Fall Favorites (& Gift Ideas): Knitting Edition

Hello Lavender & Explorer Knits

Above: Knitting a pair of vanilla socks with Explorer Knits yarn and Hello Lavender stitch marker.

It feels crazy to be thinking about the holidays already, but I find myself starting to plan both Christmas and birthday gifts (winter birthdays are very popular in my family). We’ve sadly accepted the fact that we won’t be seeing family in-person. Gone are the days of large Thanksgiving, Christmas and Chinese New Year gatherings.

So in lieu of the “normal” gifts I would normally buy, I’m thinking something handmade might be a nice change. You get a sock, and you get a sock! And maybe a small quilt!

Recently, I’ve purchased some “necessary” materials for these projects from awesome BIPOC makers and business owners. Some of these can take a few weeks to a few months as they’re made-to-order. If you’re starting to think about gifts for a maker in your life, these could be perfect if timed just right!

Lola Bean Yarn Co

I haven’t received my yarn yet, but it should be arriving any day now. I’m really excited for the rich fall hues of “Leaf Voter Suppression Behind” – and even better, $5 from each skein were donated (and matched by CeCe’s Wool) to Fair Fight 2020. Adella sells her yarn both directly on her site and through stockists. And no surprise, they tend to sell out quickly!

Neighborhood Fiber Co

Based in Baltimore, MD, Neighborhood Fiber Co has a robust number of colorways in-stock on their website. Found Karida is hosting a Fiberside Chat on Sept 4th to help support other Local Yarn Stores (or LYS for short) during this period.

Hello Lavender Design

There is something about cute stitch markers that add such joy to any knitting project. Reshma makes beautiful polymer clay stitch markers and earrings that have an incredible amount of detail.

Earlier this summer, I purchased stitch markers from her Italy collection / collab and they are lovely. Her collections sell out quickly – her next one launches September 1st as a Hocus Pocus collab with Sewrella Yarn. How awesome is this Thackery Binx  stitch marker?

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