Thanks to Brenda Dayne and her wonderful podcast episode from a few years back that inspired my title today. “Start as you mean to go on” is a sentence that comes to my mind whenever I make a resolution, be it at New Year’s or some other time.
The pile of fiber pictured here is my spinning stash at the start of 2012. I got a start on it (and my spinning resolution) on Roc Day or St. Distaff’s Day, which I observed for the first time this year. It’s not a real holiday, but dates back to the 1600’s when women stopped their household work during the Twelve Days of Christmas. Back then, of course, spinning was a constant part of household work. Roc Day was January 7, the day after Twelfth Night, when the work resumed. The distaff or “rock” was a symbol of women’s work and a very helpful tool for spinning.
Some craft groups now mark the day as a time for spinning, and one of my spinning groups on Ravelry did so this year with a “fun-along” and contest. I was determined to participate even if I didn’t get a distaff ready to use, so I tried to make a supercoil yarn for the first time. It looks amazing but is not very stable. However, it was so fun to do that I’m sure I’ll be practicing it more soon. There’s a photo of the yarn in my other post from today. I sent it from my Flickr account, so I’ll be learning before my next post how to do that without it being a separate post.
In other crafty news, I’ve warped my backstrap loom for another narrow piece, and I’ve started a February Lady Sweater out of the yarn I dyed with Kool-aid last fall. With the late arrival of snow ’round these parts, it’s a great time to hunker down with crafts, and I am trying mightily not to start too many projects at once.