…Christmas is coming!
Hello, all! Yesterday, this blog officially hit 1,000 views! Thank you all so much for your support and viewing my posts. I love to sit down and write about my knitting and crocheting. It feels good to know that other people are interested in what I have to say! I am so grateful for each and every one of you.
Today I decided that, instead of a tutorial, I would share my wish list for all things knitting and crocheting. These are projects I am itching to make, tools that would greatly help my craft, and fun accessories for some flair. It just so happens that my birthday and Christmas are within the next couple months. What a coincidence!
I would love to hear your feedback if you have made any of these projects/kits or used these tools. What did you think? Have you tried these before? What brands make your favorite knitting and crocheting tools? Let’s start a conversation.
I have sorted my wish list into three categories: “Projects, Kits, and Yarn,” “Tools,” and “Accessories/Misc.” and all images contain a link for the source of that image. Click on the image and it will bring you to the product page.
Projects, Kits, and Yarn
WORTHINGTON WRAP PATTERN + YARN – BLUE SKY FIBERS
This variegated, soft, and draped wrap looks like everything I love to knit. This pattern and yarn are sold by Blue Sky Fibers, one of my favorite yarn retailers in the yarn world. Their yarn is so soft and made so well. (If you recall, I made my Midori Shawl with Blue Sky Fibers yarn!) This pattern calls for their organic cotton yarn, which comes in a variety of colors. No. 2202 Mayflower and No. 636 Jasper would pair well together, I think!
NIGHTSHIFT BUNDLE – YARN
Ah, the renowned Nightshift Shawl. I have been following this tag on Instagram for a long, long time. I have admired this shawl from afar for some time now, and I have decided it is officially on my to-do list! This pattern is written by the talented Andrea Mowry and can be found here. I love the earthy jewel tones in this specific yarn bundle (linked in photo). These are my favorite colors and I love how this shawl turned out. I think this one is at the top of my list going in to the New Year.
ST. AGNES EVE – KIT
I would love to work these projects from the great Alice Starmore. Her designs are so rich in detail and vibrant in color. This would be my first Alice Starmore project! I specifically love this hat; the crown is a rich purple tone that transitions so well to the navy blue and white snowflake motif towards the brim. The matching scarf with pockets(!!!) is such a bonus. It would be a pleasure to knit, I’m sure.
MALABRIGO RASTA – YARN
I have been eyeing this yarn for a while now. It is a hand-dyed, super chunky, merino wool yarn that comes in a myriad of vibrant colors (no. 862 Piedras immediately sticks out to me). Malabrigo makes some of the best hand-dyed yarn out there. I would enjoy using this yarn to make the Sunrise Cowl and chunky hats.
STANWOOD BALL WINDER
This would be a fantastic tool to add to my toolbox. I have a yarn swift that works well, however I could cut my yarn-ball-making time in half by having one of these. This would also allow me to make center pull yarn cakes which would be a game changer! I have researched a few others and this ball winder seems to have the best reviews and works well for what I need.
KNITTER’S PRIDE DREAMZ DELUXE INTERCHANGEABLE SET
If you have followed this blog, you likely know that I love Knitter’s Pride needles. The warm wood glides so smoothly between the stitches, the colors are so fun to see poking through your yarn, and they have never let me down. An interchangeable set of needles is something I should have invested in a long time ago. As of right now, I am purchasing fixed circular needles as needed in the size my project requires. It is an unsustainable and expensive method, but it works for now.
I recently tried some ChiaoGoo needles (more on those this Friday!) and, while they were certainly nice to use, nothing will replace my beloved Knitter’s Pride needles. But it is still fun for me to try new needles and see what else is on the market!
KNIT IQ BLOCKING MATS AND PINS
I have one of these sets and they work so well that I could certainly use a second set. Each set has nine interlocking foam squares, and I have found that I need more than nine squares for most of my blocking projects. I love how quickly my projects dry on these mats. The canvas zipper bag they come in is a great feature, too!
ORNATE WOODEN CROCHET HOOKS
I want to show my crochet hook stash some love and add some of these beautiful hooks to my collection. I admire the attention to detail that Brittany crochet hooks have. The wide handle of Furls crochet hooks look appealing to me, too. I use size D/3 3.25mm and G/6 4.0mm for most of my crocheting projects, and these would be a fantastic step up for my collection!
I would love to have some ornate, sharp, and beautiful scissors like these to use for my projects. Sharp scissors are a must and these would perform well with my lighter weight specialty yarns that require the best tools. They would also look fantastic in my photos for this blog!
SHETLAND WOOL WEEK ANNUAL 2020
I recently saw this shared on the Facebook Fair Isle/Colorwork Knitting Group that I follow. After looking into it, this appears to be a fantastic collection of patterns and prose on Fair Isle Knitting. I would love to have a copy of this for my collection, and in turn support a great community.
ALICE STARMORE’S BOOK OF FAIR ISLE KNITTING
This is a classic. As someone who is slowly opening the door to Fair Isle knitting, I think this is a necessity for my collection. Her patterns, brilliant color pairings, and advice are unparalleled.
METAL STITCH MARKERS
I want to diversify my stitch marker collection! I have plenty of the basic, colorful stitch markers in my project bag, however it would be fun to switch things up. I love the metal stitch markers from CocoKnits, specifically. I think they would be a great way to accessorize my projects. (They are currently sold out; here’s hoping they restock soon!)
DRESS FORM/MANNEQUIN FOR MODELING KNITWEAR
This would be a great addition to my collection for photographing garments. I have numerous shawls to photograph and display, however a simple clothes hanger photo doesn’t cut it for me. I would love to be able to showcase the drape of my knitted and crocheted shawls and wraps. Eventually, when I make my first sweater, I would photograph it on this too. It would also help with blocking and allow my wool sweaters to retain their memory, too.
Well, that’s my list! Nice and short. These are things that I would love to have, and might be things that you are interested in, too. Until we talk next, happy knitting!
**The photos in this post are not mine. I have credited the source of each photo; to access the source, click on the photo. The only photo that is mine is the featured photo, “Christmas Knitting Wishlist.”**