When I Gift, You Gift, We Gift

The season of giving starts now—but don’t get stuck handing out duds to you buds! Here, the foolproof ways we’re pleasing our crowd.

PHOTOGRAPHED BY GAEA WOODS
STYLED BY SAM JOHNSON

 LEFT TO RIGHT Perfect for beginners or weavers-at-large, the original  Lap Loom by Harrisville Designs  is our favorite way to get weird and try some new techniques. | According to Brooklyn makers  Fredericks and Mae , children wore horsehair tassels like this throughout the ancient middle east to ward off demons and “malevolent spirits.” | Speaking of mystical properties, KKIBO designer Jo Abellera draws inspiration from the shamans of her Pacific Islander heritage, including their elaborate costuming and unique alchemy of spirituality and reality. Abellera hand knits each of her pieces, including  the alpaca baby sweater pictured .

LEFT TO RIGHT Perfect for beginners or weavers-at-large, the original Lap Loom by Harrisville Designs is our favorite way to get weird and try some new techniques. | According to Brooklyn makers Fredericks and Mae, children wore horsehair tassels like this throughout the ancient middle east to ward off demons and “malevolent spirits.” | Speaking of mystical properties, KKIBO designer Jo Abellera draws inspiration from the shamans of her Pacific Islander heritage, including their elaborate costuming and unique alchemy of spirituality and reality. Abellera hand knits each of her pieces, including the alpaca baby sweater pictured.

 Fido’s been into Shibori since, like, 2010. Give him the cred he seeks with this Rope Dog Leash hand indigo-dyed with the traditional Japanese bind-and-fold technique.

Fido’s been into Shibori since, like, 2010. Give him the cred he seeks with this Rope Dog Leash hand indigo-dyed with the traditional Japanese bind-and-fold technique.

 Clocking in at two-and-a-half pouns of crafty goodness,  Craft Wisdom & Know-How  is a great addition to any bookshelf. Newcomers will be dazzled by the nearly 500 pages of projects; old hats will love its wily time- and sanity-saving tips. | Kneeland Mercado’s Loop Rugs are made in Mexico by a father and son team, who have been at it since the ‘70s. We love its gentle nod to that era’s fiber arts movement and its monochromatic contemporary style.

Clocking in at two-and-a-half pouns of crafty goodness, Craft Wisdom & Know-How is a great addition to any bookshelf. Newcomers will be dazzled by the nearly 500 pages of projects; old hats will love its wily time- and sanity-saving tips. | Kneeland Mercado’s Loop Rugs are made in Mexico by a father and son team, who have been at it since the ‘70s. We love its gentle nod to that era’s fiber arts movement and its monochromatic contemporary style.

 LEFT TO RIGHT Stitch markers weren’t exactly the sexiest part of knitting—until Fringe Supply Co’s Karen Templer decided to do something about it. Extra bonus: These brass numbers come in a vegetable tanned leather pouch. | San Francisco-based by way of Havana, Llane Alexis’ braided rug handbags have landed in some of the who’s who of indie boutiques. We love his just-for-the-sake-of-it fiber objects, like this braided orb. | Knit Wit’s editor, who had never cross-stitched before, spend a straight week trying to finish this Cross-Stitch iPhone Case. | The result of a four-year engineering endeavor, Nike Flyknits claim unmatched flexibility, a snug but breathable fit, and to be their lighted running shoes yet. We love the 4.0+ because, let’s face it Nike, you’re preaching to the choir: we always knew knits were superlative.

LEFT TO RIGHT Stitch markers weren’t exactly the sexiest part of knitting—until Fringe Supply Co’s Karen Templer decided to do something about it. Extra bonus: These brass numbers come in a vegetable tanned leather pouch. | San Francisco-based by way of Havana, Llane Alexis’ braided rug handbags have landed in some of the who’s who of indie boutiques. We love his just-for-the-sake-of-it fiber objects, like this braided orb. | Knit Wit’s editor, who had never cross-stitched before, spend a straight week trying to finish this Cross-Stitch iPhone Case. | The result of a four-year engineering endeavor, Nike Flyknits claim unmatched flexibility, a snug but breathable fit, and to be their lighted running shoes yet. We love the 4.0+ because, let’s face it Nike, you’re preaching to the choir: we always knew knits were superlative.

 Cathy Hsaio of Plant and Animal Studio works between mediums, exploring the boundaries and links between sculpture, painting and textiles. Using leftover dyes from her spinning and dyeing practice, Hsaio then imparts the pigment to ceramic or concrete. | Inspired by the Burden Baskets of various Native American groups and for varying purposes, Nanette Sullano’s womb and cone shaped vessels are as helpful for carrying grain as they are to admire tacked to your wall.

Cathy Hsaio of Plant and Animal Studio works between mediums, exploring the boundaries and links between sculpture, painting and textiles. Using leftover dyes from her spinning and dyeing practice, Hsaio then imparts the pigment to ceramic or concrete. | Inspired by the Burden Baskets of various Native American groups and for varying purposes, Nanette Sullano’s womb and cone shaped vessels are as helpful for carrying grain as they are to admire tacked to your wall.

 The Chilote House shoe is handmade in Patagonia using 100% natural sheep’s wool and—wait for it—upcycled salmon leather, a byproduct of the fishing industry there. The beyond fair trade business model allows artisans to work at home and at their own pace; an attached QR code shows the geolocation for where each pair was made.

The Chilote House shoe is handmade in Patagonia using 100% natural sheep’s wool and—wait for it—upcycled salmon leather, a byproduct of the fishing industry there. The beyond fair trade business model allows artisans to work at home and at their own pace; an attached QR code shows the geolocation for where each pair was made.

“When I Gift, You Gift, We Gift” originally appeared in the November 2014 issue of Knit Wit, COLD.