Top 10 Gifts for a Knitter

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

The past few weeks I’ve been asked by a few people what I want for Christmas. I’m quite picky when it comes to Christmas presents because I hate to waste things and if I get something I’m not going to use, I feel bad about giving it away. So this year I’ve asked people to give me knitting things, because I am certain I will use them eventually. This got me thinking about what the best things to buy a knitter are, which eventually developed into this list:

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1. Hand creams and balms, handmade by you, or from etsy. If you’re making a little basket of smaller things, the best hand cream I have ever tried is Glysomed, which you can pick up at any drug store. Believe me, I have tried all the fancy things, spending up to $20 on a tube of blah that doesn’t work. Repeat after me: Glysomed! I am Canadian, so I know something about cracked hands :)

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2. Yarn winder and swift. I am desperate for these. If you know a knitter who doesn’t have one, get them one. They will love you forever.

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3. Stitch holders, embroidery needles and other notions.

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4. Yarn. Fancy yarn they couldn’t justify buying themselves! But make sure you know your stuff. Little Knits is a nice place to find fancy yarn for a good price.

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5. If you’re US or Canadian, get a gift certificate from KnitPicks! You can send it by email, and it means you don’t have to learn the difference between Merino and Bluefaced Leicester.

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6. Needles (I highly highly highly recommend Options!)

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7. (Practical) sheep-related things, like this cute little soap or this tape measure.

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8. A sweater stone for removing pills.

9. Actually, I can’t think of anything else.

10. I should have kept it to just eight.

Help me out! Anything you would add to this?

Side note: I know this post sounds a little advertise-y, but I figured including product links would be most useful to anyone who stumbles across this post. And I want to reward the folks with which I’ve had the best shopping experiences! So here’s my disclosure: I’ve NOT been paid by any of the folks I am talking about. I just like ‘em, is all.

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3 Comments to “Top 10 Gifts for a Knitter”

  1. These might possibly fit into your “notions” category, but…row counters, blocking wires and pins, magnetic chart holders/place markers (or even the sticky reusable/disposable ones…totes/holders for projects and needles/hooks…knitting needle gauges…all notions, basically. :|

    Comment by
    December 4, 2008 @ 8:50 am
  2. I didn’t see this, but I like notebooks, especially ones with graph paper. Chapters/Amazon gift certificates, since Knitpicks doesn’t always have all the knitting books you might want…

    Comment by adrienne
    December 4, 2008 @ 11:32 am
  3. I was going to suggest books too. Even when I get a book I`m not entirely thrilled about, I can always find an idea, a colour combination or a pattern I like. That also goes for knitting magazines (which often are too expensive to buy just to have a peak, even though I would love to…)

    Comment by Siena
    December 4, 2008 @ 6:06 pm

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