What do you buy a knitter? Yarn or needles seem like the obvious answer but if you’re not a knitter yourself, you could be entering into some dangerous territory. OK, you’ve listened to your knitter rabbit on about wool and knitting for years but we don’t hold it against you for not understanding a word we say. You may know that your knitter is picky about their yarn stash and needles. You also don’t fancy the idea of walking into your local yarn store because you fear it might be a bit like the Father Ted episode where himself and Doogle ended up in the lingerie department, except with wool.
Fear not though, I’m here to help you keep your knitter happy this Christmas (and all year round, get us yarn instead of flowers or chocolates and we’ll be ridiculously impressed). Over the next 2 posts I’ll be releasing 2 gift guides for knitters. The first one will focus on great stocking fillers under €20 and Wednesdays post will be on gifts over €20, the ones that will make us super happy.
Stocking Fillers for your Knitter
Knitting Needle Gauge Bookmark
€9.25* plus P&P from Cardigan Lane
If your knitter loves all things retro and enjoys a good book, then these cool up-cycled bookmarks will hit the spot. They are made the tops of vintage knitting needles and colourful cord and come in a lovely muslin cloth gift bag. You can have your bookmark custom made or choose from the selection in Cardigan Lanes Etsy shop.
From €8.40* plus P&P from Stationery Geek
For the notebook loving knitter, the Knitting Project Bible helps you record and track up to 50 of your knitting projects. It includes a handy guide on recommended sizes, stitch abbreviations and so on, plus plenty of space for notes, amendments, doodles or diagrams. It is available in A5 or A4 and can be personalised.
Stationery Geek is a design and print company based in York, UK. They have a great selection of craft related stationary, as well products for your business, home and family. Pop over to stationery-geek.co.uk to check out what they have on offer.
From €11.25* plus P&P from Max’s World
Earrings made from tiny balls of wool with miniature knitting needles. Perfect gift for the fashionable knitter or anyone who loves the knit. The yarn is hand dyed 100% laceweight merino wool and they have a pair of tiny silver plated knitting needles in them. Available in a wide range of colours and with either sterling silver or surgical steel posts.
Max’s World is where you’ll find jewellery for knitters, knitting patterns, knitted sculpture & animations all made by Max Alexander. Head over to her online shop for crafty earrings, crochet brooches, nautical knot necklaces & other unique gifts handmade with wool, yarn and miniature knitting needles.
€13.77* plus P&P** from Loveknitting
Atomic Knitting Halo stitch markers can be slipped onto the knitting needle to mark a certain place in a row. It can be used to indicate increases, decreases, pattern changes, yarn changes, to aid counting blocks of stitches and more! Not only are they extremely handy, but they look so pretty too and they come in a cute little tin. There are 20 in a pack and they come in a wide range of colours.
Loveknitting has the world’s largest range of knitting yarn, patterns, needles, books and accessories from all of your favourite knitting brands and designers.
€6.88* plus P&P** from Loveknitting
If you have a knitter who goes into a panic when she drops a stitch then Atomic Knitting’s Mini Crochet Hook is perfect It can be ket on a keyring, or clipped to knitting. Each hook comes with a cute little pendant, so if you buy this as a gift you can choose one that reflects the recipient’s personality, like this adorable little Hobbitses Door for the Lord of the Rings fanatic knitter. See more choices on Loveknitting.com.
From €7.59* plus P&P** from Loveknitting
Normally if you bought your loved one washing detergent you can be sure they’ll never talk to you again. Trust me though, Soak is not any old washing detergent. It is a concentrated, rinse-free formula designed to gently clean knitted and crochet garments. Available in several scents or unscented, Soak is a biodegradable, phosphate-free, non-toxic and eco-friendly wash that will keep your creations looking great. Available in a 90ml or 375ml bottle.
€8 plus P&P from Ellie and Ada
If you’d like to treat your knitter to some yarn, but you’re not sure what to get, then a mini-skein (or 2) might be the way to go, especially if you have a knitter who knits lots of socks. A 20g mini skein, like Ellie and Ada Merino Sock Yarn Minis, can be teamed up with something from stash or give your knitter a chance to sample a yarn she hasn’t worked with before. Head over to Ellie and Ada’s Etsy shop to see her selection of mini skeins.
Ellie and Ada is a Textile Designer and Indie Dyer based in Trim, Ireland.
€8.50 plus P&P from The Constant Knitter
The Clover Yarn Cutter Pendant in antique silver has a built in blade cutter so yarn and thread can be easily and safely cut with any of the grooves.
The Constant Knitter is specialist yarn shop based in Dublin, Ireland. They stock yarn from Irish dyers, Hiya Hiya needles and yarn brands like Brooklyn Tweed and West Yorkshire Spinners.
Knitting Project Bag
€18.76 from plus P&P from TheCuriousNeedle
For the knitter who likes to always have a project in her bag, a project bag is a must. One with cats on it is a bonus. This cute handmade Cosmetics bag by The Curious Needle would make a cute 1 skein project bag. This bag has a very wide opening and the outer fabric and lining are interfaced with a special material to ensure the bag stands up by itself. Tip:For extra brownie points, throw in a skein of sock yarn. There are a load of different prints to choose from the downright cute to funky.
The Curious Needle is based in Mayo, Ireland and makes cosmetic bags, pencil cases and coin purses using quirky fabrics. Head over to her Etsy shop to see more!
€8.94* plus P&P** from Loveknitting
If you have a shawl knitter in your life then a shawl pin is the perfect little stocking filler to compliment their creations. Made from Symfonie wood, this Carina Shawl Pin from KnitPro is dyed a gorgeous rose colour that would look fabulous against a variety of yarn shades. With a large centre and strong, long pin, this clasp is ideal for fastening chunky crocheted shawls or adding interest to a hat.
Be sure to check out my next post on Wednesday to see the next instalment AND to find out how you could win one of the items on this list to get your Christmas shopping kick-started!
*Prices are based on Sterling to Euro rate at time of publishing.
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