Gifts For Knitters: Two Perfect and Budget Friendly Ideas
Hey there! I don't know about you, but I love giving gifts so much! Unfortunately, my wallet doesn't always align with the caliber of gifts I want to give. OR maybe you're in a different boat and don't knit or crochet but have someone in your life that does and are looking for the perfect gift for them... look no further, I've got you covered. AND i'm not going to give you a list of 20 different things you have to sort through and decipher what's best for who and all of that. I have two different ideas for you that you are just going to love and they will fit any budget. So without further ado, here they are:
Gifts for Knitters and Crocheters
Darn Good Yarn of the Month
This is the ideal gift for your best friend, wife or mother. It's easy on the wallet but it just keeps on giving so every single month your special person will be reminded of your love for them. In each package they will get a premium skein of yarn, an awesome surprise item and a pattern(both knit and crochet). They will also get a postcard talking about some of the awesome women from our cooperatives who hand-make our the yarn in each box and a special note talking about the month's project. Did I mention it's only $10 plus a flat shipping rate?! <3 Check it out here.
Handmade Wooden Yarn Bowl
While this doesn't keep giving in the same way that the Monthly Yarn Club does, it keeps on keeping on in a different way. These gorgeous yarn bowls are handcarved and they are so sturdy they will last for years to come. Perfect for any level fiber artist! We have several different ones to choose from, which you can find here. Below is a picture of our bestseller and you can purchase it by clicking the image. (It's only $34.50 if you use the code YB50 at checkout.)
We often get questions about how to choose a gift for a knitter or crocheter. Now, unless they are a beginner or picking the art back up after a couple of years, its quite likely that they have a whole stash of yarn and everything else from needles and hooks and patterns. Who knows, they might even have a yarn bowl... and probably won't buy another one for themselves even if they would like a second one. That's why we chose these two items as the perfect gift for the fiber lovers and artists in your life.
Getting a simple and fun DIY knit or crochet project/kit in the mail each month is truly ideal no matter what stage they are at - kids and adults, beginners, intermediate, advanced. PLUS the yarn included is a premium yarn and are truly unique fibers that you won't find anywhere else. Better yet, you are giving them a gift that also gives back and we will include a beautiful document in each package telling them all about the women artisans that are helping around the world.
- Amanda Schermerhorn
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Shedding Some LightHi! Welcome to the third post in this series where we are journeying through the stories of our amazing artisans and also what this business really means to me and my team. This week we are going to talk about one way in particular which we can all come together and support these women even further.
We heart it: Relationship Goals
Do you know why I love February 14th so much? Well, it's a beautiful day full of love<3, chocolate & the halfway point of being done with February---bringing us closer to Spring!! :) But, all jokes aside, it is a beautiful day to celebrate the pairing of two people (or yarns) that compliment & bring out the best in each other all while making beautiful creations together.
- Kate Nitti
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The Women Behind It All: Meet Biwi
This is absolutely going to be my favorite part of each of these 3 part series. I get to introduce you to the amazing women artisans who make our products; the very reason this company is what it is. I couldn't be more thrilled <3
So without further ado, meet Biwi Chunni. She works with one of our cooperatives and makes the yarn many of you use. There are 10 people in her family and include herself, her husband, 4 sons and 4 daughters. (And I thought just one was a handful.) :)
8 Historical Photos of People Crafting
Okay, so I love black and white photography. I find that surprising because I am such a color fanatic, but it's true. Something about the light and shading that completely captures my eye. The photos show emotion so well with the lack of color.
And older photos can get me to thinking....I almost climb into the photo. One of my favorites is French photographer, Jacques Henri Lartigue, because it feels like one can discover humor, love, and live in his stories. I can just imagine the back story.
I digress! I thought it would be fun to share some photos of crafting. I'm going to add some captions but do take time to venture in to these photos as well. Did you see the net repair photo? Our fiber arts tradition began with fishermen! Fiber arts are a huge part of our lives today but it's fun to consider the past through these photos!
1. This one cracks me up as it looks very contrived. Perhaps a cover for a catalog at one time? I certainly love my knitting but rarely dress for the occasion and never sit in a straight back chair!
I Think I Dropped a Stitch
2. Okay, so this is not a photo. I love this painting of the Monk Knitting by Lytras Nikiphoros. This looks like the knit project may be done, but certainly the monk is deep in thought. You know how we inspect our handwork!
3. Fiber arts are such a broad craft area. This Haidi woman of Massat is weaving a basket. Look closely as this work requires great detail. Note the carving in the background. What an amazing photo! Looking for a simple basket idea? We've got you covered!
We Love Unique!
4. Yep, we are all about creativity, unique fibers, and creating happiness! The stilt shepherds of Landes, in southwest France, were able to care for their sheep in marsh, scrub, and boggy lands because of their stilts. This fellow is working with wool while on his stilts! Talk about multi-tasking!
5. Crochet was absolutely a past-time for royalty such as Alexandra Petrovna- Grand Duchess of Russia. Note her head-wear and adornments are crochet projects that many of us don't know of today! While times have changes, it's exciting to know that what brings us joy has been around for quite some time!
The World Keeps Spinning
6. Spinning is something I would love to learn and is on my crafting list! Being an amateur weaver, spinning seems like a logical progression. I'd love to grab some of our Pulled Silk Fiber and sit right down with these ladies. Imagine the knowledge these ladies could share with us!
Off the Grid
7. This old photograph cracks me up. Mixed media art is definitely the theme of class today. Students have their yarn and their canvas-looks like some type of needle work? For me, I would much prefer a cross stitch kit from Darn Good Yarn!
8. Some of us remember home ec class in school. I have vivid memories of struggling through the sewing portion of that class and the hot pink, wide wale, corduroy jumper that I made. Yuck! Sewing surely has come a long way, baby!
Whatever your craft, we love supporting your creativity. It's fun to look at historical photos to put our traditions in perspective. One of our goals for this year is to create happiness so please ask the Darn Good Yarn team if you need support or have a question!
5 Darn Good Projects from Our FriendsWhat inspires you? And what makes you happy? Every now and then, the Darn Good team gathers up some of the most amazing creations that our family of crafters has made and posts them in a blog. Why? Because we are exponentially inspired by our Darn Good Yarn family and it makes us happy to see what you are making! So, of course, we want to share that inspiration and happiness with all of you!
1. Our new friend, Sandra, shared with us her very first arm knit scarf. Our 30 Minute Arm Knit Scarf Kit is the perfect introduction to arm knitting and our reclaimed chiffon ribbon. Have you tried chiffon ribbon? Sandra likes it so much she had decided to order more!!! She's also really jazzed about the DGY commitment to bettering people's lives.
2. Gifts are just one way that we can reach out and bring a bit of happiness to those we love. Sharing her joy over her wooden yarn bowl, @knittingknight got this gorgeous yarn bowl from her Mom and we love that she wanted to let us know how much she loves this beautiful and practical gift. And look at her gorgeous project!
3. Sari Ribbon at Darn Good Yarn is one of our masterpiece collections. It's not only a recycled fiber, this ribbon also provides fair trade, sustainable work for women in India! Its uses are many and we absolutely find this silk GI tract to be one of the most unique and beautiful pieces we have seen! Thanks to @theartoflfed who used our sari silk ribbon for this GI tract creation and our "gut" tells us this is one amazing piece of fiber art!
4. This hat! So many of us are really loving this eye-catching hat! Remember that sometimes combining fibers can make for such a beautiful partnership! Our DGY friend, @whimsicallyhooked, combines our delicious Spice Market recycled silk and a cotton blend and what a combo! The dark cotton makes the Spice Market really pop, which is what this yarn loves to do anyway!
5. Think green! A DGY team member, Lynneamae, loves to design and play with ideas! She took our Natural Nettle, a plant fiber, and made this sweet satchell! What would you use this adorable nettle bag for? While she has no pattern, @lynneamae is working on putting one together for us!
We love seeing what our Darn Good Yarn family makes. The creations amaze us and we want to hear from you! Be sure to contact us here, find us on facebook, or other social media! Our inspiration for creating happiness comes from seeing what you are making! Please do be in touch! Sharing inspiration creates more happiness!