Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Gift Guide for Knitters, Embriodiers or Crocheters or What to buy that weird Aunt

I know it can be super hard to shop for the crafty people in your life. Especially if they're the sort of person who makes everything. There are a few virtually fail safe things that you can buy come Christmas, Birthday, Mother's Day or Just Because, and I'm going to tell you them. And then you might feel sort of dumb, because some of them are obvious. But don't, because I didn't think of them either until I started knitting myself.

Baby blanket that I knit for a friend

If you work with your hands a lot yourself, you've probably noticed they get a bit dry and haggard looking. This is 10 bazillion times worse if you're a yarn crafter. For some reason the yarn or thread just seems to suck the moisture right out of your hands. Another pro or con is that the scent of whatever cream your using clings to what your making. I have tried a lot of creams and lotions and these are my favorites that I've had.
1. Philosophy Field Of Flowers Lotion, I haven't had this specific scent before, but I have had their lotion and I loved it. They all smell amazing and they're just lovely to use.
2. Soap and Glory's Hand Food is amazing, it smells wonderful, like CoCo Mademoiselle to some people. Plus it's called hand food for a reason, it makes your hands feel amazing
3. L'Occitane is definitely the most luxe of the 3 choices. My favorite is Pivoine Flora which smells like Peonies. The packaging is just gorgeous, and the lotion is enriched with Shea Butter. These are definitely my absolute favorite.

If you don't want to go the fancy hand cream route, you can always gift them a new pair of needles if they're a knitter or crocheter. I recommend something sort of novelty like Knit Lites which I have a pair of and I love them. Otherwise I recommend a pair of Bamboo needles or crochet hook, which are what I use personally.

Luxurious yarn is another lovely gift, I really love Plymouth Baby Alpaca Grande, it's super soft and cozy and is one of my favorites, but there are also Cashmere and Angora yarns which are absolutely amazing. If you're going to go this route then I really recommend asking the person behind the counter how much you need for x project, such as a pair of socks, sweater, blanket, or a scarf. It's very frustrating having great yarn and not being able to make anything with it.

You can also purchase kits to make certain items like stuffed toys or a certain pattern for a hat or baby blanket. I recommend going into a yarn shop to look at those, because the person working there can usually tell you if you actually need more yarn or any other specific tools to make the item in the package.

Finally there is always books. My personal favorites are the Stitch and Bitch series by Debbie Stoller, but the Vogue Stitchionary series is also really good. I actually taught myself to knit from the Stitch and Bitch Series and have managed to loose 2 copies of the first book now. I plan on buying myself another copy very soon. I actually hope to someday own all of  both series. There are also several good books filled with patterns and how to fix mistakes and all kinds of tips and tricks for knitters, which are usually sold in the Yarn Shop.

And if you don't want to do any of that buy them an amazing scarf or a lovely blanket, because they knit these things to keep people warm and cozy out of love, and you may not be able to make them something yourself, but giving the gift of warmth still says I Love You.