While I agree with many of her ideas (especially the yarn swift... I find that a child or the back of a chair works in a pinch), I wanted to do something that was easy and things that wouldn't frighten a non-knitter. Let's face it, going into a LYS can be intimidating! Especially a large one! So this focuses on those little items that can be found at non-scary stores that anyone can go into.
|Shea Set from L'Occitane|
Sure, there are a bazillion types of lotions out there. When working with cotton or wool, and especially around the holiday season, our hands get dry. Really, uncomfortably, skin cracking dry. I have found that the Shea Butter hand cream from L'Occitane, well, it rocks. Very lightly scented, and it comes in several sizes and gift sets. I prefer the "original scent" but there are several others as well.
Number Two: Books
A common complaint among knit designers is that everyone wants patterns for free. While buying a book of knitting patterns can be tricky, as in "But, I don't know which ones they already have!" Don't worry. Really. Hold on to the gift receipt. They'll be more impressed that you actually bought a pattern book.
Some really good ones that I like:
-Vintage Modern Knits
- Knit. Sock. Love.
- Modern Top Down Knitting
- Teeny Tiny Mochi Mochi
Number Three: Yarn
|Knitted Wit's Bulkan in "Cedar"|
Number Four: Soap
|Eucalan's Grapefruit No-Rinse wash|
Number Five: Lantern Moon
|Lantern Moon's Interchangeable Rosewood set|
I hope I've given some options that aren't too overwhelming and can fit into various budgets. Gift cards to a craft store aren't a bad idea either... everyone always needs cotton for washcloths! :) Another really easy idea is to get a gift certificate for a class at a local yarn shop, or find out when their "Knit night" is and make arrangements for your giftee to be able to go - line up a sitter, leave work early, etc... and snag a cool new bag for them to show off while they are there!