Spinners would all gather together and celebrate before commencing their work for the year. Tradition has it that the ploughmen would often join in too – and a merry time was had by all! The tradition continues even to this day, and guilds and groups still meet and spin for Roc Day (although perhaps without quite so many ploughmen!)
And if you think about it, what greater pleasure would there be in the cold, dark days of winter than to join your friends, set up your wheels in front of a roaring fire and spin to your heart's content!
Here's some of the fleece I have been spinning recently, and when I come back next time I will show you the rug this has turned into.
Until then – Happy winter spinning everyone!
Roc Day, spinning, handspinning, wool,