Jillian’s Spinning: Is the Earliest-Born Person Caught on Film a Spinner?

It’s very possible that the earliest-born person caught on film is a spinner. In 1905, Yanaki and Milton Manaki filmed their 114 year old grandmother spinning (though the article says weaving!). Despina Manaki’s 1791 birth year can’t be verified but, the previous woman thought to be the earliest born person caught on film was born in 1804, so there is a good chance that Despina is our woman.

I think it goes to show that spinning is one of the keys to a longer, happier life!


Did you see that Jacey Boggs just released a new spinning class through Craftsy? Spinning Art Yarns just came out yesterday, get it while it’s hot!

New Jacey Boggs class!
New Jacey Boggs class!


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Jillian is the​ author of the best-selling spinning book Yarnitecture. She is the editor​ of Knittyspin and Developmental Editor for PLY and PLY Books. She kinda loves this spinning thing and wants everyone who spins to love it too, so she teaches and writes a lot. She knits, weaves, and stitches and tries to do as much of it as she can with handspun yarn. She's always cooking up all kinds of exciting and creative things combining fiber arts. She likes her mysteries British, her walks woodsy, and to spend as much time as she can laughing. Spy on her on her website jillianmoreno.com