- the nursery rhyme, Pop Goes the Weasel, might be a reference to a spinner's tool known as a 'weasel', a skeinwinder with a ratcheting device that measures yarn and 'pops' when the desired length of yarn is reached.
- in Scandinavia, the stars located in Orion's belt are called Friggjar rockr, or Frigga's distaff
- the national costume of Romania includes a distaff and spindle
- in Greek mythology, there are 3 crones (the Fates or Moirae) who control destiny by spinning (Clotho), measuring (Lachesis), and cutting (Atropos) the thread of life; clotho is also the Greek word for spinner
- Norse mythology has a similar concept, in which the 3 Norns, Urd, Verdandi, and Skuld, weave the tapestry of fates on their loom, which has one thread for each life
- other spinners in mythology include Brigid (Celtic), Holda (Germanic), Saule (Baltic), and Mama Ocllo (Incan) (fun facts from Wikipedia)
All are beehive or coiled 2-ply yarns; 'Night Sky' has glass seed beads nestled throughout, while the other 3 are plied with commercial novelty yarns. 'Night Sky' was spun from Pippikneesocks' 'After Midnight' fiber; both 'Black Grape' yarns were spun from a Moustache Rides batt I purchased from Material Whirled to support the Charkhas for Africa project.
Finally, a standard 2-ply yarn, using 2 strands of my handspun: 'Happy Feet'.
I knit 'Happy Feet' into my Freeform Knitting 365 project, but the others I added to my 'inventory' of Color Bomb Creations, my new cottage industry. My LYS has expressed interest in carrying my yarn, which I am very excited about. (Details on fiber content and yardage are available for each yarn by clicking on the individual photo links.)