Thursday, January 12, 2012

Rock Day, 2012

I am attempting to fire up the blog again and what better way than to tell you about all the fun we had on Rock Day, January 7.  This is our first customer of the day with her drop spindle!
Rock Day, otherwise known as St. Distaff's Day is the day after Epiphany and was traditionally the day that spinners in Europe took up their spindles again after the Christmas holiday.  In the last few year, spinners have adopted January 7 as a holiday to celebrate our craft.
It has taken me a few years to get on the bandwagon, but this year I put it on the calendar and I hope to make it an annual event.
We had beginner spinning lessons throughout the day.
I was so excited about the kids that came out!

These two are going to be fine spinners!
I demonstrated the wheel while others brought their own.

And others got to try a wheel for the first time!

We even made drop spindles out of random things.
FYI, a bamboo skewer stuck through either a fingerling potato or a radish makes a really slick drop spindle but a brussel sprout doesn't work as well.  Too leafy and not solid enough, I guess.
All in all, we had a great day and will definitely be celebrating again next year.


Lorena said...

Your info about the fingerling potato vs. the brussel sprout made me laugh out loud. :-) Good to know!

17th stitch said...

Hooray! You're blogging again! I never thought about sticking a brussel sprout on a stick as a distaff, but I'm glad to know it doesn't work. You'll save me some time, someday.

omly said...

I was very sad that things were just too crazy that day to stop in. I am glad that it had such a good response though!