Best gift ideas for knitters, bakers and slow travellers
If you are in search of meaningful Christmas gift ideas for the knitters in your life or indeed yourself, look no further than Shetland. Steeped in knitting heritage, this remote and rugged corner of Scotland has a long and rich history of wool production. Not to mention it is home to some of the world’s most talented and passionate knitters.
Whether you’re looking for yarn, patterns, books, or other knitting accessories, Shetland has it all.
In this guide, we’ll take a look at some of the best gifts for knitters from Shetland, and why they’re sure to be a treasured. Not only that, but I have a little something for those of you who love cooking, baking and travelling off the beaten track.
My top 10 Gifts Knitters will love this Christmas
I might be a little biased but I think that the latest Shetland Wool Adventures Journal (volume 05) is probably the best gift for knitters in 2023. Each page is filled with inspiration and comes with 4 traditional patterns with a modern, all inspired by life here in Shetland. You can get a little preview of the patterns inside the latest volume here.
These soft cosy socks are all I wear during the colder months in Shetland. Perfect for hiking, gardening or just snuggling up near the fire with a book they are made from 100% Shetland grown wool and spun in Shetland. So every time you slip these on, you know you are supporting our local industry.
Donna Smith has been producing the most gorgeous yarn since 2017 and will be the perfect Christmas gift ideas for knitters and for your loved one’s next knitting project.
Each Journal celebrates Shetland’s heritage, creativity, outdoors and adventure, complete with knitting patterns in every Volume. Knitting Lovers can also escape and immerse themselves in Shetland’s rugged beauty through high quality photography, walks, stories, interviews and recipes. Making it the perfect Christmas gift ideas for knitters. Available in print or digital format.
Inside these beautiful pages you will find ten modern knitting patterns inspired by Donna’s island life. Sure to keep you busy during the winter months and beyond.
Perhaps you would like to give them a little break from knitting and instead purchase them beautiful hand crafted jumpers made by Shetland Woollen Co (a small local factory based in the Shetland Isles).
Simply a piece of art, your loved one is sure to be inspired by the beautifully crafted of a Byre Wrap from Nielanell.
Take the fuss out of finding a pattern and the perfect yarn for your next knitting project by purchasing a knitting kit from Donna Smith. These are a great option for beginner knitters.
A gift to last a lifetime – why not plan a little Fair Isle machine knitting holiday with Marie Bruhat. Marie offers individually tailored week-long learning holidays to give you time to explore all things Fair Isle.
Snuggle up in one of Ninian’s soft and luxurious jumpers or scarfs. Made locally, your loved one will feel like they have a little piece of Shetland in the wardrobe.
And because most knitters are multi-passionate, they might also enjoy:
A Year in My Shetland Garden is a celebration of producing your own food in the challenging conditions of 60° north, where winters are long and the growing season is short. The collection of simple seasonal recipes for nourishing dishes is inspired by my beloved garden, local Shetland produce and wild plants.
Beautifully photographed in the south end of Shetland, Food Made in Shetland is a collection of recipes that puts the best of Shetland produce front and centre and will inspire you to create delicious and tasty meals at home.
My Christmas Gift Ideas for Knitters Guide would not be complete without mentioning some other local Shetland Businesses I love:
A new local apothecary business based in Shetland. I am loving their products at the moment, especially their Facial Oil and Lip Balm.
All of her products are lovely, but something that I will definitely be brewing throughout the winter is her pick me up-herbal tea energising blend made to give you a little lift.
Shetland is a knitter’s paradise, with a wealth of wool, patterns, books, and accessories that are sure to delight anyone who loves to knit.
Whether you’re looking for a gift for a seasoned knitter or someone who’s just starting out, there’s something for everyone. So why not give the gift of Shetland knitting this holiday season? Your close ones will love it!