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11-10-2006, 02:45 PM
I know many of us spend so much time working on knitted Christmas gifts for others, but I want to know what kinds of knitting related items you are asking for on YOUR Christmas lists!
I'm trying to get some ideas for myself, because as of right now, in addition to finally getting myself a decent MP3 player :woot: , all I've told my husband I really want for birthday and Christmas (my b-day is 3 days before X-Mas) is "yarn". But to say "yarn" is soooo vague....and I can evision DH going out and buying 20 skeins of yarn, all in different types and colors, that I will not have any clue of what to make with it! Other than next year's Christmas gifts. :thud: And as much as I feel I'm going to enjoy giving knitted gifts for my first "very knitty Christmas", I am sticking to my guns to ONLY do knitting for ME starting after Christmas until at least May of next year. I definitely want to take a stab at making a sweater for myself, but I don't have the time or energy to be able to figure out exactly what I want to do and exactly the type of yarn I would need - too busy knitting for others right now! xxx
So what are on your lists? Do you ask for specific items, like yarn, needles, pattern books? Any cool knitting trinkets you want? Gifts certificates to local yarn shops? Gift certificates for online yarn stores? What else is there to ask for?
Although I've browsed some online sites, I really haven't shopped for yarn at online stores yet (other than Jo-Anns, which I don't count) so I don't have any particular one in mind. And the only place I would feel comfortable getting a lot of yarn from (for a first-time garment attempt) would be A.C. Moore - really don't want to use any expensive yarn until I've figured out what I'm doing! :rofl: But the problem is my husband is one of those people who really hates giving gift cards as gifts, especially for me - don't think I've EVER gotten a gift card from him in the 8 years we've known each other. Ugh. :wall:
11-10-2006, 02:52 PM
This is my first Chrismas as a knitter, and while I'm not knitting anything to give as Christmas gifts yet (not comfortable enough), I am asking for knitting stuff.
The Ultimate Vogue Knitting book, and possibly a set of Options from Knitpicks. And probably gift certificates frommy LYS and maybe Knitpicks or another online store. I haven't been asked by family yet so I haven't thought about it too much. :teehee:
11-10-2006, 03:27 PM
I'm going to ask my mom for "yarn" because she's a knitter and will know how to pick out something I will like - and it can still be a surprise! :cheering:
I might ask my hubby for a couple of knitting books.
11-10-2006, 03:31 PM
Dh is in the military so we're pretty far away from most of our family. For the most part I've asked for knitpicks.com gift certs, but also for JoAnn's and Michael's. I did ask my parents for the 'over the edge' and 'on the edge' books.
11-10-2006, 04:01 PM
Oh yeah, a Swift would be nice, too, but I may just root around in the garage and shed and see if I can't find a piece of wood and stick some nails in it.
11-10-2006, 04:11 PM
My Christmas knitting wish list:
knitone.com knitting bag
Peacock Feathers Shawl or Heere Be Dragone Shawl pattern and yarn
(I've also decided to knit for myself after Christmas)
I haven't decided which one I want to do first.
The chart holder and digital stitch counter from KP.
But we are buying our first house right now, so I don't know if I'll be getting any Christmas this year.
11-10-2006, 04:15 PM
And a Namaste bag. I just keep thinking of more things.
11-10-2006, 04:16 PM
Well, I just started knitting as well, but i am making scarves for christmas presents. as far as what i am asking for... another knitting bag (i have a large one but it is too big to really carry around), yarn (i am too new to really know what kind to ask for, so mainly stuff to practice with), some pattern books (again, no idea on any specifics), some DPNs (because everyone here talks about them). Oh yeah, I bought myself a set of Denise interchangeables :happydance: , if only they would get here so i can use them on my christmas presents :eyebrow:. That is the only reason my dh let me buy them now :teehee: . I guess i will browse the site for the best yarns and pettern books.
11-10-2006, 05:09 PM
My Amazon wish list is full of knitting books! :D I also gave DH a list of sites where he can buy spinning fiber -- I was very specific about fiber content, but I'm leaving it up to him to choose colors because he has a really, really good eye for color. All of my favorite clothes are things he picked for me that I never, ever would have chosen for myself. He's a keeper :mrgreen:
11-10-2006, 06:22 PM
My list is eerily similar to LoAnnie's...
Row counter plus (http://www.knitpicks.com/tools/itemid_80264/tools_display)
The Peacock Feather Shawl (http://www.fiddlesticksknitting.com/PeacockLarge.html)
Here Be Dragones Shawl
Fiber Trends Felted Hedgehog Pattern (http://www.fibertrends.com/viewer/patterns/228.htm)
Knit Picks Chart Keeper (http://www.knitpicks.com/tools/itemid_80314/tools_display)
and a Treble Clef Shawl Pin (http://www.designsbyromi.com/pages/elsellsheet3.htm)
The "non-knitting" items on my list (just incase you were wondering ;) ), - Weird Al's "Straight Outta Lynwood", "Big Fish" Special Ed., and a Remote control for my computer which is semi knitting related, I didn't care for one so much until I kept having to put down my knitting to jump up and change volume, skip chapters, start the next episode etc. while watching DVDs...
11-12-2006, 10:03 PM
Lisa Souza's Big Wool (http://www.lisaknit.com/yarn/animalfibers/heavy-worsted.htm) tops my list, followed by her Blue Faced Leicester yarn (http://www.lisaknit.com/yarn/animalfibers/bfl.htm) and then any of her rovings.
Then some circular needles from Sheila Ernst (http://www.glasspens.com/circular-knitting-needles.htm).
11-13-2006, 12:23 AM
I've asked for a new digital camera so I can take pics of my FO's so you all can see I really do knit.
I also requested a gift card from my favourite LYS. I was there on Friday and say so many wonderful yarns I want to try.
11-13-2006, 02:40 PM
My LYS owner is just awesome! She's been having her "regular" customers make a list of things they like in the store just "in case" someone wants to come in and shop for us - she can make "Suggestions" and it's what we want! How awesome is that!!! That's the perks of a great yarn store near by :cheering:
11-13-2006, 04:01 PM
I am so excited--my fav. LYS just started a registry for christmas so that you can log what needles you have already along with what books, projects, yarns, patterns, etc. that you want. That way...knitting know-nothings like my dh can go in, pull my registry sheet from the binder and buy any needle in my fav brand that I don't have (addi's of course) or any of the yarns and patterns I've listed. He says he won't do it but I'm going to continue to hint...he's the only one that really buys me Christmas gifts anymore...mom and dad tend to give money and my best friend and I do something small since she's a poor, single, graduate student.
So anyway--I have a couple of things on my list already:
debbie bliss superchunky cashmerino (I'm short 4 balls to create a sweater I like)
a ton of addi sizes/lengths
several knitting books (although I bought several of them last time I went in...by mistake of course!)
a nice 100% alpaca yarn I found just b/c I've never knitted w/ it and have always wanted too..
some funky cool yarn I found from a local spinner...I wanted to create one of her patterns using her yarn until I saw the yarn was $33.00/skein!!! (the pattern needs 7 skeins!!!)