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Today's gift guide was curated by Erika Martinez, owner of Happy Unicorn Studio. Erika is a talented bag maker, knitter and potter. Her busy life as a small business owner and classroom assistant at a local Waldorf school keeps her constantly on the move. So, she is a pro at packing on-the-go project bags. Erika's gift guide is filled with gift ideas for the busy knitter that likes to have a project on hand at all times.
The Robin Yarn Bag is great for keeping your knitting, crochet or handwork project organized. The grommet in the front of the bag allows you to thread your yarn through it so your ball of yarn won't roll away or get tangled. It comes with 3 pockets on the inside which are perfect for storing stitch markers, sew up needles and snips. The bag is big enough to hold up to a skein or two of yarn plus your tools but also small enough to fit inside your purse. It's the perfect bag for you to take your project with you anywhere you go.
There is no such thing as "too much yarn", right? Here are a couple of Erika's favorite go-to yarn shops.
Little Bird Yarn Company specializes in hand-spun yarn created from locally hand-dyed fiber for one of a kind projects.
DebbieDuckYarns loves the process of hand-dying yarn. She feels that it gives her the freedom to let her imagination run wild!
A good pair of snips is a project bag essential. Erika's favorite pair is the Shozaburo Thread Snips from Cohana. These snips are as beautiful as they are functional.
Handmade stitch markers will add personality to any knitter's project bag. These adorable Toe Up Socks Stitch Markers from Girl on the Rocks are ideal for knitting toe-up socks, but you can find a wide assortment of handmade stitch makers on Etsy.
Every knitter deserves some personalized tags to put onto their finished masterpieces. These Wooden Handmade with Love Tags from Cutpie can be personalized with the recipients name and are available in 3 different size options.
Decorate your yarn bag with some adorable flair from The Clever Clove. Heidi has several knitting themed enamel pins in her shop, including this great Go Away I'm Knitting pin.
Your local knitting store is bound to be filled with great gift ideas for the knitters in your life. If you happen to be in the Durham, NC area, here are a couple of Erika's favorite local shops.
Downtown Knits is located in historic downtown Apex. In addition to a stunning collection of yarns, DTK also offers fabric and notions. Be sure to check out their wide array of classes too!
Hillsborough Yarn Shop is located in the heart of Churton Street in charming Hillsborough, NC. They specialize in high-quality natural fiber yarns for people who love to knit and crochet.
If you're handy with a jigsaw, Toni from Girl, Just DIY has a great tutorial on making a DIY Yarn Bowl out of a wooden bowl.
(If you + power tools don't exactly mix, you can find a beautiful assortment of wooden and ceramic handmade yarn bowls on Etsy too. )
A big thanks to Erika for putting together this great gift guide for busy knitters. Be sure to visit Happy Unicorn Studios and check out all of her handmade wallets and bags. We have two more gift guides lined up for you this holiday season. Check back next week for a lovely guide from the folks at Downtown Knits focusing on giving the gift of Me Time.
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