2014 KnitFreedom Holiday Gift Guide Part 3: Stocking Stuffers

Wondering what gift to buy the knitters in your life for the holidays? We've taken one for the team and spent the past few weeks shopping (I know, such a hard life!) to find the best knitting gifts - in all price ranges - for your family, friends, and colleagues.

Today is all about the delightful little gifts that really make someone's day - stocking stuffers!

Stocking Stuffers for Knitters
1. For your sister who is obsessed with perfume, a gentle and good-smelling Soak for her favorite knitwear, swimsuits, and lingerie, starting at $10
2. The Yarn Whisperer by Clara Parkes, $9.99
3. A special Knitters Graph Journal to help your friend chart her next big lace project, $12
4. Everyone loves an Etsy gift card! 
5. A year's worth of knitting projects will keep your colleague busy throughout his daughter's soccer games, $7.95
6. My favorite stitch markers (pick up a few for yourself while you're at it), $4.81
7.  How to Knit Faster, for anyone who wants to avoid hand fatigue and enjoy their projects more than ever, $12.77

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This week at KnitFreedom is all about gifts, and tomorrow I'll be sharing my Ultimate Toolkit for a new knitter.

In the mean time, what was the best knitting-related stocking stuffer you've ever received? Leave a comment and let me know. And if you haven't gotten any, I give you permission to speak up and make your wish list known!

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  1. The only stocking-stuffers I have is feet. Small knitting-related gifts are another matter. I’d love the graph chart-maker book and some good stitch markers. And some good needles–the square ones sound nice. I like circular needles the best. No budget even for tools.

    1. Hi Shirley,

      You make a great point. It’s important to prioritize when you’re buying knitting tools for yourself. Luckily, good stitch markers are very inexpensive, but you can always make your own stitch markers in a pinch for free by tying a tiny loop of contrasting yarn into a circle and trimming the knotted ends.

      As for good circular needles, concentrate on the sizes you’ll use most often. In my post on the Ultimate New-Knitters Toolkit, I mention three needle sizes that will come in handy over and over again. Addi Turbo needles are about $16 apiece.

      I hope this helps!

  2. Penny Tolsma (PT)

    Among the display of needles I looked for some dpn’s and they were not mentioned.
    I am not very fond of circular needles as my tension seems to be too tight and I struggle with getting the yarn over the “hump” I live in Canada and we do not have LYS or Joan’s or Hobbycraft. So any suggestion where to pick up a set of dpns at a reasonable price is what I will put on my wish list.

    Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful Christmas!

    Penny T

    1. I’ve been buying a lot of my knitting tools at Fabricland in the recent past. I believe most if not all the needles are Aero brand (metal). And yes, they do carry a range of dpn. They frequently have sales and as a member, I can often get 50% off. They don’t seem to carry yarn with any wool content but sometimes acrylic yarn is OK.
      Michaels also carries knitting tools, including dpns. More expensive but again if you have their coupons, you can get 40% off any regular price.

      Jo-Ann
      Canada

    2. Hi Penny,

      I know what you mean about having trouble getting yarn over the hump. I actually have a video that addresses that exact issue and how to fix it in my video ebook on Magic Loop.

      However, the main idea is that you’re probably pulling your first stitch too tight. When you use DPNs, it’s recommended that you pull that first stitch a little tighter, but on Magic Loop it’s not necessary and will actually end up making it more difficult, as you’ve found.

      If you’re ready to give circular needles another try, make sure to get a set with smooth joins – I wouldn’t recommend the inexpensive Clover bamboo circulars — the join is just too “humpy.”

  3. My favourite stocking stuffer related to knitting was some “Zim’s Crack Creme For Heels and Feet.” I get very dry hands in the winter due to my geographic location (Northwestern Ontario, at the top of Lake Superior). The skin on my hands will crack and it becomes a nuisance as it can hurt to knit. I really love this cream as you only need a small amount and if you apply it at night it really heals your hands. I also apply it during the day. It absorbs quickly and is not greasy. My husband is a pharmacist and knew this foot formula would be stronger than a regular hand cream and would heal my hands. I also really like the cream that is made by Kim Kaslow of the Woolen Rabbit. She makes it herself and it is awesome. But I can only order it my mail and shipping can make it pricey when shipped to Canada. It also absorbs very quickly and is not greasy. I have two boys and a husband and none of the three of them would ever buy me any other knitting item as I have knitted for almost 40 years and have pretty much everything I need (not want, mind you). Like any hobby, you can have the best equipment, but if you don’t practice and use what you have you will never get better. I have what I need but would love some inspiration some days to knit that second sock!!!

    1. El Edwards - Customer Happiness

      If we could bottle inspiration for that second sock I’m sure Liat would have done so by now. I think I’d take two bottles! ;-)

      That hand cream sounds delightful though. Thank you for the recommendation :-)

  4. i have never received any knitting stuffers..i cannot even get anyone to buy me anything knitting related for holidays or events,except for 1 time..i had 1 daughter who gave me some yarn and she apologised and had me annother gift to go with it for my birthday a few years ago..i cannot make them understand..we all love to get yarn and anything craft related..i’m not picky..lol..i have told them,anything knit,crochet,sew,crafts,it doesn’t matter..but they don’t think that is a good enough gift..so i buy my own stuff

    1. El Edwards - Customer Happiness

      Do you think they might agree to give you gift vouchers for your favorite knittings stores? That way they might come to realise just how much you love it! ;-)

  5. I wish Santa would leave me “The Knit Kit” in my stocking! I travel by automobile and always take my knitting. I always have to “make sure” I have all the items in that little kit. It would make my life so much easier. I have asked my daughter to make me a yarn swift for Christmas. Will be pleasantly surprised if she is able to do it! (She works 8-10 hrs per day, and I didn’t ask until Thanksgiving, so it might be out of the question this year.)

    1. El Edwards - Customer Happiness

      Here’s hoping someone’s been able to whisper in Santa’s ear for you Linda :-)

      Merry Christmas!

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