If you are reading this I’m guessing you are a knitter and/or you love a knitter. With only 2 weeks to Christmas there isn’t a lot of time to mess around, so here is a breakdown of some thoughtful and quick gifts from knitter to knitter, non-knitter to knitter, and knitter to non-knitter.
Gifts from a Knitter to Knitter
DROPS Button Slippers
Slippers like these DROPS Design 121-13 Slippers in Rib are knit with size 10 needles and super bulky yarn. You can knit a pair in an evening and are a great gift for a knitter because knitters generally don’t knit practical items like this for themselves.
I would LOVE these, but I will never knit these for myself. Why? Don’t know! But if I got these I would be tickled damn pink.
Run to JoAnn, get a skein of Lion Brand Thick N Quick. Print the free pattern. If you’ve got time you can even jazz them up with fabric covered buttons!
Check them out on Ravelry here.
2. Put together a thoughtful knit kit.
Do a little research on your friend’s ravelry page. See what is on her queue and buy the yarn for that project. Put it in a gift bag with the printed pattern. It will take a trip to the yarn store or an express shipping fee, but no knitting time is involved, and you will know better than anyone what your friend really wants to knit.
She doesn’t have ravelry or you can’t scope it? Get 1200 – 2200 yards of something pretty, depending on her size. That is enough yarn for most sweater patterns!
Gifts from a Non-Knitter to a Knitter
Here is a list of things you can easily find at any craft store that we will always appreciate and rarely buy for ourselves:
1. Stitch Holders
2. Cable Needles
3. A Row Counter
4. Stitch Markers
5. A Pair of Tiny Scissors
6. Those Needle End Stopper Things
7. A Small Tape Measure
Get a couple of these and find a small, cute zipper bag to put them in. Any knitter will lose her shit.
2. A Pre-Made Knit Kit.
Hop on etsy.com and search knitting kit, and look for an accessory you like. The knit maker will have put in the kit everything your knitter will need to make that project. Steer clear of bigger projects like sweaters, because those are harder to judge of your knitter will like to knit that project, but any smaller project will be loved.
Gifts from a Knitter to a Non-Knitter
1. THINK SMALL!
It’s go time, people. With 12 knitting days till Christmas, and 5 knitting days till the last safe shipping day before Christmas, time is of the essence.
Here is a list of small project that can be completed in a night or two:
1. See Gifts from a Knitter to a Knitter, #1
2. A Change Purse
3. A Cowl Knit with Super Bulky Yarn and FAT Needles
4. Hand Warmers
5. Dish Cloths
Don’t kid yourself that you can do too much more than this. It’s not just about nights you have to knit, it’s about all the other stuff you need to do on those nights. It’s cookie baking season, and you can’t bake and knit. Be realistic, and don’t kill yourself knitting for people who, let’s face it, won’t appreciate what you knit them as much as you deserve.
2. A Book.
Go to Barnes and Noble, or Borders, or your local book store, and buy a book.
If you find yourself sitting down to watch It’s a Wonderful Life, find some self striping sock yarn in your stash, CO 16 sts, and garder stitch till the movie is over. BO, make a 4″ tassel and loop it in the middle of your CO edge. Put it in the book.
ENJOY THE SEASON! Read Christmas books to your kids. Go to parties. Have cocktails and cookies with friends at every opportunity. Bake, and cook, and sing All I Want For Christmas Is You at the top of your lungs 6 times a day. Do the things you enjoy doing! Killing yourself to finish projects at this point is just not worth it.
Worst case scenario? Write an IOU. But be sure to complete the project by the end of January.