Knitters get no respect. We are often seen as old ladies whiling away the hours in our rocking chairs knitting baby booties and afghans for the grandchildren.
And while that’s partly correct, there are hundreds upon thousands of young and hip knitters out there. I like to think that I am one of them (pay no attention to the rocking chair in the corner).
In leu of chocolate this year, I thought I’d put together a gift guide for all my knitting friends so that they may show the clueless husbands, boyfriends, best friends and significant others who are often our pattern testers and receivers of knitted goods, what a knitter really wants this Valentine’s Day. Because we all know that knitters can’t work with melted chocolate on their fingers… unless it’s chocolate covered strawberries and then I.. ahem, WE will manage somehow.
Check out my selections and tell me which ones you’d most love to get for Valentine’s Day.
1. Boomerang is part of a limited supply of themed yarns for February from Fiesta Yarns. A lovely blend of reds and pink in superwash Merino wool. I. Want. This. Yarn. Heck… SHE Wants. This. Yarn.
3. The Knit Love Decal sticker from Lewa’s Designs is after my heart and geek. They have other knitting decal stickers, large enough for a craft room(!) but I think this one is my favorite.
3. No explanation needed for the Yarn Love Project Bag from la creature and you, except maybe how much I love it. Bonus points for being able to have it personalized if you want to.
4. I found soapwash’s Handmaid lotion (scent Lacey) in my LYS. I love this because it doesn’t have an overpowering scent like a lot of lotions and you don’t need much at all to quickly soften hands for cold winter knitting.
5. So you know red is my favorite color right? I couldn’t resist these Dymondwood knitting needles from Terra Rosa Sedona on etsy. Dymondwood is a wood/plastic blend resulting is a strong and sturdy needle with properties similar to brass, polycarbonate or hardwood. Oh honey…. Mama needs some pretty needles!
6. Every knitter needs the *Knitting Stitchionary. I bought this book last weekend from JoAnn Fabrics (more on the other books I covet there later) and I may have slept with it a night or two dreaming about all of the wonderful pattern combinations.
7. I’m not a fan of the conversation hearts candies, but these adorable Conversation Hearts Stitch Markers by Scary 2 Merry are perfect for the non candy eater. (Check out their store for other non-edible but delicious looking stitch markers!)
8. There’s one thing about Rosewood knitting needles that made me a fan from the start; they are extremely smooth. There’s no need to polish or buff these and the yarn glides off one needle to the next effortlessly. Grab these Lantern Moon Rosewood Needles from Jimmy Beans Wool and your sweetheart will love you forever.
9. Patterns are bad enough but charts confuse the heck out of me. Even if I didn’t use the KnitPicks Knitting Chart Keeper, I could still keep my place in the pattern and keep it from getting lost.
10. Keep your interchangeable circular needles in check and stand out from the knitting crowd with this ultra cool, ultra hip Skulls and Roses Interchangeable Circular Needle organizer from The Needle Palace on etsy.
11. Blue Room Pottery on etsy has made me absolutely fall in love with their porcelain Red Heart Yarn Bowl. Mama Wants. Now.
12. Knitting and coffe, knitting and hot chocolate… just about every hot beverage goes with knitting and you need a mug that you can claim as your own. Everyone will know who the knitter in the house is with this large (16oz – perfect for highly caffeinated knitting) iknithappy Knit Happy mug.
There you have it, the perfect gift guide for knitters. So go out and get yourself something knitty this Valentine’s Day.
Which items are you going to tell your sweetheart about?
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