April is nearly here and that means that it's almost time for Mother's Day. Save yourself a little bit of sanity and get your Mother's Day gift buying out of the way now, especially if you have your own little ones to take care of. If your mother or mother in law is a knitter one thing they will definitely appreciate is a roomy knitting bag to carry all of their knitting projects, patterns and knitting notions. Lantern Moon makes an amazing selection of knitting bags providing jobs to women that continue the handmaking traditions of southeast Asia. Whether your mom needs a small knitting project bag to keep all of her tools for one project organized or she requires a large knitting bag to stylishly tote her knitting around Lantern Moon has a beautiful knitting bag for her.
This is the classic Lantern Moon knitting bag, and one of the first products that they brought to market. Made of bamboo-like matting, with a frame that allows the bag to stand like a basket, this is a great knitting bag made from natural materials that any mother would love on Mother's Day. $54.95
One of the biggest knitting pet peeves is when your ball of yarn goes rolling across the floor so that you have to stop knitting, get up and walk across the room to retrieve it. Yarn boxes keep your ball of yarn in place, allowing you to focus on your knitting -and keeps your yarn from getting tangled up in other things, like your cat (or dog). $32.50
You may have noticed that it's difficult to find a black knitting bag. Most knitting bags come in bright colors and patterns which can be a big turn off for the knitter with minimalistic tastes. The Urban Garden Knitting bag features vinyl suede along with textured cotton for a fashionable dark knitting bag for the coolest knitter you know. $75.00
Sometimes you don't need a new knitting bag, but any knitter can use multiple knitting project bags to keep each individual knitting project organized. These bags keep your various knitting projects from getting tangled up in each other, saving you valuable time trying to untangle projects and saving you from having to cut yarn. This rosette bag is absolutely darling and could be used as a small tote while out for dinner. $26.00
With all the ethnic themed patterns popular in home accessories, bedding, and fabric in 2014 it was only a matter of time before Lantern Moon busted out with a simple knitting bag with classic tribal patterns. This knitting bag is perfect for the young mom to store her favorite knitting project. $54.00
If these bags aren't your cup of tea, be sure to check out some of our other favorites here.
If you're still Christmas shopping for the knitter you love you only have a day left to find the perfect gift. All season long we've been sharing some of our favorite gifts including stocking stuffers, gifts for beginner knitters, and non-knitting gifts that knitters will love. For this last day of the holiday shopping season, we offer one of our all time favorite gifts for knitters: The Bagsmith Bag.
You would think that knitters would prefer baskets to store their yarn. It's the fantasy all knitters have, beautiful baskets full of yarn, but unfortunately baskets are not so great for the long-term storage of yarn. Baskets don't protect yarn from common pests like moths and carpet beetles. It's much better to store your yarn in sealed plastic bags within lidded plastic containers. The plastic bags protect yarn and keep your yarns well organized and the lidded boxes allow you to store your plastic bags of yarn in a uniform, easy to stack way.
But what if you want easy access to your knitting projects and tools? That's where the Bagsmith Bag comes in. The Bagsmith bag is everything you love about a basket -it has an open top, with a secure metal stand so that it can sit tall so that you can simply pick up your project and knit. It's a great place to keep your knitting work in progress so that it doesn't get attacked by children or cats. Plus, the Bagsmith Bag features outer plastic pockets so that you can easily find all of your tools -and knitters know all too well what it's like to run around the house looking for that cable needle or measuring tape.
While The Bagsmith Bag is a great yarn storage unit for your living room, it can also be a great knitting bag for when you're on the go. The Bagsmith Bag comes with a cross-body strap so that you can have everything you need for your latest knitting project right where you need it. If you're looking for a very useful gift for a knitter this holiday season, this is the bag for you!
I know what you're thinking. Can't a knitter knit their own blanket?
Yes they can, but no knitter is going to take a knitted blanket that they worked on for ages somewhere outside of the house. They're not going to take that knitted blanket to a concert or a picnic or camping. Even if your knitter has knitted enough blankets for a five bedroom house he or she will adore the best of fuzzy blankets The Reversible Faux Fur Blanket from AMC.
Sure you can get a fuzzy blanket from Walgreens or your local drugstore, but these ones are the best. They are well made and hold up well after years of use. Heck, I've seen people bring this blanket to Burning Man and after washing you would never know it.
The Reversible Faux Fur Blanket is fuzzy like sheep fleece on one side and features a smooth microfiber on the other side. The two textures are like sensory candy for knitters. They come packaged in a matched cord tied in a bow that looks great under the Christmas tree. Plus they come in a ton of colors so that you can get one for just about anyone on your Christmas list. We recommend it because we love it (and are ordering more for our family this year).
The one you see here is in cobalt blue, but it also comes in red, black, orange, purple, beige, brown, white, cherry red, forest green, sage green, steel gray.
Essentially a knitter would love this blanket because it's super soft, has two different textures and it comes in a whole bunch of colors, kind of like yarn. ;)
Stay tuned for more gifts that will appeal to knitters as holiday season 2013 continues!
So many knitting items can be categorized as stocking stuffers. Knitting notion kits, project bags and skeins of yarn can fit nicely into your knitter's holiday stocking, but what are some of the more interesting unusual things that would delight a knitter on Christmas Day?
When knitters spend so much time and care hand knitting their beloved projects you can bet that they will take that same love and care to choose a soap to clean those cherished handknits. Eucalan Wool Wash is an old favorite of knitters and they have recently come out with new scents which you can try in their handy Getaway Gang kit.
Small enough to fit perfectly into a holiday stocking, the kit, which retails only $14.29 on Amazon contains six mini packets of Eucalan meant for traveling as well as their mini wipes which have saved many a handknit from an unexpected spill stain. The perfect gift for the knitter on the road, it also contains a mini sewing kit, nail file to keep your knitter prepared.
We will never stop mentioning the Knit Kit, It has all of the notions you need in a tiny package that will surprise your knitter when they pull it from their stocking.
A Chibi is a little tapestry needle holder and they are made by Clover in Japan. This sweet little set which contains three tapestry needles will ensure that your knitter can weave in her yarn ends.
You want to see a knitter ooo and ahh at the holidays? Buy a skein of cashmere. We love the Pepperberry Knits Cashmere, which is plied in Idaho and provides a strong and soft knitted hand. One skein is enough to knit a lucious hat that your knitter will adore for years to come.
The Yarn Harlot books are all small enough to hide more than one or two in a holiday stocking.
There are scissors and there are scissors. Bagsmith is the distributor of exquisite French embroidery scissors. They may be pricey, but they are scissors that will be treasured for years if not generations.
Who knew that Knitters Pride, the interchangeable knitting needle company also made shawl pins? They have a small selection of wooden shawl pins that will help your knitter keep even the smallest shawlette on their shoulders.
What the heck are sock blockers and why would anyone need any? If your knitter is a sock knitter the only way to get a nice traditional finished sock shape is to use a sock blocker. When a knitter is finishing knitting a pair of socks, they place the socks on the sock blockers and wash the socks in wool wash (see the Eucalan wool wash above). Once the socks dry on the blockers, they come out even better than machine made socks.
That completes our list of great stocking stuffers for knitters for 2013. Stay tuned for more gift recommendations for knitters!
Welcome to part two of our Non-Knitting Gifts for Knitters where we recommend gifts for knitters that aren't yarn, needles or in any way just knitting related. Last post was a collection of scented candles and today we're going to explore scented hand lotions.
Why lotions as a great gift for a knitter? You can't knit well with dry flaky hands. It's a big annoyance to knit with dry skin that can catch on your yarn, also some people get such dry hands that they can crack and even make it painful to knit. Using a high quality lotion will keep your hands soft and ready to knit.
Fancy hand lotions can be a great way to spoil the knitter you love and make excellent stocking stuffers:
Stay tuned in the coming days. We'll have more non-knitting gifts for knitters!