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Holiday Crochet: Gifts for Crocheters!

I am going to make a brief departure from our regularly scheduled posting about cool and quick holiday crochet gifts, and make a nice suggestion list for those who will gift US!

Over the years my husband has been very supportive of my hooking and yarn and fiber and wheel habit, some of his gifts to me have included:

  • Handturned crochet hooks (made by him)
  • Handturned Nostepinnes (made by him)
  • A rocking chair…yeah it’s crochet equipment, I sit in it to spin and to crochet ūüėČ (he made that too, yes I know I’m lucky!)
  • A hook holder
  • An Ott light because I asked for it. (Though I don’t like it, it’s not real light spectrum, it’s a blue spectrum light and that doesn’t work for my eyeballs.)
  • Light up crochet hooks, cause dang it they are too cool and can second as mini light sabers.
  • Several wads of cash to go buy yarn (as a present, not me just buying it).

So other than these nifty ideas I thought to make a list for you to give your Significant Other, Partner, Mom, Dad, Uncles/Aunts, Kids, Cousins, Friends, and co-workers.

  • Gift Certificates to craft supply stores or better yet your Local Yarn Store ( If they are nice)
  • Funky tape measures, yarn cutters, scissors, and stitch markers for crochet
  • Yarn bag
  • Plastic totes for yarn storage
  • Shelving for tote storage
  • Under the bed boxes for yarn storage
  • Cool crochet hook sets
  • Books: of course there is always our CLF First Ever Book, but there are others out there too! Everything from Amigurumi to¬†How to’s. A favorite of mine is Lily Chin’s¬†“Crochet Tips & Tricks”, it’s invaluable!¬† For the crocheter with everything, how about¬†Mary¬†Beth Temple’s¬†lasted offering, Hooked for Life;¬†Confessions of a Crochet Zealot”¬†it’s a great read, lots of¬†fun, and I don’t know a crocheter that¬†won’t¬†identify with one or more of the chapters!¬†
  • Subscriptions to your favorite crochet magazines are another great suggestion!
  • How about a membership to the CGOA?
  • How about signing you up for the Crochet @ Cama Retreat in 2010 sponsored by the CLF? Registration opens Dec. 31, so they can just make you a little card saying “Yeah! sign up for that!”

Any other good ideas for gifting US? Leave them in a reply here!

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Call to Action & CLF News

Recently a discussion ensued on the CLF Message Board on Ravelry.com about the real lack of crochet supplies, patterns, and sundry items in the Knitpicks catalog. In fact one of our members went so far as to contact them about the lack of crochet content in their catalog. Now, to be fair, Knitpicks, sent them a polite letter back stating that their market was for knitters, and that they knew that market best; thus that is whom they serve.

However, another CLF member piped up into the discussion stating that in the¬†Europe Knitpicks makes available¬†have beautiful Harmony Wood CROCHET hook sets, and she would love a set. So, why aren’t they in the US catalog?

The request was made for a call to action. For those of you who hook and want a set of these beautiful hooks, it has been suggested that we use the collective voice in a letter writing campaign to request these very same hooks be sold in the USA. Now they may have lots of reasons for not selling them here, who knows? We won’t find out until we ask, and if enough voices speak up, perhaps they will find that many crocheters actually DO purchase yarn from their catalog! It would be nice to have the same range of patterns and books from them, too. Personally, I don’t shop with them because it is quite obvious it is not my money they are after.

That being said, I full support contact companies and asking for what we DO want. So, if you do like their products or shop from their catalog, maybe this Call to Action is just up your alley!

To write via Snail Mail:

Knit Picks 13118 NE 4th Street Vancouver, WA 98684

Email:

I suggest writing them a polite note, inquiring when we crocheters in America get to have our hot little mitts on these hooks. Especially since the knitting needles ARE available for purchase here in the USA.

Now that business is done: NEWS!!

I did manage to get the files uploaded for the editors and graphics folks to take a gander at for the 2nd book! YAY…Crochet In Chains is gonna be awesome. I still have a few little pages to finish writing, but the main section of patterns is formatted, first round edits are complete, and now for those other eyeballs to scan through the pages. YAY!

We are that much closer to our 2nd EVER BOOK!