And I find, year after year, that this is the time I turn my attention to dyeing and spinning. It just seems to come naturally with the change to the New Year. And I'm not alone, for across many countries today is celebrated as a special day for spinners. It's called Roc Day or St Distaff's Day and happens the day after Twelfth Night.
Back in the day when spinning was a long and arduous daily toil for many women, it would be understandable if they might have a bit reluctant to return to their tasks. However, it was made considerably more pleasant by celebrating with other villagers for one final day of merriment before the real work started again.
If you fancy celebrating Roc Day this year, then check your local paper as a number of local spinning groups have events planned for the weekend. And even if you're not a spinner you can join in the fun by knitting a project using hand‐spun yarn from your local yarn store or Farmers' Market.
At the top left there's the Henley Blanket in a two‐tone blue and purple combination. This has a beautiful waffle texture which would work well with hand-spun yarns.
Then the photo at the top right shows a scarf, the Sawston Infinity Scarf, which is worked in a soft Blue‐Faced Leicester yarn. You can read a little more about this here. If you have never tried this fibre before, then see if you can find some soon – it may be the softest wool you have ever worked with.
The centre photos show the Rare Earth Rug and Rare Earth Cushions which use natural coloured yarns. And lastly, the Ocean Currents Blanket that I featured in my last blogpost is shown alongside a co‐ordinating rug, the Ocean Currents Rug. Those four patterns really embrace yarns which might have thick and thin sections or slight variations in colour, so would be perfect to try out with your hand-spun wool.
It’s always fun to try something new for the New Year so I hope you enjoy experimenting with hand-spun for your next project!
Until next time – Happy Knitting!
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