Books, tools, and yarn are among the best gifts for knitters, and even better with USA handmade labels. Ann Hood’s new book, another anthology of knitting stories, is top down one of the highlights of this season. Personal stories of love and life intertwined with knitting from twenty-four talented writers; even knitting greats such as Jared Flood and Clara Parks.
The reviews of “Knitting Pearls: Writers Writing About Knitting” are again positive, even though the stories are melancholy, which surprises reviewer Laura Billings Coleman of the Star Tribune, lamenting the estrangement of one writer/knitter’s divorce:
…like most of the essayists in this surprisingly melancholy collection, our heroine is stranded in unfamiliar terrain, a little lonely, a little lost, leaning on her needles like Virginia Woolf, who famously told her husband, “Knitting is the saving of life.”
[And yes, a great many have been there, needles in hand.] A few knitting patterns are included as well, available in most any local book store for $25.95, published by W.W. Norton.
Handmade gifts for crafters and personal stories from knitters…what could be more appropriate gift-giving this season? Everything handmade needs a little extra time, so keep that in mind when placing your order. Time is of the essence.
Knitting project bags, handmade in Minnesota by Joanie Schumann of NanaNewHandmade on Etsy, can be custom made with just about anything written on it. A canvas tote, lined with plenty of room for needles and notions, it’s $39.00, a made to order knitting gift for your favorite knitter.
Katy Westcott of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, just up the road from yours truly, makes just about anything with wood. Her hedgehog knitting needle gauge and wraps per inch tool makes a fine stocking stuffer is $14.00, and at just 4 inches, will be the cutest knitting notion in your favorite knitter’s project bag. Check out Katy’s handmade wooden buttons, jewelry, and needle gauges made in the shape of just about any animal on The Ark. She’s “Katrinkles” on Etsy and ships her handmades worldwide.
My circular needles hang over a coat hook on a closet door. Where do you store yours? Well, Buttermilk Cottage on Etsy has the answer, a circular knitting needle case, so pretty in French toile, large enough to accommodate all your unruly needles, available in black or red toile. Susan, of Johnson City, Tennessee, offers it for $30.00 along with a plethora of other knitting gifts and goodies.
Keep it local and handmade in the USA.
Lenny Mud, a potter in Haddonfield, New Jersey, creates lead-free glazed yarn minder bowls, kiln fired ceramics made from earthenware clay in her studio at home in the USA. The one shown in the slideshow is a large one with three different openings for yarn with three sheep, count ’em, three bags full. The yarn bowls are $28.00 and LennyMud on Etsy is happy to send the gift for you. That’ll save you some time.