(Title for you, Deb) Last year a re-enactor friend asked me to make him a scarf - plain weave, gray handspun, REALLY ugly. He loved it, but wanted it to look "aged and weathered" so I took it outside and put it on the snow ogre which was part of my annual snow sculpture. I didn't think it aged at all, in fact it looked somewhat better with a little snow wet-finishing, but he thought it was perfect. This year a friend in his group wanted me to make him not one, but two REALLY UGLY scarves, also weathered.
Mostly gray handspun, with some indigo dyed wool, the scarves were nearly done last Wed. when a snowstorm hit that knocked my power out for 5 days. Heavy, wet snow - the best kind for building snow sculptures - so I finished the last few inches of the last scarf and built my snowman. I must be getting too old for this, because I only built one and threw both scarves on it. Hope this doesn't happen again next year because if I do it 3 years in a row it might mean that it's a tradition I'll have to uphold. A snow sculpture that includes a "working" fireplace already is.