It is November so we can officially start talking about CHRISTMAS! Those well organised among us will no doubt have already started their holiday shopping but for many of us until it starts to feel a bit more seasonally appropriate, we aren’t in the gift buying mindset. But once November hits and the weather turns colder (for those in the Northern Hemisphere anyway) most of us start making lists of gifts to buy.
Well today I’m going to help you cross off some gifts for the knitters in your life!
What about the knitter who has everything? I’m talking about the knitter who has been doing this for a while, they have every project bag, an enamel pin collection to brag about, needles in every colour and size and let's be honest, a lifetime supply of yarn! I’ve got a few suggestions for this person...
How about these adorably tiny scissors in the holiday colour. At less than 2 inches, they are so small they fit inside any notions tin. My personal favourite is the winter gold holiday colour.
We also have this very cute and super functional, mini darning kit from Katrinkles. It comes with everything you need to mend a worn knitted item and comes in adorable packaging, with printed instructions to get you started.
My last suggestion for the knitter who has everything is this gorgeous Twill and Print row counter enamel pin. Pin it to the outside of your project bag or even straight onto your knitting, then slide the mechanism at the side to keep track of what row you are on, or how many repeats you’ve completed.
Do you have a sock knitter on your gift list this year? We’ve got some functional and beautiful tools as well as gorgeous sock yarn.
The Festive Flower Sock pattern was designed by Twinset and Purl and uses sparkly Botanical Yarn sock yarn. You can buy a kit which includes the pattern.
We also have this fun Katrinkles Sock Multi Tool with Yarn Cutter. Made from super light natural materials, you can attach it to any project bag using the clip. One side comes printed with the instructions for the Kitchener stitch and the other has a mini ruler. Not to mention the hidden yarn cutter in the toe of the sock. Functional and cute!
And because who doesn’t love another cute stitch marker, how about this adorable snail from Twill and Print. The “slow knitter” progress keeper looks gorgeous, is lightweight and can help your sock knitter keep track of their rows while reminding them that hand knitting is supposed to be slow!
Do you have a new knitter to shop for?
Maybe someone who has dabbled with knitting and they’re ready to take their knitting to the next level with some hand dyed yarn and luxury knitting tools? Well, Botanical Yarn is your one stop shop. You can pick up a skein of hand dyed yarn (or maybe a mini skein set) and needles and have the newbie knitter ready to cast on their new project right away.
Back in 2019 I knit the Litmus Cowl (Ravelry link), it is a great project for new and more experienced knitters alike. You can use mini skeins or scrap yarn alongside a main colour to knit a continuous tube that you then join. The end result is a happy and colourful project. I think this pattern would look fabulous with any set of mini skeins but my particular favourite would be the Peony Fade Mini Skein Set. You can order undyed yarn from Sophie (click here) or pick a neutral solid skein to coordinate.
Chiaogoo needles are sharp without being too sharp and the smooth joins mean no snagging on your knitting. The Litmus Cowl calls for 3.5mm needles, which you can buy from us here.
The Katrinkles Instruction Stitch Markers are also perfect for new knitters who sometimes get confused by SSK or K2TOG (well even experienced knitters make this mistake, let's be honest!) The counting stitch markers are also ideal for casting on those larger projects when for some reason, we all realise how bad at counting we actually are.