It's great to have something to really look forward to in the middle of the winter season. And for spinners, we don't have to wait too long. The day after the Christmas season is our very own day - Roc Day.
This is a celebration going back to the Middle Ages and is celebrated either the day after 12th night (Jan 5th) or the day after Epiphany in the Christian calendar (Jan 6th) depending on local custom. Spinners would gather together and celebrate before commencing their work for the year. And still today there are guilds and groups meeting for this occasion every year.
And if you think about it, what greater pleasure would there be in the cold, dark days of winter than to set up your wheel in front of a fire and spin to your heart's content.
There's also the pressure of knowing that the new fleeces will be shorn in only a few months' time - so it really is time to work on that stash from last year (or was that the year before that!) Definitely time to get out the dyepots for a new project or two.
If you'd like some ideas for planning your next spinning session, then I have a number of patterns that are designed for hand-spun yarn. These include the Rare Earth Cushions, Rare Earth Rug and the Sawston Scarf pictured above, and a new rug pattern, the Ocean Currents Rug, is featured in the next blogpost.
Happy winter spinning everyone!