With Valentines Day fast approaching I thought I’d help you out. Candy and chocolate are nice but they spend more time on our hips than our lips. Jewellery is always good. 😉 Stuffed toys are cute we tend to think…”I could crochet one just like that!” Which brings me to some suggestions.
So what gifts would be great when your love adores crochet? Allow me to make a suggestion or two. (Fellow yarn artists..please feel free to add to these suggestions!)
This is a hobby that you need more than one of various items. The most obvious is yarn. We always need (yes NEED) more yarn.
A bit of advice. Most projects need at least two balls of the same colour (and brand) of yarn so please gift at least two. Another important reason to give multiples is in many cases the yarn is dyed in batches (called lots) so the exact shade varies slightly by lot. So if they have to go back to the store to buy a second ball they may not get a matching dye lot!
I’m sure you know we prefer to work with soft yarn. But please do not be tempted to buy the ‘specialty’ yarn. It’s often difficult to work with and/or is appropriate for very few projects.
For example… Bunny Tail yarn is cute but I have no idea what to do with it!
Now you’ve picked a couple balls of soft yarn… What do you buy with it? A new crochet hook is a good start. Look on the back of the package of yarn to find out what size.
Most stores have one or two types of hooks. Perhaps you’ve noticed which your yarn artist prefers?
Maybe they’re like me and enjoy a variety.
There’s no “best” hook. It’s all preference. Just start with selecting the correct size (see above).
Your yarn artist now has enough to make a project. But there are a few other items that make the process more fun (and easier)
Scissors, measuring tape
stitch markers, darning needle
bobby pins – mark the line in a crochet pattern
A cute pair of scissors, a measuring tape, a darning needle and stitch markers are the little things that make each project go smoother!
And while we’re making things smoother…
Jagged nails and rough skin catch on yarn. When you’re working with the beautiful soft yarn you want your hands soft too.
The added bonus of gifting these items to you yarn artist is they will make you soft, homemade, full of love pieces.
“When you show others love, you are shown, love. When you give love, you receive love.”
― Donald L. Hicks, Look into the Stillness
Products shown are from my personal collection. I do not have any connections with the companies.