Vintage Knits Update

December 5, 2008

Great Christmas Gift Ideas

Filed under: Vintage Meanderings — sadie @ 6:19 pm

We normally do not put our targeted ad coupon codes on our blog, but in the spirit of the holiday season, we wanted to alert you of our current sale posted on knitters review. For one week only, save 10% off your entire order. Use this coupon code during checkout: krdec08. This coupon expires on December 11, 2008 at 11:00 p.m. (pacific time).

For all those last minute shoppers, we found some really great gift ideas for the knitting enthusiast. If you are buying for the experienced knitter who loves cables, twisted stitches, textures, and a challenge in general, then they would love Elizabeth Zimmermann’s First American Aran Pattern.

First American Aran

First American Aran

The pattern is in Vogue Knitting Magazine, Winter 1998/1999. The yarn used is Briggs & Little Regal, in washed white. We sell both the yarn and the pattern at our online store. The yarn requirements are: 5 (6, 6) skeins. The finished knitted bust size is 38″ (41″, 45″).

What’s the perfect project for someone with a busy lifestyle? Socks of course. Small, portable projects can be knit on buses, subways, and during lunch breaks. The nice thing about socks is that you can complete the project in a manner of days. Who doesn’t like immediate gratification?

We highly recommend New Pathways for Sock Knitters by Cat Bordhi.

New Pathways for Sock Knitters

New Pathways for Sock Knitters

New Pathways teaches you how to construct a sock that fits your foot. You learn techniques by knitting small miniature socks on either circular or double point needles. Once you learn the techniques, you can adjust the pattern to fit your feet by taking a few measurements, and placing these measurements in Cat’s universal pattern. This is a very interesting and informative book that any sock knitter will love.

We have more than 20 sock books in stock. Something for the beginner, or those wanting to learn to knit socks on two circular needles, and books for more experienced knitters. We have over a dozen sock yarns to choose from, including:

  • Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock
  • Crystal Palace Panda Cotton
  • Mountain Colors Bearfoot
  • Lana Grossa Meilenweit
  • Kureyon Sock Yarn
  • N1C2 Soxx Appeal
  • SWTC TOFUtsies
  • Regia 4 Ply
  • Araucania Ranco
  • Colinette Jitterbug
  • Ornaghi Filati Luna Park
  • Dream in Color Smooshy
  • Schaefer Ann and Heather
  • Cherry Tree Hill Sockittome
  • Claudia Hand Painted Fingering
  • We stock lots of kits, but want to focus on a few that would make exceptional gifts. Many knitters want to do more than simply buy yarn and knit it. For the really creative types, they might like our Hand Dyeing Kit.

    Hand Dyeing Kit

    Hand Dyeing Kit

    This kit comes with everything that you need to dye and knit a pair of socks. The yarn included is Louet Gems Merino, which is a very nice sock weight yarn. This kit is available in 5 different colorways: blues, pinks, reds, browns, and greens. This kit is on sale for $45.00.

    Do you know someone interested in learning how to spin their own yarn? Our Drop Spindle Kit is the perfect entry to spinning.

    This is a fantastic beginner spinning kit which comes with detailed instructions that are down to earth and easy to understand. Provides a great base of knowledge on which to build spinning technique. The kit includes ½ pound of dyed fiber, 1 Louet Drop Spindle, and detailed instructions. The kit is on sale for $31.50.

    Another great gift is our Needle Felting Kits.

    Needle felting Kit

    Needle felting Kit

    Needle felting is a method of dry felting which allows the fiber artist to create intricate surface designs on existing fabrics, or explore imaginative 3 dimensional forms from flowers to pumpkins or dragons.

    We offer two variations of the Needle Felting Kit. The Basic kit is on sale for $27.00, and the deluxe kit is on sale for $45.00. The kits include:

    Basic – including 2 needles, 6oz fiber, instructions to make one needle felt project (Pumpkin, shown), and a sample bottle of Meadows Wool Wash.

    Deluxe (Shown) – including a needle felt tool with 5 needles, 6oz fiber, instructions to make two needle felt projects (Pumpkin and Cat & Mouse, shown), and a sample bottle of Meadows Wool Wash.

    Now on to the stocking stuffers. Check out our funky tape measures. Or, what about a Brass Needle Gauge and handy knit klips? The knit klips make seam sewing a breeze!

    Brass Needle Gauge Knit Klips

    Visit our online store to see all of our products. Shop early for the best selection. Don’t forget to use the coupon code to receive your discount.

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