There comes a time in a knitter’s life, usually in mid-December, when one realizes the list of gifts one planned to knit and the list of gifts that one can complete in time for Christmas are two very different lists. Sadly, the latter list is usually shorter than the former.
Knitters, however, are resourceful, problem-solving people and Ingebretsen’s is here with ideas to help find textile-themed gifts that show the giver’s sense of quality and style, even if the object wasn’t actually made by the knitter. Chosen by the knitter is good, too.
Marius is a popular Norwegian knitting pattern named for the World War II Norwegian fighter pilot, skier, and later, actor, Marius Eriksen. It is a variation of the Setesdal pattern and it now appears in many places besides sweaters. One can give the gift of a quiet night of hygge with a deck of Marius playing cards . The cards not only have the Marius pattern in its traditional red, white, and blue on the back, but the deck features cozy court cards, swaddled in Marius garb.
A baker would appreciate the style and humor of Marius spatulas. One usually has plenty of regular-sized spatulas, but the truly useful, gets-every-last-good-bit-of-batter mini spatulas are harder to find. (Note their lovely stocking stuffer size, too.)
A pewter pair of mittens decorated with the Selbu Rose is the perfect Christmas ornament for anyone who appreciates warm hands.
The Selbu Rose is a symbol with a long history, detailed in a previous blog post. You can share this history on a card accompanying the gift, or just let the design speak for itself.