For When You Need A Little Something Extra

This is the time of year when we start to think about and stock up on stocking stuffers. Not necessarily actually destined for stockings, these are little extras that you can pop into a package when you do a swap with a friend or can round out a secret santa situation or maybe just help you put together a little goodie bag if you have a crafternoon with a friend.  A while back I got a few items Knitter’s Pride and as I’ve been testing them out and getting to know them, I was wondering what would be the best way to share them with you when it dawned on me that they would make perfect “extras” in these type of situations. So today, I get to share a couple ‘little something extra’ ideas with you — what fun!

First of all, check out this Circular Needle Protector.

img_5169It’s so handy!

img_5170You just pop the needles in through the topper and the very lightweight metal tube protects your needles. Not only does it protect your needle tips & connectors, it also protects your project bags (and your person!) from getting poked as well when your projects are in transit.

img_5171These protectors come in packs of three that you could easily break up — maybe keep one for you and share the other two with friends? Perfect!

For anyone who is into sock knitting, perhaps trying out some 9″ mini circulars would be a fun adventure.

img_5172I really love my DPNs, but every now and then it’s fun to try something different. These Knitter’s Pride Nova Platina mini-circs are just the perfect ‘something different’. The needle tips and feel I already know & love in my Nova Platina DPNs, but in a speedy little 9″ circ! I go back and forth every few years with the mini-circs. They always take a little while to get used to, but they are fun and very, very quick for socks once you get going. It’s easy enough to gather intel regarding your knitting buddy’s most used knitting needle size for sock knitting, but a US 1 for fingering or US 3 for sport weight are usually pretty good guesses.

And finally, who couldn’t use a nice, good sized notions bag?

img_5173These come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors and are classic looking and very well-made. Especially when I’m traveling or on-the-go, this type of bag is a must-have. A place where I can tuck a small notebook, pen & pencil, a lotion bar and any other general notions I might need is just essential and this is such a pretty option. This version is from the “Reverie” collection and is the medium size.

Of course these are just three ideas for ‘extras.’ Stitch markers are a great go-to — there are just unlimited option for where to get them and I’ve had tremendous luck trying out any number of indie makers. Lotion bars from Sweet Sheep Body Shoppe or Love + Leche. An extra repair hook will never not be used and appreciated. If you’re looking to be a little more frugal, what about winding your extra yarns into mini-skeins? Now is the time to stock up! If you’re like me, those swaps and trades always sneak up on you and it pays to have those little extra on hand and ready to go!