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Dec. 8th, 2010 | 11:24 am
posted by: craftsmas in happycraftsmas

So, I suppose most of us on here are crafters. Right? And sometimes it's not all that hard to figure out to make for your non-crafter friends and family for the holidays. (Scarves anyone?) But what about your crafting buddies? My husband is a better knitter than I am, and many of my friends now knit as well. What are your favorite crafting-related gifts for other crafters? Here are some ideas I had this year for knitters:

- beaded stitch markers! I always see these on etsy and I'm a sucker for them. The main key is to make them out of a simple and smooth material that will be visible on the knitting and won't catch or snag.

- a project kit -- like a mitten pattern from Jared Flood plus two contrasting skeins of his yarn to make it with (I chose woodsmoke and targhee), and a simple muslin drawstring bag to hold the project while it's made, similar to the bags made by Blue Sky Alpacas (with or without designs!)

- button kits! Little pouches of buttons and the matching thread to sew them on with. I love handmade buttons, and also the many colored matte plastic buttons ones sold at purlsoho.com. (Inspiration: a few years ago, Anthropologie was handing out these amazingly cute little sewing kits with buttons).

- a zipper rosebud made by curling a colorful zipper into a spiral round, then gently stitching it in place with a couple threads and adding a paper or felt cutout of a leaf to it. I'd probably just stick these in a box, but they might make a bouquet if you wired them, or a nice substitute for a bow on the outside of a gift (perhaps containing yarn/fabric and a pattern the zipper goes to?)

- a pattern file -- a three ring binder and lots and lots of view sheets they can slide all those pdf patterns from ravelry into, plus space for all their Berroco booklets (man I wish someone would get this for me! It would simultaneously satisfy my desires to own every pattern I ever see and to conquer clutter, which for the most part appear to be mutually exclusive...)

I thought of these mostly because I'm a knitter and I'd use this stuff -- if you sew, design, make soap, paint, or draw -- what kinds of handcrafted gifts could people get for you to support your habit?

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from: squid_ink
date: Dec. 8th, 2010 04:49 pm (UTC)

no ideas off the top of my head but I LOVE the idea of the 'kit'
wonderful! <3

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from: iborjan
date: Dec. 8th, 2010 04:59 pm (UTC)

Handmade bags to store notions and skeins in are great. I have an ArtBin bag, but one like it could be made. It has a giant pouch that can hold like 4 skeins of yarn and a front pouch with slots for needles and hooks. It's awesome.

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from: bugaboo53067
date: Dec. 8th, 2010 05:09 pm (UTC)

My sister is a HUGE crafter (she taught me how to crochet) and so I always feel like I have to step it up a bit when I make things for her. I've found that plushies are good stocking stuffers for anyone.

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Knitting needle/crochet hook roll-up pouch

from: bluefalconchick
date: Dec. 8th, 2010 05:28 pm (UTC)

This is what I am making for my friend Brenda for Christmas (Here's hoping she doesn't use livejournal, but I don't think she does!)


She knits and crochets A LOT and likes to take it with her, so I think one of these would just be darn handy. Your husband might like one too! I've only seen them done with crochet hooks or crayons, but I bet knitting needles would work as well. Good luck & let us know how it turns out!

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Re: Knitting needle/crochet hook roll-up pouch

from: craftsmas
date: Dec. 9th, 2010 05:42 am (UTC)

We actually have one of those that I made a few years ago, and I keep my 7 inch dpns US3 - US9 in it. It is invaluable, and saves my life on a regular basis. I need another someday for straight needles but I don't keep a wide enough selection of those to really warrant it just yet, plus I tend to mostly just have really thick and/or long straight needles so the case size is tricky.

The real challenge is the circulars -- I have all different lengths and sizes and they all hang from the same knob on my desk. They're mostly Addi turbos, so you have to use a needle gauge figurer-outer thing to figure out what size they are every time. And I could use a standalone pouch for US3 sock dpns, I must have 6 or 7 sets. How to organize the circulars -- I'm picturing a project based largely around a giant peg board and some kind of grid-based labeling system. It could be our headboard! Hah!

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I could do that

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from: alwayseven
date: Dec. 8th, 2010 05:47 pm (UTC)

I'm a scrapbooker/paper crafter and my sister's a sewer. For my birthday she made me a crafting "caddy," basically a panel of fabric with tons of pockets to hang on the wall for my markers/glue/scissors, etc.. It was really thoughtful and creative. Last Christmas she got our five-year-old cousin to design a logo for me and had it made into a stamp that I use to stamp the backs of my cards.

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extra sunshine, extra gin

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from: acidquill
date: Dec. 10th, 2010 03:21 pm (UTC)

I definitely want to try a couple zipper rosebuds! A bouquet of them would be a perfect gift ^_^

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