January 7: St. Distaff's Day. A medieval European celebration of transitioning back to normal work routines, primarily focusing on spinning. "Partly work and partly play/ You must on St. Distaff's Day." (Links to a thorough history of this holiday, which has been revived by modern crafters.)

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An 82 cm long wand of iron with bronze details and a unique model of a house on the top. It was discovered in a Völva's grave in Köpingsvik, Öland. There is also a pitcher from Persia or Central Asia, and a West European bronze bowl. Dressed in a bear pelt, she had received a ship burial with both human and animal sacrifice.

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Living History - 5 by ~Fatalis-Polunica on deviantART

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The Embarrassing Truth About Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) and How to Manage It by Joseph Newburg, http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003VD1GAQ/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_vd8Tqb0BGNC52

Illustration from "Illustrerad verldshistoria utgifven av E. Wallis. volume I": A woman spinning. Date 1875

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Venus de Milo as a spinner illustrated- Need to read this more thoroughly. Other experts on the statue believe the right arm was down the front of the torso, as if grasping her robe at the hips and the left arm was lifted holding an apple.

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Medieval Bride: The bride's hair

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Votyak (Finnish) Women Spinning by E. Karnejeff Votyak = a member of the Finno-Ugric-speaking people living in eastern European Russia

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Spinning from a sit-on distaff

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Eine Frau sitzt beim Spinnen und singt, eine zweite Frau sitzt am Tisch und liest aus einem Buch. Warnung vor schlechter Lektüre.

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