Gift Guide: 4 Subscriptions for Creative Types

Gift Guide: 4 Subscriptions for Creatives - Subscriptions are fun gifts because they keep on giving throughout the year. Creative types love to make things, so gifts that are filled with creative ideas or supplies will keep them inspired. This roundup includes digital subscriptions and subscription boxes. Includes gift ideas for foodies, crocheters, knitters, sewists and quilters, and crafters of all kinds!I’m sharing a gift guide of four subscriptions for creative types. Subscriptions are fun gifts because they keep on giving throughout the year. Creative types love to make things, so gifts that are filled with creative ideas or supplies will keep them inspired. This roundup includes digital subscriptions and subscription boxes.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. I was provided with products by Darn Good Yarn and Nonna Box for review. Although I accept free products for review, I do not accept additional compensation, nor do I guarantee a positive review. My reviews are based entirely on my honest opinions.

4 Subscriptions for Creative Types

Gift Guide by Underground Crafter

Gift Guide: 4 Subscriptions for Creatives - Subscriptions are fun gifts because they keep on giving throughout the year. Creative types love to make things, so gifts that are filled with creative ideas or supplies will keep them inspired. This roundup includes digital subscriptions and subscription boxes. Includes gift ideas for foodies, crocheters, knitters, sewists and quilters, and crafters of all kinds!I’m sharing my list in alphabetical order because ranking was just too hard! My four subscription recommendations for creative types are:

CreativeBug

CreativeBug is an online platform with thousands of classes in crochet, knitting, sewing, quilting, papercrafts, and more! Classes are available for a variety of skill levels, including beginner, for your creative friends who want to branch out into new crafts. And, CreativeBug donates 5% of every dollar earned to non-profit organizations that support art education.

3-, 6-, and 12-month gift subscriptions are available. If the recipient is already a subscriber, your gift will add more time to their subscription.

Darn Good Yarn Fabric of the Month

Darn Good Yarn is an awesome company that brings ethically sourced, environmentally friendly, and beautiful yarns and other products to crafters all over the world. I first experienced their products when I designed the Silk Elegance Shawl. The Fabric of the Month subscription is just one of Darn Good Yarn’s subscription options and it’s an affordable way to gift gorgeous and unique fabrics from India and Nepal to your favorite sewist or quilter every month.

I’m working on a project with the Fabric of the Month sample I received, but until then, you can see what a typical delivery looks like. It comes wrapped in a beautiful project bag…

…with a note about the subscription, 3 pieces of fabric (each of which is at least the size of a fat quarter), and a sample card of yarn or ribbon.

If you like the story of Darn Good Yarn but your friends and family don’t sew, you can also try their two subscriptions for crocheters and knitters, Yarn of the Month and Premium Yarn of the Month, or their subscription for jewelers and other crafters, Beads of the Month.

Subscriptions are available on a monthly basis and are auto-renewed on the first of each month, so you can create your own gift subscription of your preferred length. To gift a subscription, just enter the recipient’s shipping address at check out.

Nonna Box

Nonna Box is a monthly subscription box perfect for foodies, those with wanderlust, and Italian-Americans hoping to get a taste of the home country every month.

Each box has a regional theme, stories about the region, artisanal treats, and recipes.

I wish I could tell you how good everything tastes, but this box went pretty quickly in my house. I didn’t even eat all of it myself! I loved the corn cookies, which were a treat I had never tried before. The instructions for making the mushroom risotto are very straightforward.

Nonna Box has gift cards that can be used for tasty Italian goods a la carte or so the recipient can order a subscription.

Unwind by Melody’s Makings

Melody is the talented crochet and knitting designer behind Melody’s Makings. She just launched her own subscription box, Unwind. Each box includes yummy treats, inspiration, and yarn, so Unwind is a great gift for crocheters or knitters.

Shipping is free within the U.S. One-time payment gift options are available for 3- and 6-month subscriptions if you’d like to gift a subscription.

 

15 Unique Granny Square Finds for Your Favorite Crochet Lover

15 Unique Granny Square Finds via Underground Crafter: These granny square-themed finds include jewelry, art, craft supplies, greeting cards, accessories, and more. These would make great gifts for your favorite crocheter (which might be you!).One of the best things about the internet is that you can find unique, handmade and vintage items from near and far! This is a roundup of 15 unique, granny square-themed finds from Etsy. These would make great gifts for your favorite crocheter, or awesome collectibles, accessories, and decorations for displaying your own love of crochet. All photos were used with permission and are copyright the relevant shop owner.

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All of these items were in stock at the time I wrote this roundup, but since they are handmade or vintage, they might not be available when you visit. To find more awesome granny square gifts on Etsy, use this search and then choose your favorite category.

15 Unique Granny Square Finds via Underground Crafter: These granny square-themed finds include jewelry, art, craft supplies, greeting cards, accessories, and more. These would make great gifts for your favorite crocheter (which might be you!).

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I hope you enjoyed this roundup of handmade and vintage granny square-themed items. This post is part of my 30-day celebration of granny squares. You can find the links to my other Granny Square Month posts here.

Granny Square Month with Underground Crafter | 30 days of crochet motif patterns, roundups, and giveaways!

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Gift Guide: 45+ Gifts for Crochet, Knitting, Yarn, and Other Creative Business Owners

45+ gift ideas for crochet, knitting, yarn, and other creative business owners on Underground Crafter #giftguide

As we get closer to the winter holidays, I’ll be sharing several crafty gift guides. These are great for finding gifts for your crafty friends and family, or for sharing (not so subtly) with your loved ones who don’t craft!

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This gift guide includes over 45 gift ideas for creative business owners. If your friend or family member sells handmade items at local craft fairs, designs crochet or knitting patterns, or operates another creative business, help make next year a successful one by buying a gift to improve their craft or business skills!

There are so many items that creative business owners may find helpful, so I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorites.

General Business Resources

These books will enhance the library of any creative business owner. Most are available in multiple formats (ebook, print book, and/or audiobook), so choose your friend’s favorite.


CreativeLive offers a selection of business classes for creative types, including:

Crochet and Knitting Design

Designers love playing with stitches! Stitch guides and technique classes can be wonderful gifts.

Stitch pattern resources for crocheters:

Stitch pattern resources for knitters:

Pattern writing and grading resources:

Pattern writing and grading (the process of adjusting a pattern to fit different sizes) are important skills for designers to develop. These help to keep the designer organized and to keep the patterns as error free as possible.

Craftsy

Teaching

Many crafty business owners supplement their income with teaching. For others, teaching is their primary source of income.

10 Tips for Teaching Children to Crochet by Underground Crafter

Sign Up at CreativeLive

Photography and Video

Even if you are hiring a photographer for your primary product photography, it never helps to understand the basics of photography for progress and tutorial photos. Videos can be shared online in so many ways today, that a basic knowledge of video production can’t hurt any small business owner! Here are some great gift options.

Gift Cards

If you’re not sure what to get your favorite creative business owner, gift cards always work! I recommend getting gift cards from:

  • Amazon.com (for books, tech and photography tools, and more),
  • Adorama (for photography and tech tools), or
  • Etsy (for handmade yarn, hooks, needles, and more).

If you’re a creative business owner, what’s on your holiday wish list?

Crocheter’s Gift Guide: Gift-Worthy (and Wishlist-Worthy) Crochet Hooks

Crocheter's Gift Guide to Gift-Worthy Crochet Hooks on Underground Crafter | Most crocheters will agree that you can never have too many crochet hooks. This gift guide is perfect for finding a gift for your favorite crocheter (or for sharing with your friends and family as a wishlist).

As we get closer to the winter holidays, I’ll be sharing several crafty gift guides. These are great for finding gifts for your crafty friends and family, or for sharing (not so subtly) with your loved ones who don’t craft!

This post contains affiliate links.

This gift guide is all about crochet hooks. Most crocheters will agree that you can never have too many crochet hooks. After all, many of us have multiple projects in progress at the same time, which means that our favorite hook may be unavailable at the moment. And, for people that crochet everyday, “comfort hooks” can go a long way to keeping hands healthy and strong.

Best Luxury Comfort Hook: Furls

Furls Heirloom Wood #Crochet Hooks (Alpha Series) review on Underground Crafter

Furls hooks are known for their luxurious feel. They come packaged beautifully, so they make great gifts. You can read my full review of their Heirloom “Alpha Series” wooden hooks here. If the $79 price tag on the Alpha Series is a bit outside of your budget, consider the Candy Shop hooks ($49/each) or Odyssey hooks ($29/each). These hooks are designed to last, look beautiful, and keep your hands comfortable.

Best Interchangeable Crochet Hook Set/Versatile Crochet Hooks/Portable Crochet Hooks: Denise2Go Crochet for a Cure 2 Hook Set

I’m a long time fan of Denise crochet hooks. The classic Denise interchangeable hook set is one of the most affordable sets of interchangeable hooks on the market. The hooks are easy to use, sturdy, and comfortable — and made in the United States. You can read my full review of the Denise2Go kit, but my new favorite set is the Denise2Go Crochet for a Cure 2 Hook Set. Like all Denise interchangeable hooks, these can be used for “standard” crochet, Tunisian crochet, double-ended Tunisian crochet, AND knooking (knitting with a crochet hook), making them the most versatile set on the market.

The Denise2Go Crochet for a Cure 2 Hook Set includes 2 of each hook in 10 sizes from U.S. size F-5/3.75 mm through U.S. size N-15/10 mm, 7 cords in 5 different sizes, 4 end buttons, and 2 extenders for just $74.95. Each purchase also includes a $5 donation to a charity supporting breast cancer research. The whole set rolls up into a palm sized kit that’s perfect for travel. You can see the set in action in my tutorial for the Tunisian Extended Knit Scarf pattern.

Best Everyday Comfort Hooks: Tulip Etimo

Crocheter's Gift Guide to Gift-Worthy Crochet Hooks on Underground Crafter | Most crocheters will agree that you can never have too many crochet hooks. This gift guide is perfect for finding a gift for your favorite crocheter (or for sharing with your friends and family as a wishlist).If you’re looking for a comfort hook that’s more affordable, try Tulip Etimo. These are my everyday comfort hooks that I use for most projects at home. They have an elastometric grip with a tapered, aluminum hook. It’s easy to keep your grip and, because of the handle, the hook doesn’t get sweaty or cold the way that metal hooks normally do. The Tulip Etimo hooks are available in gold with a silver handle or in silver with a pink handle (the “Rose” series”). You can buy the 8-hook gold set on Craftsy or individual hooks on Jo-Ann. The retail price is $11.99/hook or $85 for the set, which includes a case, a ruler, scissors, and yarn needles.

Best One-of-A-Kind Handmade Crochet Hook: Craftwich

Crocheters appreciate handmade gifts, but when it’s completely customized and one-of-a-kind, that makes it extra special! Craftwich is an Etsy seller who offers custom hand-carved wooden crochet hooks for $20. I had the chance to try one out last year (and you can read my full review here), and it was pretty awesome! I shared a short video of myself crocheting with Monica, the maker behind Craftwich, and she designed a hook that works with the way in which I crochet. (You can also answer a survey instead.) You can watch my custom hook in action in the review video below.

Other Crochet Hooks That Make Great Gifts

If you’re looking for other options, here are some of the hooks I’ve used over the years that I’ve enjoyed.

I hope you enjoyed the crochet hook gift guide! Do you have a favorite set of hooks I didn’t include? Let me know in the comments!

 

2014 Crocheter’s Gift Guide: Books and Subscriptions

It’s that time of year when we all start thinking about gifts for others – and for ourselves – so I’m sharing a series of gift guides for crocheters. In this series, I’ve shared 10 yarn clubs and community supported agriculture projects that are accepting new members/shareholders for 201511 handmade crochet stitch markers sets, and 10 unique crochet hooks (and crochet hook handles). Today, I’m sharing a roundup of great crochet books and subscriptions for crocheters.

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I’ve divided up this gift guide into three sections: new book releases for 2014, evergreen books, and subscriptions for crocheters. All prices are in US dollars.

2014 New Book Releases

2014 Crocheter's Gift Guide: Books & Digital Subscriptions on Underground Crafter's blog100 Colorful Ripple Stitches to Crochet: 50 Original Stitches & 50 Fabulous Colorways for Blankets and Throws by Leonie Morgan: Leonie has created a great follow up to 100 Colorful Granny Squares to Crochet (reviewed here). As in her first book, Leonie shares colorful stitch patterns that will inspire you to crochet some amazing home decor projects. The book includes both stitch patterns and chevron/ripple motif patterns. Each pattern is written in US crochet abbreviations and stitch symbols. This book would be a great gift for any crocheter who love to make blankets and/or who wants to explore chevrons, ripples, and waves. (Retail price: $21.99 paperback.)

2014 Crocheter's Gift Guide: Books & Digital Subscriptions on Underground Crafter's blogReversible Color Crochet: A New Technique by Laurinda Reddig: This book explores a method of crochet colorwork by sharing tutorials and a series of 28 blocks, arranged in order of difficultly, with 10 resulting afghan patterns. Laurinda’s method is similar to tapestry crochet but uses half double and double crochet stitches. She provides clear instructions for carrying colors in different situations to create reversible blocks. This would be a great gift for crocheters who like to try new techniques, explore colorwork, and/or make blankets and motif projects. (Retail price: $24.99. Also available as an ebook.)

 

2014 Crocheter's Gift Guide: Books & Digital Subscriptions on Underground Crafter's blogThe Go-To Book for Irish Crochet Motifs by Kathryn White: This is one of my favorite crochet books of 2014, and I even nominated it for a Flamie Crochet Award. You can read my full review here on the Crochet Guild of America blog. It would make a great gift for anyone who has been wanting to try Irish crochet but is intimidated by it, crocheters who like working with lace, and/or crocheters looking for portable projects. (Retail price: $14.95. Also available as an ebook.)

 

 

 

 

2014 Crocheter's Gift Guide: Books & Digital Subscriptions on Underground Crafter's blog

The Crochet Workshop by James Walters: This book is a reprint of the classic book from 1979. I shared my excitement about the original here as part of my 2013 Vintage Needlecrafts Pick of the Week series. Although I haven’t yet seen the reprint, I’m very happy with my Dover reissue of Knitting Counterpanes, so I have no doubt this book will be awesome. This would make a great gift for the true “crochet nerd,” artists who want to explore crochet as a medium, and/or budding crochet designers. (Retail price: $24.95. Also available as an ebook.)

 

 

2014 Crocheter's Gift Guide: Books & Digital Subscriptions on Underground Crafter's blog

Amamani Puzzle Balls by Dedri Uys: Although I haven’t yet had the chance to check out this booklet, it has been causing quite a buzz and the patterns look great. (You can see them all on the Ravelry source page here.) Dedri has created 6 amigurumi patterns that create fun versions of Amish puzzle balls. This booklet looks like a fun gift for crocheters who want to try out new construction techniques, crocheters who love amigurumi, and/or crocheters who like to make gifts for children. (Retail price: $10.99. Also available as an ebook.)

 

 

 

Evergreen Crochet Books

There are several books that I keep on my crochet gift list, even though they are not brand new. Each would make a great gift (although perhaps not for the crocheter with a large book collection!).

2014 Crocheter's Gift Guide: Books & Digital Subscriptions on Underground Crafter's blog

The Fine Art of Crochet: Innovative Works from 20 Contemporary Artists by Gwen Blakley Kinsler is a unique addition to the library of any crocheter or artist. You can find my review here and my interview with Gwen here. (Retail price: $34.99. Also available as an ebook.)

2014 Crocheter's Gift Guide: Books & Digital Subscriptions on Underground Crafter's blogTunisian Crochet Stitch Guide by Kim Guzman is a great resource for any crocheter who is looking to expand their Tunisian crochet skills. I reviewed it here on the CGOA blog, and you can check out my interview with Kim here. (Retail price: $9.99. Also available as an ebook.)

2014 Crocheter's Gift Guide: Books & Digital Subscriptions on Underground Crafter's blog

AmiguruME: Make Cute Crochet People by Allison Hoffman is a cool take on amigurumi. This book is ideal for someone who has some experience crocheting amigurumi but wants to learn how to customize their projects. (Retail price: $17.95.)

Craftsy

2014 Crocheter's Gift Guide: Books & Digital Subscriptions on Underground Crafter's blogThe Complete Photo Guide to Crochet, 2nd Edition by Margaret Hubert is my go-to recommendation for a great all around crochet reference book for newbies and more advanced crocheters alike. You can read my review of the first edition here and my interview with Margaret here. (Retail price: $24.99. Also available as an ebook.)

2014 Crocheter's Gift Guide: Books & Digital Subscriptions on Underground Crafter's blog

Crochet Saved My Life: The Mental and Physical Health Benefits of Crochet by Kathryn Vercillo is a great book about the health benefits of crochet. This would be a great gift for anyone in a helping profession or crocheters who like to read non-fiction. I reviewed it here on the CGOA blog, and you can check out my interviews with Kathryn here, here, and here. (Retail price: $17.95. Also available as an ebook.)

 Subscriptions for Crocheters

Subscriptions are the gifts that keep on giving all year round! These are ideal for crocheters who like to explore new patterns all the time, and for crocheters who like to access patterns on the go.

2014 Crocheter's Gift Guide: Books & Digital Subscriptions on Underground Crafter's blog

  • I Like Crochet is a digital crochet magazine available for iPad or desktop/laptop. Issues are released every 2 months (6 issues a year) and include 30 projects and 7 tutorials in each issue. I’ve had patterns and articles published in every issue to date, so I’ve had the chance to see the great quality of this magazine through my contributor “copy.” Subscriptions range from $19.97/year for iPad only through $34.97/year for iPad and desktop access (including printing).
  • Mainly Crochet is an online pattern subscription service. For just $24/year, you can access all of the patterns in their collection, which currently number over 200. New patterns are added periodically throughout the year.

I hope you enjoy this gift guide! Many of these items are on sale through Cyber Monday (December 1, 2014), so you may want to check them out soon!