Friday, December 2, 2011

Gifting Giving Tips for the Generous Knitters

The holidays are coming and this means us Knitters are winding down our projects and getting ready to package them as gifts. However proud we might be of our work, there is always something a little more we can do to make the present just a touch better.

So not every project needs blocking, in fact, those big projects like shawls or blankets, definitely do not need blocking. However, things such as scarfs, which have a tendency to curl up on it’s self, or pieces of a stuffed animal before they are put together, all need to be blocked. Not only to get rid of the curl or to make for easier sewing, but to look better. It’s the holidays, so not only is it time to give, but it’s also time to impress with your skills. Do not let them be downgraded just because you did not want to take the time to block.

Washing Instructions
Odd as it may sound to knitters, not very many people have knitted objects at home and that makes them very unsure of how to care for the gifts. Take a moment to type up a little instruction sheet (making it as pretty or plan as you would like) and pin it to your piece when it’s ready for wrapping. This way there is no accidental shrinking or any other maintenance mishap and they can cherish your knitted gift for a long time to come.

Sweater Stone
If you are giving them knit wear and want to help them keep it looking new, they will need a sweater stone. It will removed those little ballings and pillings that build up from time to time on knitted works. You can get them from any where from $6-$20 dollars. The official Sweater Stone website offers them for “free”, as in, just pay $5.99 for shipping and handling and it’s all yours!

These are three small things, but they show that little extra thought that can just make or break the reaction to a gift.

Next Week: How to Block (If I can do it with minimal damage, so can you!)

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