stocking stuffers for knitters

  • Stocking Stuffers for Knitters - Sock Knitting Supplies

    One of our favorite holiday gifts for knitters, especially for holiday stockings are sock knitting gifts. Sock knitting needles and sock yarn are just small enough to stuff into a holiday stocking and it's always fun to see whether the knitter gets the humor in such a gift, stuff to make socks packaged in a sock itself! Knitters love that kind of humor. You can't just buy any yarn or needles for socks. Sure, you could knit a pair of socks out of the same yarn you use for sweaters, but those are going to be some very thick socks! Check out some great sock knitting gift ideas for your knitter's holiday stocking:

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    Sock Yarn

    Yes sock yarn is different than other yarns. It is thin and designed for durability since of course it's meant to go on your hardworking feet. Sock yarn usually comes in a merino/nylon combination. The merino for softness and the nylon for extra strength. This makes sock yarn excellent for other heavy duty garments like snow hats and gloves. Oftentimes, the merino is superwash treated to avoid shrinking, so you know these hats gloves and socks will carry you through a rough winter. Check out some of our favorite sock yarns:

    >Opal Sock Yarn

    >Kroy Sock Yarn

    >Cascade Heritage

     

    chiaogooddpnsSock Knitting Needle Sets

    It can be tough picking out sock knitting needles as a gift because every knitter knits at a different gauge and has a particular size knitting needle that they prefer to knit socks. We recommend buying a set of double pointed knitting needles because a knitter will find a use for all of them. The 1 and 2 sizes are typical sock sizes. The 3 and 4 sizes can work for hats and 5's work for heavier gauge sock yarns. Many different manufacturers offer double pointed knitting needle sets. Check the type of needles that your knitter prefers. Keep a keen eye the next time you see him or her knitting. Are they knitting with metal, wood or bamboo? When in doubt, metal double pointed needles are better because over time metal needles rarely snap, while most wooden and bamboo double pointed needles will weaken from use. That said, wood and bamboo needle producers often will replace broken needles, but then you're still waiting many days before you receive that needle replacement. However, the softness of wood and bamboo can be easier on the wrists than the rigidity of metal. 

    >Knit Picks Caspian Wood Needles (6 sets of DPNs, sizes 0-3 with half sizes)

    >ChiaoGoo Metal Double Pointed Needles (6 sets of DPNS, sizes 0-3 with half sizes, needle gauge, stitich markers and case)

    >Knitters Pride Dreamz Wood Needles (6 sets of DPNs, sizes 0-3 with half sizes, each size a different color)

     

    bookosocksSock Knitting Books

    The cool thing about sock yarn and sock needles is that you don't always have to knit socks with them. You can knit hats and scarves and cowls and fortunately there are quite a few books dedicated to projects to make out of sock yarn, mainly because nearly every kniter has a substantial stash of sock yarn. Check out some of these great sock yarn knitting books:

    >Sock Yarn Studio

    >Sock Yarn One Skein Wonders

    >The Knitter's Book of Socks

     

    Some other Holiday Stocking Gift Ideas:

    Stitch Markers

    Every knitter needs an abundance of stitch markers because stitch markers have a unique talent fo disappear right when you need them. 

    Knitting Bumper Stickers

    It's always fun to identify another knitter in the wild from a funny knitting related bumper sticker. That's one of the secrets of knitters, that we also love knitting because it gives us an easy way to talk to other people. When you find another knitter in the world suddenly small talk is not nearly so painful.

    goknitbagKnitting Project Bags

    Knitting project bags are just large enough to hold one knitting project. They're a great way to keep your knitting projects from getting tangled up in each other within your larger knitting bag. GoKnits makes durable and portabler project bags that make it easy to knit socks while standing or walking. Check out a few of their sock knitting project bags.

    If you pick a few of these sock knitting stocking stuffers for your knitter this holiday season they will be one happy knitter indeed. Knitters love when the people that love them think to buy knitting presents. 

    Stay tuned for more gift recommendations for knitters throughout the holiday season!

  • Stocking Stuffers for Knitters 2013

    eucalangetawaygangSo many knitting items can be categorized as stocking stuffers. Knitting notion kits, project bags and skeins of yarn can fit nicely into your knitter's holiday stocking, but what are some of the more interesting unusual things that would delight a knitter on Christmas Day?

    Eucalan Wool Wash - Getaway Gang

    When knitters spend so much time and care hand knitting their beloved projects you can bet that they will take that same love and care to choose a soap to clean those cherished handknits. Eucalan Wool Wash is an old favorite of knitters and they have recently come out with new scents which you can try in their handy Getaway Gang kit.

    Small enough to fit perfectly into a holiday stocking, the kit, which retails only $14.29 on Amazon contains six mini packets of Eucalan meant for traveling as well as their mini wipes which have saved many a handknit from an unexpected spill stain. The perfect gift for the  knitter on the road, it also contains a mini sewing kit, nail file to keep your knitter prepared.

    theknitkit200The Knit Kit

    We will never stop mentioning the Knit Kit, It has all of the notions you need in a tiny package that will surprise your knitter when they pull it from their stocking.

    Chibi Set

    A Chibi is a little tapestry needle holder and they are made by Clover in Japan. This sweet little set which contains three tapestry needles will ensure that your knitter can weave in her yarn ends.

    Ball of Cashmere

    You want to see a knitter ooo and ahh at the holidays? Buy a skein of cashmere. We love the Pepperberry Knits Cashmere, which is plied in Idaho and provides a strong and soft knitted hand. One skein is enough to knit a lucious hat that your knitter will adore for years to come.

    Small Knitting Book

    The Yarn Harlot books are all small enough to hide more than one or two in a holiday stocking.

    Fancy Scissors from Bagsmith

    There are scissors and there are scissors. Bagsmith is the distributor of exquisite French embroidery scissors. They may be pricey, but they are scissors that will be treasured for years if not generations.

    knittersprideshawlpinShawl Pins from Knitters Pride

    Who knew that Knitters Pride, the interchangeable knitting needle company also made shawl pins? They have a small selection of wooden shawl pins that will help your knitter keep even the smallest shawlette on their shoulders.

    Sock Blockers from Knitters Pride

    What the heck are sock blockers and why would anyone need any? If your knitter is a sock knitter the only way to get a nice traditional finished sock shape is to use a sock blocker. When a knitter is finishing knitting a pair of socks, they place the socks on the sock blockers and wash the socks in wool wash (see the Eucalan wool wash above). Once the socks dry on the blockers, they come out even better than machine made socks.

    That completes our list of great stocking stuffers for knitters for 2013. Stay tuned for more gift recommendations for knitters!

  • Stocking Stuffers for Knitters 2014

    It's that time of year again when you have to figure out a good gift for a knitter, and not just any kind of gift, but the cool stocking stuffers that can surprise and delight ther person you love. Have no fear, we have a great collection of small knitting treats just small enough to perfectly fit in a holiday stocking. You will probably see yet another Knit Kit or some knitting notions, but also maybe a few unexpected surprises too.

     

    knitkit2The Knit Kit

    The best stocking stuffer for any knitter is the Knit Kit. We talk about it all the time because it's a knitting tool that works. It's a small compact sized knitting notions kit with a tape measure, thread cutter, scissors, row counter all in one dohicky that means your knitter will always have all the tools they need for any project in one handy dandy place. I mean, can you see the informercial? This is an improvement over the traditional notions bag because it is TSA approved and can be brought on airplanes. You truly cannot ask for more (well ok, maybe stitch holders, but that's a total stretch -just get a few extra to hide in the stocking too).

     

      

    stitchholdersStitch Holders

    Speaking of stitch holders, a knitter can never have too many. You don't know how many different knitting projects a knitter might have on the needles and will as such require a few sets of stitch holders. Sometimes you have to knit in a pattern that requires putting stitches on holders and it can be a pain in the you-know-what to find the stitch holders you have in your notions stash. Do your knitter a favor and get one, no two sets of stitch holders.

     

     

     

    castonbindofflargeLittle Knitting Books

    My favorite mini knitting book is a book of cast ons and bind offs. Sounds, kinda simple, right? Every knitting project has to start with casting on stitches and every knitting project ends with a bind off (well, at least where the actual knitting is concerned). It's very rare when a knitting pattern specifically tells you which is the best cast on for a given situation, so often as knitters we have to figure it out ourselves. This little portable book will help your knitter figure out the best way to cast on and bind off for nearly any situation.

     

     

     

     

    yarnistacalendar2015smallKnitting Day to Day Calendar

    It would be ideal if someone published a knitting day planner, but knitting is a small niche of the world and not everyone wants to plan their days around yarn, that said there are Yarnista, the day to day calendar (as opposed to month to month ones) that features all things knitting for the truly yarn obsessed knitter in your life.

     

     

     

     

     

    patonskroysmallSock Yarn

    The best kind of yarn to put in a holiday stocking? Sock yarn, obviously. It only takes around 400 yards of fingering yarn to make a full pair of socks and sock yarn is not too expensive. Patons Kroy socks have been around forever and would make a great gift for the beginning sock knitter, or experienced one.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Lantern Moon Tape Measures

    Knitters can never have too many tape measures. Too frequently tape measures stop working, or disappear (especially if you have children). It's always nice to find an extra one. Or ten. Lantern Moon makes an amazing collection of cute tape measures that might just be too cute to lose track of.

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