It's getting towards the time of year when I start to notice a few orders from people with familiar surnames, but very different first names! I've been buying bits and pieces for my family members for the past few weeks, and judging by the parcels that appear and are immediately hidden away I'm not the only one in the household who's started buying presents,
I thought I'd share a few gift ideas for spinners for you to point your loved ones towards. I've tried to pick non-fibre options to avoid the issues caused by buying the right fibre, but in the wrong colour! There's lots of small options as well that would be ideal for gifts in your local spinning group, or as stocking stuffers.
First up, the things in my own shop... (If you're in the UK or EU all these prices will be plus 20% VAT)
Things to care for your wheel. Your wheel is a tool, it needs maintenance just like your car.
If your wheel is already well cared for then how about something to make you better at working with colour?
It's hard to go wring with bags... places to store things are always useful when you're a crafty person.
Finally a wpi tool is a useful addition to anyone's spinning toolkit.
If books are your thing then there are so many that are excellent... (Note, these are all links to Amazon UK, if you're outside the UK you will probably be able to find all of them on your countries own Amazon site, and many will be available from other online book sellers)
The Spinners Book of Yarn Design If you only own one spinning book this should be it!
The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook For the spinner who loves learning more about sheep and the quality of their wool
Yarnitecture For the spinner who wants to get better at analysing the sort of yarn they are spinning, and be more in control of the results.
Spin Art For the spinner who needs to step outside their comfort zone
Non-spinning books, but interesting for anyone who has a love of textiles.
Women's Work- The First 20,000 years.
Stitches in Time: The Story of the Clothes we Wear
The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History
A subscription toPly magazine would also be a lovely gift. If you're outside the US then it may be better to buy a subscription from one of their stockists.
Akerworks bobbins are such a pleasure to use, and I love that they collapse flat so I can store them easily. Note to any potential present purchasers, you need to check the wheel that your spinner uses...
Beyond Measure stock lots of beautifully useful trinkets for people who love to make things. I love their tape measures, or their sewing needle cases.
There are usually a few tipples consumed at Christmas, so how about some knitting stitch identification guide drinks coasters.
If the person you're buying the present for is a spinner, the chances are they're also a knitter or crocheter. So a storage solution for their needles or projects will probably be well received.
Your spinner might also like abeautiful tool to use to wind their yarn in to skeins, or need a new orifice hook.
If you're hoping for some spinning goodies to be in your pile of presents what would you like to receive? Leave a comment below, and someone else might be getting a nice surprise!