Thinking about Holiday Gifts: It’s Time

My weaving yarn collection. This week at least.
My weaving yarn collection. This week, at least.

Do not yell at me! It’s time for me to think about holiday gifts, I didn’t say you had to. I’m not playing Rhinebeck sweater chicken, so It’s time for me to plan other fiber things.

What do I want to make? Something perfectly handcrafted for each person I love in my life.

What does the still rational not-caught-up-in-the-joy-and-delusion-of-holiday-making mind of mine think I will actually do?

  • 2 woven scarves (commercial yarn)
  • 4 zoom loom sachets (handspun)
  • Something knitted and delicious that’s not a sweater (handspun)

    More of these, please.


I’m going to ask my local spinning and knitting friends to help me get this done by inviting them over to craft and watch movies on the weekends I’m not teaching.

Another strategy for a better chance to finish is using handspun yarn that is already spun and lounging in a basket, rather than spinning all new yarns. I always forget about all of my lounging yarns, it’s time for them to step up and get knitted and woven.

What about you? Any plans for holiday gifts yet? Any strategy for getting them done?



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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

5 thoughts on “Thinking about Holiday Gifts: It’s Time

  1. Tammy Moorse

    Got some 1 skein shawl projects from my LYS. Perfect quick knits for Christmas gifts, particularly when I got them on sale.

  2. Laurinda

    Thank you, Kelly An Ferrigan! If time gets short, I can always sew. & I’ve even given unfinished gifts :”-)

  3. Valerie Sobczak

    I am so looking forward to holiday crafting sessions! Good idea to have your friends over for camaraderie, and also distractions. Plus it’s a good excuse for the amount of snacks that I usually have out for crafting time.

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