Staff Holiday Picks, Part One!
Stumped on what to give the fibre fan in your life? Our savvy staff have excellent suggestions for yarn and yarn related gifts…for stocking stuffers and beyond.
For my picks, I’ve put together suggestions for things to make, and things to give the makers in your life this holiday.
Right now, I’m deep in holiday gift knitting, and my current favourite yarn is Baa Ram Ewe Pip Colourwork. The Pip is a 2-ply light fingering that holds the colourwork together well after wet finishing. With it, I’m knitting Caitlin Shepherd’s Deery Me Mittens in anharris’s red-nose reindeer version. See my Instagram to watch the project progress! I’m also IN LOVE with the new colourwork hat collection Milarrochy Heids by Kate Davies, and will be making one (or more!) of those with the Pip in the new year.
Beyond project suggestions, my recommendations for the makers in your life are: Sarah Elizabeth’s art batts or West Coast Colour’s luxury fibre bundles. Either of these would make any spinner happy!
My holiday pick is Sugar Bush Bold.
This affordable superwash ultrafine merino is a great go-to for projects for people who may end up throwing their delicate garments in the wash…and it comes in 42 rich colours! It’s the perfect yarn choice for gifts for babies and children of busy parents because of the “wash-and-wear” ease of this versatile wool.
I like arranging a selection of 3-5 balls of various colours of this yarn, along with a pattern or book. With this you can hit a price range that fits within a budget of $15-$50.
I’m all for practical small gifts and “frivolous” stocking stuffers. I have two current favourites that would make any knitter happy!
The Needle Keeper (single or double ended). I have one for each project I currently have on the needles. They protect me and my project bags from unsightly, needle-caused holes. They also keep stitches from escaping on projects while they’re not being worked on. Perfect for any knitter and can hold most circular needle sizes. For larger needles I would recommend the double ended Needle Keeper and putting one needle in each cap. You can never have too many of these, and when not being used to prevent needle accidents, they’re great for sorting needles by size. Under $50.
Twill & Print Enamel Pins. These are great accessories for a sweater or project bag. Super cute and great for non-crafters too — who doesn’t love an alpaca pin!? The hard part is narrowing down which one your giftee will love the most! Under $20.
As always, our helpful staff are available to guide you and answer any questions regarding your gift giving conundrums. Happy holidays, and we look forward to seeing you soon!