Holiday Gifting: Laurel Hill has the solution

knit-birds-tree-425If you are a knitter or crocheter, or if you love someone who is, you will know that you can never have too much when it comes to the tools of the craft. At www.LaurelHillOnline.com, your one-stop fiber arts tools online shop, you will discover the perfect gift for someone near and dear to you, or treat yourself to a set of heirloom quality tools to be passed on and cherished. Laurel Hill has been known for more than a decade for the exotic woods of Ebony, Nam Oc, and Trai that comprise a variety set. All crochet sets include a beautiful multicolored fabric case to protect the following size hooks: D, E, F, G, 7, H, I, J, K, L, M.

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Crochet hooks handcrafted from beautiful ebony

Seeking the perfect stocking stuffer? Whether you select beautiful handcrafted knitting needles, a practical stitch counter, or cedar sachets to protect your beautiful creations, Laurel Hill has thousands of accessories to choose from. Even the yarn crafter who has “everything” will be surprised and delighted with something brand new that shows how much you care and appreciate her (or his) passion.

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An amazing selection, reasonable prices, and the ease of ordering online make Laurel Hill your go-to for holiday shopping. Simply visit www.LaurelHillOnline.com for a wonderful, user friendly, shopping experience.

And from all of us at Laurel Hill, we wish you Happy Holidays, a Happy, Healthy New Year, and a 2017 filled with Happy Yarn Crafting!

 

 

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Embracing the holiday spirit

Over the years, our team at Laurel Hill has cultivated a culture of philanthropy, donating to many charities and participating in non-profit events. But one organization in particular has touched our hearts and motivated our spirits: Laurel Hill’s charity of choice Knots of Love. With the holidays approaching, we are inspired to do even more to help Knots of Love help others. We want to encourage our Laurel Hill community to knit or crochet with a giving heart. As Knots of Love founder Christine Fabiani says, “Cancer does not take a holiday.”

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What is Knots of Love? Under Christine’s leadership, the organization donates caps to men and women, including veterans, undergoing chemotherapy, burn victims, brain surgery patients, head trauma patients, and individuals with Alopecia. They also donate tiny blankets to fragile new lives in incubators.

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Taught to crochet by her grandmother when she was six, Christine began making scarves and afghans to give to friends and family. It was her son Geoffrey who encouraged Christine to make caps. A friend who was a cancer survivor told Christine that she wished she had had a cozy cap to don after a day’s wearing of her wig, and the inspiration for heartwarming, head-warming Chemo Caps was planted.

Christine felt so good making caps for cancer patients, she thought other yarn crafters might like to make them too. Knots of Love was born in 2007 “out of a desire to brighten the lives of people in need, in a loving and caring way.”

Since then Christine and her team have sent more than 300,000 caps to cancer centers, oncologist’s offices, and infusion centers across the nation. Christine and the organization have garnered many humanitarian awards as a result of their efforts.

How can you help this holiday season? We’re so glad you asked!

*Buy a Knots of Love kit (http://www.laurelhillonline.com/knots-of-love-kits/) and create a warm expression of comfort for someone who needs it;

*Donate funds directly to Knots of Love, 98 percent goes directly to the charity, with only two percent for administration fees;     https://knotsoflove.givingfuel.com/donations     

*Purchase a beautiful Knots of Love jewelry piece from Sears  http://www.knotsoflove.org/shop      and six percent is donated to Knots of Love.

Due to the sensitivities of those helped by Knots of Love, please use only yarns recommended on the Knots of Love website. We are honored that Laurel Hill is Knots of Love’s preferred supplier of crochet and knitting tools because of our comfortable, handmade products at reasonable prices.

Christine says, “Made from exotic woods, Laurel Hill crochet hooks are so wonderful -once you use one you won’t want to use anything else. The wood helps keep warmth in my hands hopefully warding off arthritis in years to come. Laurel Hill takes great pride in providing sustainable products to their customers.”

Watch for more news about Christine and the wonderful volunteers at Knots of Love. We are proud to be connected with this compassionate organization and look forward to getting more involved in 2016!

Happy Yarn Crafting!

 

 

 

 

 

Last Minute Gift Ideas for the Knitter or Crocheter in Your Life

There are two standbys for last minute gifts: gift cards and books. The former is easy. Go to your knitter or crocheter’s local yarn store and get one. The latter might not be so easy, but here are a handful of suggestions for knitters and crocheters of all skill levels.

Beginner: Let’s Knit!

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This book looks like a great reference for the beginning knitter and has some simple, but clever, projects that walks the reader through step by step.

Beginner: Getting Started Crochet

picture-4I haven’t started crocheting yet (although I want to, soon). This book looked like the one I would pick out for myself if I needed to self-teach. It’s a couple of years old, but has some good projects and easy step-by-step for beginners.

Quick Stitch: Two Balls or Less

picture-3This book includes more than 30 projects that require two balls of yarn or less, including throw pillows and a storage bin. Interesting stuff that you might not think of as a knitting or crocheting project.

Not Necessarily Patterns: Free Range Knitting & It Itches

picture-1I, along with literally thousands of others, love the Yarn Harlot. Her take on all things knitting is smart, sassy and frequently very funny. This book, Free Range Knitter: The Yarn Harlot Rides Again is her latest.

picture-21Franklin Habit, and his blog the Panopticon, are favorite reads. He’s featured several of these cartoons prior to publication and they always make me laugh out loud. This book is on my personal wish list.

There are dozens, if not hundreds and thousands of great knitting and crocheting books. Chances are, if you find one that you think your knitter or crocheter would like, you’d be right. Happy holidays!

Knitting Will Save My Sanity

2311410886_909fded0b6_o Sitting through a mildy annoying Thanksgiving was so much easier because I had a knitting project to work on.  If you’re planning to spend some time with family, here are my tips for bringing your knitting along as a sanity saver.

  • Work on a project that doesn’t take a lot of concentration. Let’s face it, you might still have to carry on a conversation or have a hand free now and then to take another gulp sip of wine. Of course, none of my projects require concentration for experienced knitters, so you’ll have to gauge your own skills to figure out what kind of project is best.
  • Make sure the yard you’re working with on said project is scrumptious. So far few things are more annoying than getting several days into a project and deciding I don’t like the yarn. Spend a few extra bucks, get something super soft and you’ll enjoy working on the project that much more while you listen to Aunt Bee rattle on. Scrumptious yarn and beautiful tools to work with make the time fly by.
  • Invest in a nice bag to travel with your project. Mine at the moment is a gift bag revisited. Your bag should, minimally, hold the project in process, along with the needles it’s on, an extra ball of yarn, little tools (see next tip), and hand lotion. I have a couple on a wish list here and here. Having everything handy and organized will ensure you’re not stuck with a project you can’t work on.
  • Find little gadgets to help organize your small knitting tools – stitch markers and row counters, measuring tape, etc. These Crafty Critters from KnitPicks are pretty cute.

Good luck with all your family gatherings this holiday season! I’m sure I’ll have some new FOs to share by January 1.

Photo by Jim Frazier via Flickr