It’s gifting season you guys. The other day Emma asked me to help her help her mom’s friends pick out a gift for her mother (Emma’s that is). Are you confused yet? Good.
I just gifted myself Lantern Moon Recycled Paper Baskets in both sizes. Squee! My yarn stash lives in them now. A gift for the serious yarn stasher (=all knitters)
It inspired me to write this gift guide for your family and circle of friends, the way I envision them to be. Knit for them or, if they are knitters themselves, let them enjoy working with the extraordinary fibers I am showing you today! Here we go:
Grandma (who loves to knit for the wee ones):
One of our most regular regulars is going to be a grandma next year!
She is knitting a Wee Envelope in Mohonk, a yarn we hold especially dear
here at Happy Knits.
Dad: He deserves a sweater!
Who are your heroes? My parents certainly are mine. (Note to self: Have to tell them that. Maybe it’ll make their memories of my teenager self a little less haunting)
This year my dad asked for “a scarf with no ends” = cowl, and he’ll get one, but I really should make him a sweater also. I strongly encourage you to make a classic yet refined pullover or cardigan for the beloved men in the family, because in this day and age they are sadly hard to come by. Brownstone in Tahki Donegal Tweed is the item of our choosing.
Mom: A little luxury for the woman who keeps everyone and everything alive
Mom is the best period.
Three Fates Helios is an extraordinary blend of Merino wool, yak and silk. The rich colors are dyed over the natural grey shade of the fiber, which shines through here and there and makes this locally dyed yarn a complex and intriguing affair. I think it would look perfect in our Chic Chevron Shawlette pattern.
Aunt: Another hero needs a shawl for her wingspan
I have a really great aunt. Growing up she and her family lived two streets over and we are very close. I cannot count how many times she drove me to the doctor when I was sick, helped out with last minute errands or how many cups of tea we consumed while talking about life. She would look great in a Twinleaf in Meadow and I bet your aunt would, too.
Niece/nephew/the younger family members:
I cannot get over how adorable this book/paper doll/ puzzle/ sticker set by Alana Dakos about a young girl’s venture into knitting is! Great inspiration for the little knitters amongst us. The book is also evailable separately here.
Boyfriend/ girlfriend: Need hats!
Superstition has it you shouldn’t knit a sweater for your beau before you put a ring on it. I say hats are ok. Both the Boyfriend Watch Cap and Scrollwork would look amazing in Tahki Donegal Tweed. I am going to make the latter in the color Redwood.
Hip teenager: Be real bold
Not only they will be extreme this season. The incredibly bulky and incredibly awesome 3 N will certainly not be viewed as quaint and boring.
Hip 20- and 30-somethings (or: this is what we want here at HK):
We just started carrying yarns and books by Isager and we are in love! Besides adorable baby and children’s patterns the ones for grown-ups take our breath away. The incredible photography in both the Amimono Map Collection and Bird Collection make these books coffee table worthy. Add in a project’s worth of either Tvinni, Irish Tweed or Alpaca 2 and it will certainly be the most appreciated present.
The serious sweater knitter:
The serious sweater knitter appreciates big skeins because: Less ends to sew in. Make them extremely happy with one of our Mega Empire hanks!
The committed knitter: Tools and storage are much appreciated
Every knitter deserves good tools. In case you are a jeweler and fancy making sterling silver knitting needles for your beloved knitter (like a customer did for his wife, no joke!), please do so. For all other people, we have great needle sets and locally made Nele K cases (so local I will even tell you exactly where they are made: my kitchen.)
For someone who ventured into the knitting world fairly recently and wants to step up their game, our Polka Dot Hat Kit might be just the ticket. Already packaged in a cute cupcake box, the only thing you need is to tie a bow around and you’re set!
The knitter who has everything:
People who’ve knitted for a long time most likely have acquired most of the accessories they need. But not necessarily the Ferrari version of said accessories…
Fancy Lantern Moon Needles and Recycled Paper Yarn Bowl, deluxe Stitch Markers with Leather Pouch from Fringe Supply Co.
The lace knitter:
Every time Gudrun Johnston visits I am intrigued to start knitting a lace shawl. I love the more scarf-like shape on this one. Our selection of lace weight yarns is not limited to the following four, but these caught my eye (from top to bottom): Pure Silk Lace, Prairie, Silk/Cashmere and Sylph.
And how to make your present even more special? With our knitting-inspired greeting cards and gift tags of course!
Local artist Sally Gilchrist is the creator of the linocut skein-art. Notecards, postcards and gift tags. And of course you can’t miss knitting Santa Clause!