Amy’s Thread: Last Minute Gifts for Crafters

Wondering what to buy for a knitter? It can be hard… we all love yarn but how do we choose yarn for someone else? Instead, I’ve brainstormed a short list of a few ideas for fun or useful, non-yarn, knitting themed gifts.

The Mason Dixon girls have the perfect solution –  A Coloring Book for Knitters  by Kay Gardiner (author), Ann Shayne (editor) and Juliana Horner (illustrator). It’s a perfect way to to experiment with color while giving your knitting a rest.61TEJKV19WL._SX384_BO1,204,203,200_

A nice soak in a tub of wool-wash is an important step in the finishing process for handknits. The Soak Wash line includes both soaps and matching hand lotions (always appreciated), as well as gift sets with coordinating nail polish and yarn. Twig and Horn is a newer line, offering three scents and one unscented wool wash in both liquid and bar soaps. I have been using the Eucalan products for many years and it is widely available – I’ve even seen it at grocery stores. I have been known to give a bottle of Eucalan with the gift of a handknit to non-knitters as well. I love that the Eucalyptus scent is unisex and subtle enough to use for my whole family.

Beautiful tools and notions are always useful. The first year we were married, my husband gave me a brass sheep needle gauge and I still treasure it. The wooden gauge ruler from Fringe Association is another super-handy favorite.

Stitch markers – check your LYS or Etsy for a variety of options from semi-precisious stones to a humble, coil-less safety pin. The set below are from Cocoknits. The aforementioned Fringe Association and Twig and Horn also sell a few styles, or you can make your own (more DIY stitch marker suggestions here and here)!

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For a few more ideas check out my Last Minute Gifts post from last year.

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