I recently found out about a tradition, from back in ye olde times, where women had to finish all of their spinning projects before Christmas (or hide in-progress projects), lest they be cursed by spirits with bad luck in the new year. They wouldn’t come back to their spindles or wheels until after the Feast of the Epiphany, or Distaff Day!
Needless to say, all of my spinning projects were not done before Christmas, but I think I did a pretty good job of hiding them! My mom wanted to spin on New Year’s Day, and I told her of this tradition. She didn’t think it was a cool as I did.
That said, this day does have me thinking of spinning projects for 2020. I’d love to get all of those hidden, half-finished projects done before next year.
I still haven’t started spinning that art yarn project intended for last year’s Tour de Fleece, so that’s on the list, too.
What are you guys spinning on this Distaff Day? Let me know in the comments!