Do you see how her hands are just a bit blurry? She just couldn't keep her hands from trying to work on that sock for the few minutes the exposure took. See sock knitters? This sock-knitting mania of yours has been going on for a long, long time!
This image is a daguerreotype, which dates the photo to about the late 1840's.
This lovely image shows a Greek woman in native costume spinning with a distaff and spindle. We can see quite a lot of detail about her costume as well as about her spindle and distaff and how she used them.