I’ve seen a few lists of gift suggestions for knitters in one’s life. Giving a gift based on a favorite hobby can be a great idea. The trick is: Know your knitter. Returns can be difficult for purchases from yarn shops, so think ahead.
Can you snoop in person or request information from someone close to the knitter? What kind of projects does your knitter like – socks, sweaters, home decorating? Fast projects or odysseys? Does your knitter have a huge stash of yarn or tend to simply buy what is needed? What is the knitting library like – mostly vintage or new titles? Does your knitter tend to use smaller needles or larger ones? Very small ones are the width of a toothpick, and really large ones resemble the width of magic markers. Are you constantly asked to help wind yarn? Or do you find your knitter with yarn hanging from doorknobs, kneecaps, or an upside down chair? Then your knitter needs a ball winder and a swift.
Armed with answers to the above questions, and providing you are not shopping for the knitter who already has everything, here’s my list of suggestions.
For the sock knitter who tends to work on small needles and fine yarns, a skein of Dream in Color Smooshy (pictured). One will be enough for most sock patterns, and the colors are just beautiful. It can be bought online from a number of places (just google it) or you can ask your local yarn store. Sock blockers are also a great idea. If you are crafty, make them yourself with this tutorial from Little Sesame Knits. Buy them from a local store, or look around online at places like KnitPicks.
A subscription to Interweave Knits will keep giving all through the year. A few naturally dyed skeins from A Verb for Keeping Warm would be a treat for any knitter. A good rule of thumb when buying a yarn gift is to always buy at least two skeins of yarn, unless there is exceptional yardage (like the 400 yards of Dream in Color Smooshy).
For someone who works with thicker yarns, a copy of newly released Boutique Knits with two skeins of Malabrigo Chunky would be fabulous. I have the book myself and am desperately finishing up my WIPs so I can start on a Boutique Knit project.
A final tip. I knit, but I would love a knit or crochet gift from someone else. Just because I can knit or sew, well, it’s nice to not have to always do it myself. It wouldn’t have to be complicated, either. A handknit washcloth, a sachet, – I would love any of these. I treasure three scarves in particular that were knit from friends.
Choosing the perfect knitting gift is tough. Some knitters have huge stashes and libraries full of patterns they already have planned. There’s not much unique you can add to the resource list for these knitters. A great gift would be an afternoon where you do their chores, make dinner, take their kids to a movie, take away any distractions and give them a few hours to work through the project of their choice. Or a manicure to treat their hardworking hands to a well-deserved break.