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Last Friday was Rock Day, also known as St. Distaff's Day, which marks the return to spinning work after the Christmas holidays. January 7th was the first free day after the twelve days of Christmas ('the morrow after Twelfth Day'), and recognized the importance of spinning thread and yarn when that was the only method of producing that which was capable of being made into cloth.
Partly work and partly play
Ye must, on St. Distaff's day;
From the plough soon free your team,
Then come home and fodder 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
I had fun at the Rock (another name for the distaff) Day potluck at my LYS last Friday. I had just enough time to get home, load up the wheel and a few bits of fiber, and make it over to the shop. I was happy to see so many people attended, and we had a lovely spread. Everyone loved my mohair & rainbow eyelash mittens. They are so fun to wear *smile* I think that people at the stop lights might think I'm a little insane when I do dancing handpuppets to the music at red lights...
I hadn't done any spinning since around the end of October, so it was nice to get back to it. I had lots of fun chatting and spinning. I was gratified to see that I hadn't lost my tough after a couple of months, and managed to start off with some more than respectable not-quite-cobweb weight out of a yummy grey 70% merino/30% tussah with copper flash blend. I have 4 oz, which should be enough for a lace shawl or somesuch at the weigh I was spinning. I also had the opportunity to sample the sliver I combed up (only a pound and a half to comb) for the 3-ply I want to spin with my GCh Clyde fleece. I need to add a little bit more twist that I initially thought, but it is going to make a lovely, lustrous, round yarn that will be perfect for crisp cables in the aran sweater I have in mind. Think Alice Starmore. Thing Bainin. Think mini cabled ribbing. Think super complex. Think it will take forever...
I also *gasp* purchased yarn! It's been years since I purchased more than a single skein to use as a sample (and more likely I just begged a foot long piece). I found 8 (!) balls of variegated grey/black Shannon by Tahki in the sale bin, orphaned by year-end inventory. It's all over when I start muttering 'Mine. Mine' I did put the green yarn (the purchase of which would have violated a standing rule) back *smile* The 8 balls should be enough for a scarf (already started), some mittens and a hat. The scarf is just a simple, reversible 12 knit, 12 purl pattern, which true to it's nature is trying to act like giant ribbing at this point. It should be very nice once it's blocked. I'm on the hunt for interesting and appropriate (5 sts/in on 7s) hat & mitten patterns to accompany the scarf.