No matter what holiday you celebrate- assuming you do celebrate something this month, a pagan howl at the moon? - you probably need to give some gifts. Maybe you're making some, maybe you're all wrapped & ready, maybe you've even given some for the first three candles of Chanukah, maybe you're still thinking. Maybe, like me, you are all of the above?
Oh, good. Then let's talk. I figured I'd do gift suggestions, in installments. Only suggestions there are still time to do, without too much crazy. Let's call it the
She Shoots Sheep Shots Very Biased Gift Guide
Let's start out with my , ahem, very favorite gifting knitting book, Shear Spirit
( see biased, above).
No seriously, it makes a great gift. You can give it to an
addicted experienced knitter, you can give it to someone just getting into fiber so they can learn about where yarn comes from in an approachable, conversational way, or you can give it to someone who loves to travel and enjoys photography. Most definitely it is for the someone who dreams of chucking the townhouse and living with goats and alpaca off a dirt road somewhere pretty.
Like wine, a book needs a pairing. (Actually, pairing a book with wine is also a good idea, but we'll stay fiber focused, OK?)
for the knitter or spinner: Shear Spirit and a skein or two of indie farm yarns or roving
Some of the farms profiled in the book have online order sites and swoon worthy yarn
(left, from Montana) 13 Mile Lamb & Wool - organic, plant dyed, spun at their own ranch mill
or (right) handspun alpaca from Victory Ranch in New Mexico.
or ask at your LYS, they may have yarn from a farm nearby.
If you want to be really nice, stick a piece of yarn, bookmark style, in a page with a pattern Tell your giftee you'll knit that for them. But be nice to yourself, don't say by when.
Alternative pairing, for the livestock lover:
Shear Spirit and a share in a CSA fiber farm
Some suggestions, check with your state's (in the US) farm bureau there might be one close by. Most of them welcome a visit.
Juniper Moon Farm (Virginia)
A Wrinkle in Thyme Farm (Maine)
Willow Ridge Farm (Iowa)
Grandview Farm (VT)
Alternative pairing for the fiber lover with a charitable and giving attitude:
the book Shear Spirit and a share of sheep by donating to Heifer International,
an international aid non-profit agency that gives people training and livestock, allowing them to make sustainable livings in their communities around the globe.
More tomorrow....happy gifting!