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Old 06-25-2006, 08:44 AM   #1
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Gift for experienced knitter
Hi Everybody--

I would welcome your suggestions regarding what to get an experienced knitter when you do not know what she has in her stash. She's a friend of my mom, and when I go to visit them in July, this friend is going to let me pester her with knitting questions and show me her stash! :D

Anyway, as a thank you, I'd like to get her something, but am not sure what to buy. Any ideas?

Thank you!

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Old 06-25-2006, 09:31 AM   #2
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GIFT CERTIFICATE! For her favorite LYS, or for one of the online yarn stores, like yarn.com, knitpicks, herrschners, Jimmy Beans Wool, littleknits, kpixie, etc. Let her enhance her own stash.... its hard to know what she might like!
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Old 06-25-2006, 11:22 AM   #3
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I second Kelly's suggestion of gift certificate.

I know that gift certificates to our LYS is a favorite among my group of knitter friends. If she doesn't have a favorite LYS, then go for one of the cool online stores.
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I agree, gift certificate....to DivaKnitting
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If you are the type of person that doesn't like giving GCs {my DH is one of them}, you can try for a gift basket of little goodies. You can try and personalize this with anything you might know about the person. If they KIP, small purse-sized accessories like a small knitting gauge, pocket tape measure, folding scissors, etc would be appreciated. I found some cool yarn-printed fabric that would make a really cool tote bag. Basically, I'd be thinking of things that duplicates of would still be appreciated, or items that are totally unique.
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WHY dont people like to give gift certificates?!?!1/1/1/1 Those are my FAVORITE! Nicole.... please explain to your DH that women LOVE to be sent on shopping sprees! Especially knitters! Set me loose in my LYS or online and Im a happy camper!
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Originally Posted by KellyK
WHY dont people like to give gift certificates?!?!1/1/1/1 Those are my FAVORITE! Nicole.... please explain to your DH that women LOVE to be sent on shopping sprees! Especially knitters! Set me loose in my LYS or online and Im a happy camper!
Yeah, it's way better than getting something you a. don't like or b. can't use and have to be kind and gracious about it even when you're feeling a little sad or disgruntled.

HOWEVER..I understand the GC issue as I don't like to give them as the only gift..they look like you didn't bother to think so I always include something with them. With a GC to say Blockbuster I'd include a little basket with popcorn, etc. With a GC to a yarn store you could include some neat little knitter things.. a sheep measuring tape, needle tip protectors, lotion or cream for yarn dry hands, etc..
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Maybe you get get your mom to "spy" a little...like does she take her knitting out...if so, does she have a nice knitting bag to carry it in? Does she knit socks? If so, you definitely can't go wrong with sock yarn! I don't know a single sock knitter who wouldn't love another skein or two for the stash, no matter how much they already have.
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I usually like to give something small along with a GC just to show a little extra effort and thought. In your case, maybe a GC with a few pretty stitch markers or some other knitting do-dad as part of the wrapping?
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Gift Certificates can be dicey.

Some people love them, some people think they show lack of thoughtfulness.

Personally, I LOVE getting gift certificates, buy my family, and DH's family don't like giving them.. which sucks for me.. because I usually end up with a bunch of stuff that I don't need/want.

This poses huge issues at birthdays/Christmas. Because none of us really 'need' anything. I try to give Dh's cousins something small at Christmas that has been hand made, or is a little luxurious that they wouldn't buy themselves.

However, back to the OP's question... if she's an experienced knitter, what about a ball or two of totally off the top luxury yarn? Something she may not buy for herself to make a lovely scarf or something?
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