Needles in the Hay 2018 Stitchers' Wishlist
By now you’ve probably seen our Holiday Gift Guide where we share our ideas on what to make for your friends and family this holiday season. Now that December is here it’s time for our 2018 Stitchers’ Wishlist! We’ve curated a collection of gift ideas that would be perfect for any fibre artist’s stocking. Send your loved ones our way and we’ll make sure to help them get the perfect gift for you this holiday season.
Brittany Black Walnut Knitting Needles and Birch Crochet Hooks
We met Michri and her husband Chris at TNNA this spring and they are wonderful people who created each and every beautiful hook and needle by hand from sustainable black walnut and birch. Brittany is committed to environmental stewardship and have done everything possible to make an environmentally conscious product from the sustainably harvested wood they use to their 100% recycled and recyclable packaging.
Addi Click Interchangeable Needle Sets
All the staff in the shop adore Addi Interchangeable needles and use them constantly. They come with a wide range of sizes from 3.5mm up to 10.00mm all of the most common cable lengths, a needle gauge/gauge ruler, and a carrying case. The spring mounted joins mean that your tips are locked on and won’t come unscrewed. The cords are extremely flexible and the coating makes them extra zippy. We can’t say enough good things about these sets. Those German’s really know what they’re doing. While it’s a bit of investment up front, it’s certainly much more economical and manageable than buying needles in every size and length.
June Cashmere DK & Light Fingering/Lace Weight Yarn
The most luxurious yarn we have in the shop right now, June Cashmere is a top quality cashmere yarn in a gorgeous palette of sophisticated colours suitable for making heirloom garments. Not only is it among the best cashmere you can buy in the world, June Cashmere also has a strong sense of social responsibility. They work directly with the semi nomadic shepherds of Kyrgyzstan to pay them a fair wage while also supporting them in developing their infrastructure to succeed in the industry. The result is an extremely pure, high quality cashmere fibre which is combed from the goats by hand. The yarn has been spun in the UK in the British tradition and will bloom and soften over the life of the garment with blocking and wearing.
Cuckoo for Cocoknits!
We recently brought in these great innovative tools for knitters and everything in our collection would make great stocking stuffers!
-Hand forged yarn snips
-Maker’s Keep Slap bracelet – the perfect multifunction tool for all makers! Will attach to anything metal, stitch markers, stitch fixer, row counter, cable needle
-Leather Stitch Holder kit: Comes with needles so you can knit right off of the holders, no need to remount the stitches!
-Sweater Care Kit & Knitters Block: These kits have everything you need to finish and care for your knitted garments.
Adorn your favourite Projects with JUL!
We just received a shipment of gorgeous new shawl pins, penannular brooches and leather closures. JUL creates original jewelry designs that take your knit and crochet-wear beyond functional to fabulous style. Their diverse collections of artisanal US-made and Fair Trade shawl pins and sticks not only keep your garments and accessories secure; their beautiful and original knitwear jewelry grants you the opportunity to develop your unique look!
Books and Magazines!
We always have a selection of the hottest magazines in knitting and this fall has seen some amazing and creative editions. Our favourites are the latest issue of Pom Pom guest edited by Norah Gaughan, and Making’s Black & White issue. Of course, Laine Magazine is also worth every penny.
Adorable Notions from NNK Press
It’s definitely hard to resist NNK Press’ brand of functional and irresistibly cute accessories and notions. A welcome addition to any maker’s kit
-Stitch marker tins with vintage images and hand poured enamel
- Woodland Creature Notion Kits – includes stitch markers, darning needle, t-pins, and the most perfect little bonsai scissors for snipping yarn
-Porcupine t-pin tin
-Floral notions pouch: canvass pouch perfectly sized for all of your bits and bobs. Included waxed interior that protects against direct and writing implements.
There’s always a Gift Card!
You may have noticed the vast majority of our gift selections are tools and accessories. That’s because yarn can be a really personal choice! If you really want to give the gift of yarn then a gift card is a great option. Our gift cards function in both our bricks and mortar and online stores! If your loved one has shopped with us because we can also help by reviewing their purchase history and helping you to find something they will love!
But you REALLY want to give them yarn!
Ok, Ok...! Here are our top picks for soft and sumptuous yarns that every fibre artist will love, aside from June Cashmere of course.
Road to China Light by the Fibre Co.: A blend of baby alpaca, camel, cashmere and silk with stunning dye in jewel tones. Nobody has touched this yarn and not wished they could bring it home. Three skeins makes a beautiful Mackenzie River Cowl.
Metalico by Blue Sky Fibers: This yarn is 50% baby Alpaca, 50% silk and blended in a way that gives it a metallic sheen. Completely natural and dye free it blows are mind how Blue Sky Fibers is able to achieve the metallic look with the fibre alone. Make a buttery soft scarf or drapey poncho.
Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock: Sock knitter on your list? This Canadian hand dyed sock yarn is one of our best sellers! Sweet Georgia boasts unapologetic colour in a sturdy base of 80% superwash merino and 20% nylon. One skein makes one pair.
Peerie by Brooklyn Tweed: Their newest yarn is a 4 ply fingering weight in 100% American Merino. With a stunning palette of 45 colours, Peerie is sure to have something for everyone! Get 2 skeins to knit Jared Flood new Hazelfern socks, or put together a fun colour combination to make the Lucerne or Galloway colourwork hats.
Hopefully we’ve given you some gift ideas that you can use! For your convenience we’ve put the whole wishlist together in a convenient collection so you can view all the products in one place.
In case you missed our 2018 Holiday Gift Guide, watch now to see our ideas on what to knit for your friends and family: