Knitting Mondays: Kate and Jillian Give Each Other Gifts. Plus, an Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf Giveaway.

What do knitters give each other? Kate and Jillian give you more knitterly gifting insight by showing what they would like to buy each other.

Here’s what Jillian would give to Kate.

Because she loves Doctor Who:

A Tardis Needle Gauge from Tangerine8:

A Wibbly Wobbly Needle Gauge
A Wibbly Wobbly Needle Gauge

A little something for her mind. I know she’ll read this and invent 211 more.

Cast on, Bind Off – 211 Ways to Begin and End Your Knitting by Cap Sease. It’s available as print and an ebook.


211 ways to start and end your knitting
211 ways to start and end your knitting

She is a sock knitting goddess and should be gifted appropriately. Here are two ‘rich uncle just left you a mint’ sock knitting gifts.

A set of 6 Signature Needles double points:

sig dpn
Sexy sock knitting ahead!

and a 2013 membership to the Rockin’ Sock Club from Blue Moon Fiber Arts:

Socks all year long!
Socks and yarn all year long!


And here’s what Kate would give to Jillian:

A subscription to Clara Parkes’ Bale Yarn Club. Because of everyone I know, Jillian is the hungriest to know more about where her yarn and fiber come from, and she wants to know everything. And Clara will be sharing that!

A bag each of the brown and cream Bijou Basic Yak Down Clouds spinning fiber. Because Jillian deserves to spin with the nicest fibers in the world.

I can only imagine what wonderfulness Jillian would make with this!

Or perhaps a year’s subscription to the Paradise Fibers knitting club?

A year’s worth!

A subscription to the Audible downloadable audio book service, so she has entertainment while she spins and knits.

And if somehow I win the lottery between now and next week, I’d buy her a trip to Iceland. (And a new suitcase big enough for me to stow away in.) Iceland is a mecca for knitters and spinners, and I know that she’d have a most excellent time.

And together Kate and Jillian are saving up and one of these days – as soon as they’ve been invented – they’d like to be able to give Amy a Transporter. A Transporter would allow Amy to be able to get home to her family in Chicago without any airport hassles. A Transporter would allow her to be able to get over to see her BFF Brenda whenever she wants. And a Transporter would allow her to take her beloved Phil and the bunnies with her wherever she goes!

 Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf Giveaway!

Designer Alana Dakos has published a wonderful book about a spirited little girl learning to knit, Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf. It’s a great story and will also teach your little knitter how to knit.


Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scatf
Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf


Annie's Deluxe kit
Annie’s Deluxe kit


Alana has donated one deluxe edition gift set. It includes a copy of the book, a paper doll set, matching 20 piece puzzle, and sticker sheet all packaged together in a matching gift set box. Prize value, $26.95.  Thank you Alana for donating this prize!

Regular contest rules: leave a comment on this post between now and midnight eastern time, Wednesday December 19th. One comment will be chosen at random to answer a skill testing question. If the commenter answers correctly they will win our prize. If you have already won a prize from us in the past year, please do give other knitters a chance.

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Jillian is the​ author of the best-selling spinning book Yarnitecture. She is the editor​ of Knittyspin and Developmental Editor for PLY and PLY Books. She kinda loves this spinning thing and wants everyone who spins to love it too, so she teaches and writes a lot. She knits, weaves, and stitches and tries to do as much of it as she can with handspun yarn. She's always cooking up all kinds of exciting and creative things combining fiber arts. She likes her mysteries British, her walks woodsy, and to spend as much time as she can laughing. Spy on her on her website

160 thoughts on “Knitting Mondays: Kate and Jillian Give Each Other Gifts. Plus, an Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf Giveaway.

  1. Barbara Seiver

    I was blessed to be the knitter to put knitting needles in my granddaughter’s hand on her baptism day. She’s just the right age now (kindergarten) for this book and knitting. Please draw my comment for her!

  2. Kim

    My nine-year-old niece would love to learn to knit from this book. I also bought the Tardis needle guage for a friend. Thanks for the tip!

  3. Debra

    I have seen reviews of the book and followed its creation on the authors blog. Its a wonderful story and a gret way to introduce knitting to young-uns. Thanks for the giveaway.

  4. AmyS

    My Hobbit would flip for that book! I even bought her her first set of needles and some yarn this Christmas so that book would be a perfect companion… oh please, enter me!!

  5. Amanda Heyen

    We want everyone in our family to be able to make everything they want, including knitting and crocheting. I think having a resource specifically for them is a wonderful idea. What a great opportunity.

  6. Knittingdancer (Teresa)

    I have a great niece that loves to play with my small leftover balls of yarn every time she comes over to see me. I would love to win this prize for her.

  7. Solarmama

    What a great idea! I’m trying to interest my son in knitting (he’s four next month) since the Yarn Harlot showed me a picture of a wee girl not much older, from the Shetland Islands, knitting a cabled sweater.

    No need for me to win; I’m off to buy the book. Just wanted to share how much I liked it!

    And I second the Blue Moon Sock club; it’s groovy wonderful yarn.

  8. Sarah

    I’ve been thinking that I need to start teaching my daughter how to knit and this would be a great start!

  9. janmaus

    How adorable–I had to comment but don’t enter me in the contest because I only have grandsons–terrific boys, but a girl needs this wonderful gift.

  10. Heather

    I want to say I’d give that great set to my niece, but it may be hard to part with if I’m lucky enough to win. 🙂

  11. Brittany

    Cute! My daughter has asked many times to learn to knit, but I think we’ll have to wait until she’s at least 3, if not 4. 🙂

  12. Rebecca M

    My first niece should show up sometime in the next month, but it’s not too early to stash this book for her birthday in a few years, right?

  13. Cara H

    My NEPHEW has been begging me to teach him to knit and this might be the tool that gets us started. =)

  14. Geraldine Scott

    Oooo…this grandma would certainly like to have it in her basket of goodies for when the grandkids come to visit!

  15. MarieAnge

    Lovely idea!
    I hope she puts one out for little boys too.
    I plan on teaching my grandson how to knit when he’s old enough… he’s 2 months old now 🙂 so soon!

  16. Ann

    My granddaughter would love the book. I’ve already purchased needles and yarn to put in her Christmas stocking. The book would be a perfect addition.

  17. Deenna

    I am always on the lookout for books and stories that I can read to my class when we start that can help them learn to knit! This would be a perfect addition to my library!

  18. Quinn

    Wow, this post is really making me kind of wish that someone might possibly be giving me a knitting-related gift this year! Guess I may just have to pick one for myself, and then try to act surprised 😉

  19. Leah

    I have to leave a comment for this one – I’m having trouble teaching my daughter to knit. I’m sure it’s all me. But this book sounds like a great idea!

  20. Lisa in Toronto

    I would really like to teach my niece and nephew to knit.
    I will try even without the charming book kit.
    Great contest! Thanks!

  21. Junglewife

    Oh, I would love to read that! My 7-year-old is wanting to learn how to knit, and this would be great to share with her!

  22. Amanda Underwood

    I thought this was the cutest idea. Both my kids would appreciate it, although my son needs it more since his Dr. Who scarf is about a 1/2 inch long. 🙂

  23. Carolyn Frank

    I have three really cute great nieces that would love to learn to knit like their Aunt Carolyn!! They also really love to read, I would enjoy sharing this wonderful prize with them.

    Thanks for the giveaway!!

  24. nicky

    I would love this set for my daughter. I wish I had the$$in my budget to purchase a set, but just don’t right now.

  25. Nicole

    My two little angels would love this book! They are always looking for knitting inspired picture books for me to read to them. With this one, they could learn too!

  26. Lucy

    My little girl would love this set! And I’d love to use it to teach her to love knitting as much as me.

  27. Amber

    I’d love to win that book! I have three girls who love reading and are keen to learn to knit so it would be a cool prize for them.

  28. Suzette

    My granddaughter turned six years old this year and the book looks like it would be perfect for her!

    I’m ready for the “skills” question if I’m picked! 🙂

  29. Erin b

    With a budding young toddler this would be fun to share with her. She is very inquisitive about moms knitting and believes all yarn belongs to mommy

  30. Patti

    In a family full of boys, I have one niece. At Thanksgiving, she asked me to teach her how to knit. She had her first lesson, but I live far away, so lessons will be far between. I would love to give her this to hold her over between visits.

  31. Karen W.

    Wow, what a great idea. I’m sure we can all remember our first attempts at knitting. I’d love to win the kit to share with the kids in my life.

  32. Dot

    I’d love to win this set; I have two granddaughters and a grandson who are interested in learning to knit.

  33. Ummrania

    Great fibery ideas! I would love to share this with my 3 children who all love knit things and all *try* to knit.

  34. Kathleen

    My oldest little one can already knit, but my middle little one would go crazy – book *and* stickers *and* paper dolls *and* a puzzle *and* knitting instructions? Five-year-old heaven. 🙂

  35. Fleur

    Oh wow, sounds like a wonderful story. Would be great to read it (yep, I don’t mind reading children’s books from time to time and of course anything that is about knitting!) and after that I would pass it on to my knitting friend with a 7 year old daughter who is intrigued by knitting.

    Ciao, Fleur (Fleurtje-Eliza on Ravelry)

  36. Sarah

    My little girl would love this. She’ll be getting the book ‘Extra Yarn’ for Christmas, and this would be lovely too…

  37. M.F.Peterson

    I bought this set for my daughter for Christmas and it is AMAZING. I would love to win one for my friend and her daughter 🙂

  38. Barb B

    Isn’t it true that most things I knit have a least one swiss cheese hole in it? Why is that? That book and set looks lovely.

  39. CharlotB

    Like your gift selections and would love to win the book. I have a daughter and two nieces who are exploring knitting at the moment.

  40. Samantha

    Oooo… So many great gift ideas! I love the TARDIS Needle Gauge. And you have no idea how much I wish I could convince someone to gift me a year’s subscription to a fiber club. I also love the kid’s book. What a great idea for teaching a child to knit! My five year old niece would make a very Swiss cheese scarf, but she’d have fun doing it.

  41. Carmen

    How great to read what knitters would give one another – I’ll have to remember some of these for next year.

  42. Kat

    Didn’t we all start by making a swiss cheese scarf 🙂 I went back and sewed the holes shut on mine and now the cat uses it for a bed.

  43. Ginny

    I think I know how to make a swiss cheese scarf. What a cute idea for book! I will be on the lookout for the book.

  44. Stephanie

    So need this to help teach my little one to knit. She is currently knitting me an imaginary dress for Christmas (she’s four). Wouldn’t it be great if next year she could knit real gifts!?!

  45. Kathleen C

    This book would be perfect for my granddaughter. We live 2000 miles apart so, perhaps, this book could be my substitute to teach her to knit.

  46. Barbara Schroeder

    My 5 year old GD would love this book. She already thinks that Grandma’s yarn stasth is the best thing in her house.

  47. Anne

    My dear I-belle just turned six…along with her twin bother(deleted r intentional, just ask her) and I would love to start knitting with her.

  48. Nike Eve

    What a cute book! My daughter would LOVE the puzzle (and maybe someday she’d love the knitting lesson too)!

  49. Kara

    That’s a great gift guide – although, I think the book at the bottom is the best of all! My oldest daughter (age 3) is also named Annie, and already wants to learn how to knit. Thanks for featuring it – I added it to my books wish list, although I’d love to win a copy.

  50. MzTallulah

    Lovely gifts… I’m looking forward to my own little one becoming interested in knitting 🙂 Thank you and Alana for the giveaway!

  51. Kay April

    Just got stuff for grandson and would love this to share with my sis and grandson. He loves puzzles.

  52. mollysusie

    oh how cute! and I know a little girl who would just love it! thanks for another great giveaway! and for the tardis needle gauge guide … love it!

  53. tiffany p

    what a great giveaway. have several little girls in mind that this could be gifted to and brainwash/persuade to knit.

  54. ruth

    My little granddaughter’s project for Christmas Break is to learn to knit. She’s 7. What a wonderful, imaginative kit for teaching little ones like her to love knitting!

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