It should come as no surprise that a knitter doesn't want all knitting stuff. There are plenty of gifts that aren't knitting related that knitters would enjoy. If you just think about knitting as a hobby, you'll find that there are other gifts that will make them feel as warm and fuzzy as when they're knitting. Today we're sharing candles. Stay tuned over the coming days as we add other delightful products that will make your knitter squee.
Knitting is an experience for the senses: the color of the yarn appeals to the eyes, the texture of the yarn satisfies your sense of touch, however yarn is not known for smelling very nice. Adding a beautifully scented candle can add to the knitting experience and enhance the sense of calm one gets when knitting.
Soy-based candles with herbal-inspired fragrances can often have the most pleasant scents.
Diptyque is the amazing French brand of scented candle. They take the French tradition of perfumery and apply it to exquisitely scented candles. One of their candles will make your house smell like a luxury hotel suite in Paris at $60.
Thymes is an American company with beautiful scented candles. They mix herbal essences with old favorite perfumes to create a more modern scent at $28.
Voluspa makes amazing scented candles that won't break the bank, gorgeously poured into beautiful boxes, a Voluspa candle is a great alternative to the much more expensive Diptyque. Their Goji Torocco scent is warm and citrusy in a way that appeals to both men and women.
Paddywax also makes affordable scented candles. Their Library collection of candles comes packaged in a beautiful box. These are candles for people who love books and history. Each candle is named for a literary icon. Check out the candle named for Jane Austen.
Keep checking with Gifts for Knitters as we share beautiful gifts that your knitter will love!
It's not easy being a beginning knitter, especially when you don't understand all of the tools you need for the job. It's even more difficult to buy a gift for a beginning knitter because they don't know what they need and you (as a likely non-knitter) aren't sure what they need to learn how to knit. To help you out, we have our list of great gifts for the beginning knitter along with an explanation of each item so you know why it's a fantastic knitting gift. You can also check out our gift recommendations for beginning knitters from last year.
There are two books to recommend for beginning knitters, one is a really fun book full of inspiring knitting patterns to encourage your knitter to learn new skills and the other is the textbook for knitting to give your knitter extra help in learning how to do any knitting technique that they'll come across, ever.
Help your knitter out by giving her a complete set of interchangeable knitting needles. Most beginning knitters go for the straight knitting needles, but experienced knitters know that circular knitting needles can still be used for "flat" knitting and are more portable than the old straight ones.
You don't have to venture out to a yarn shop to purchase classes for the beginning knitter you love. Craftsy offers a ton of knitting classes, beginning and otherwise at the website, Craftsy.com. You can find just about anything you need for a knitter (or a quilter, sewer or painter).
Knitters love carrying their knitting with them everywhere they go and a well made knitting bag is a much appreciated gift for any beginning knitter. You know that they are hooked on knitting if they're bringing their projects everywhere they go. Read more about our favorite knitting bags here.
We'll never stop recommending the Knit Kit, an all-in-one knitting notion solution that makes having your needed knitting tools on hand super easy. I carry one in the car and one at home so that I always have scissors, a measuring tape or stitch markers when I need them.
Whether your knitter is just starting out or a long time pro, these gifts for knitters will be sure to impress the knitter in your life whether it's Christmas, Hanukkah, Mother's Day of a birthday.
The holidays are upon us and if you're here you might be wondering what kind of fantastic holiday gift to get for a knitter this year. Perhaps you've been the recipient of one of your knitter's thoughtful hand made gifts and you want to return the favor. One thing you can always get a knitter is spoken appreciation of the gifts they have knit for you (and to wear them), but if you wish to take your appreciation to the next level, check out these holiday gifts for knitters that will no doubt thrill them for 2013.
Last year 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.
We love the Knit Kit, it's the best knitting notions kit around, so portable and easy to pack (and TSA compliant!), but every knitter knows that you can never have too many knitting notions kits (they always seem to go missing at just the moment you need them). In case you're looking for something different this other beginning notions starter kit will ensure that your knitter always has tapestry needles, stitch holders, needle protectors and more.
I know you must think it's crazy how many knitting bags a knitter can have, but the small project bags do in fact serve a very practical purpose. Project bags protect your knitting within a knitting bag. If you don't use a project bag, your project can become entangled with other projects, with your knitting notions, other yarns and all of your other everyday stuff that you carry in your knitting bag. This can create holes in your knitting, and rough up the yarn you're using.
The Go Knits bags may seem pricey, but that's because they're super durable. Traditional cotton bags
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.
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.
If you wrap a few of these gifts for knitters together and create a little knitting gift basket your knitter will be blown over with useful luxury knitting gifts that will keep him or her knitting for years to come.
We love to recommend knitting bags to give as gifts for the knitter in your life. Any knitter will appreciate a stylish sachel to carry their favorite things (well, their favorite things beside their knitting). This year is no different, but there's a new knitting bag on the market from the same people who bring you some of the most affordable and well made interchangeable knitting needles: Knitter's Pride.
At first glance the Knitters Pride Thames looks great. They come in five vibrant colors and judging from product photos enable you to hold a ton of knitting needles and notions, however something becomes quite obvious when you look at the dimensions of the Knitter's pride Thames Bag: it's much too small to hold knitting projects. As such, the Thames bag isn't so much a knitting bag as much as it is a souped up knitting needle case, but that's not that disappointing when you factor in the Thames bag price. It's only $45, which compares well with other high end knitting needle cases. If you're thinking of getting the Jordana Paige Crafter's Tool Butler, the Knitter's Pride Thames would be a suitable alternative especially if you're looking for something a little more colorful.
There are some gifts for knitters that are so good that you cannot go wrong buying them for your favorite knitter -even if they have one already. We like to think of these knitting gifts as the "All Time Favorite Gifts for Knitters". Even if you haven't got a clue about knitting these are the gifts that you can just go ahead and purchase to impress your favorite knitter:
When you think of a knitting bag, you might be reminded of the old school knitting basket but today's knitting bag styles have come a long way from those old woven origins. You can find knitting bags that rival the designs of high end fashion houses for just a quarter of the price. Our favorite knitting bags for 2013 include the Namaste Harlow (shown in aqua at left also available in black, brown and pumpkin), the Jordana Paige Cezanne and the brand new Knitter's Pride Bags. All of these bags will hold everything a knitter may need to knit on the go while also holding their everyday essentials.
It's true knitting requires a ton of tiny little tools -tiny little tools that are easy to lose. That's why knitter always have extra sets of knitting notions -one for the home, one for each knitting bag and even one to keep in the car. You never know when you might need a pair of little scissors, stitch markers, or a measuring tape and these items can even be helpful for non-knitting problems. The Knit Kit puts all of those notions in a compact for easy transport by car, bus and even plane -it is a TSA compliant knitting notions kit.
One of the fanciest knitting gifts you can offer your favorite knitter is a set of interchangeable knitting needles. These are complete sets of knitting needles that allow your knitter to build the needles they need for any project; but which set to buy? There are so many to choose from that people have written entire guides on the subject, but we've been able to break it down simply for the non-knitter:
Wanna blow the mind of your beloved knitter? Give him or her a set of Lantern Moon's Interchangeable Knitting Needles in either Rosewood or Ebony. They are well worth the price as a set of handmade heirloom knitting tools. Both woods feature a highly polished satin finish which makes any yarn glide across your needles with ease. Both sets come in gorgeous silk carrying cases that are as beautiful as the needles themselves.
If you're looking for a set of extremely well designed interchangeable knitting needles with a generous exchange policy to boot, check out the Addi Click Interchangeable Knitting Needles (see photo at left). They feature a patented twist and click system that connects the needles to the cables which makes it very difficult for them to come apart. These needles are available especially for lace knitters, in bamboo, metal, in long tips and short tips. The most popular sets are the long tip metal or the bamboo -either of these kits will delight your knitter -they'll know you went the extra mile to make them happy this holiday 2013.
Knitter's Pride makes a very affordable and well made set of interchangeable knitting needles in a variety of materials -and shapes! If your knitter prefers cubic knitting needles (square shaped instead of round) Knitter's Pride is the interchangeable knitting needle set for them. They can get cubic knitting needles in both metal and rosewood. The most popular set is the wooden deluxe where each needles size comes in its own beautiful color
Denise makes a wonderful set of plastic interchangeable knitting needles. They are the most affordable interchangeable knitting needles, but you don't necessarily suffer on quality with them. The cords stay connected to the needles with their well designed click system. The only problem with these needles is that the cords are very thick and so these needles aren't the best for lace knitters. If your loved one knits thin lace on very tiny needles, the Addi Click lace interchangeables are the best set for them. Beginner knitters will love the Denise interchangeables.
There are a ton of knitting items available for sale from smaller yarn shops all over the country. Giving your knitter an Amazon gift card gives them access to thousands of knitting books in digital and print, knitting videos, and even yarn.
Cashmere is the most sought after type of yarn for knitters to use in their knitting projects. Some knitters even go so far to collect used cashmere sweaters from thrift stores to re-purpose the yarn. They go to the trouble to unravel the sweaters, steam the yarn and rewind the yarn into balls. It's far better to be able to buy your own cashmere yarn, but it can be an expensive proposition. Your best cashmere yarn gift for knitters would be the Pepperberry Knits Cashmere Hat kit. You get one skein of yarn and a hat pattern, which includes three different hat styles to knit. It's about $40, but that's nothing when you realize that it will take about 10 hours for your knitter to knit the hat and then will have hours of enjoyment wearing the hat once it's finished.
This marks the beginning of the holiday gifting season for knitters and right now knitters everywhere are starting to think up their holiday knitting projects. Make their jobs a little bit easier next year by choosing one of these knitting gifts and you just might end up with a hand knit sweater next year!