With Christmas now just a few weeks away, here’s a few gift ideas for anyone who has a knitter in their life.
Obviously. This one really should go without saying. A knitter never has too much yarn. Never.
Problem is, you’re still navigating a whole number of potential pitfalls. Yarn covers so many things, from scratchy acrylic bulky to fine hand dyed silk lace, and everything in between.
Needless to say, it can be difficult to pick out the perfect yarn for the knitter in your life. Have a look at her stash and projects. Does she always have a sock on her needles? Then some sock yarn will certainly be appreciated. Does she love knitting intricate lace shawls? Then maybe something like this Fyberspates Scrumptious Silk/Merino Lace Yarn. You get the idea.
By the way, many non-knitters feel it’s odd giving yarn. After all, it requires the knitter to put considerable effort in before she actually has a useful object. On behalf of knitters everywhere, I can only reassure you that this is a good thing. Seriously. Knitting up a pair of socks or a shawl for yourself with some delicious yarns carefully chosen for you by a loved one is one of the greatest joys in a knitter’s life. A skein of yarn represents hours and hours of entertainment and enjoyment.
- Ball winder
In continuation on the yarn theme above, consider giving the gift of a ball winder.
Now, this is not a cheap gift, and not every knitter would have much use for one, depending on the type of yarn they regularly use, so you’ll probably want to check before you buy. Of course, if the knitter in your life wants one, you probably already know about it, as she’ll have expressed and quite possibly has taken out her frustration of having to hand wind skeins of yarn on you.
Working with yarn, especially wool, can take it’s toll on the skin of your knitter’s hands. So why not surprise her this Christmas with some lovely hand lotion? I guarantee you it will be appreciated!
- A desired pattern
Like the ball winder, this one is probably best not left for a surprise, but most knitters have a list of paid for patterns they’d love to own. You could ask if she has a wish list on Ravelry, or perhaps her Amazon wish list has a pattern book on it.
- Project bag
Are you finding half finished projects, skeins of yarn, needles and knitting paraphernalia all over the house? Then perhaps what your knitter needs is a new project bag.
- Gift voucher
Some might call them boring and unimaginative but I actually think gift vouchers are a great idea. Many people are just very difficult to shop for and much prefer to pick their own gift.
You’ll find that most yarn shops do gift vouchers. A trip to shop for yarn is something that every knitter will appreciate.
- Wine and chocolate ( and peace and quiet)
We might be knitters, but we still like things like chocolate and wine as much as the next girl. Actually, throw in some nice yarn and a set of needles, a good film and the promise to look after the kids for the evening and you have given your knitter the wonderful gift of a night of knitting, enjoyment and relaxing.
Cliché as it may seem, the reality is that most knitters are women, and most women do like a piece of jewellery.
To stick with the knitting theme, consider a shawl pin if your knitter knits and wears shawls. My local yarn shop does really nice hand made pins by a local artist; you’re might do to.