Looking for a gift for a spinner or looking for some things to leave as fat hints to your loved ones?
Here are a few things I loved this year that I’d like to give to my spinning family:
Fiber, of course – either a braid, a set of braids, or a club subscription. Getting fiber never gets old! I have a lot of go-to dyers, but for 2017 I want to spin dyers that are new to me or ones I haven’t spun in a long time. One of dyers I can’t wait to try is Casey of Port Fiber.
Blending board – I have a Clemes and Clemes blending board and I use it a lot. It’s so much fun making wild rolags to spin. Smaller than a drum carder, and bigger than hand cards, plus it sits nicely in your lap while you watch tv on the couch.
Handcards – Thanks to Beth Smith’s suggestion, I now have handcards that I can’t stop using. Louet extra fine cotton cards work better for me than any other cards I’ve tried.
Yarnitecture – My book! I wish I could give a copy to everyone that spins or is even thinking about starting to spin.
Massage – This is one of my favorite gifts to give and get. There is a lot of repetitive motion in spinning, be good to your body and get all of those kinks smoothed out. It’s feels so good!
Subscriptions to magazines – I read both Spin Off and PLY Magazine, every issue. I learn from them and get so many ideas for projects and experiments. Supporting these two magazines supports our whole fiber community.
An event – I wish I could buy all of my spinners fully paid trips to the retreat of their choice (plus a new wheel and a pony). Failing that we like to make plans where we go together. You can also make a contribution to a trip or buy them a local class.
A wheel – Know anyone in need of a new wheel? I highly recommend Schacht’s new Flatiron. It’s is a fast wheel, I can go from fat to super fine effortlessly. Plus I like the way it looks!
What are your favorite spinning gifts to give and get?