Here are some gifts for the knitter or crocheter on your list.
Make Make yarn
This Make Make yarn from Japan is beautiful – I love the subtle color changes, all staying in the same color family. Trust me, if you have a knitter or crocheter on your gift list, giving them some gorgeous yarn is your best bet. A ball of yarn is beautiful all on its own. 90% wool, 10% mohair.
$18 / 3 balls
DIY – The Hook, Needle, Pencil Case by Diane Gilleland
Make your favorite knitter or crocheter a holder for their tools. These cases are great for holding both knitting needles and crochet hooks. Choose the recipient’s favorite colors to stitch on the outside of the case!
Free pattern + cost of materials
DIY – Crochet hook handles
Buy some crochet hooks and add polymer clay handles to them, for a more comfortable grip. There’s a nice video tutorial by Carol Ventura. Also check out Gene of CrochetDad’s modifications to Carol’s instructions.
DIY – Knitting needle case
Fionnuala on Basil Exposition has a nice, simple tutorial for making a knitting needle case that rolls up for maximum space efficiency. Pictured above is a slight variation on the original pattern.
The Knit Kit
This is a useful gift for any knitter. Chances are, they may have one or two of these tools, but definitely not all seven, in a compact, TSA compliant (read: safe to bring on a plane) package. Brilliant!
– Stitch counter
– Crochet hook (for picking up dropped stitches)
– Tape measure
– Stitch markers
– Point protectors
– Thread cutter
I could go on and on about how much I love the Side Slip Cloche hat featured in Boutique Knits, by Laura Irwin (the hat on the cover). I made one a couple years ago, out of gray baby alpaca yarn, and I get a compliment pretty much every time I wear it. I’m a slow knitter, and haven’t made any of the other patterns yet, but one of these days (… if I don’t make another Side Slip Cloche first!).
For the crocheter (which, admittedly, I am not) Crochet Me: Designs to Fuel the Crochet Revolution looks like a pretty awesome book, and comes recommended by Kari Chapin, author of The Handmade Marketplace and recent guest blogger on the Powell’s Books blog.
In the Maker Shed:
Want more? Stop by the Make Shed. We’ve got all sorts of great holiday gift ideas: Arduino & Arduino accessories, electronic kits, science kits, smart stuff for kids, back issues of MAKE & CRAFT, box sets, books, robots, kits from Japan and more.
Holiday Shipping Deadlines in December:
15 (Wed) – Postal shipping deadline
14 (Mon) – Ground shipping deadline
18 (Sat) – 3-day shipping deadline
20 (Mon) – 2-day shipping deadline
21 (Tue) – Overnight shipping deadline
*Orders placed after these dates using these shipping methods may arrive on time; however, the dates listed are what we consider likely “safe dates.”
United States Postal Service (USPS):
Due to the high volume of mail that the postal service deals with around the holidays, please order by Dec 15 if you intend to select this method. However, we have had increased reports of packages sent via USPS lost or delayed in transit during this high-volume period. Since we do not replace or refund any order placed using this shipping method, we strongly encourage you not to use this method in December.