Sometimes it's time to spoil the knitter you love with a really big gift. A little something won't be enough, you really have to go the extra mile. Whether it's the holidays, Mother's Day or a birthday, there are some knitting products that will completely surprise the one you love, luxury knitting gifts that will take knitting to a whole other level. These are the kinds of presents that knitters dreams of giving to themselves.
Lantern Moon's interchagneable knitting needles aren't like any other set available. It's completely handmade using durable ebony or rosewood, with flexible connector cables, all in a beautiful silk carrying case. The set includes needle sizes 4 to 13 and four different cable lengths.
Atenti bags are some of the most sought after bags for knitters. While not exclusively designed with knitters in mind, the Atenti bags are soft, roomy and stylish, perfect for carrying one large project and a few smaller ones.
Madeline Tosh yarns have been on the wish list of almost every knitter. They are painstakingly hand dyed for a unique mottled effect. A knitter won't always spoil themselves with this yarn becuase it can be pricey. From socks to sweaters some Madeline Tosh yarn will have your knitter casting on within moments of opening the gift.
It is not easy to store circular knitting needles. It doesn't take much for those needles to get all tangled up, which is why a large knitting needle case is a must-have for any knitter. Della Q's knitting needle cases feature colorful patterns, and plenty of slots for all of your knitters needles.
Soak is a special wash just for knitters. Washing your knitting, aka "blocking" is an important part of the knitting process that locks in your stitches and ensures a professional look. Soak comes in a few subtle scents to add another sense experience to your knitting.
Knitters love any gift that helps them enjoy their favorite hobby. Spending the time to find a special knitting gift, when you're not a knitter yourself is a great way to go the extra mile to show your knitter some love at gift-giving times.
A month ago Donna Druchunas was kind enough to send a copy of her latest book Lituanian Knitting: Continuing Traditions. This book isn't just full of beautiful knitting patterns, which if you're a mitten knitter would be enough in itself. Lithuanian Knitting: Continuing Traditions is also a travelogue, a history and a sociological study of a country and its knitting culture. Lithuanian Knitting is a special treat for any knitter who hasn't able to travel often.
Donna and her co-author June Hall's writing brings you straight into the country each with their own perspectives on what brought them to Lithuania and how their love of knitting has influenced that journey. Reading this book enriches a knitter's hobby with new knowledge that isn't directly tied to technique or materials, but instead how seasons and necessity shaped the knitting of a region.
The book is well photographed and beautifully laid out, but without the precious photostyling that you see in most knitting books. Don't get me wrong, there's a time and place for that kind of photography, but most of the photos in the book are personal photos, or photos from old magazines and newspapers. This lends the book a more documentary feel, which is appealing to the serious knitter. So many knitters know that knitting is more than a hobby. Knitting can be a lens through which we view the world and Lithuanian Knitting offers knitters the opportunity to return to a time and place where knitting is central to a culture's everyday life.
The patterns themselves allow knitters to dive into Lithuanian culture without having to purchase a plane ticket. Indeed, starting a Lithuanian mitten project after reading the book encourages a knitter to feel Lithuania in their fingertips by replicating traditional Lithuanian stitch patterns. Understanding the origins of such patterns enhances the enjoyment of knitting them. You realize that you're not just knitting any flower, but a specific bloom that appears in a specific month. If you are a knitter in the dead of winter yourself, it is so easy to put yourself in the place of Lithuanian Knitters as you knit these mittens, which creates a common experience that makes one realize how much more connected we all are on this planet, and knitters even more through their knitting.
This is a great book for any knitter, especially at the holiday season.
One of our favorite holiday gifts for knitters, especially for holiday stockings are sock knitting gifts. Sock knitting needles and sock yarn are just small enough to stuff into a holiday stocking and it's always fun to see whether the knitter gets the humor in such a gift, stuff to make socks packaged in a sock itself! Knitters love that kind of humor. You can't just buy any yarn or needles for socks. Sure, you could knit a pair of socks out of the same yarn you use for sweaters, but those are going to be some very thick socks! Check out some great sock knitting gift ideas for your knitter's holiday stocking:
Yes sock yarn is different than other yarns. It is thin and designed for durability since of course it's meant to go on your hardworking feet. Sock yarn usually comes in a merino/nylon combination. The merino for softness and the nylon for extra strength. This makes sock yarn excellent for other heavy duty garments like snow hats and gloves. Oftentimes, the merino is superwash treated to avoid shrinking, so you know these hats gloves and socks will carry you through a rough winter. Check out some of our favorite sock yarns:
It can be tough picking out sock knitting needles as a gift because every knitter knits at a different gauge and has a particular size knitting needle that they prefer to knit socks. We recommend buying a set of double pointed knitting needles because a knitter will find a use for all of them. The 1 and 2 sizes are typical sock sizes. The 3 and 4 sizes can work for hats and 5's work for heavier gauge sock yarns. Many different manufacturers offer double pointed knitting needle sets. Check the type of needles that your knitter prefers. Keep a keen eye the next time you see him or her knitting. Are they knitting with metal, wood or bamboo? When in doubt, metal double pointed needles are better because over time metal needles rarely snap, while most wooden and bamboo double pointed needles will weaken from use. That said, wood and bamboo needle producers often will replace broken needles, but then you're still waiting many days before you receive that needle replacement. However, the softness of wood and bamboo can be easier on the wrists than the rigidity of metal.
The cool thing about sock yarn and sock needles is that you don't always have to knit socks with them. You can knit hats and scarves and cowls and fortunately there are quite a few books dedicated to projects to make out of sock yarn, mainly because nearly every kniter has a substantial stash of sock yarn. Check out some of these great sock yarn knitting books:
It's always fun to identify another knitter in the wild from a funny knitting related bumper sticker. That's one of the secrets of knitters, that we also love knitting because it gives us an easy way to talk to other people. When you find another knitter in the world suddenly small talk is not nearly so painful.
Knitting project bags are just large enough to hold one knitting project. They're a great way to keep your knitting projects from getting tangled up in each other within your larger knitting bag. GoKnits makes durable and portabler project bags that make it easy to knit socks while standing or walking. Check out a few of their sock knitting project bags.
If you pick a few of these sock knitting stocking stuffers for your knitter this holiday season they will be one happy knitter indeed. Knitters love when the people that love them think to buy knitting presents.
Stay tuned for more gift recommendations for knitters throughout the holiday season!
Once again it's Holiday gift giving season and 2015 is no different. We're going to check out the best gifts for knitters, the knitting products that will make your knitter dance for joy. This is our fourth year of gift recommendations. For the first time ever we've compiled all of our favorite knitter gift ideas for the holidays to one page, especially since we found ourselves recommending the same gifts every year. Even if you know absolutely nothing about knitting, these gift ideas will help you find something thoughtful without having to go all over the internet.
This year we started reviewing products for every letter of the alphabet as well. You won't just find gift ideas, but we also like to explain why a knitter would like a particular gift. That way you will know just how a gift will help your knitter create more beautiful handknits in the coming years. From knitting needle cases to keep a knitter's thousands of knitting needles organized in good order to knitting notion kits that will allow your knitting to easily travel with all their tools in one spot, you'll be able to find just the right present to spoil the knitter you love.
Check out our favorite gifts for knitters for 2015 below:
Most of the cases that come with interchangeable knitting needles aren't very attractive. Fortunately, Della Q has a lovely silk knitting needle case that will carry all of your interchangeable knitting needle tips , cables and other accessories to keep your knitting bag well organized.
If you want a truly exquisite way of storing your knitting needles, you must try the Lanter Moon Silk Knitting Needle Case. They carry both straight and circular knitting needles and has a small zippered pocket for knitting notions. It's one of those gifts that makes a knitter feel special.
Every holiday season Knitters Pride unveils a new set of luxury interchangeable knitting needles. Interchangeable knitting needles are a large set of knitting needle tips and flexible cable connectors that allow knitters to create a set of knitting needles for just about any project. From hats to afghans, knitters love having a set of interchangeable knitting needles in their knitting bag. In the past, Knitters Pride has offered the Rosewood Deluxe Set, the Karbon Gift Set and this year they have the Paris themeed Knitters Pride Royale.
The set includes 9 knitting needle tips and 4 cords as well as a very stylish gift box. All for $100.00
(if the Knitters Pride Royale is too pricey, check out the Knit Picks Caspian Interchangeable Knitting Needle Set, that's a great alternative)
This metal interchangeable knitting needle set comes in a beautiful purple knitting needle case with all of the knitting accessories and notions you would need for any project. The needle tips on this set are so sharp that you will have no problems with splitting or slipping your stitches. It's a great set for lace knitters that includes stitch markers, tapestry needles, knitting needle tip protectors and more.
Addi Clicks are some of the best interchangeable knitting needles out there because of their proprietary cable connection and awesome ability to easily install a lifeline in your lace knitting projects... and for the first time the price on the complete sets has gone down. Originally $270!!! Addi Clicks are now much more affordable in the $120 range. Now is one of the best times to purchase the Addi Clicks.
As much as knitters love their yarn, they love it even more when they can knit with high quality knitting needles. The texture of a knitting needle can enhance the knitting experience and having a complete set of knitting needles ensures that a knitter has a set for every occasion. This year's big set of interchangeable knitting needles for the holidays are the Knitters Pride Karbonz. They have slick metal needle tips with space age carbon fiber bodies. This makes these needles slick, but not so slippery that your stitches fall off your needles.
We always recommend the Knit Kit. After being out of stock for months and switching to a new manufacturer, the Knit Kit is back. All of a knitter's favorite knitting tools in one case, TSA approved and easy to keep in your knitting bag or even your car for those knitting emergencies (yes knitting emergencies exist).
We've said it before and we'll say it again, the Bagsmith crafting bag is one of the best craft bag out there for knitters. It's a flat bottomed bag with a cross strap that allows you to just drop in your knitting project and knit directly from the bag. This, plus the awesome exterior clear plastic compartments makes finding every knitting notion a cinch! Use the Bagsmith Bag as a base for a knitting gift basket by adding in some yarn, a set of interchangeable knitting needles and the knit kit and your knitter will be sitting happy this holiday season.
A few years back our favorite book for knitters was Kaffe Fassett's Dreaming in Color. This year it's Alice Starmore's updated Tudor Roses, which features knitting patterns inspired by Tudor England (and Henry the VII's many brides). It is a true test of a knitter for them to knit a Starmore design and it's something that every serious knitter should tackle in their lifetime. Tudor Roses is the book to help your knitter dream this year.
Other books we recommend for knitter gifts: The Principles of Knitting, Knitting Nature, and Weekend Knitting. These are all classics that deserve a place in any knitter's library.
You won't just see professional knitters on the author list of this book. World famous writers such as Ann Pratchett and Barbara Kingsolver share their experiences knitting, some of them for the first time.