What do you get the knitter that has everything… part 2 – that special skein.

Following on from my earlier blog post I have been thinking over what makes a good gift for a knitter. There are a lot of different choices for yarn so I have decided to focus on that special skein. These special skeins make the perfect knitters treat. They might not be something that a knitter would buy for themselves but they are always welcome presents.

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So here’s a little break down of some special skeins that would make a great gift, I have focused on our range of amazing hand dyed yarns from a selection of talented hand dyers,  just one or two of these would be enough to make something special.

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Miniskeins! I think have to be every knitters weakness. What better way to sample the delights of a hand dyer than with these little gorgeous bite size skeins. These mini’s from Black Elephant are 20g of a 4ply Superwash Merino Single. Try one or two to add little colour pops to projects or crocheting little granny squares to start a blanket. Try four or five for a little striped hat or fingerless gloves. You can also embrace the fading possibilities on a much smaller scale. Like this cute little combo I have picked out featuring: Cornfields, Pineapple Express, Nostalgia, Mudbound and Daryl.

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What about socks! Here are some special skeins that would give the sock knitter endless joy. Sock Yarn is not only for socks either and can be used for any project. Here we have the popular Hedgehog Fibres Twist Sock in Beach Bunny. This sturdy 4ply sock yarn of Bluefaced Leicester and Nylon is strong and gives good stitch definition. The Garnsurr Søkke Merino is a a hand dyed Merino Nylon blend, super soft and luxurious. Garnsurr is a Norwegian company that not only produces gorgeous yarn but also employs refugee women. They are giving a skill and are helped to settle and learn Norwegian. This is a great yarn to give as a gift as it introduces people to the great work that Garnsurr do. For more information on Garnsurr check out our interview with Ann Helen, Garnsurr’s founder. Looking for a hand dye that has an interesting dyeing background then try Hey Mama Wolf’s Sockyarn #04. These skeins are dyed completely with natural dye by the talented Jule. She uses a mixture of plant based dye stuffs that will have you amazed at the range of colours. For a pair of socks just one of these 100g skeins will have you sorted.

specialskein-02Want to amaze someone with a spectacular special skein that they are unlikely to find in many places try the Pan by Garnsurr. The great people at Garnsurr have applied their dyeing magic to this DK weight blend of Buck Mohair and Dalasheep. This is one for the knitter that gets geeky about their breeds. This slightly coarser hand dye takes the colour amazingly and they are all deep and rich. One of these would be perfect for a hat or a pair of gloves, or even a little snood. (I just released a design using this yarn, and you can find my Pan Snood on my Ravelry page).

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Looking for a two skein combo try Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles. HHF’s vibrant dyes are bound to get the knitter in your life excited! With a huge selection of semi-solids, speckled and poppy shades, finding a colour combo is easy peasy making you the most popular gift buyer this year!

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Another firm favourite for the knitters that prefer a heavier knit – or just need top get that last minute knitted gift sorted. With one of these Hedgehog Fibres Merino DKs you can whip up a hat or a pair of wrist warmers in no time! And again – we have plenty of colours to choose from.

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This one is for all the experimental knitters that love a good fibre combo. There is such a craze in the knitting world these days combining a single soft strand of fluffy yarn with a sturdier one, no surprise really, because this creates the most stunning and wearable of textures. As we see one designer after the other releasing gorgeous projects using HHF Kidsilk Lace in this way, you can’t go wrong gifting a hank or two to someone who really deserves it!

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Finally, we have to talk about Linda! Did you know that Kettle Yarn Co. is the handdyer that has been with Knit with attitude the longest? Not only is Linda our dear friend, she makes some amazing colours on equally amazing yarns! For discerning makers looking for the most precious materials, all yarns are extensively wear tested and only the highest quality, scrumptiously soft but rugged blends make the grade for the Kettle Yarn Co yarns. Pictured above is Islington DK – a high twist BFL and silk blend, and below is Beyul 4Ply that combines the best of 3 fibres – the gentle halo of high quality Yak down, a subtle shimmer from silk, and the bouncy goodness of the softest superwash Merino.

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The ideas I’ve gathered here are some of our most striking hand dyes which would be on every knitter’s wish list, however our shop is filled with woolly gems and special skeins from all over the world for you to fall in love with. Why not grab a cuppa and go for a proper browse through – there is still time before Christmas and you do deserve a colourful and inspirational break!

Christmas Wish Lists – Sanna

Festive feelings are high in Knit With Attitude and Of Cabbages and Kings and we are looking at what Christmas Gifts we want to give and receive this year.

Third up on our series of staff inspired wish lists is Sanna. Working with both shops at the weekend Sanna’s list is inspired by things that catches her eye in both Knit With Attitude and Of Cabbages and Kings. This year we have all made two lists, one we would like to receive and one we would like to give.

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Sanna’s Wish List: 
A whole bunch of Hexa. Who could resist its snuggly warmth in the winter months. Also it comes in a fun range of brights and neutrals.
As everyone knows Sanna is a big crochet fan and also teaches crochet classes at knit with attitude. This Chunky Row 25mm Crochet Hook is a fun edition to any crocheters arsenal.
This Satellite Bowl linocut print by Jane Smith is available in store from Of Cabbages and Kings. Its also part of a wide range of prints by different artists that can be found online at Of Cabbages and Kings.
You can never have enough notebooks right? These Layflat Notebooks by Ola are perfect for jotting down Christmas lists in style.
Christmas and Cocktails, what a perfect combination! This Classic Cocktails Tea Towel is a great edition to your kitchen, get mixing!
Looking for some statement jewellery to wear to the Christmas Party the look no further than the Form Panel Necklace from Tom Pigeon. Great geometric lines bring a pop of glam to any outfit.

Sanna’s Give List:
These fun Bookblock Notebooks have covers designed by independent illustrators and are a perfect gift for the notetaker in your life.
For any fellow knitters, or you just want to inspire another to start a new hobby then Knit With Attitude has plenty of inspiring kits like this Pompom Hat Kit.
For the jewellery fan the check out the range of Jewellery Of Cabbages and Kings have in store and online.
Know any aspiring print makers? Screen Printing – The Ultimate Studio Guide is full of hints and tips to get them going.
Something for your worst enemy maybe, or just a tongue in cheek gift. Then go for a Sardonic Tote to make them laugh this Christmas.

Sanna's Give List