What are you spinning for the holidays?


The Turkish Infant Cap by Lisa Gwinner featured in Spin-Off Presents: Some Tops with a Twist, 7 Handspun Hats.

It is the time of year when I start planning for my holiday presents. I'm always on the lookout for the "right something" for everyone on my list. And every year, I try to pick at least a couple gifts I can make myself.

This year, I have been scouring our Spin-Off Presents eBooks for projects I can get finished before December and that I know will be loved and appreciated.

First on my list is A Scarf for the Rigid Heddle Loom by Liz Gipson from Spin-Off Presents: Weaving with Handspun. As Liz points out, the rigid heddle may be the perfect handloom for spinners. It is gentle on yarns because of its plastic heddle/reed and produces very little loom waste. It is also easy to warp and portable, perfect for quick, repeatable gift projects. This project also takes advantage of the extra energy in singles weft to create texture in plain weave. I think rather than using matching two-ply for the warp, I'll mix up the yarn in the warp and weft, so I can get at least a couple unique gifts from the same warp. I'm busy spinning this week for Spinzilla and will definitely have a varied supply of singles that I can put to good use.


A Scarf for the Rigid Heddle Loom by Liz Gipson from Spin-Off Presents: Weaving with Handspun.

Next on the list, is the Turkish Infant Cap by Lisa Gwinner featured in Spin-Off Presents: Some Tops with a Twist, 7 Handspun Hats. While I'm pretty sure I'll only be making one of these, I just love the colorwork design and subtle combination of colors. I think the traditional motifs and adorable top knot will be the perfect combination for my little niece who was born earlier this year. I can see it in a combination of yellow and light green. It will be perfect to keep her warm this winter and I can be sure to pick a fiber that is baby soft and relatively easy to clean. We have an article coming up in the Winter 2014 issue of Spin-Off about mercerized wool, it might be the perfect small project to try spinning this interesting new fiber for.

With my past track record, I think I will stop planning there. A few scarves and a baby hat will probably keep me plenty busy for the next couple months.

How about you, what are you spinning for the holidays?

Spin on,

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