Regardless of your age it is always fun to have a wish list. Those items that you hope to one day have or can work on saving for. My wish list can get very long with all of the amazing products that are available. I have pulled SIX of my top wish list items. Will you add any to your list of knit and crochet gift ideas?
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Making your Knit and Crochet Gifts List:
Let me start off by saying that I am not telling you to demand gifts from anyone! I know that I am asked for gift ideas and so I started making a list of things that I find so that I always have something on hand. The list that I am sharing with you today are big ticket items that you may want to put on your list now so that you can start saving for it in the future.
As with most things the items that I have selected are in my opinion great wish list items. Feel free to do your own research and find the brand that fits your needs. The category of item is what I feel is most important, these are just some of my top brands that I enjoy.
Last year we had a stocking stuffer list made up of smaller or less expensive items. For this knit and crochet gifts list we are talking about bigger items. Be sure to keep an eye out later this year for a new list of stocking stuffers.
Crochet Hooks and Knitting Needles:
Crochet hooks and knitting needles are the necessity of the craft. Most of us start out with the big box store options. As we learn more about our craft and work longer at it, it would be a nice treat to have beautiful tools.
Not too long ago I did a video and blog posts about how to select your crochet hooks. We are working on a similar review of knitting needles now. There are different factors that go in to picking the right hook or needle for you and your current project.
One of the hooks that is often talked about is the Furls crochet hook. These are hand made wood crochet hooks. They are made to be ergonomical to keep your hands from tiring out. If you haven’t heard about these hooks be sure to listen to the podcast episode that I did with Harrison, the owner of Furls.
Furls is offering one of our readers the chance to win an Alpha Series hook of their choice, excluding limited editions. All you need to do is use the rafflecopter form below to enter. The giveaway is for US residents only. Enter before midnight MST on Sunday August 5th, 2018. Your email address is required to enter the giveaway but we will not sell your information and you will not be automatically added to our mailing list. If you would like to subscribe to our mailing list so that you don’t miss anything please sign up through our newsletter form.
Project bags are another staple for all knitters and crocheters. Yes, you can be resourceful and use grocery bags or other items but when you are working on a special project you will want to have something special to keep it in.
When I am using Chic Sheep by Marly Bird™ I always want to make sure that I take care of the yarn. Although it is a reasonably priced yarn I want to make sure that it stays safe and clean in all of the places I take my project. Project bags are what protects it.
My FAVORITE project bags are my Erin Lane bags. They are perfect for projects of all sizes. If you are looking for an all purpose bag that is designed like a purse you should take a look at the Furls Leather Project Bag.
Although made of leather they are not overly heavy and come with many pockets inside for all of your hooks and notions. The only downfall to this bag is there is no zippered pocket. For some that might not be a problem but for others it could be a consideration. The Furls Leather Project Bag is a nice size that you can carry all of your essentials and your project as well. It holds a large project, like a sweater or blanket.
Furls is offering one of our readers the chance to win a Furls Leather Project Bag of their choice. All you need to do is use the rafflecopter form below to enter. The giveaway is for US residents only. Enter before midnight MST on Sunday August 5th, 2018. Your email address is required to enter the giveaway but we will not sell your information and you will not be automatically added to our mailing list. If you would like to subscribe to our mailing list so that you don’t miss anything please sign up through our newsletter form.
Blocking, the other word people fear after swatching! Blocking is a misunderstood process in my opinion. When you are using acrylic blocking is not as important in the traditional terms but it is still important to wash and dry your piece as you would to see how the fabric will hold up.
Part of blocking is the tools that you use. Rust-resistant pins are a MUST for blocking. I started using the Knitters Pride Knit Blockers and they make the job of sticking all of the pins so much easier. The Knit Blockers were part of our stocking stuffer list last year.
Another essential to blocking is blocking mats. Personally I like blocking mats that you can put together in a variety of formations. This allows you to block anything from a blanket to shawl to sweater and get the shape that you need. If you can find blocking mats with grids that is even better. I recently found the Knit IQ blocking mats which do have the grids. I must confess that I haven’t personally used these mats but have a set similar that are no longer being produced.
While taking care of our hands and wrists is important and having the right tools for this is key we also need to take care of our eyes. In order to make sure that we aren’t straining to see the stitches or figure out where our hooks and needles need to go, a good craft light can be helpful.
I LOVE every Ott Light that I have. From floor lights, to desk lamps to travel lamps they really have it all. You can purchase these lamps online or at your big box craft stores (HINT: You can use a coupon on them and they do go on sale sometimes).
Recently I started to use the Ultimate 3-in-1 Craft lamp and it really hits all of my needs to keep my area well lit. I love the overhead lamp that gives me wide coverage and the small light with the magnifying glass. I even use this sometimes when taking photos! The clip on the lamp is perfect for holding my pattern as well while I work.
I really like that I can take it from a desk lamp or floor lamp and add the attachement and clip it onto most surfaces. This even allows me to take it outside and work at night while enjoying the nice weather. Check out all of the Ott Light options and find the one that fits your knit and crochet location the best.
Ott Light is offering one of our readers the chance to win an Ultimate 3-in-1 Craft lamp. All you need to do is use the rafflecopter form below to enter. The giveaway is for US residents only. Enter before midnight MST on Sunday August 5th, 2018. Your email address is required to enter the giveaway but we will not sell your information and you will not be automatically added to our mailing list. If you would like to subscribe to our mailing list so that you don’t miss anything please sign up through our newsletter form.
If you enjoy working with hanks of yarn then you are going to have to wind the yarn into a ball or cake before it can be used. In order to be able to wind the yarn into a ball you need something to hold the hank so that it doesn’t get tangled.
Before you invest too much money into something you could start off having someone hold the hank or putting it on the back of a chair. Once you try a swift and see how much easier it makes the process you won’t go back!
There are a few different things that you need to consider with a swift. Consider if you want an umbrella swift, a table top swift and what materials the swift is made of. I have always used an umbrella swift like the one that they sell at Knit Picks, that is until recently.
My friends over at Chetnanigans have sent me their latest product, a magnetic yarn swift. This is so AWESOME that I won’t go back to my umbrella swift again. Sean never disappoints when he creates these beautiful products by hand and he didn’t disappoint with this either. The magnetic swift is super easy to put together, take a part and carry with you. There are a variety of peg positions to fit many different hank sizes. Be sure to head to their Facebook page to see the swift in action.
Of all the things on this list a knitting machine is not a necessity. The reason that I have this on my list is because it makes donating to charities so much easier. Many of you make hats and scarves for many different charities. Using a knitting machine will make it easier for you to make more of these to donate each year.
One of my favorite knitting machines is the addi-Express Professional Knitting Machine. This is a great size for keeping the machine out or even moving it back and forth. Be sure to check out some of their videos to see the machine in action.