Vickie Howell's Best-Bet Gifts for Knitters
It's snowing in Spokane today, and I saw a Christmas ad on TV last night. 'Tis the season, already. Part of me says, "what's the rush," while another part of me says, "deck the halls!" I love the winter holidays, so I think the deck-the-halls part is larger than the what's-the-rush part.
|Vickie Howell, wearing the Chevron Shawl|
And I have to admit that I thought about bringing the Christmas stuff home from the storage unit so we could start decorating right after Thanksgiving. Definitely deck-the-halls!
With the holiday season comes gift-giving. And knitters want knitting stuff! So we asked Knitting Daily TV host Vickie Howell for her suggestions for a knitter's holiday wishlist. Her picks are really fun, and she's a crocheter, too, so there's some neat crochet ideas for the bi-craftual among us.
|Walking Out Blouse by Amy Gunderson, from The Unofficial Downton Abbey Knits|
|Uptown Scarf from Metropolitan Knits by Melissa Wehrle|
|Thinleaf Jacket by Kelli Kemery, from Knitscene Winter 2013|
No matter how many amazing patterns are available on the internet, there will never be a substitute for a beautifully conceived knitting or crochet book. Even if I never get around to actually making any projects from them, I love flipping through the pages for inspiration!
- The Unofficial Downton Abbey Knits
- Metropolitan Knits, by Melissa Wehrle
- The Finer Edge, by Kristin Omdahl
- Unexpected Afghans by Robyn Chachula
- Mollie Makes Crochet
Mag subscriptions (hard copy or digital) are the gift that keeps on giving! Recipients will think of you and smile every time a new issue arrives!
Stuff to Make With
- Paton's Colorwul or Bernat Sheep(ish) Stripes by Vickie Howell (Pair with a pattern and needles for a knitter or crocheter's gift pack!)
- Ashbury Knitted Mitts Kit in color Steel
- Penny the Panda Knitting Kit
- The Knit Kit (I never leave home without mine!)
- Skacel Addi Turbo Click Interchangeable Needle Set
- Tulip Etimo Rose Crochet Hook Set
|Penny the Panda
by Laura Long
|The Principles of Knitting
by June Hemmons Hiatt
Any of these items would be a welcome addition to my holiday list, and I think you'll like them, too. So make your list and give it to your loved ones so they won't be wandering aimlessly around your local knit shop or craft store!
—Vickie Howell, host of Knitting Daily TV with Vickie Howell
Great picks, Vickie. I'd like to add one of my own favorites, too: The Principles of Knitting by June Hemmons Hiatt. This is the timeless guide to hand knitting, and it's been fully revised and updated.
I had the pleasure of hearing June speak, and I immediately went out and bought her book. It's the Mastering the Art of French Cooking for knitters. You'll love it.
Thanks, Vickie, for populating our holiday wishlists for us! And for those of you with Jewish folks on your gift lists, don't forget that Hanukkah starts at sundown on November 27!