If your wish list needs a few more items or your loved ones need some hints on what to get the knitter who has everything (you know who you are!!), here are a few of our favourite knitting tools and accessories which are perfect for last-minute gifting - or treating yourself!
Exquisite Needle Sets
The versatility of an interchangeable set can really be a game-changer. Earlier this year, Knitter's Pride introduced the Ginger Deluxe Interchangeable Needle Set and we're smitten! Each faux leather case can be used as a pattern holder in addition to storing a wide range of needle tip sizes. Also included are cords, accessories, and stitch markers which can be stashed away in the handy snap pouch which is also built into the case.
Better yet, there are other sets available for those who prefer single or double pointed needles, and a Tunisian crochet hook set, too.
Trust us, you'll see nothing but smiles when they find a knitting needle or crochet hook set under the tree!
Everyone Needs Stitch Markers
We're firm believers that one can never have too many stitch markers. They have a way of disappearing over the years, and it's important to keep a good stock close at hand for whenever a stitch marker is needed! They're a thoughtful addition to any yarny gift, and also make great stocking stuffers. If you have a large group of knitting friends you exchange gifts with, why not make each person a set of markers in their favourite color for a thoughtful (and affordable!) gift? Here is a fabulous video tutorial to show you how to make your own DIY stitch markers:
Handmade Shawl Pins from JUL Designs
We're big fans of the handmade artisan pieces from JUL Designs and can't think of a better accessory to complement your work of art in Zen Yarn Garden Yarn. Here's we've paired Michelle Porter's Marled Crescent Shawl (free with purchase of a Yarn Bun) with a Filigree Honeybee Shawl Stick from JUL Designs:
And Andrea Mowry's What the Fade shawl looks great with this Celtic Lion Shawl Pin, don't you think? We offer project kits for this pattern here, and the shawl pin can be purchased separately here, and we have a special offer just for our blog readers: get 15% off any online order at juldesigns.com when you enter ZENADORN at checkout!
Project Kits Make Great Gifts
Speaking of project kits, there's nothing like the gift of yarn to elicit a squeal of delight - and when it includes a must-make pattern, you really can't go wrong. Just let them try to resist immediately casting on for either of the project kits featured above, or any of the kits found here on our site. Shown here is the Jacinto Shawl Kit:
A Time-Saving Blocking Tool
Rainbow Knit Blockers from Knitter's Pride are a colorful new way to block out any project quickly by using the combs to secure the straight edges. We were able to block the Itty Bitty Picoty Shawl in record time (you can get the free pattern here with newsletter signup):
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We are always looking for new ways to reduce our carbon footprint. Investing several hours of your time and energy to craft something by hand is eco-friendly by nature, but we wondered if our knitting could have even less of an impact on our environment. After a bit of investigating, we came up with these seven tips for ensuring that your knitting is eco-friendly.