So What Do I Buy for A Knitter?

December 12, 2012 at 4:23 pm 4 comments

As knitters and crocheters, I am sure your families are well aware of your love of yarn, tools, needles, patterns etc. You would think it would be easy to buy you a gift. But amazingly it is often a challenge. What color, what size, do they already have 20 cable needles and on and on. People end up with very panicked looks on their faces while LYS employees present their options.

So here is gift guide list to give your loved ones who want to get you a thoughtful gift you will love. Think of it as a hint.

1. Starting easy, Gift Certificates.

2. Yarn Bowls These are hand made in Whitefish Montana (our hometown) especially for us. Everyone who has bought one of these bowls loves them. I use mine all the time.

yarn bowls

Northern Lights (left) and Mountain Lake (right)

3. A skein of hand dyed fingerweight/sock yarn. I know many people don’t understand why one skein would be useful. But you can be endlessly creative with a single skein of beautifully colored yarn. Check out Malabrigo Sock, Madelinetosh Tosh Sock, Sincere Sheep Agleam, Sweet Georgia BFL Sock and Dream in Color Everlasting Sock!

4. Inter-changeable needle sets. These sets have multiple sizes of needles and cords that can be mixed and matched. If your knitter only uses straight needles (not cords between the tips), these won’t be to their taste likely. But you could ask. We have multiple sets by Addi and Denise.

Addi Lace Clicks

Addi Lace Clicks

5. A sweater quantity of yarn. Find out your loved one’s favorite yarn and color and buy at least enough yarn to equal to 1600-2000 yards (usually this will be 8-12 skeins in most of our yarns). Stuff in a big pretty bag and enjoy watching the recipient open the bag.

6. Yarn with Cashmere…Cashmere Queen or Madelinetosh Pashmina. Both these yarns also have silk blending into them.


Madelinetosh Pashmina in Tart (left) and
Schopple Wolle Cashmere Queen in Parsley (right)

7. Tools (often called notions). Make up a variety pack of items from this section or put a few in the stockings.

8. Shawl Pins. If your knitter or crocheter makes scarves, shawls or wraps and enjoys wearing them as accessories, they will appreciate this useful piece of jewelry. Beautiful and functional, a perfect combination in a gift. Don’t worry, these pins are made to wear with knitting or crocheting and will not harm it.

shawl pin variety

9. First, figure out what your knitter’s favorite color is, then buy several different yarns in that color. You know they will like the color and the surprise and fun of trying out new yarns.

10. Look around or the Knit ‘n Needle Yarn Shoppe in Whitefish. Find something that really strikes your eye and get it. Tell your knitter or crocheter why it caught your eye when you saw it. It could be anything from “I think this color looks like your favorite flower” to “It looks like the yarn in your favorite sweater” to “The colors reminded me of the restaurant menu on our first date.”  The possibilities are endless.

Most of all, have fun. Remember people really do enjoy receiving gifts that say “You thought about me and what I enjoy.” That is why a tape measure can be as wonderful as cashmere yarn. If your loved one is forever searching for a tape measure to check that mysterious gauge, trust me another tape measure will be appreciate and it says you noticed and care.

Hope this is helpful to knitters and those who love them. I had fun making it.

Merry Knitmas!

~Angela Morrow


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jamie  |  December 12, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Love this blog post! I think I need to email out anlinknwith a big HINT in the subject line 🙂

  • 2. Michelle  |  December 20, 2012 at 11:25 am

    I want to buy a yarn bowl and have been looking for one for ages. I live in Northern Ontario and cannot find a distributor. Help please.

    • 3.  |  December 21, 2012 at 9:41 am

      You can buy your yarn bowl from us, just click the link in the post. We gladly ship to Canada. Our bowls are made especially for Polkadotsheep so there isn’t a distributor.

      • 4. Michelle  |  December 21, 2012 at 11:28 am

        A great big thank you. I will have one as a Christmas present.

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