  July 13th, 2008 at 6:28 am

    A 10 month year, ………………..I’m glad they revised to the 12 month year. It passes too quickly as it is. :-)

  • 8. JeaninMaine  |  July 13th, 2008 at 6:31 am

    Yikes, if Ra can only give birth during the designated 5 days out of each year, I hope they planned the conception around those dates. Interesting info, thanks.

  • 9. Rikki  |  July 13th, 2008 at 6:41 am

    Wow that was quite informative…thanks!
    Good luck on your contest too. :-)

  • 10. Twizzler on Ravelry  |  July 13th, 2008 at 6:42 am

    Interesting how mythology is used to explain nature. Now I know why October is the tenth month but called the eigth.
    Congrats on your blog. Fabulous sock yarn!

  • 11. Anneh  |  July 13th, 2008 at 6:45 am

    I took Classics at uni and I didn’t know this…maybe because there was only one class on Egypt and they had to cover so much info. Thanks for posting this! Very interesting.

  • 12. M  |  July 13th, 2008 at 6:48 am

    I like the idea of a whole extra week every year, instead of an extra day every fourth year!

  • 13. Jessica Rose  |  July 13th, 2008 at 6:50 am

    good luck with the contest. I’m looking forward to learning more!

  • 14. Wendy  |  July 13th, 2008 at 6:50 am

    Hi Ivy!
    What beautiful yarn! Thanks for the history lesson. I always enjoy the little educational tidbits you include in your posts and podcasts. Keep up the good work!

  • 15. Lauren  |  July 13th, 2008 at 7:00 am

    Isn’t the greed of each Julius and Augustus responsible for the extra days in “their” months as well? I think I heard something about that in like third grade…

  • 16. Kippendoodle  |  July 13th, 2008 at 7:01 am

    Thanks so much for the information! I teach Ancient Eyptian history to my fifth graders and will be sharing much of this information! Love your sock yarn, too!

  • 17. Crochet4life on Ravelry  |  July 13th, 2008 at 7:04 am

    Thanks for the contest. That colorway is perfect for my daughter such a pretty blue and yellow.

  • 18. Dreamy  |  July 13th, 2008 at 7:04 am

    I never knew all that! Thanks for putting it out there. Here’s to wonderful sock knitting!

  • 19. Lexi Ross  |  July 13th, 2008 at 7:09 am

    That was a cool history review! Ancient Egyptian history has always fascinated me, and your yarn is beautiful!

  • 20. Donna  |  July 13th, 2008 at 7:19 am

    What an interesting post. Ancient Egyptian history is fascinating, I think.

  • 21. Bobbi  |  July 13th, 2008 at 7:25 am

    Thanks for the education! I love learning about ancient cultures – wanted to be an Egyptologist since second grade but stuff got in the way. I’ll be celebrating the extra week!

  • 22. tracey  |  July 13th, 2008 at 7:25 am

    How interesting! Thanks for the information. I learned something today.

  • 23. Savasana  |  July 13th, 2008 at 7:27 am

    I love mythology! I’m so glad I stumbled upon this. Thank you for sharing it!

  • 24. sprite  |  July 13th, 2008 at 7:34 am

    What an educational way to start the day! I’m always amazed how smart ancient civilizations were without having access to all the scientific doodads we seem to rely on these days.

  • 25. Reed  |  July 13th, 2008 at 7:35 am

    Huh, that was the most interesting, and fascinating blog I’ve read in a while. Where did you learn all of that?

  • 26. Jolene  |  July 13th, 2008 at 7:42 am

    I LOVE that yellow/gold color!

  • 27. Starside  |  July 13th, 2008 at 7:49 am

    Thanks for the great info on Egypt – I love the country and everything associated with it!


  • 28. Sade  |  July 13th, 2008 at 7:56 am

    Yay I love contests!

    The yarn is beautiful, and your post most informative.

    Thanks for it all

  • 29. Desi  |  July 13th, 2008 at 7:57 am

    You just gave me the name of our new cat (really the cat who has adopted our garage)! Ra. The yarn is incredible!

  • 30. Llamabean  |  July 13th, 2008 at 8:02 am

    That is fascinating, thank you, I have always been interested in Egyptian mythology and this has been very cool to learn. Thank you for sharing and good luck with your contest, I will be checking back to read more of your blog.

  • 31. Jackie  |  July 13th, 2008 at 8:04 am

    Very interesting info! Too bad the extra week can’t be vacation!

    Lovely Yarn!

  • 32. Arlene  |  July 13th, 2008 at 8:24 am

    I love learning about these kinds of things, how something came to be, thanks for sharing this very interesting bit of information.

  • 33. Ivy  |  July 13th, 2008 at 8:26 am

    Reed, if you want to learn about Egypt, I’d suggest the course Professor Bob Briar did for the Teaching Company . Most public libraries have a copy. It’s a good overview of the history and mythology.

  • 34. Shar  |  July 13th, 2008 at 8:34 am

    Thanks for the information. I try to learn something everyday and you just added to it. Makes me want to learn more of the gods!

  • 35. Becca  |  July 13th, 2008 at 8:45 am

    That’s a really neat story. I’m kind of curious, why is that particular colorway Ancient Egyption? Does it tie into another story, or an artifact that was found?

  • 36. Kate H.  |  July 13th, 2008 at 8:48 am

    Woot for history! An extra woot for the incorporation of history into a beautiful sock yarn colorway.

  • 37. Jeniffer  |  July 13th, 2008 at 8:50 am

    What a fantastic idea to share your knowledge with the blogosphere and the added bonus of your beautiful sock yarn. It would be beautiful for little baby socks!

  • 38. Amanda  |  July 13th, 2008 at 8:51 am

    Wow that was an interesting post! The sock yarn is very pretty too!

  • 39. Ivy  |  July 13th, 2008 at 8:51 am

    Becca, this came out of a trade on the Karma list. I offered to dye yarn any colors and Faerhart chose turquoise and gold. When it came out of the dye pot it reminded me of Ancient Egypt, thus the name.

  • 40. Cherie  |  July 13th, 2008 at 8:57 am

    Thanks for the story!!! I love learning new things. Just like everyone else helps keep the mind working! Good luck on your contest, thanks again for very interesting info!

  • 41. amy  |  July 13th, 2008 at 9:04 am

    I saw a posting about this contest of yours on ravelry (I’m PugUgly on revelry) – so thought I’d come see what the fuss was about – i love the colors you used for the yarn! when I try to dye yarn, i sometimes get that muddiness in between colors… yours are so nice and clear!

    so i’d love to win it, so i can knit it up!


  • 42. Nicole  |  July 13th, 2008 at 9:04 am

    Well, it seems I’ve found a blog where I can learn more about Egypt as well as mix in my love of yarn. Sounds perfect to me. And way to go Nut and Thoth for figuring out a way around a tough situation.

  • 43. Susie  |  July 13th, 2008 at 9:06 am

    I’ve been interested in ancient Egypt since 5th grade–enjoyed learning more from your post.

  • 44. Sandra  |  July 13th, 2008 at 9:09 am

    Thank you for the VERY interesting history lesson!
    Love your yarn btw

  • 45. Sue  |  July 13th, 2008 at 9:10 am

    That’s very cool- thanks for the informative post! And that’s beautiful yarn!

  • 46. wendy wheeler  |  July 13th, 2008 at 9:15 am

    It is a beautiful color. And thanks for the information.

  • 47. Amanda  |  July 13th, 2008 at 9:22 am

    I knew the Egyptians added an extra week (or so) to the calendar to even things out, but I didn’t know the mythology behind it. I can now check “learn something new today” off my to-do list :)

  • 48. Linda  |  July 13th, 2008 at 9:25 am

    I really enjoyed the story about Ra not wanting to be replaced as King. I think that Egyptian Stories are the most interesting ones I have ever heard. It’s neat how they explain where the Calendar Year comes from. I look forward to reading more of your blog :)

    Best Wishes,

  • 49. Robin Pearce  |  July 13th, 2008 at 9:26 am

    What’s better than a little extra Egyptian knowledge! Thanks. Great colorway there.

  • 50. Carol  |  July 13th, 2008 at 9:43 am

    Thank you for the fascinating story. I just love it when I can learn a little history, Today Is my birthday. Lucky 13.

    I will come back to your blog to read more of your interesting stories.

    Have a great day,


  • 51. Marlitharn  |  July 13th, 2008 at 9:46 am

    Fascinating! You know the Scandinavians and Icelanders had the same problem, and they too added an extra week to make up for the shifting seasons. I love history; it’s fascinating to me the way choices people made thousands of years ago affect us today. All drops in the well of Wyrd, I guess. And your yarn is beautiful!

  • 52. Tracy  |  July 13th, 2008 at 9:46 am

    Very informative! Thanks for sharing.

  • 53. helenlam  |  July 13th, 2008 at 9:55 am

    Very pretty colorway. Thanks for the very interesting information!

  • 54. samm  |  July 13th, 2008 at 9:58 am

    Wow! That was interesting, and new to me! I’m glad to have found your blog, and know I will become a regular reader now that I have. :) Beautiful yarn!

  • 55. Lesley Morris  |  July 13th, 2008 at 9:59 am

    What a cool story! Thanks for doing this contest, it is a fun idea.

  • 56. Marianne  |  July 13th, 2008 at 10:08 am

    Thanks for the informative post. I never really thought about why December was the 12th month instead of 10th like the word in latin. I must not have been paying attention in class that day.

  • 57. Knitpickin (Ravelry)  |  July 13th, 2008 at 10:09 am

    The Egyptians gods were always fighting and did not fight “clean”. Seth had killed Horus’s father so Horus fought Seth in revenge. During the fight Horus tore off Seth’s testicles. In a subsequent fight Seth ripped out Horus eye.

    Seth ruled over the desert and Horus ruled over the Nile. These battles (and who won each one) is consistent with the constant battle between flooding and droughts of the lands.

  • 58. Nicole (ikkinlala)  |  July 13th, 2008 at 10:17 am

    I knew what had happened with the Roman calendar, but not with the Egyptian. It’s interesting, and I’ll be back to find out more about the gods.

  • 59. Tami  |  July 13th, 2008 at 10:24 am

    Very cool to learn! I’ve become hooked on Stargate SG-1 and have been picking up bits and pieces of TV’s version of egyptology.

  • 60. Katie  |  July 13th, 2008 at 10:24 am

    Very cool, very cool indeed! And some beautiful yarn I might add!

  • 61. yberry  |  July 13th, 2008 at 10:27 am

    I knew neither about the Egyptian calendar nor about the Roman calendar. And once again I’m going to be raising eyebrows when people ask me where I learned that and I respond “Oh, on one of my knitting websites.”

    Your blog just got a new subscriber.

  • 62. Syd  |  July 13th, 2008 at 10:34 am

    Thanks for the interesting fact! The colours are beautiful.

  • 63. chelseeea  |  July 13th, 2008 at 10:34 am

    calendars are tricky things.
    perhaps the Egyptians were on to atomic time, too… Its so strange to try and grasp the sense of time.
    the yarn looks great!

  • 64. Erica  |  July 13th, 2008 at 10:46 am

    I knew about the messing with the months from the roman calender, and I knew that the Egyptians needed a calender to predict when the Nile would flood, but I didn’t know about the extra week. I love it. Mythology rocks.

  • 65. MJ Legg  |  July 13th, 2008 at 10:47 am

    Quite interesting. Does it mean anything that my birthday is the 14th? Wait, I must be descended from Nut! That makes me special.

  • 66. Doafy  |  July 13th, 2008 at 10:51 am

    Fascinating! Do you make a career of Egyptian mythology, or is it a hobby? Origin myths are one of my favorite topics across cultures.

  • 67. Naomi  |  July 13th, 2008 at 10:51 am

    Who did Nut give birth to????

    GORGEOUS colours in that yarn.

  • 68. YTT  |  July 13th, 2008 at 10:56 am

    So this means that both Ra and Alexander the Great are Cancers? Chalk up another one for the team.

    I wonder what Ra’s Chinese astrological sign might be?

  • 69.  |  July 13th, 2008 at 10:58 am

    That was very interesting. I find Egyptian history very fascinating. And the yarn is also very pretty.

  • 70. Ivy  |  July 13th, 2008 at 10:59 am

    MJ, you share a birthday with Osiris.

    Doafy, I’m marketing a novel that uses Set/Seth/Sut as a protagonist (I use the Set spelling), so that’s why I’ve studied Egyptian mythology. Professionally, I’m a computer geek.

    Naomi, Nut gave birth to Set, Osiris, Nephthys, and Isis. And there is that weirdness with Horus the younger that makes Nut his grandmother and mother.

  • 71. Kimberly Storey (aka Castrated Bean)  |  July 13th, 2008 at 11:01 am

    WOW that is some beautiful yarn, and a great education!

    thanks for doing this contest, and expect a ‘ting back’ from my blog!

    aka Castrated Bean on Ravelry.

  • 72. Natalie (Organic Stills)  |  July 13th, 2008 at 11:01 am

    Mythology was a favorite subject of mine back in school. Thanks for the wonderful detail in your post, I have certainly learned something. =)

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  • 74. deLila  |  July 13th, 2008 at 11:10 am

    Aren’t these stories great! I’m looking forward to your future postings on the Ancient Egyptian gods.

  • 75. Martina  |  July 13th, 2008 at 11:11 am

    If I’m right, You wanted us to add things about all 4 gods mentioned in the story. Is that right or is what I included a little too much? I hope it’s ok for the contest! I love that yarn!!

    Praise be unto thee, O Ra, thou exalted Power, who dost enter into the habitations of Ament, behold [thy] body is Atum.”
    “Praise be unto thee, O Ra, thou exalted Power, who dost enter into the hidden palace of Anubis, behold [thy] body is Khepera.

    “Hail, thou Sycamore Tree of the Goddess Nut! Give me of the water and of the air which is in thee. I embrace that throne which is in Unu, and I keep guard over the Egg of Nekek-ur. It flourisheth, and I flourish; it liveth, and I live; it snuffeth the air, and I snuff the air, I the Osiris Ani, whose word is truth, in peace.”
    ( her Children were Osiris, Isis, Set and Nephthys )

    Thoth has been depicted in many ways depending on the era and on the aspect the artist wished to convey. Usually, he is depicted in human form with the head of an ibis.

    Khons’s name reflects the fact that the Moon (referred to as Iah in Egyptian) travels across the night sky, for it means The Wanderer, and also had the titles Embracer, Pathfinder, and Defender, as he was thought to watch over night travelers.

  • 76. Kat  |  July 13th, 2008 at 11:30 am

    If only we did have to work during this extra week. Just think of the catching up we could do!

  • 77. Amy  |  July 13th, 2008 at 11:37 am

    Wow! There’s something of Ancient Egypt that I never knew. Thank you.

  • 78. Liz  |  July 13th, 2008 at 11:42 am

    That’s so cool! I didn’t know about the extra week – I haven’t done enough reading about Egyptian mythology and history.

  • 79. Sam  |  July 13th, 2008 at 11:48 am


    I love Egyptian mythology and named my dog Isis.

    Fun contest

  • 80. Allie  |  July 13th, 2008 at 11:55 am

    i never realized that the egyptians added an extra week to their calendar. i knew that it was different from the roman calendar, but never knew that. you learn something new everyday i guess.

  • 81. Amber  |  July 13th, 2008 at 11:56 am

    Very cool. I had no idea. Thanks for sharing that.

    The yarn is gorgeous!

  • 82. BeadKnitter  |  July 13th, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    I adore Egyptian history. Today’s post is fascinating.

    Thanks for the contest too.

  • 83. Nadine  |  July 13th, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    I love this contest!!

  • 84. delores N  |  July 13th, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    What a wonderful blog! And such beautiful yarn…

  • 85. Tara  |  July 13th, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    That is absolutely fascinating. Thanks for sharing!

  • 86. Justme  |  July 13th, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    I find it interesting that the Egyptians had an extra week, and the Israelites had an extra month. It goes to show that they were both thinking along the same lines.

  • 87. Jess  |  July 13th, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    Thanks for the information. Your yarn is absolutely beautiful, and I bet it would be lovely to knit with.

    Jessetfan on Ravelry

  • 88. Pynki  |  July 13th, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    Yeah, I’m up. I love Egyptian mythology… well, what I know of it anyway.

  • 89. Amy Schouten  |  July 13th, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    And here I thought that it was Pope Gregory that added the extra day for Leap day and divided the year into months. I wonder if he paid any attention to Egyptions?

    Thanks for the posting.

  • 90. Hazel  |  July 13th, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    Love those colours – and love Ancient Egypt

  • 91. Stephanie  |  July 13th, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    How fascinating! I can’t believe it never occurred to me that the autumn months’ prefixes were wrong.

  • 92. Sara in WI  |  July 13th, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    Wow! I just hopped over from Ravelry. This is so interesting. I’lll be back for more! (BTW, the yarn is sooo gorgeous!)

  • 93. Dee  |  July 13th, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    Great information….the extra week should be a paid vacation…by law. Thanks for the conest

  • 94. Dee  |  July 13th, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    Great information….the extra week should be a paid vacation…by law. Thanks for the contest !

  • 95. Linda  |  July 13th, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    An extra week would be wonderful. Time to catch up on what we’ve ignored for the first half of the year, or simply to reflect on what is to come.

  • 96. patsy coats  |  July 13th, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    Happy Birthday Ra. I love bright sunny days, so keep driving that chariot across the sky.

  • 97. Becky  |  July 13th, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    Wow – this is such a great blog, so interesting. Count me in for the yarn contest if you don’t mind!

  • 98. Margie  |  July 13th, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    Hurray for ‘extra’ time… Just what I need for dealing with knitting / spinning / de-stashing …

    Thank you for sharing!!!

  • 99. Carolyn Tillie  |  July 13th, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    So there is this odd little religion, Thelema, which utilizes many mythological gods in their pantheon, but the Egyptians quite a bit. We’ve got this daily little adoration that is given thus at dawn, noon, sunset, and midnight:

    1. Let him greet the Sun at dawn, facing East, giving the sign of his grade. And let him say in a loud voice:
    Hail unto Thee who art Ra in Thy rising, even unto Thee who art Ra in Thy strength, who travellest over the Heavens in Thy bark at the Uprising of the Sun.
    Tahuti standeth in His splendour at the prow, and Ra-Hoor abideth at the helm.
    Hail unto Thee from the Abodes of Night!
    2. Also at Noon, let him greet the Sun, facing South, giving the sign of his grade. And let him say in a loud voice:
    Hail unto Thee who art Ahathoor in Thy triumphing, even unto Thee who art Ahathoor in Thy beauty, who travellest over the heavens in thy bark at the Mid-course of the Sun.
    Tahuti standeth in His splendour at the prow, and Ra-Hoor abideth at the helm.
    Hail unto Thee from the Abodes of Morning!
    3. Also, at Sunset, let him greet the Sun, facing West, giving the sign of his grade. And let him say in a loud voice:
    Hail unto Thee who art Tum in Thy setting, even unto Thee who art Tum in Thy joy, who travellest over the Heavens in Thy bark at the Down-going of the Sun.
    Tahuti standeth in His splendour at the prow, and Ra-Hoor abideth at the helm.
    Hail unto Thee from the Abodes of Day!
    4. Lastly, at Midnight, let him greet the Sun, facing North, giving the sign of his grade, and let him say in a loud voice:
    Hail unto thee who art Khephra in Thy hiding, even unto Thee who art Khephra in Thy silence, who travellest over the heavens in Thy bark at the Midnight Hour of the Sun.
    Tahuti standeth in His splendour at the prow, and Ra-Hoor abideth at the helm.
    Hail unto Thee from the Abodes of Evening.
    5. And after each of these invocations thou shalt give the sign of silence, and afterward thou shalt perform the adoration that is taught thee by thy Superior. And then do thou compose Thyself to holy meditation.
    6. Also it is better if in these adorations thou assume the God-form of Whom thou adorest, as if thou didst unite with Him in the adoration of That which is beyond Him.
    7. Thus shalt thou ever be mindful of the Great Work which thou hast undertaken to perform, and thus shalt thou be strengthened to pursue it unto the attainment of the Stone of the Wise, the Summum Bonum, True Wisdom and Perfect Happiness.

  • 100. Amber  |  July 13th, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    Wow, that was pretty interesting. I don’t know that much about Egyptian mythology but I think you just roused my interest. :D

  • 101. jen  |  July 13th, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    there is a bumper sticker I see around once in a while – Isis! Isis! Ra Ra Ra! And this post reminded me of it. Sorry, my comment is not particularly enlightening, kind of random in fact….

  • 102. Jason  |  July 13th, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    Wow, that was incredibly interesting. Thanks for the education :-)

  • 103. Anna  |  July 13th, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    I always thought that Ra rode in the barge and that Ma’at and Thoth moved it across the sky…. Don’t remember where I read/heard that.

    Nut could really come in useful for my latest knitting project as she was thought to be the barrier separating the forces of chaos from the ordered cosmos in the world. ;-)

    Khons was very important to mens’ fertility. Just sayin’ lol

  • 104. Susan  |  July 13th, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    I love this explanation & the yarn as well!

  • 105. Gina  |  July 13th, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    Very interesting. Learned something today, thank you!

  • 106. Carrie  |  July 13th, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    I was aware of the roman “messing with the calendar” history, but not of the Egyptians “extra week”. Interesting history. Lovely yarn, as well!

  • 107. Shawna (tumblieweed)  |  July 13th, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    Oh, I was going to post exactly what Justme said! It’s neat to see how different cultures deal with the seasons and the lunar cycles in their calendars. The company I work for has finally decided to adapt by making every other month 5 weeks instead of four weeks. (eg, June lasted until July 5th). Even the modern world still struggles with seasons and holidays popping up in different places each year! (Too bad we don’t have anymore great mythology to go with it.) Thanks for leading us to your blog!

  • 108. Fran Wilson  |  July 13th, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    Egyptology has always fascinated me. Thanks for the lesson, and the chance to win this beautiful yarn.

  • 109. Sharon Rose  |  July 13th, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    You so rock! I loooove history and seeing the little places where it affects our modern lives. You’ve just gained another regular reader! Check out my blog for some musings on relatively recent history (American Revolutionary War).

    Sharon aka Needlegrrl on Ravelry

  • 110. Janette  |  July 13th, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    Can I quote you this year? My middle son LOVES the ancients and that is what he will be learning for history this year for 8th grade. He eats this stuff up!

  • 111. Ellen Z.  |  July 13th, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    I love the colors of that yarn! I’m also interested in mythology although my knowledge is admittedly much more Greek than anything else.

    Count me in for the drawing!

  • 112. quinn  |  July 13th, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    I’ve been feeling celebratory all day today, and didn’t know why…
    Happy Birthday to Ra!!!

    Very enjoyable post – thanks for pointing the way from Ravelry :)

  • 113. Elizabeth Turney  |  July 13th, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    And here they go… the ancients getting to have all the fun… thanks for the facts! And the yarn looks delicious!

  • 114. Deborah  |  July 13th, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    I don’t know much about Egyptian gods. I know that they treated the Pharaohs like gods.

    Bright and cheery yarn!


  • 115. oonagh  |  July 13th, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    this is really cool…….i usually study ancient cultures, but not usually their myths!! i’ll have to keep checking you out……

    the yarn is gorgeous!! thx for running this contest………

  • 116. Marj  |  July 13th, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    I would love to have an extra week, if I get paid for it and get to stay home.

  • 117. retcgr  |  July 13th, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    Interesting! I’ve never been a history buff – memorizing dates and places and events just to pass a test was never my cup of tea. But you made the learning fun! Thanks!

  • 118. frances  |  July 13th, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    This whole post was fascinating.

  • 119. Elizabeth O'Brien  |  July 13th, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    Cool! I love Egyptian history! I’m homeschooled and starting the 9th grade in August and this year I am studying ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman history. Now I already know a little more than I knew before, Thanks.

  • 120. Kat  |  July 13th, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    I checked out your blog because of the yarn contest from the Ravelry site. Wow! I am intrigued with your site. Very informative. The yarn you have pictured is absolutely beautiful. Thanks.

  • 121. Samy  |  July 13th, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    How informative! I’m hoping my daughter will be born on the 20th, actually :) A week and a half early but it would be on the anniversary of my husband’s and my first date.

  • 122. Karen Kellogg  |  July 13th, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    So interesting! And to think I have trouble remembering what day it is…..

  • 123. Jane  |  July 13th, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    Nothing intelligent to add. I just want the yarn. ;-)

  • 124. Kathy  |  July 13th, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    Very cool, I never thought about the months and their prefixes.

    Thanks for the info, and the contest, that yarn looks yummy!

  • 125. Paige  |  July 13th, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    Very interesting. I love blog posts like this!

  • 126. Kate  |  July 13th, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    How interesting! And the yarn is gorgeous too :-)

  • 127. Karen  |  July 13th, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    Very interesting. I like contests!

  • 128. heathers  |  July 13th, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    Wow, how interesting! Thanks for the contest :)

  • 129. kelly  |  July 13th, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    How apt! I’m currently watching a documentary on how Cleopatra really died on the Discovery Channel. What an interesting story of the “Extra week”!

  • 130. Skye  |  July 13th, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    I’m going to have my son read this, I love it :)

    Beautiful yarn, too.

  • 131. Leesy  |  July 13th, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    You’re saying we want to return to “normal time?” Hee, hee. Beautiful yarn!

  • 132. Noriko  |  July 13th, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    Oh, I never even thought about how the later months don’t match!! Haha… now that you point it out it seems silly that I never noticed. :o)

  • 133. Alacaeriel  |  July 13th, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    I love blog posts that tell something of history, especially ancient history. Ancient Egypt has so many myths, it’s fascinating

    Also, yarn looks fabulous!

  • 134. trek  |  July 13th, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    Oh, my, that is a beautiful colorway.
    And the calendar stuff is always interesting, isn’t it?

  • 135. larndt  |  July 13th, 2008 at 6:42 pm

    I’m more of an Osiris/Isis kind of gal.

    larndt on ravelry

  • 136. Shelley  |  July 13th, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    Okay, so this Ra/Nut thing would like TOTALLY explain why more babies are born this time of year that in any other!!! It’s true – from mid July – early October, more deliveries occur. Well, that and the fact that Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, not to mention New Year’s Eve and cold winter nights were about 240 days ago:)

  • 137. Rachel  |  July 13th, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    Wow! That was very interesting! Thanks for posting all of that :)

  • 138. Jessica  |  July 13th, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    That is very interesting!! Thank you for the information!

  • 139. Marie  |  July 13th, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    Wow, cool. And hey, my birthday is July 20, too! :)

  • 140. Molly  |  July 13th, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    That’s awesome! Thanks so much for sharing this :)

  • 141. Jean  |  July 13th, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    And DH thinks I’m the only one so into ancient history – lol. Your knowledge far exceeds mine though. I will be checking in for the “rest of the story”………..

    Love the colors in the yarn pictured. You’ve captured the spirit of Egypt well.

  • 142. Melissa  |  July 13th, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    wow! what a wonderful thing… i could use a few more weeks that aren’t on my calendar to get some stuff done… like more knitting!

  • 143. kelly  |  July 13th, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    Very educational. Thanks!!!

  • 144. Knittingdancer  |  July 13th, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    Thank you for the information. Happy Birthday to RA. The yarn is beautiful. I would love to knit with it. Just think we have an extra week of knitting.

    Knittingdancer (Ravelry)

  • 145. Carly  |  July 14th, 2008 at 5:02 am

    So all that stuff they teach kids on Tutenstein is actually true, huh? How neat :)

  • 146. Rebecca  |  July 14th, 2008 at 7:30 am

    Tesih should be pleased to know that she shares a bvirthday with my daughter (well, maybe she won’t care about that) and with the anniversary of the moon landing. We named our kid “chanthaboune,” which means “moon festival,” in recognition of it.
    Gods were a lot more capricious in those days. Perhaps air conditioning allows us to conceptualize our gods as rational. We have less need to say, “Lord, why didst thou leave me in this horrible sweltering place? What did I ever do to you?” when we have a/c.

  • 147. Auglaise  |  July 14th, 2008 at 9:05 am

    For some reason, as I was reading your post that film with Big Bird in it popped into my head – the one that happens in the museum. I am *so* completely unable to remember the name, but I remember that that film got me really interested in ancient Egypt as a kid!

  • 148. April  |  July 14th, 2008 at 9:18 am

    Cool! DH loves Egyptian mythology & symbolism. I wonder if he knows about this bit.

  • 149. Debbie  |  July 14th, 2008 at 9:50 am

    My family loves mythology. Wonderful blog. Thanks for the chance to win, too.

  • 150. Bex  |  July 14th, 2008 at 9:59 am

    Wow, a chance of winning yarn, and an education too! Can’t be bad :-D

  • 151. brightlights  |  July 14th, 2008 at 10:12 am

    It’s beautiful, thanks for the educational tidbit of the day!

  • 152. Angela  |  July 14th, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    That is very interesting. Learn something new everyday! (My grandma used to say that the day you stop learning something is the day you die.)

  • 153. Debi Evans  |  July 14th, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    Thanks for the explanation!

  • 154. Jen  |  July 14th, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    I’ve always loved Egyptian mythology but had never heard of this before. I’m counting it as my “new thing” for the day. And your yarn it absolutely lovely. It’d be a joy to knit up something beautiful with.

  • 155. Kim Evans  |  July 15th, 2008 at 5:21 am

    Love the yarn! Will be back on Set’s b-day for the pattern. ;) Thanks!

  • 156. Kimberlyn  |  July 15th, 2008 at 8:41 am

    Posting in response to your Ravelry post and to say THANK YOU for a great blog to add to my reading list!

    I love ancient history, though I rarely retain anything I read (which can be OK, I suppose, as I never tire of reading about it…)

  • 157. Rabbitsknit (on ravelry)  |  July 15th, 2008 at 9:05 am

    Ok – so did Nut give birth that year and the following years? If so how many children did Nut eventually have altogether? I haven’t heard this myth before but enjoyed reading it.

    Sock yarn is beautiful. Glad I found your blog. Best of luck with your contest.

  • 158. Kris Schmidt  |  July 15th, 2008 at 9:11 am

    Can’t wait to show this to my daughter – she turns 13 in 12 days and she loves ancient history and knitting – just like her mom!

  • 159. Maureen  |  July 15th, 2008 at 9:24 am

    I never knew that the calender was so interesting. Thanks for sharing all the fun facts!

  • 160. AT  |  July 15th, 2008 at 9:26 am

    Thank you so much for sharing such interesting info and offering us a chance to win som beautiful yarn…. What about the history of knitting in Egypt?

  • 161. Safeena  |  July 15th, 2008 at 9:29 am

    Our oldest Somali male, RillibeeChime, was also known as “Sun-Ra, the sun king, we would give him anything” so this is doubly appropriate.

    Good times.

  • 162. Alex  |  July 15th, 2008 at 9:33 am

    Fingers crossed I love me some hand dyed sock yarn!

  • 163. Joey  |  July 15th, 2008 at 9:51 am

    Great contest, love the yarn color.

  • 164. Dana Jackson  |  July 15th, 2008 at 10:04 am

    This is what I love about Ravelry – a connection to people and information that I would never have in my non-knitting life. Keep up the great work!

  • 165. Jillian  |  July 15th, 2008 at 10:07 am

    Gorgeous yarn! And what a neat idea, thanks for the contest!

  • 166. KaRi  |  July 15th, 2008 at 10:10 am

    What a cool way to promote your blog and the history lesson is nice too.
    I didn’t know there was an extra week, but I am glad it is in the summer and not the winter :)

  • 167. Amy Strange  |  July 15th, 2008 at 10:30 am

    That was a great read! Mythology is really fascinating, bordering the fantasy to the real world with a logical sense about each of the characters and stories. I always love the way of how the characters interlink with each other in more than one way.

    Good luck with further stories!

  • 168. Connieknits on Ravelry  |  July 15th, 2008 at 10:48 am

    Fascinating! Ancient Egyptian society was certainly complex. I have read a lot about their fabrics, less about the gods. Beautiful colors on the sock yarn also!

  • 169. Erin  |  July 15th, 2008 at 10:48 am

    Cool! Now I can add a couple of new things to the things I didn’t know file in my brain.

    I never even gave the fact that the month prefaces didn’t match the usual number a thought. Makes sense, though!

  • 170. tobie-lynn  |  July 15th, 2008 at 11:01 am

    Wow – very informative – thank you for that blog entry! It would be nice to have the extra five days wouldn’t it? Hmm… one day on Ravelry picking patterns… another day shopping for supplies… and three whole days to knit up some socks in those yummy Ancient Egyptian colours! Yummy! Thanks for the chance to win such beautiful yarn!

  • 171. Lisa  |  July 15th, 2008 at 11:02 am

    My cat Bast (an Abysinnian, BTW) appreciates your homage to her history!
    Because it is “all about her”!
    Lovely yarn, too!

  • 172. Carlene  |  July 15th, 2008 at 11:06 am

    Thank you for the interesting post and the contest! Beautiful yarn, perfect colorway for a contest during the summer.

  • 173. Cathy W  |  July 15th, 2008 at 11:16 am

    Egyptian myth is so much more interesting than the simplified/sanitized version I remember learning about in childhood! Thank you for sharing this with us.

  • 174. Tina B Hill  |  July 15th, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    Interesting! Our son’s birthday is also July 20th, but we’ll miss it this year because his ship is on deployment. He is re-enlisting for another Navy tour this week. Thanks!

  • 175. Jennifer (3bagsfull on Ravelry)  |  July 15th, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    Fanscinating! Thank you for stimulating the creative juices and the informational juices. I love learning those kind of tidbits. It allows for me to contribute to ‘what did we learn today’ at the dinner table. It is really nice to impress the kids with things like that. It keeps them guessing that Mom really does know everything. (That bubble will burst soon enough, but for now it is nice.) Thanks again.

  • 176. Beth Burch  |  July 15th, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    I never knew about the extra week – but, I did know about the original 10 month calendar.

    Also the yarn is gorgeous! Do you also sell it?

  • 177. Julie  |  July 15th, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    I knew my birthday month was a great one for some reason – now I know – Egyptian Gods!!!

  • 178. beaniacle  |  July 15th, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    Wow, that’s really cool. I never knew about the Egyptian calender.

  • 179. Nora  |  July 16th, 2008 at 12:51 am

    Interesting info… my mom’s birthday is the 13th. She share’s a birthday with Ra!

  • 180. smatchell  |  July 24th, 2008 at 10:44 am

    I have an eye of Ra tattoo on my chest, Happy Birthday Ra!
    I got to see the Treasures of Ancient Egypt exhibit at the Portland Art Museum when it was here and it was AMAZING.

    Thanks for the contest!

  • 181. b-girl on Ravelry  |  July 24th, 2008 at 11:51 am

    Wow! Thanks for the education & for the contest! The yarn looks beautiful.

  • 182. Patti  |  July 24th, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    Wow, I love Egyptian mythology, and that yarn is GORGEOUS.

  • 183. Lisa  |  July 24th, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    I have never owned any non-manufactured yarn before (hand-dyed or otherwise) and have just learned to knit socks so I would love to win this yarn.

    I really like your blog. I wish I could be as eloquent.

  • 184. Michelle Tourigny  |  July 25th, 2008 at 12:26 am

    So children born on those extra five days would be quite special eh?

    Thanks for the interesting information

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