Well, the planning (and obsessing) has paid off and I am two pairs of monster mittens away from being finished on the Christmas knitting! Woot woot!
This must be the first year that I can say that in November, and it is making me giddy. The chances of actually knitting the decorations I have wanted to make are looking like a realistic option. I can gleefully look forward to using my Christmas knit and crochet books – Mini Christmas Crochet (Twenty to Make) by Val Pierce, Mini Christmas Knits (Twenty to Make) by Sue Stratford, Felt Christmas Decorations (Twenty to Make) by Corinne Lapierre. And all this before I hit my folder full of pull-out patterns from magazines! I can practically taste the mulled wine.
I have been looking at these books thoughtfully for a while now and I especially like the idea of making a knitted wreath (cleverly using a pipe lagging foam tube as the insert) and adding to it each year. And of course lots of bells and tinsel.
Who knows, maybe I will even get to make the snowflake window hangs I seriously want in my life! Such craziness is only a short hop away. This is a lovely book 100 Snowflakes to Crochet: Make Your Own Snowdrift: To Give or For Keeps by Caitlin Sainio.
I especially like the use of charts, as many crochet books seem to rely on written notes, which I think is a big headache when trying to visualise what stitches connect to what on the row below. Charts are especially useful as they are universal and as I learned to crochet from an American book it also saves me “translating” the stitches.
But enough about giving, let us now think about receiving!
So here is a good list to print out and place in strategic places around the house.
- Yarn. Yes, we may already have a lot, but that is because we love it! Top tip, check out what we have and assume that if we have “loads” of a type (for example sock yarn) then it is because we love it.
- Books about knitting. Amazon wish lists for books are great (don’t forget that there are knitting fiction books as well).
- Notions. Stitch markers, row counters, tape measures and project bags. Extra points if they are super cute!
- Note books (extra points if they have yarn or sheep on them). Different knitters use them for different things, but they are useful.
- Needles. Check out what type is used the most often (and what material) and then go posh.
- Hand cream. Soft hands are lovely when using soft yarn!
- Storage. Whether it is stacker tubs or ring binders, you will be surprised what can be tidied away and the plus side is that you won’t have to see as much stuff lurking in woolly piles around the house.
- Cute stickers, pencils, mugs and badges that link to knitting. Personally I have about 6 knit related mugs and I am always on the lookout for more.
- Homemade or bought kits (yarn, needles, patterns and a bag), especially nice if you are Christmasing away from home and stress knitting might be medically required.
- Vouchers for yarn stores (a bit of an easy one, but useful if your knitter is saving up for a jumper’s worth of yarn).
Either that or you could try making something handmade (soap, cookies etc) as a knitter will always understand what your time and effort are worth. But don’t forget the greatest gift you can give a knitter: Your undivided attention (an adulation) when you open your own knitted gift from them. Seriously, we are really only in it for the glory….