In many European cultural traditions, women resumed their household work after the twelve days of Christmas. Women of all classes would spend their evenings spinning on the wheel. During the day, they would carry a drop spindle with them. Spinning was the only means of turning raw wool, cotton or flax into thread, which could then be woven into cloth.
In honor of Roc Day, or Distaff Day, I have resumed spinning. The resumption of my spinning had nothing to do with the day originally, I had not been spinning in a couple of months. Or did it? Perhaps I subconsciously knew.
St. Distaff’s Day; Or, the Morrow after Twelfth-day
Partly work and partly play
You must on St. Distaffs Day:
From the plough soon free your team;
Then cane home and fother them:
If the maids a-spinning go,
Burn the flax and fire the tow.
Bring in pails of water then,
Let the maids bewash the men.
Give St. Distaff’ all the right:
Then bid Christmas sport good night,
And next morrow every one
To his own vocation.’
Spinning my favorite fiber from Fiber Optic. This is Wild Thyme Gradient, Merino and Silk.
I like the subtleties of this color palate. Will make a good spring shawl.