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Seven can’t miss stocking stuffers

In my house growing up, it was always my mom who got stocking stuffers for everyone. Poor Mom ended up with the results of a December 24th drugstore run by my dad and me, consisting invariably of emery boards, a tooth brush, travel-sized toiletries of various ilks, and small candy. In her case, the problem was confounded by a very skinny stocking, but that’s another story.

To help out the beleaguered husbands and kids of knitters who celebrate Christmas, here are seven can’t miss stocking stuffers.

1. Tape measurer.
$9. The most popular is the chicken, though my personal favorite is the pig. Why? Because you can always use another tape measurer.
tape measurers
2. KA bamboo mini crochet hook.
$2. Yes, it looks silly. But, it is the single most perfect tool for picking up dropped stitches.
KA mini crochet hook
3. Fish, stork, rooster and rabbit scissors.
$7. You can never have too many sharp little thread snippers around.
animal scissors
4. Zephyr Style stitch markers.
$15 – $22. Lots of styles, including “Sexy Knitters Club,” holiday themes, and new lettered markers to use with the Cat Bordhi book New Pathways for Sock Knitters.
Zephyr Style stitch markers
5. Needle gauge.
$2. It’s a ruler. It’s a needle gauge. It’s in metric and America. The only thing it can’t do is your taxes.
Balene Knit Gauge
6. Frabjous Fibers felted notions bag.
$10. Handmade in Nepal. Because knitters have lots of notions and they have to go somewhere.
Frabjous Fibers Notions Bag
7. The Knitter’s Handy Guide to Yarn Requirements.
$5.95. This handy, laminated pamphlet by Interweave Press gives yarn yardage requirements for all the most common projects in multiple sizes and gauges.

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