C is for cookie, it's good enough for me. No! C is for Crystal Palace Yarns and Knitting Needles, the next in our series of Gifts for Knitters from A to Z. Crystal Palace hits two needs for knitters: yarn AND knitting needles. They've been around for ages. Once upon a time they even had a brick and mortar store in Berkeley, California, but these days they sell wholesale only. They're famous for their unique novelty yarns and fiber blends.
Crystal Palace Yarns
If you picked one yarn to represent that kind of yarns that Crystal Palace Yarns distributes, Mini Mochi would be it. It has a very high content of merino wool, paired with 20% nylon for durability. Meant as a sock yarn, it like it's big brother Danube features slowly changing color progressions that make sock knitting fun. Just like Danube, Mini Mochi also comes in a larger size, the Mochi Plus for larger projects.
If you love Noro yarns, but hate how scratchy they can be, check out Cyrstal Palace Yarns, especially the Danube line. Like the name suggests Danube features slowly meandering color changes, which has a lovely effect when applied to scarves, hats and sweaters. Danube features 40% nylon, 30% rayon and 30% wool. Danube comes in three different weights, DK, Aran and Bulky. DK is great for smaller projects, like fingerless gloves or even socks while Aran is great for sweaters and bulky perfect for afghans.
Crystal Palace Knitting Needles
Crystal Palace imports bamboo knitting needles from Japan. They've had the same manufacturer for years. In fact, you can learn about the process by which these knitting needles are made here on the CPY website. They sell both straight, double pointed and fixed circular knitting needles. Their needles come in different lengths, so be sure to check the length when you're making a purchase. Extra long knitting needles can be difficult to use, store and carry. They have a tendency to poke holes in your favorite bag. Stick with the shorter straight needles. Six inch double points can accomodate most small circular knitting projects like hats and socks. The small and medium length circulars are the most useful to knitters. The extra long circular needles are great for afghans and oversized sweaters.
It can be hard to pick a yarn as a gift for a knitter, but picking up two skeins (or three or four) of Crystal Palace Yarn, and a set of knitting needles would make any knitter happy whether it's their birthday or the holidays.
This is the latest in our series on Gifts for Knitters from A to Z. Stay tuned for more posts and discover more amazing products for knitters this holiday season.