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Top Five gifts for crochet and knitting artists

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Time is running out if you have not completed your shopping for this holiday season. Hanukkah is over and Christmas is just around the corner. The crochet and knitting artists on your list require special attention. If you have ever been lucky enough to receive a handmade knit or crocheted gift, you know how special that is. Why not return the favor. Here are the top 10 gifts for fiber artists this year.

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The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook by Deborah Robson and Carol Ekarius.

This book is an amazing look into wool and yarns. Robson is an avid knitter and spinner. Ekarius raises livestock. Together they have written a book that covers over 200 species of wool producing animals. Fiber artists, spinners, knitters, crocheters, weavers, and those who love to work with animal based yarns will find this book invaluable. It is available in traditional book format or as an ebook for the Kindle.

Denise Interchangeable Hooks

For those who knit and crochet, these hooks are the “bomb.” You can get everything from a small set to the deluxe set that contains every hook in the Denise line. What makes these hooks different is that you can take the hooks and attach different length cords to them. For Tunisian crochet, these hooks are so much lighter and easier to use than the traditional aluminum afghan hooks. Knitters can create circular needles in any size desired. Specialty stitches and borders are no longer a hassle. A set of these needles in any size would be a world class gift.

Crochet so Fine by Kristin Omdahl

Omdahl is an avid crocheter and designer. In this book she shows you how to highlight fine yarns to create airy and intricate designs. The book contains everything from sweaters to shawls and more. There is something in this book to inspire anyone.

Lace and Openwork Knitting Workshop

We've all seen gorgeous, hand-knit lace and openwork patterns in magazines, in clothing shops, or even being worn by someone else. Knitters on your list will learn to knit beautiful lace patterns with expert instructor and designer Jill Wright there to guide them. This online class is available 24/7 and it comes with PDF instructions for patterns and other techniques.

Knit and Crochet Now DVDs

Enjoy dozens of patterns and hours of clear, step-by-step instruction with your friends on Annie's Emmy-nominated TV show Knit and Crochet Now! The DVDs are available either by the season or as a complete four-season set. Episodes from season three are available online. This is something the crochet and knitting aficionados in your life will enjoy over and over again.

Lynda Altman is a professional crafter and writer. She started crocheting as a young child. She crochets, quilts, sews, and creates beaded jewelry. Lynda loves vintage stitching samplers and enjoys counted cross stitch. You can find her work for sale on Etsy. She writes a crochet blog called The Granny Squared. You can contact her at the above link or on Twitter @fusgeyer.



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