07 January 2009

Happy St. Distaff's Day

Now that the 12 Days of Christmas are over, all the women folk must go back to their housework. Those spinsters such as myself will go back to a-spinning and using our distaffs.

Excerpt from St. Distaff's Day; Or, the Morrow after Twelfth-day
by Robert Herrick

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.


I hope everyone's miscellaneous holidays went happily along. May you all have both a productive day back at the spinning wheel, and a productive day thinking about those who spin now, whether it be so-called Renaissance men and women in our culture who spin to keep fiber arts alive, or those who still use spinning as their main means of creating yarn for fabric and such.

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