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Be a Knitting Enabler: Give the Gift of a Knitting Kit

By December 5, 2012

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It can be difficult to shop for fellow crafters. We know what strong opinions we have about things, and our crafty friends are the same way.

knitting kit socksI've got the makings of an excellent kit to encourage someone to learn to knit socks. Sarah E. White.

I think it's super nice to make handmade gifts for people who are also makers, because people don't usually do that, but if you don't want to go that route it would be really fun -- to shop for, give and/or receive -- to make a knitting kit to give to one of your knitting friends.

I like to make up knitting kits with a basic pattern, yarn and needles for people when I teach them to knit, but you can do this for knitters with more experience, too. Pick out a pattern you think they'll love, buy some excellent yarn and needles and wrap it up pretty (or put it in a project bag) and you'll have a really special gift that you and the recipient both will remember for a long time.

And if picking a pattern and yarn for someone else is too much pressure for you, just buy them a great book and get a gift card from your local yarn store. It will still be loved and appreciated but your friend can choose what she wants to make.

Has anyone ever done anything like this before? I'd love to hear about it!

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December 10, 2012 at 9:19 pm
(1) Sandy Nichols says:

THANKS FOR THE HELPFUL HINTS TO INCLUDE IN THE KNITTING KIT. I AM CURRENTLY TEACHING MY 9 YR OLD GRANDSON AND A FRIEND AND HER 2 DAUGHTERS TO KNIT. THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I HAD IN MIND TO DO FOR EACH OF THEM. RECENTLY I SAW A FACEBOOK FRIEND RECOMMEND THE “NANTUCKET BAG” BECAUSE YOU CAN ZIPPER IT INSIDE OUT WHILE YOU WORK ON YOUR PROJECT AND THEN ZIPPER IT THE OPPOSITE WAY TO HOLD YOUR PROJECT SAFELY UNTIL THE NEXT TIME. sTUFF FACKS CAN BE USED INSIDE FOR INDIVIDUAL PROJECTS.
FOR MY OWN VERSION I USE A HEAVIER WEIGHT COTTON FOR THE STRAIGHT NEEDLE HOLDER WITH ONE OR TWO BOUGHT NOTEBOOK PENCIL HOLDERS FOR THE CIRCULAR NEEDLE HOLDER. THE NOTEBOOK PENCIL HOLDER USUALLY COMES WITH A ZIP POCKET THAT CAN BE USED TO STORE CRAFT NEEDLES, SCISSORS, MARKERS, TAPE MEASURE, ETC. I ALSO FIND IT HANDY TO PLACE MY PATTERN COPY IN A CLEAR NOTEBOOK SLEEVE. THESE SLEEVES PROTECT THE PATTERN FROM COFFEE SPILLS AND ARE EASILY PLACED BACK IN THE PROPER NOTEBOOK FOR EASE OF LOCATING THE NEXT TIME YOU USE IT FOR A PROJECT.

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