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Vickie Howell's Best-Bet Gifts for Knitters

Nov 8, 2013

It's snowing in Spokane today, and I saw a Christmas ad on TV last night. 'Tis the season, already. Part of me says, "what's the rush," while another part of me says, "deck the halls!" I love the winter holidays, so I think the deck-the-halls part is larger than the what's-the-rush part.

Vickie Howell, wearing the Chevron Shawl

And I have to admit that I thought about bringing the Christmas stuff home from the storage unit so we could start decorating right after Thanksgiving. Definitely deck-the-halls!

With the holiday season comes gift-giving. And knitters want knitting stuff! So we asked Knitting Daily TV host Vickie Howell for her suggestions for a knitter's holiday wishlist. Her picks are really fun, and she's a crocheter, too, so there's some neat crochet ideas for the bi-craftual among us.


Walking Out Blouse by Amy Gunderson, from The Unofficial Downton Abbey Knits

Uptown Scarf from Metropolitan Knits by Melissa Wehrle

Thinleaf Jacket by Kelli Kemery, from Knitscene Winter 2013

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Any of these items would be a welcome addition to my holiday list, and I think you'll like them, too. So make your list and give it to your loved ones so they won't be wandering aimlessly around your local knit shop or craft store!

—Vickie Howell, host of Knitting Daily TV with Vickie Howell

Great picks, Vickie. I'd like to add one of my own favorites, too: The Principles of Knitting by June Hemmons Hiatt. This is the timeless guide to hand knitting, and it's been fully revised and updated.

I had the pleasure of hearing June speak, and I immediately went out and bought her book. It's the Mastering the Art of French Cooking for knitters. You'll love it.

Thanks, Vickie, for populating our holiday wishlists for us! And for those of you with Jewish folks on your gift lists, don't forget that Hanukkah starts at sundown on November 27!


P.S. What knitterly items are on your gift list this year? Leave a comment below and let us know!

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on Nov 12, 2013 5:47 PM

I'm so sorry, everyone. Those links worked when I wrote the blog, so I honestly don't know what happened. You're obviously frustrated, and I understand why. The links all work now, so I hope you'll check out Vickie's choices. —Kathleen

AmyPalmer wrote
on Nov 12, 2013 2:56 PM

Hey everyone! Sorry about the missing links--they should be working now!

mlkcrawford wrote
on Nov 10, 2013 2:42 PM

I would love to get the supplies to make a gift for the giver.  That way I wouldn't have to guess what that person might like!

DUCKY711 wrote
on Nov 10, 2013 12:54 AM

AND to my comment... NOT EVEN THAT POSTED.  Maybe someone should get a pink slip???

DUCKY711 wrote
on Nov 10, 2013 12:53 AM

To Kathleen and all posters... I have to say this is NOT the first, second, third (etc.) time I've clicked through to dead ends.  Sounds like whomever is responsible for posting links needs to be taken to the office for a chat.


JaniceS@23 wrote
on Nov 9, 2013 10:42 PM

They went nowhere for me also.  Kind of like the increase in errata to patterns.

LinMorin wrote
on Nov 9, 2013 12:27 PM

The link to Vicki Howell's suggestions was also a dead end.  How unfortunate.  

bjfox2005 wrote
on Nov 9, 2013 10:35 AM

It would be welcome if you gave the source for the following, instead of just listing dead-ends!

The Unofficial Downton Abbey Knits

Metropolitan Knits, by Melissa Wehrle

The Finer Edge, by Kristin Omdahl

Unexpected Afghans by Robyn Chachula

Mollie Makes Crochet

Very discouraging to read!

TriciaR@5 wrote
on Nov 9, 2013 9:29 AM

FYI, These links in the newsletter, above, were dead ends:

   The Unofficial Downton Abbey Knits

   Metropolitan Knits, by Melissa Wehrle

   The Finer Edge, by Kristin Omdahl

   Unexpected Afghans by Robyn Chachula

   Mollie Makes Crochet

So, I gave up on looking at the rest of the newsletter.  

AndreaDuggan wrote
on Nov 9, 2013 7:30 AM

most of the links lead nowhere.

on Nov 8, 2013 8:03 PM

I'd just luke a craft store gift card.

noodles001 wrote
on Nov 8, 2013 7:53 PM

I like that Knit Kit....and pinned the book Principles of not have a good knitting reference book and was looking and wondering what is a good one....

Link worked....

rrichter wrote
on Nov 8, 2013 1:38 PM

Same for the Thinleaf Jacket and The Finer Edge book link. Thanks

rrichter wrote
on Nov 8, 2013 1:36 PM

Same for the Thinleaf Jacket and The Finer Edge book link, also.

JJ_JDesigns wrote
on Nov 8, 2013 9:28 AM

Penny the panda link goes to a page not found. Please fix. Thanks.