Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The BIG BAD Last Minute Holiday Gift List (and a Sweet Winner!)

If you are anything like me, you may have put your gift buying off until the last minute. It's okay, no one is judging you here. :) Every year I think to myself, “I am going to show all of my family and friends what a crafty goddess I am by making everyone’s gifts this year!” When it comes down to it though, I always grossly underestimate the amount of time I have, which generally results in me scrambling at the last minute to buy gifts for everyone. Every year I say I am not going to do this, but I inevitably do. It is truly a vicious cycle.

Yarn Pops!
So, maybe I didn’t manage to avoid this problem myself this year. However, I figured I could at least help all of you out who might be doing the same thing and trying to find the perfect gift for your favorite knitter, crocheter, or sewer! Here is my top list of items to give or knit for last minute gifts:

Starting with the small stuff: Stocking Stuffers!
1. Yarn Pops: Awesome zippered pouches for storing your working projects, available in several great prints and colors!

2. Lantern Moon Crocheted Measuring Tapes and Stitch Markers: Cute as a button and available in many different animals and colors!

3. Hearth and Forge’s Stunning Shawl Pins: Choose from 3 different styles, each one is delicate and beautiful!

4.
Blue Sky Alpacas RosewoodDouble Points: These come in a special colored tin and are gorgeous! Perfect for the sock-knitting addict in your life!

5.
Blue Sky Alpacas Pretty Cheep Project Pouches or Della Q Edict Project Pouches: A fun and easy way to keep all of your projects separated!
Hearth and Forge Shawl Pins

6. Mighty Bright Book Lights: These are awesome for knitting in low-lit rooms!

7. Bryson Robot MeasuringTape: Cute, silly, and perfect for the knitter with a sense of humor or an affinity for all things geeky.

Take care of those
"Knitter's Hands"!
8.Knitter's Hands: Yummy smelling and extremely moisturizing hand salve to keep your hands soft as you work with multiple fibers. Available in several scents and tube or bar form.

9.Brittany Birchwood Crochet Hooks: Hand-carved and gorgeous, these hooks are ornate and beautiful at a great price!

10.
Amy Butler Thread Packages: Gorgeous threads to accompany Amy Butler’s stunning fabric lines. High quality and packaged beautifully, they make the perfect stocking stuffer for your favorite sewer!

11. The new Jaciva Chocolates, shaped like balls of yarn, are delicious treats for knitters and non-knitters alike!

Too large for the Stocking: Items that are sure to please!

1. Lorna’s Laces Solemate and Soak Holiday Set: Another great gift for your favorite sock knitter, and pre-packaged in some of Lorna’s Laces’ best selling colors!

Dreamz Deluxe
Interchangeable
2. Knitter’s Pride Dreamz Deluxe Interchangeable Needle Set: A full range of circular needle sizes and lengths in a see-through case for storage. Would rather have straight needles or crochet hooks? We have those in stock too!

3. Knitters Block Kits from Cocoknits: All the blocking equipment you’ll ever need in one handy kit!

4. Lantern Moon Classic Caddy or Rice Baskets: Perfect for storing all of your works in progress!

5. Fiberspheres: Keep those balls of yarn clean while you work! Or maybe just out of the cat's reach. Available in 2 sizes and colors.

Lantern Moon Rice Baskets
6. Yarn winder and swift: Tired of being your favorite knitter’s favorite helper? Then a yarn winder and swift is really the perfect gift for both of you! Wind those skeins into easy-to-use balls in minutes with these 2 yarn winding components!

7. Got a master sewer in your life? Check out one of our awesome new sewing books! While you are at it, grab a few yards of some of our new designer fabrics!

8. Not sure what to get? How about a Jimmy Beans Wool Gift Certificate? They are available in quantities $5 and up and automatically ship free! If you are in a hurry, we can e-mail it directly to the recipient! Just tell us who to send it to in your order notes and feel free to include a message!

Still want to make something? Here are some gifts that can be knit or crocheted under 2 hours!

Condito Cowl
1. A colorful and ruffled Lana Grossa Condito Scarf or cowl: If you have 10 minutes and at least a few fingers, you can make this one! No needles needed! See the how knit with this on the Free Patterns page on the Lana Grossa website here.

2. Berroco Link Accessories: Colors galore and 5 different free patterns to choose from on the Berroco website! Knits up quickly on size 35 needles or crochet hooks! View all 5 kits here.

3. Rowan Kidsilk Creation Scarves: This is another one of those 10 minute projects with beautiful and classic Rowan yarn! No needles needed (although you could certainly use them if you wanted to.) Free pattern on the inside of the label!

4. Triana or Triana Lux ruffle scarf: these ruffled beauties only take 1 skein and knit up super fast on big needles and we just got a ton in stock! No waiting required!
Butin Collar

5. Nelkin Designs Butin Collar or Earrings kits: fabulous and unique knitted jewelry in stunning colors!

6. A knitted Neckie to keep you warm: I don’t like to brag, but my Basic Neckie pattern is free, easy, and knits up in about an hour and a half with bulky yarn and size 13 needles! You can even get the kit here!

7. A Lana Grossa Big & Easy Colore Cowl: A range or funky brights to calmer neutrals in a cowl that is knit on size 15 circular needles. Quick and easy and available in a kit here.

Bulky Baby Hat
8. Need a quick kid or baby gift? The Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky Baby Hat kit is a super-fast, adorable kids knit! It even works for bigger kids too! The largest size fits up to a 20 inch head. On size 17 needles, you be finished in a jiffy!

Last but not least, don't forget to check out our adorable
Lantern Moon Christmas Greeting Cards that are cute on the cover and blank inside so you can add your personal Christmas message!

I hope you found some of these gift ideas helpful! Good luck with all of your last minute holiday projects and if you have questions on any of these products, feel free to call our helpful customer service team and they are happy to help! Toll free: (877) JBW-KNIT (529-5648).

Happy knitting and happy holidays!
Kristen

P.S. We have a winner of our Be Sweet Giveaway! Thanks to everyone who left their comments about their favorite holiday treat!

Using a random number generator, our winner is Joyce, who said her favorite holiday treat is
white chocolate popcorn!

Congratulations Joyce! Please email your mailing address and phone number and whether you would prefer Africa or Wildberries to giveaway@jimmybeanswool.com by Friday, December 16th to claim your prize!


Thanks again to Be Sweet and Nadine!


P.P.S. Have you seen our latest catalog yet? It’s 48 pages of pure, 100% Rowan.
Visit jimmybeanswool.com/catalog to sign up for your free copy!



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