As she does every year, the Yarn Harlot is doing a most excellent run-down of knitterly-themed gifts on her blog. She’s entirely right, you can never go wrong with yarn and knitterly tools and equipment – we do love them so. But what about things that aren’t directly knitting, but go along with them?

These are things I know I’d love to get, and I love giving.

Hot drinks and the wherewithal to make and enjoy them…

A mug inspired by a Fair Isle sweater, from Canadian company David’s Tea.

Knitterly books for inspiration.

A reference book brings much enjoyment over the long haul.

A reference book brings much enjoyment over the long haul.

Something my grandmother had – a footrest-ottoman/project storage box. I used to love rummaging around in Gran’s to see what she was working on.

Lift the lid for storage! This “Kivik” model comes from Ikea.

We use our hands a lot, and sometimes it’s nice to give them a treat: how about a gift certificate for a massage or a manicure?  Or a lovely hand cream.

Pamper our hands! We make them work very hard!

Entertainment  for while I’m at my needles – a Netflix subscription, DVDs, TV and audio books… The added bonus of this gift is it provides value to the rest of the family, too!

For example.

And suitable as a gift for the knitter or from the knitter, a little work light so that you don’t have to have the ‘big light’ on when you’re knitting in front of the TV. A headlamp is not as silly as it seems. Or a book light to attach to your pattern.

It’s nice to be able to read the pattern…

And for those members of the family who don’t watch TV, perhaps a ball or two so they don’t try to play with the your yarn…

Who hasn’t had the fun of chasing a dog who’s stolen a ball of yarn?

A woolly mouse is an excellent distraction for the family feline. You can even knit your own!

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5 Responses to Gifts for Knitters and People Who Love Them

  1. Kelly says:

    A word of caution! Knitting cat toys, if they have strings, tails, or such on them, may *encourage* your feline to play with your projects! It’s knitted, so it smells like your projects, and has strings sticking out – like your projects. Smooth, tightly knit/crochet balls are great, but you still need to be careful. Ask me how I know! :P

  2. Angela says:

    My Loblaws grocery store currently has a nice mug (and bowl, and plates) with a cabled/knit dimensional texture. They are off-white and not expensive ($4-5).

  3. Patty Mac says:

    Love the suggestion of the storage ottoman and light for pattern reading. What so you recommend for seating? I am in the market for a good chair so I can take my knitting to the next level. What do you use?

    Thanks! :)

  4. Maria Olshin says:

    I loooove my Petzl headlamp! It’s the best thing in the world for knitting after dusk when camping, as well as reading after dark, and walking to the bathhouse. It’s also great for walking the dogs at night, and during power outages at home. There have been several power failures here in PA in recent years, some lasting for days, and I’d have been lost without my headlamp.

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