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Gift Guide 2021

We’ve all been through a lot these last few years. We all deserve treats!
Here are our picks for gifts for crafters of all kinds:

For New Knitters

My First Scarf Kits, My First Hat Kits, and Mini Scarf Kits from Loopy Mango
Knit How – a great beginner book
For beginners who have a tried a few scarves and are looking for their next project: Mohair Beanie Kit

For Experienced Knitters

Accessories from Coco Knits – row counters, stitch holders, tape measures, stitch markers, accessory rolls, mesh bags
These Adjustable Sock Blockers will be just the right treat for some knitters out there. The whole collection of knitting and mending notions from Katrinkles is worth checking out for gift ideas.

For Rug Hookers and Punch Needlers

Check out the Rug Hooking and Punch Needle section of our shop for Rug Hooking Kits, Punch Needles, Monk’s Cloth, Hooking Frames, and Rug Wools.

For Macramers

Kits for Plant Hangers, and Rainbow Wall Art, Recycled Cotton Macrame Cord and Acceessories

For Felters

Needle Felting Kits from Felted Sky

For Weavers

A Beginner Weaving Kit, Tapestry Looms of all shapes and sizes, Tapestry Warping Cotton and other goodies from our Weaving Section of the shop.

For Menders and Needle Crafters

Hand dyed Embroidery Wool and Beginner Embroidery Kits from Lichen and Lace. Also mending supplies, like Darning Threads and Eggs and other pretty and useful things from our Needle Craft section of the shop.

For The Kids

Many of the kits we’ve mentioned will be great for kids – depending on their age and interests. Also check out these knitting dolls, pompom makers, Mini Scarf Kits.

Brand New – and gift ready!

Hand Block Printing Kits from Kate Austin!

Happy Holidays!

What to Knit and Crochet with 2 weeks till Christmas

Can you believe there is only two weeks of prep time before Christmas? Me either! Still time to get some gifts done. Pick small things or really, really fat yarn. Here are some suggestions.


Lattice Brioche Scarf by Purl Soho
Knit with Super Bulky Merino like Malabrigo Rasta or Cascade Spuntaneous and 12mm needles
192 yards needed
Finished Dimensions: 8 inches wide x 84 inches long

malabrigo rasta

Malabrigo Rasta ↑

spuntaneous cascade

Spuntaneous by Cascade ↑ is new in the store. Super Bulky, 100% extra fine merino, 109 yards.  So soft!

Chunky Crochet Cowl by Just Be Crafty
Crocheted with bulky or super bulky yarn like the Malabrigo Rasta or the Cascade Spuntaneous or Brown Sheep Burly Spun and a 9mm hook
431 yards needed
Finished Dimensions: 7 inches by 76 inches long


Knitted Friends by Suzy Wool
Knit with Sport Weight yarn like Ultra Alpaca Light and 2.5mm needles
Makes toys sized: 15 cm/ 6 inch tall
The pattern includes instructions for all three of these adorable friends.


lalylala  4Seasons IV Winter by Lydia Tresselt
Crocheted with Sport Weight yarn and 2.25mm hook
only 55 – 142 yards needed
Simon is 9 cm high,  Woody is 10,5 cm. Heinz is 12 cm
All of Lydia  Tresselt’s  patterns are so cute. These guys are seasonal though and would look nice on a tree.


Crochet Galilee Booties posted on thewhoot.com
For 0 – 3 months use a 4mm crochet hook
For 3 – 6 months use a 4.5mm crochet hook
For 6 – 9 months use a 5mm crochet hook
and yarn to match!
There is a lovely video that you can watch and stitch along to. Find it HERE
or buy the pattern HERE


Slippies by Jessica Owen Day
Knit with super bulky yarn and 9mm needles
60-90 yards needed
To fit: adult – custom length/one width fits most
Knit in linen stitch and really fat yarn these slippers should be done in no time and will be extra thick and cushy.


Conversationalist by The Plucky Knitter
Knit with worsted weight yarn like Lichen and Lace Worsted and 3.75-4mm needles
230 yards (210 m) needed
pattern is one size (adult)  but says it is easily adjustable.
The key to making this simple hat a real show stopper is to use really nice yarn. A pretty hand dyed merino like Lichen and Lace Worsted will give you a similar effect to the hats pictured here.
lichen and lace

Craftily yours

What to Knit and Crochet with 6 weeks till Christmas

There are 6 weeks for knitting and crocheting and crafting before Christmas! Sneaks up on ya, doesn’t it?
If you plan to make seasons-greetings gifts for this year, then start the plans and list making and schemes.
Here is a list to get you started. Stuff you can make with only 6 weeks to do so. In fact next week and then the week after and so on… I will be releasing new lists and counting down the weeks and days till seasonal crafting time ends. I will begin with projects that might take a bit more time and end with fast and furious gifts. Are you with me? Here goes!


Avery by Quince and Co
Knit with Aran Weight yarn like Brooklyn Tweed Quarry and 6mm needles
510 yards needed
Finished Measurements: 54.5” in circumference, 7.75” depth.
I like that this cowl is made with only knits and purls and no other tricks. It is reversible as all good scarves should be and it will suit both ladies and gents.

Loki 2.0 by Ragga Eiriksdottir
Knit with Worsted weight yarn such as Brooklyn Tweed Shelter and  4.5mm
547 – 766 yards needed
To fits 2, 4, 6, 7, 8 years
It’s the classic Icelandic Sweater only pint sized! Brooklyn Tweed Shelter would be the perfect yarn for this little sweater. The pattern can be knit as a pullover or cardigan but warning, if you want a cardigan you will have to steek. Step by step instructions and videos are included

Authenticity by Sylvia McFadden
Knit with Aran Weight yarn like Madelinetosh Chunky and 5.5mm
550 – 610 yards needed
Can be made bigger or smaller. Sample shown as 80” along the wingspan and 40” from the very top to bottom tip.
A lovely lace shawl made with a chunky yarn for faster knitting and for fashions sake!

Crosshatch by Jared Flood
Knit with both Fingering and Worsted weight yarn and 4mm needles. Designed to combine both Brooklyn Tweed Shelter and Loft.
880 – 1620 yards
13¼ (25½)” [33.5 (65) cm] wide; 76¼” [193.5 cm] long
Brooklyn Tweed describes it thusly: “Two different yarns in contrasting colors combine to create a simple but intriguing scarf. Each pair of rows is worked alternately with Shelter and Loft in brioche stitch”.
This oversized version is gorgeous on the model but there is also a narrower scarf that would suit a man to a tee. Unisex!

Madewell by Joji Locatelli
Knit with Fingering weight yarn and 3.5mm like Julie Asselin’s Piccolo
1100 – 2200 yards
Fits Bust circumference: 30¾ (33½, 35¼, 36¾, 40¾, 44¾, 48¾, 52¾) inches
If you really, really like someone you might make them a sweater. If so this one with the excellent elbow patches might do the trick.


Halvvantene Små blomster / Small flowers Mitts by Pinneguri
Knit with Fingering weight yarn like Brooklyn Tweed Loft and 2.5mm
164 – 175 yards
It think these mittens look particularly charming in these vintage inspired colour choices. For this reason I recommend Brooklyn Tweed Loft which has a plethora of delicate colours to choose from well suited to these mittens.


Teahouse Wrap by Alexander Tavel
Crochet with Aran Weight yarn such as Berroco Vintage Chunky and  8mm hook
1200 yards
Dimensions of finished item: Width: 86”/218cm, Length from top to point: 40”/102cm
This wrap is crocheted intentionally loose to promote a comfortable drape. It will also work up faster that way!


Mitten Garland by Kat Lewinski
Knit with Fingering Weight yarn and 2.25mm
1050 – 1100 yards
This is meant to be a twenty-four week project to make a Mitten Garland Advent Calendar but I have faith in you, you can do it in six. Or don’t sweat it and make a dozen or just a few, or skip the fairisle business and make each solid in a rainbow of colours.


Rose Bowl Hat and Cowl by Veera Valimaki
Knit with Fingering Weight yarn like Lichen and Lace 80/20 and 3mm
720 yards [660 meters] total. 305 yards [280 meters] in both MC and CC1, 110 yards [100 meters] in CC2.
A pretty cowl and hat set that allows you to have fun with your colour pairings.

Colorful Wedges Baby Blanket by Purl Soho
Knit in Sport Weight yarn and 3.75mm
910 yards
30 inches wide x 30 inches long
I love the modern graphic design of this baby blanket. Imagine a new Mom or Dad’s joy at getting this beauty as a present on a Christmas morn.


Magical Rainbow Blanket by Tamara Kelly
Crocheted in DK or Worsted  Weight yarn such as Berroco Vintage and 5mm 1552 yards 36″ x 36″ or customizable
Crocheters can make this beauty! There are so many terrific baby blanket patterns to choose from for crocheters but I like this ones style.


Baby Humpback Whale by ChiWei Ranck
Crocheted in Aran or Worsted Weight and  4mm crochet hook
170 – 210 yards
17 inches long
So cute as a toy or dare I say – cushion? The whale is worked flat and then sewn together.

thrum mit
Thrum Mittens by The Knit Café
Knit with Worsted Weight yarn like Brooklyn Tweed Shelter and  3.5mm
150 – 250 yards
To fit 5-8 years, (9 years-small adult, medium ladies, largeladies/small mens, medium/large mens)
A classic and a favourite! These mittens keep even the coldest of hands warm. The Knit Café has a very detailed Thrum Mitten pattern including tips and pictures and lots of sizes.
Some folks have also expressed interest to me in finding a Thrum Slipper Pattern. I think these Thrum Slippers called  Fingge by OwlCat Designs are pretty cute.

fleece artist fleece

The Knit Cafe just received a beautiful order of fleece from The Fleece Artist. Hand dyed fleece can be used to make multicoloured polka dot patterns on your thrum mittens or you can felt with it, or you can spin it into yarn. If this idea intrigues you, you are in luck. The Knit Café has a yarn spinning class starting soon. Here are the details:

Drop Spindle Class Introduction to Spinning
Sunday December 4, 11, 18, 12:30-2:30pm
Register HERE

Craftily yours