Gift Ideas for Knitters and Crocheters

Stumped about what gift to get the knit/crochet lover in your life? Not sure what to tell those who ask what you want for Christmas? I have a few ideas to get you started. Let me tell you, it was a real sacrifice to research this post. 😉

“Splurge” Yarns. Knitters and crocheters never get tired of yarn shopping. Unfortunately, our bank accounts (and spouses?) do. That’s why getting a skein or two of a luxury yarn as a gift is so great. Pictured: Knit Collage Pixie Dust Mini in Granite Peak.

Knit Collage Pixie Dust Mini

 

Ottlite. I don’t have one of these, but I have heard great things about the powerful, color-accurate light they produce. Bonus points for models (like this one) with magnifiers (thread crochet, anyone?) and supply-storage bases (Where is that cable needle? Oh, there it is.)

Ottlite Table Lamp

Project Bags. Crafters have a lot of supplies, so we need a handy place to put it all when we’re on the go. Project bags are available in a variety of price ranges. I like the delia Q Isabella bag pictured below – with pockets that button closed!

Yarn.com Della Q Bag

Hook and Needle Cases. Did I mention that fiber crafters have a lot of supplies? That makes a good needle and/or hook case so indispensable. The hook and needle case I use (Thirty One’s Timeless Beauty Bag) isn’t actually meant for the purpose – it’s a beauty supply bag. But the elastic bands meant for brushes work great for holding knitting needles, and the clear interior pockets allow me to find the right crochet hook quickly. I also use the Thirty One Organizing Utility Tote as my project bag most of the time, which works great.

Thirty One Timeless Beauty Bag

Fun Knitting Needles and Crochet Hooks. A pretty set of crochet hooks or knitting needles can make a project even more enjoyable. I like these gorgeous new Caspian knitting needles from Knit Picks.

Knit Picks Caspian Needle Set

Printed books. Knitters and crocheters can never have too many patterns, so pattern books are always a great idea. I’ve heard good things about Crochet at Home, for example.

Crochet at Home Book

Magazines. You can find a lot of great patterns in magazines, too. I still love getting magazines in the mail, and for people like me, getting a new issue of a crochet pattern magazine such as Interweave Crochet is like Christmas every time.

Interweave Crochet Magazine

Pattern Downloads. Great patterns aren’t just in print – many are available as online downloads. Because so many knitters and crocheters use Ravelry patterns, you could consider gifting one of the paid patterns.

Ravelry Pattern

Stitch Markers. I haven’t had too many opportunities to use stitch markers, but with adorable options available through Etsy artists, I might have to start. These cookie-shaped stitch markers are by OneElf.

OneElf Etsy Cookie Stitch Markers

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Wintery Weekend Projects

I spent most of this weekend trying to stay warm. If I needed any proof that winter is here, I definitely got it when I left work on Friday. This is the view out the windshield as I waited for my car to warm up enough to scrape. And yet another reason why it’s good to have a portable hobby such as knitting or crochet. 🙂 Do you usually carry a WIP in your purse/bag?

ice and yarn

As you can see, I’m working on a project with my Rowan Angora Haze. It’s so fluffy! I decided to make the Judy Beret, my first knit hat. Wish me luck! I’ve already frogged it at least three times. It seems slouchy, but my gauge is pretty accurate so it must just be the design. Does anybody know how easy it would be to shrink it a little if it comes out too loose for my liking?

I just wish my skin wasn’t sensitive to this fiber. It’s not unbearable, but I don’t know that I will be able to keep the project for myself, and I don’t see myself working with angora any time soon. But.. I won the yarn, and it was just too pretty to resist. What can I say, I suffer for my art. 🙂

In My Stash: Rowan Angora Haze

Hi there! I hope you had a great weekend. Mine was restful, but not by choice. I wasn’t feeling so great, so I didn’t wander too far from home. On the plus side, I got lots of crochet time in between naps.

I have been back at the thread crochet – I just can’t seem to stay away. I have a couple of doilies (I finally started working out of Doilies with a Twist – yay!) drying on the blocking mats now, and I can’t wait to get them photographed. When I do get back to thicker yarns, though, I have plenty of tempting choices. Exhibit A:

rowan angora haze 1

Rowan’s Angora Haze. I was lucky enough to have my name drawn as a door prize winner at knitxmidwest, and got a couple of skeins of this soft yarn. (Jen of makexdo is a Rowan ambassador.)

rowan angora haze 2

I’m now the proud owner of one skein each of the Hug and Embrace colorways. Handling this yarn is like petting a bunny, because, well. 🙂 Fiber content: 11% Wool, 20% Polyamide, 69% Angora.

rowan angora haze 3

Now, what to make? Included in the giveaway goodie bag was a pattern book. I’m thinking I could pull off the Judy beret or Judy gloves… believe it or not, I’ve never knitted anything in the round. Any votes?

knitxmidwest Part 2

knitxmidwest was a two-day event, and the second day was just as much fun as the first. You may have caught photos of some of the decorations in my Part 1 post, but check out this closeup of the pumpkin-and-cat motif. The organizers certainly know their demographic – the decor was a big hit. 🙂

knitxmidwest decor

The second day included a session of “knitting yoga” stretches – much needed after the previous day’s knitting marathon. 🙂 We also heard about handspun fiber from Maggie of Girl With A Sword Productions, and got to watch her work on some amazing creations.

knitxmidwest girl with a sword yarn

The Stash Swap was a great idea.

knitxmidwest stash swap

There was also a bunting that grew as the weekend progressed. Several retreat participants contributed flags to create a fun group project. This would be an awesome activity for a small knitting group, too, to celebrate a baby/bridal shower or just for fun.

knitxmidwest bunting

Still. Cabling.

knitxmidwest project

There was a door prize drawing, and I won a couple of skeins of gorgeous yarn, plus a pattern booklet. (Yay!) I’ll share details in an upcoming post. I have a couple of pattern possibilities in mind for this yarn, but I might need your help deciding. 🙂

It was such a relaxing weekend – I can’t wait to go again!

knitxmidwest day 2

knitxmidwest Part 1

Last weekend I finally got to attend the event I had been looking forward to foreverknitxmidwest, the first (of hopefully many) knitting retreat hosted by Jen of makexdo and the ladies of Hill Vintage & Knits. The setting was picture-perfect:

knitxmidwest Walnut Woods

I made my way to this picturesque lodge, ready for a weekend of fun and yarn.

knitxmidwest Walnut Woods lodge

The lodge was filled with lovers of all things yarn, and I can’t tell you how great it was to be among them. Some came in groups, some came with a friend, and some came ready to make new friends. Lots of laughter and sharing of tips, patterns, and stories.

knitxmidwest Walnut Woods lodge

Most of the time was unstructured, and I appreciated having most of the weekend set aside to work on projects. There were a few scheduled activities, including a presentation from Robyn of she makes hats. She shared her journey to making 10,000 hats (most given away to charity) in her lifetime. Her project is amazing, and her blog is definitely worth following.

knitxmidwest she makes hats

The food was great, too. Just check out these adorable knitting cupcakes, complete with golf tees as knitting needles. Definitely worthy of the paparazzi that swarmed them. 🙂

knitxmidwest knitting cupcakes

Here’s a closer look at the adorableness.

knitxmidwest knitting cupcake

I spent the entire weekend working on my cable-knit scarf. All. Weekend. I had long since reached what I like to call the “point of despair” in this project, and was just ready to be done and start something new. But… I love how it has turned out, so it was worth it. More to come!

P.S. How cute are those can coolers?!

knitxmidwest project