Best Gift Ideas for Sock Knitters
Sock Knitters are Very Special People
I have been a sock knitter for over two decades now, and sock knitting is my hobby and my part time source of income. I have established a successful business on Etsy, and I make and sell lots of beautiful hand knitted socks. I have met lots of knitters like me who spend hours and hours of their free from work and family time to create one-of-a-kind pair of socks. I have to tell you that, once you become a sock knitter, you just can't stop looking for the ways to make more socks. That's why sock knitters are very special people. All sock knitters possess lots of patience and creativity. Sock knitters are like artist and every pair of socks is not the same as the one before. The family and friends of the sock knitters are always blessed with new beautiful socks every Holiday season.
It's easy to get lost when you are looking for a gift for a sock knitter. If you have no idea what sock knitting is about, you will just not know what to get. Granted, yarn is the first thing you will think about. But not so fast, because not all yarn is the same and sock knitting requires special type of yarn. In this article I will give you excellent gift ideas to surprise the sock knitter with the most thoughtful gift they ever received.
What is the Best Sock Yarn
One thing for sure, the sock knitters can never have enough sock yarn. No matter how much yarn they have, they always want more. So, the gift choice number one will be yarn!
There are hundreds of brands of sock yarn you can find on the market now. The price range can be from $1.99 to $50 for one skein of yarn depending on the quality, fiber content, manufacturer and many other factors. However, just because the price of the yarn is low, it doesn't mean that the yarn is of poor quality. The low priced yarns are usually produced by the big yarn manufacturers and they are made in bulk at the factories. Of course, due to the cheap price of labor, yarns from China, will always have low price.
In my personal opinion, it's hard to surprise a sock knitter with a ball of sock yarn purchased at your local Hobby Lobby store. The reason for this is that craft stores don't carry a wide range of color or fiber selections, and colors sold there are sometimes the same for many years. Chances are, your sock knitter already tried and enjoyed all of them.
Instead, choose few extraordinary yarns for your beloved sock knitter. One of those brands I love, enjoy and recommend at all times is Knit Picks. This famous company has been in business for quite a while now and their yarns always have great reviews. The color selection changes every season, and Knit Picks offers a wide variety of exceptional quality yarns.
When you choose yarn as a gift for the sock knitter, there are few things you need to keep in mind. You need to buy Sock yarn which is also called Fingering weight yarn. You may also purchase Sport weight yarn, because it's suitable for socks with the exception that it's a bit thicker than the Fingering weight yarn. You will need about 100 grams of sock yarn to make a pair of socks. So, if you see 50 gram ball of yarn, remember, you will need to buy two to make a pair of socks.
The all times favorites offered by Knit Picks are Felici, Stroll, Hawthorne, Chroma and Palette Sock yarns. Any of these yarns will make a wonderful gift for any sock knitter. All of the Knit Picks yarns are considered to be luxurious and sock knitters value these yarns a lot.
Other great brand yarns to choose from are Berroco, Cascade, Noro, Opal, Regia, Fabel Drops and Schoppel Wolle. You can easily find any of these yarns online and purchase the colors your sock knitter likes. If you want to take one step above, purchase the hand dyed yarn for your special knitter. Etsy marketplace has hundreds of hand dyed yarns to choose from. The price ranges from $15-$35, but it well worth the money. You will be getting absolutely unique hand painted yarn not offered anywhere else. Hand dyed yarns are always highly valued by all sock knitters, because these yarns are so unique and unpredictable.
Knitting Needles Make a Great Gift
Knitting needles also make a great gift for sock knitters. The thing is, knitting needles often get lost, damaged or engaged in some ongoing project. All sock knitters appreciate having few extra sets. You will be able to find different sets from different manufacturers and the best ones to choose from are Knitters Pride Dreamz Double Point 5" Sock Needle set, Knit Picks Double Pointed Sock Needle set, or Chiaogoo Double Point Stainless Steel 6" Knitting Needle Sock Set. Lots of other brands are also available. Most knitters use 5 sock needles to make socks and that's why you will see 5 sock needles packaged together.
Some sets of sock knitting needles have five or six different size needles sized 0, 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3. Size may vary for different manufacturers but the idea is to have a nicely packaged set of comfortable needles to work with. These usually make a great gift for sock knitters because they have a variety of needles to choose from.
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Books for Sock Knitters
You can absolutely buy a new book for a sock knitter every year and it will never get boring. All sock knitting books are filled with beautiful patterns and instructions, and they always are so inspirational. Eye-catching illustrations will inspire new projects to be created and, believe me, your gift will be treasured for many years.
Try to choose the books with most colorful pictures and the variety of patterns. Amazon and all online book stores, as well as your local book stores, offer a great variety of books for sock lovers to choose from. You can also buy any newly published book on knitting to inspire your sock knitter to make new things. Remember to always purchase a newly published hardcover book.
Tote Bags, T-Shirts and Mugs for Sock Knitters
Online retailers like CaféPress offer a huge selection of tote bags for knitters. These bags are very cute, unique and are always inspirational. One thing for sure, they will be used and appreciated by your sock knitter, because we all can never have enough tote bags. Try to buy something that's appealing to your knitter's personality. You will also be able to find the variety of mugs, aprons, water bottles, and other great items beautifully decorated and related to knitting.
You may also be able to order a personalized tote bag from the places that specialize in making custom items. It will be also a good idea to order a special t-shirt as well. Most places who specialize in custom orders, can create the special message for your sock knitter. This will make a very memorable gift. If you would like to try making the special t-shirt yourself, you may purchase the supplies at your local craft store and print a personalized t-shirt.
Yarn Dyes for Sock Knitters
Yarn dyes make a great gift for those who enjoy knitting socks. Hand painted yarns are always special, because no hand dyed skein of yarn is created equal. Lots of different sock dye kits are available at most sock yarn retailers. They range from $18 to $100 and can have a variety of different colors included. Yarn dye kits will be a surprise gift for the sock knitter who never dyed the yarn before. These kits always include detailed instructions, and can inspire any sock knitter to create beautiful yarns and even start a new hand dyed yarn business.