Happy Roc Day!

While I am not going out to any Roc Day celebrations TODAY as I do not know of any in the area until Saturday. I do plan on doing some spinning, weaving and knitting on my own today.

What is Roc day you ask?

Distaff Day, also called Roc Day, is 7 January, the day after the feast of the Epiphany. It is also known as Saint Distaff’s Day, since it was not really a holiday at all. In many European cultural traditions, women resumed their household work after the twelve days of Christmas. The distaff, or rock, used in spinning was the medieval symbol of women’s work. Often the men and women would play pranks on each other during this day, as was written by Robert Herrick in his poem “Saint Distaffs day, or the Morrow After Twelfth Day” which appears in his Hesperides.

Some modern craft groups have taken up the celebration of Distaff day as part of their new year celebrations.

I may try and remember to plan a ROC day with friends for next year. Apple Leef Farm is having a Roc Day celebration this Saturday the 9th from 10am to????? See Leef’s website for details.

The other celebrations going on this month that I know of are both in Oklahoma. One this Saturday the 9th in Bethany and one the 16th in Tulsa.

Would love to be able to go to Tulsa but alas it is not possible.


Why Poo Poo other peoples Happiness and Fun!?

Ok, I started a thread on one of my tatting groups on Yahoo (Katie i am beginning to think you’re right about groups) about hand-dyed thread. I am by no means a professional, and I don’t claim to be one. Nor do I play one on TV.

I have had success with my Easter egg dye. LOL it is safe, the kids had a great time. We watched it fizz up and make this neat marble texture on the thread. They didn’t have to wear masks and I didn’t have to be worried that I had harmed their lungs in the process. They enjoyed setting them out in the sun. IT WAS FUN! Good old fashion family fun!

So having posted that I had had success with my Easter Egg dye with T-shirts, tights and cotton yarn. I got some responses from the “professionals” saying that I was doing it WRONG that I had to use dye x and process z to create hand-dyed thread. And there was a whole blog post(on blogger) about my Willy Nilly behavior and the consequence that could arise from such. (It’s thread people)

Well let me tell you, I have hand-dyed thread and I didn’t use dye x or process z. My kids had a blast, and if it fades a little or bleeds a little. SO WHAT!!!! It is mine, I did it I am proud of it and who are you to say I was going about it in a “Willy Nilly” fashion. Believe me I do not plan on ever becoming your competition because that is not where my talent is. I know that.

We had a day of fun stirring up dye adding vinegar and watching it fizz. And we got colored string in the process. SO THERE! I even tatted up a bit of trim 4 rings and chains and gave it a little scrub a dub in my hand with laundry soap to see what would happen. Nothing to be too concerned about. (and that was with A LOT of scrubbing)

I don’t know too many people who put their bookmarks or books in a puddle of water. (if they do they should have their heads examined)
I didn’t dye up enough to make a pair of baby booties so no fear of the little angels feet changing color. (Not that I would tat a pair of baby booties with size 10 Cotton) I may go with something a little more elegant than that. After all they would be heirlooms.

So get off your high horses and leave the “Willy Nilly” people to their fun!!!!!

New Crafts to Report.

I have been making headbands, I gave one away for road testing to a pretty rough and tumble kinda girl. The colors suit her and I think she loved the colors. These were made from bandanas. I can get 3 out of one, 2 adult size and 1 child size.
Bandana Headbands

I embroidered a napkin with a chili pepper shaker, and had a special order for one of my felt skull and crossbone keyfobs in pink and black.
chili pepper napkin

skull and crossbones

I have one more headband to sew up from that bandana. I am working on a Mexican embroidered shape doll, and I need to work on more Dia De Los Muertos Skulls. I have them all cut out and I need to get them embroidered.

Next week I am going to get started on knitting my Eid gifts, and finishing up Hassan’s sweater vest.

Until next time.

Katie, Do Tell!!!

Ok,,,I am so excited I can hardly stand it. What was the big surprise? What fantastic thing did Mark have planned for you in NYC?

Me! Well I am just sittin’ here in a dark ol’ house just me my windows media player, youtube, and the blog. Everyone is out at Friday Night Halaqa. I just couldn’t bring myself to go again this Friday. 3 Fridays and 3 Akikas is enough for a bit! Need a breather, plus I am teaching Sunday school tomorrow.

And I just typed tomorrow I hear car doors shutting in front of the house…and the kids are ringing the door bell like idiots.

Oh well!

I plan on sewing up some headbands tonight, cutting off a pair of pajama pants into capri length because the bottom of the legs are torn, and sewing around a couple of pincushions getting them ready to stuff.

Still crafting away.

Ok…Ok…I know the title says, ” Knitting Our Way to Peace” and I swear, one day I will get back to knitting, but I am just having too much fun making things with felt and fabric. Hey felt is wool right? So I haven’t strayed too far. LOL…ok ok I am just justifying my abstinence now.

But seriously folks, I am having a blast. Two very good friends and I are planning a community craft fair. I think it will be a hoot. We are going to to do it with a Moroccan theme, jut in case you are wondering and I haven’t really mentioned it I don’t think. I could be wrong. My husband is from Morocco and we are going to do it in our Musallah (translated Place for praying) and sell tables to crafters, along with serving/selling Moroccan food, tea and desserts. YUM-O

I am excited. We are actually getting together tomorrow to discuss details. LOL

I can’t wait!

I may actually KNIT some things for it too. Seriously I have to get back to knitting, I found the cutest pattern for snails that I just have to knit. I need to make a monkey and the monkey bag from the SnB book.

OH and Congrats to Katie….the Cacti in the SnB 2008 calendar. I will have to buy that one this year and figure out how to get it autographed. You famous person you.

Ok I am really pissed! My friend was sold a bracelet and the person who made it told her that the crystals were Swarovski and they so aren’t! Anyone EVEN ME who has ever seen the real thing knows a fake when it is presented. They were flat, not fire, no shimmer. SAD!

Ok well enough about me.

I have been crafting away

Well besides the onesies I made yesterday and btw I made 5 more for another baby. I did 2 Old Navy shirts for my friend Sakina’s daughters Hana and Noora, and today I made them bonnets. Sakina and I have this thing going on where we are kinda making something everyday out of stuff we have just around the house. It has been a plast so far. Today I made sunbonnets out of bandanas that Sahara picked up at the dollar spot in Target.


We post the day’s project on our repsective blogs by midnight and begin thinking of the next days project. Todays bonnets came from the desire to make the cutest bonnet ever that I saw on the Angry Chicken blog.

So Katie I am currently sewing in our desire for peace and thus far it has given me peace, so I feel good about it. Not much knitting going on. I am frustrated with the “wool” at the moment.