Tuesday 12 December 2017

Christmas Gifts For Knitters 2017

If, like us, you've not finished your Christmas shopping yet, here's our pick of gifts for the knitter in your life. You can buy them all on the internet with a glass of mulled wine in your hand, saving lots of shopping time that can be used to eat mince pies with your feet up instead. Result!

Brit Aran by Rainbow Heirloom

A skein of this 100% British Bluefaced Leicester wool, dyed in one of Rainbow Heirloom's signature shades, would make a great gift. A 100g skein costs £16 plus P&P and is quite enough to knit a cosy cowl. Our favourite hue is Princess Rockstar - a purple that will blast the Winter blues away!

Princess Rockstar image courtesy of Rainbow Heirloom

Magazine Subscription from Toft

The Warwickshire based yarn business's magazine, launched in 2016, is going strong. Toft Quarterly, as its name suggests, is published four times a year and contains five crochet and five knitting patterns, news from the business and other relevant articles. It's short and sweet with sumptuous photography. A year's subscription costs £32 plus P&P.

Image courtesy of Toft

'No Such Thing As Too Much Yarn' print by Tilly Flop

Wool lovers will be delighted by this fun green print to hang on the wall. Tilly Flop sells her designs on Not On The High Street - take a look at her cards as well. The print costs £17.50 plus P&P.

Image courtesy of Tilly Flop

Daala Mist skein from Langsoond Yarn

This DK yarn skein was produced from a 2016 of 100% Shetland wool. It's a beautiful mixture of coloured fleeces blended with natural white. Direct from Donna Smith's online shop the 220m skein costs £18 plus P&P. Perfect for lovers of British wool.

Image courtesy of Donna Smith

Ethel Canvas Shopping Bag from BritYarn

Ethel is the logo for BritYarn's website. Not only does this bag have a cute print but it can double up to be used for shopping or storing yarn. Made from unbleached and undyed canvas. The bag costs £7 plus P&P from BritYarn.

Image courtesy of BritYarn

Stitchmas Hat Decoration from PomPom

We love this wooden decoration for the Christmas tree. Leave it as it is or embroider through the holes to add a spot of colour. Measures 70mm by 63mm and costs £8 plus P&P from PomPom.

Image courtesy of PomPom

British Wool Socks from Baa Ram Ewe

Didn't quite have time to knit socks for presents? Thanks to Baa Ram Ewe you can buy them ready-made with wool spun in Yorkshire. Available in adult sizes medium in large in shades from Baa Ram Ewe's own British yarn ranges. Each pair costs £12 plus P&P directly from Baa Ram Ewe.

Image courtesy of Baa Ram Ewe

Stoneware Pottery Yarn Bowl from Little Wren Pottery

Follow the Christmas star with this decorated yarn bowl in forest green. It's handmade and has a curving shape to hook your yarn through, which leads down to a circle surrounded by a star. Made in Yorkshire. Buy from Little Wren's Potter shop on Etsy for £13 plus P&P.

Image courtesy of Little Wren Pottery

Yellow Mobile Phone Case from Debbie Bliss

Debbie Bliss isn't just a fabulous knitwear designer, she also runs a quirky online shop selling homewares and gifts. This mobile phone case with its distinctive double rib knitted design comes in a variety of sizes to suit Samsung Galaxy and iPhones. Also available in grey and pink, the case costs £19.95 plus P&P from Debbie Bliss Home.
Image courtesy of Debbie Bliss

Candy Cane Yarn Signature 4 Ply from West Yorkshire Spinners

Sock knitters will smile at this year's West Yorkshire Spinners limited edition Christmas yarn. This 75% wool and 25% nylon blend comes with a free sock pattern designed by Winwick Mum. The 100g ball costs £7.20 plus P&P directly from WYS.

Image courtesy of West Yorkshire Spinners

The Classics Society Subscription Yarn Box by Countess Ablaze

Are you looking for a gift for a really, really special knitter? A 12-month one-skein subscription including UK postage costs £372 from Manchester-based yarn dying supremo Countess Ablaze. For that the lucky recipient will get through the post one 100g fingering weight skein per month, a booklet, plus a small, hand-designed gift. The 2018 theme is architecture in the ancient world. The montage photo below is of previous boxes.

Image courtesy of Countess Ablaze

Knitting Books

Finally, we have reviewed a number of books on A Woolly Yarn this year. Here are our favourites to gift under the tree:

  1. This Thing Of Paper by Karie Westermann
  2. Shetland by Marie Wallin
  3. The Titus Vintage Collection by Alison Moreton

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