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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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Völva - from the grave of a volva, Kopingsvik, Oland. 82 cm wand of iron with bronze details. She was dressed in a bear pelt.

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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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Fifteenth-Century Spinning Class.Maïtre François, Christian Customs: A Group of Women Spinning (Virtuousness), from Saint Augustine, La Cité de Dieu of Jacques dArmagnac, Duke of Nemours, 1478-80, The Hague, MMW, 10A 11, fol. 69v, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague, Netherlands. Image Source

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AnneLiese's Fibers and Stuff - Spinning Index

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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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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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AnneLiese's Fibers and Stuff - Spinning Index Pigs spinning flax.

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