I love this shawl, but then they tried to Tudor it up for The Virgin Queen. Cate Blanshett looks great in her big ruff, but she is in a 16th century setting. The look on the model's face says it all.
Rob Matyka of Threadbear Fiber Arts wrote in their newsletter about Distaff Day.
According to wikipedia
Distaff Day, also called Roc Day, is January 7, 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. Well, of course they do. We fiber nuts like a good party.
Not sure what a distaff is. Check here.