Monday, December 31, 2012


This New Year's Eve as we in the U.S. prepare to swan dive together off the fiscal cliff, I've had quite enough of political bloodsport and self-inflicted harm. Others may enjoy playing the fiscal cliff game, but I say, out with the old!

Singleton Socks of Shame, year end 2012

Singleton Socks of Shame 2012, left to right: Meadowlands, Scar, Fawkes, Julesokker, Love Me Knot, Clouds, Chain Link.

And in with the new! I'm organizing a Roc Day gathering roundabout Exit 151 on January 12. Details on Ravelry.

ETA: For those unfamiliar with the term, Roc Day, also known as Distaff Day or facetiously as St. Distaff's Day (there is no such saint or saint's day) is a European holiday traditionally observed on January 7, the day after the Twelve Days of Christmas. Traditionally it's a time for women to gather to spin, relax, and feast on delicacies. (Rock is a Scottish term for distaff, a tool used to hold unspun fiber.) English poet Robert Herrick (of "Gather ye rosebuds while ye may" fame) provides literary attribution in his poem, "St. Distaff’s Day, or the Morrow After Twelfth Day."

Modern Roc Day observances tend to retain the parts about relaxing and feasting while being more flexible of date, inclusive of gender, and diverse in fiber craft, that is, men may participate and knitting, crochet, weaving, etc are welcome. So y'all come, it'll be fun!


~RaenWa~ said...

Happy New Year to you. Thankfully at the last minute they reached a deal on the fiscal cliff. I hope your 2013 is full of wool & good things.

Kaye said...

I've been waiting all year for the singletons! Love the Julesokker! What's roc day?