This is the second part of my “What to Buy your Knitter” Gift Guide. The first part focused on Stocking Fillers under €20 and you can check it out here. This is the guide for gifts over €20, the ones that will make us really happy. AND there’s a giveaway at the end 🙂
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).
What to Buy Your Knitter – The Gift Guide
From €33.70* plus P&P from SpinCityShop.com
For the knitter who likes to try new things. This kit includes everything you need to get started with hand spinning your own yarn using the Drop Spindle method. It includes a handmade wooden spindle, 140g of fibre in a choice of colours, a hand screen printed project bag and beautifully illustrated instructions that will get your knitter flying (or spinning) away. If you really want to treat your knitter, upgrade to a pretty Resin Spindle.
Spin City is run by the lovely Louise in Cambridge, UK. It is a treasure trove of sparkly, fluffy delights. Louise also hand crafts all her own drop spindles from wood or resin, where she traps real pressed flowers from her own garden inside during the hand pouring process – or found objects such as vintage lace, seashells or real candy sprinkles from her cupcake supplies cupboard. Check out her shop at www.spincityshop.com
€33.75* from Pom Pom Quarterly
Subscriptions are great because they’re the gift that keep on giving. It’s an all year round reminder of just how much you appreciate your knitter. There are a few to choose from, like Rowan Magazine, Vogue Knitting, Amirisu, and Pom Pom Quarterly.
Pom Pom, you might have guessed, is a quarterly magazine that present knitting, crochet, and craft in the modern, beautiful, and meaningful way. It features some of the most well-known and loved independent designers and yarn producers, with some of the less well-known also growing along with them. It also includes lots of other features they think you’ll enjoy – from cocktail recipes, to dyeing tutorials, to articles about 18th century paper cut artists.
€23* plus P&P from Cardigan Lane
I mentioned Cardigan Lane‘s funky bookmarks in the Stocking Filler post, well that’s not all she has to offer. These fun and quirky bangles are made from vintage upcycled knitting needles. They come in a cute muslin bag and are perfect for your retro loving knitter.
From €87.50 from This Is Knit
Like a magazine subscription, signing your knitter up to a yarn club is the gift that keeps on giving. A lot of individual yarn dyers run yarn clubs and there’s loads of choices out there internationally. If you want to keep it local though, the Irish Yarn Club is your man. The club is run yearly through This Is Knit and showcases the very best of Irish hand dyers through an exclusive selection of yarns chosen by top Irish designer Carol Feller. Every two months, starting in February 2017, your knitter will receive a digital copy of a brand new Carol Feller accessory pattern and a high quality yarn in a never-to-be-repeated colourway from one of our favourite hand dyers. Sign ups are open now until 31st December 2016.
€27.95 plus P&P from This Is Knit
Shawl Pins were mentioned in the stocking filler section as well, but like most jewellery, you can bump up to a something a bit snazzier like this beautiful Fair Trade Passion Flower Vine Shawl Pin from This Is Knit. If your knitter is a shawl knitter then she probably has a special one that would love to adorned by a special pin.
This Is Knit is a specialist yarn shop based in Powerscourt Townhouse, Dublin City Centre.
From €22 plus P&P from Ellie and Ada
A beautiful skein of hand-dyed yarn on a luxury base will always go down well. Skeins like this beauty from Ellie and Ada are works of art in themselves and even if your knitter doesn’t know what to knit with it right away, she will enjoy looking at it and squishing it. There are a number of fantastic dyers on our little island like Hedgehog Fibres, Green Elephant Yarn, Fine Fish Yarns, Dublin Dye, Townhouse Yarns and Comeragh Yarns. Your knitter may have a favourite yarn , go have a route in the stash and see can you is there an abundance of one brand. (It will be a bit like rummaging in the underwear drawer, you don’t want to get caught)
Ellie and Ada is a Textile Designer and Indie Dyer based in Trim, Ireland.
From €23.50* from Loveknitting
A set of needles would make a wonderful gift for any knitter. Prices can range from €23.50 for a starter set right up to €150 for a luxury set. If your knitter has been pining after a set of Addi Clicks, Hiya Hiyas, Chiagoo Lace or Knit Pro Symphonies then a full set would be a really perfect gift. You might need to do a bit of research first as there are a lot of different choices out there and we can be very picky about our needles! Or if you’re not sure of what to get, there’s always gift receipts, trust me, your knitter will appreciate the thought and effort.
From €20.59* from Loveknitting
Knitting Kits make great gifts for any knitter. They usually include all the yarn you need, a pattern and instructions and a lot of them also include the needles. They’re a great way to visit a new technique or try out a new yarn. Like most knitty things, they can vary in price depending on how luxurious you want to go!
From €16* from Craftsy
For the knitter who likes to learn, the gift of a class is perfect. If you know that the local yarn shop holds workshops, a voucher would be perfect. If that’s not an option though, Craftsy is the site for you. There are oodles of classes available from knitting your first pair of socks to spinning yarn to lace shawl design, all of which can be taken from the comfort of your own couch and in your own time.
From €20 to whatever your budget allows for!
If after reading the last 2 posts you’re still uncertain about what to buy your knitter, remember, buying yarn is half the fun for us. And if you play it smart, you could wrangle a day out or even a weekend away out of it for yourself. There are a number of yarn related festivals on all year round across the UK and Ireland. Pick one, and buy your knitter a ticket. Book some accommodation. Throw in a spending budget for your knitter for major brownie points. All you need to do then is leave them at the door for the day with adequate supplies (think school tour lunchbox), leaving you free to do what you want for the day! Honestly, once you mention “I’ve booked and organised for you to go to (insert festival here)”, you’re knitter isn’t going to care about much after that. Edinburgh Yarn Festival, the London Yarn Crawl, Shetland Wool Week, Sheeps Head Yarn Festival (Ireland), would be some of the main ones but there plenty to choose from and even ones further field.
If all that is stretching the budget too far, a gift card for the LYS (local yarn store) or your knitters favourite online store will also generate much excitement. Any excuse to buy yarn really will go down well.
I promised you all a giveaway in my last post. The lovely folk over at Stationery Geek gave me a Knitter’s Project Bible to giveaway to one lucky reader. To enter, all you you have to do is comment here and tell me what knitty gift would you Santa to bring you this year? Entries are open until Friday 18th November and winner will be announced on the blog on Saturday 19th. Giveaway Add On!: In the spirit of #KnittersPayItForward, I’m adding 2 runner up prizes of a Ravelry pattern gift from 2 readers wish list so be sure to include your Ravelry name in the comments!
Edit: For being a complete and utter plonker and having Comments turned off on this post, I’m adding in a 3rd Ravelry pattern prize!
*Prices based on conversion rate at time publishing