I love the holidays. For me, this time of year consists of pine needles, cinnamon, knitting in front of the fire, and hunting down the perfect gift for my family and friends. When Kristine invited me to curate this list I had no trouble picking out an assortment of notions, patterns, & projects from my favorites here at Verb. This list is sure to give you great gift ideas for the fiber-lovers in your life, yourself included!
The first two items on my list go hand in hand. Knitter's Block by Cocoknits consists of 9 (small) or 18 (large), 12" foam blockers that piece together like a puzzle for ultimate finishing versatility. The kit includes the foam blockers, a tin of pins, a 100% cotton pressing cloth, and instructions all put together in a reusable bag! Combine that with any scent of Verb's favorite wool wash, Eucalan, and you've got a kit together that will help block shawls, sweaters, and the like! And for your friend who mentions wanting to knit every time they see you working on a project, our Knitting 101 Kit is perfect. Quince & Co. Puffin, needles, and our Easy Garter Mitts pattern is the perfect inspiration to get your friend started. Include my favorite beginning technique book, The Stitch Encyclopedia of Knitting, and you've got a perfect introduction kit!
If you're looking wrap up some FOs under the tree or beside the menorah this year, Kristine's Wayzata hat is perfect. Knit with Malabrigo Rasta, this classic ear flap hat is great for kids & adults alike, a fun, quick knit, and as much a novelty as it is practical. And speaking of novelties, we have a new yarn from Finland called Fat & Sassy. It gets 3 stitches for 4 inches... and think about that! That's a big stitch! So whether you need a fast knit or a hilarious present, Fat & Sassy is your answer. And Verb is excited to announce that we're now carrying Knitter's Graph Paper Journal by local Bay Area artist Narangkar Glover. This is a great gift for anyone who does knitwear design or enjoys personalizing color work charts.
Madder is a brand new collection of patterns by Carrie Bostick Hoge. The patterns focus on four unique stitch patterns and are knit with Quince & Co. yarns. The book has beautiful photography, clear instruction, and a wonderful philosophy I would love to give or receive. Project bags are a go to for me whether or not my gift recipient is a knitter or not. They can be used to hold many things: projects, toiletries, gifts! Jen Hewett's bags are screen printed by hand in her San Francisco studio on beautiful linen and are closed up with a zipper. When I'm working on a beautiful knitting project, I know having somewhere beautiful to keep it makes all the difference. ;) And last, but most certainly not least, I have Ysolda Teague's Marin shawl knit out of our yarn, Annapurna. Only taking one skein, this shawl is a pleasure to make and will stop people in their tracks. The yarn is naturally dyed in our in-house dye studio, boasts of a fiber content consisting of 80% superwash Merino, 10% cashmere, & 10% nylon. It's a delight to work with and combination of yarn and pattern will make any knitter in your life extremely happy.
So, without further ado...
Top 10 Gifts for Knitters & Knitting Enthusiasts
1. Knitter's Block by Cocoknits
3. Knitting 101 Kit
4. Stitch Encyclopedia of Knitting
5. Malabrigo Rasta + Wayzata Hat Pattern
6. Fat & Sassy Merino
7. Knitter's Graph Paper Journal
8. Madder by Carrie Bostick Hoge
9. Project Bags by Jen Hewett
10. A Verb For Keeping Warm's naturally dyed yarn: Annapurna (enter coupon code: topknittinggifts) + Ysolda's Marin
Today only, all of the above listed gifts are 15% off.
To purchase these gifts, and receive the discount either stop by the shop today (open 10-6pm), call (510-595-verb), or email (info@averbforkeepingwarm). We are happy to ship!