The spinsters and the knitters in the sun,
And the free maids that weave their thread with bones,
Do use to chant it: it is silly sooth,
And dallies with the innocence of love,
Like the old age.
– William Shakespeare
Twelfth Night, Act 2, Scene 4. Orsino to Cesario (Viola), asking for a song that wool spinners and knitters used to sing while they sowed, and maidens while they weaved.