17 Essential Crochet Gifts, You Simply Must Buy

Not wanting to leave the hookers out, I have put together what I consider to be the ultimate gift guide for those who crochet.  The list includes gadgets, gizmods and giggles and even something for boys!

Click the image and it will whisk you off to a magic portal where you can have these goodies delivered to your door so you don’t even have to enter a yarn store 😉

I hope you enjoy this gift guide, share it with your friends and make sure that all hookers are happy hookers this Christmas….

 

you can never have too much yarn knitting mug gift idea

Yarn Mug

real men crochet tie gifts for knitters men

Real Men Crochet Tie

I Crochet so I dont kill people bag gift idea

Crochet Bag

ball sack knitting bag gift idea

Crochet Bag

Crochet Bag

Crochet Bag

Knitting Blocking Combs gift idea

Genius, Blocking Combs

Knitting yarn Ball Winder, no more winding by hand! knitting gift idea

Yarn Ball Winder, no more winding by hand!

Umbrella Yarn Swift, no more fighting with yarn! knitting gift idea

Umbrella Yarn Swift, no more fighting with yarn!

Crochet Stitch Markers

Crochet Stitch Markers

Crochet Stitch Markers

Crochet Stitch Markers

Must have Crochet Book

Must have Crochet Book

Mini Balls of Yarn

Mini Balls of Yarn

Yarn Bowl knitting gift idea

Yarn Bowl

Beautiful Stash Enhancement

Beautiful Stash Enhancement

Magnetic Knitting Chart Holder gift idea

Magnetic Chart Holder

Crochet hooks

Clover Getaway Soft Touch Crochet Hook Needle Gift Set

Light Up Crochet Hook

Crochet Lite Hook Light Up Crochet Hook

 

If you are still not sure, then I am pretty confident that the beautiful yarn packs and the Clover hook set will get you more than a kiss under the mistletoe 😉

Happy Hookin’

 

 

Grand Day Out – Alexander Palace 2013

I had the most wonderful day at Ally Pally on Thursday, I had the opportunity to meet with old friends and new, to be inspired and amused.  I  will let the photos do the talking (with a few comments from me, naturally).

Stands that really stood out to me were….

The ak Traditions stands was utterly charming, the dolls and their wardrobes were beautiful. I loved the colours,  the simplicity and the unique styling.  You can find them online here.

ak traditions alexander palace

ak traditions alexander palace

Stepping away from the colourful and the cute to Toft Alpaca and their natural colour palette.  This is the first time I have seen their collection of cute and cuddly animals and wall mounted animal heads.  Before now when I heard the words Toft Alpaca, I thought Big Buttons!

toft alpaca alexander palace

toft alpaca alexander palace

Then I came across the work of Sally Hewett, Embroidery and Stitching Artist.  Her focus for this exhibition was body image.  To be honest I found her collection intriguing, or maybe it was the person behind the work?  Want to find out more about Sally check out her website

Sally Hewett Embroidery and Stitching

Sally Hewett Embroidery and Stitching

Sally Hewett Embroidery and Stitching

Want to see what I took home with me? 

Leilani crochet flower kit jane crowfoot

A little treat for me, Leilani Crochet Flower Kit, by Jane Crowfoot. I am a big fan of Jane’s work, she has the most amazing eye for colour.  When I was starting out on my knitting journey I took a class with Jane, the Finishing Technique’s Class.  Jane is a great teacher,  if you get the chance you really should take a class with her.

arabella collar kit alexander palace

Also purchase from Jane Crowfoot’s stand, is this pretty little crochet beaded collar kit.  The Arabella Collar was designed by Nicky Hale of alifelikevera.

Drops Delight Yarn

These beauties are earmarked for another Half Granny Square Shawl,  the first one is almost complete 🙂

fabric alexander palace

I am developing an interest in fabric, Fat Qs to precise…. I wonder what I might do with these?

I also purchases some tiny crochet hooks from Hiya Hiya, along with some 1.5mm DPN’s.  Some more Karbonz needles and another set of Knitpro cable needles (where do mine go?)  Amongst some other bits and pieces that are not so photogenic but a girl can not live without!

Finally, a present from Doug.

giant needle

Doug has bought me these so that we can make a wall hanging that resembles the Knitting Image logo for the Den wall.  Wish me luck!

What did you buy?

Sun, Sheep and Nudity

Is there anything more quintessentially British then sitting under a tree, drinking tea, eating scones and watching a sheep being shorn? Welcome to my visit to Fibre East 2013.

Sheer Sheep Experience

What a difference a year makes! After what I affectionately called ‘Mudfest 2012’, this years Fibre-East was glorious. It has almost eradicated the bleak images burned into my mind from last year, Cars being pulled out of the car park by what looked like mud wrestlers. People stood looking mournfully at mud splashed yarn, wondering if they should take it home to a place of safety. Sheep trying to put their fleece back on!

The new venue was pretty much perfect, with almost half the vendors inside it was a delight (and dare I say a relief to be out of the sun). With temperatures pushing 30°C, the sheep were almost begging to be sheared. To be quite frank it was starting to appeal as a new look for myself!

Naturally I looked forward to fondling the yarns and checking out the knitty gadets, but I love that I get to catch up with old friends at these events.

Knitting Hut Sue

It was lovely to catch up with Sue Stratford (Knitting Hut Sue). Since moving 100 miles away I rarely get chance to pop into what I considered my local yarn shop. The Knitting Hut is an aptly named and perfectly formed small yarn shop in Buckinghamshire. Sue was busy knitting away on a piece for her next book! I am not sure how she fits so much into her life, the shop, the book writing, the workshop teaching and of course her family, I am in total awe. Check out the website www.theknittinghut.co.uk and Sue’s books especially The Knitted Meerkats
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It’s always a bittersweet moment when I see my first love, Knit ‘n’ Caboodle. For those of you who don’t know (and why would you?) I created Knit ‘n’ Caboodle back in 2007. I had the most wonderful time and made some great friends along the way. Sue and Julie took it over in 2010 and it is wonderful to see my ‘baby’ thriving. Where were you Sue?

Most of my purchasing was done at Knitting4Fun, it is always nice to catch up with Bev Beattie, Knitting4Fun stocks amongst other fab things an extensive range of knitting tools. I purchased a pair of KnitPro Karbonz straight needles, how had I missed these being launched? I do most of my knitting on circular needles as I don’t like all that excess needle at the end doing nothing other than flapping around like a duck hustling bread. I am not a fan of wooden needles as I have a tendancy to grip them a little too tighly and before long they resemble a boomerang. Tense, me? I much prefer the glide of metal, Hiya Hiya stainless steel needles being my weapon of choice, light, slick and lovely.

How do the Karbonz compare? Not bad! I like that they always feel warm to the touch, they are lightweight and strong, despite having a little ‘give’ in them, they return to straight immediately. They don’t flap around as the stopper (is that what they are called? the ‘knob’ on the end) seems to be made of plastic which keeps the weight at the ends to a minimum. The only draw back I am sad to say is the join of the metal tip to the carbon body. It’s not as smooth as I would like, I can feel it when my needles cross each other and occasionally they snag the yarn, snag is perhaps a little harsh it certainly doesn’t damage the yarn but there is drag. I would be interested to hear if anyone has used the circular Karbonz to knit lace weight yarn.

Also in my Knitting4Fun haul was a KnitPro .75mm Soft Grip crochet hook. I love these hooks, I didn’t think Clover Soft touch hooks could be beaten, but for me KnitPro now have the edge. I find the slightly smaller grip easier for my crochet style. To be able to get such a small hook for my beaded knitting made my inner gadget geek very happy indeed.

Doug and Katie had great fun choosing some badges for my knitting bag…. I think they might be trying to tell me something! Or things!

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Highlights according to Katie

Katie petting sheep

The animals! I try so hard to encourage her love of fibre arts, she can knit in garter stitch but likes to restrict herself to two rows at any one time. I think she is aware just how addictive yarn can be and fears that it might eat into the time she devotes to The Sims and I Can Has Cheezburger?

The venue has a small farm, where Katie fed the sheep and got to stroke the piglets. We were a little concerned by just how appropriate it was to have a BBQ quite so close to the pigs! I know, I know the circle of life, but I think I might have vegetarian tendancies. The only meat that stands between me and vegetarianism is Bacon.

Sheer Sheep Experience was a hit with Katie, she enjoyed learning about the different breeds and their yarn but not as much as she loved watching the sheep being sheared and the ‘chatty’ sheep that answered back.

One question remains……
How did I leave without buying any yarn? The biggest temptation was the lace weight yarn by Sparkleduck. But I resisted, knowing that my stash is in danger of causing structural damage to my house and that my current work load forbids me from any ‘personal’ knitting in the foreseeable future.

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