Festive Gift Guide 2016, Part 3a: Silver (for Yarnies)

This third instalment of the 2016 Festive Gift Guide has been split into two parts. This - the first - features stunning silver jewellery for yarn-lovers. In a separate post (to follow) there is a wrist ruler which will suit crafts people of all persuasions. Each of these posts includes a fantastic giveaway! Read on for an exclusive Crafts from the Cwtch discount and to enter the giveaway. 

I first came across Marna Gilligan's beautiful handmade jewellery (and buttons) at Yarnporium. Marna sells various gifts for knitters, silver shawl pins, button jewellery, stitch markers and stitch marker jewellery which she lovingly handmakes here in the UK, under the name An Caitín Beag which is Irish for The Little Small Cat.

Chunky Stitch Marker Bangle, £65

Marna's jewellery is made from sterling silver (larger silver items are hallmarked, but some of the smaller items are below the weight limit) and it all comes packaged in a lovely box tied with a ribbon, and includes an anti-tarnish tab to keep it shiny for longer. The collection is full of gorgeous things which you can explore here. I've picked out my three favourites *just in case*.

The collection includes many pieces which are as beautiful as they are practical. The chunky stitch marker bracelet (£65) above is a particular favourite of mine - there is also an option for a thinner bangle (£45)) if your giftee would prefer something more subtle. What knitter could resist a silver needle gauge or a shawl pin with a semi-precious stone (not pictured, you can find them here)?

Needle Gauge Pendant, £90

The items aren't just for knitters - in addition to the stitch markers and gauges, you will also find tiny crochet hook pendantsbutton earrings, and lovely drop spindle pendants for the spinner in your life. At Yarnporium, these traditionally styled penannular pins were incredibly popular and I love that they are in one piece (less to lose!). You can see a little video showing how to use them here

Little Silver Pennanular Pin, £30

All readers can get an exclusive 10% discount on any of the products in the An Caitín Beag store - simply order before the end of the month, using the code CRAFTCWTCH. One lucky reader will be able to win one of these pins as a gift from Marna! To enter the draw simply leave a comment below telling us which craft you enjoy the most. Include your Ravelry or Instagram name, or another way to contact you if you are randomly selected as the winner on Wednesday 7th December 2016. Good luck! 

22 comments

  1. I love Marna's creations, I'm gifting some this christmas! I'm a bit of a serial crafter but right now my most enjoyable craft is crochet, I'm finding it so rewarding. (Mintyvicky on ravelry and IG)

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  2. I'm currently loving my knitting. Those little Sock Love stitch markers are to die for! thecalmnookcrafts on insta.

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  3. Knitting, knitting and more knitting. The Silver Pennanular Pin is to die for. Loop60 on Ravelry

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  4. I love to knit. I've started dressmaking but knitting is my absolute favourite. IG @littledoc Rav: Wei-Lin

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  5. Always Knitting! Marna's beautiful pieces add something extra to those special projects. Lovely! Fiona64 on Ravelry.

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  6. I absolutely love knitting, especially haps, but I am also doing a bit of seeing in the side, making a velvet dress for a Christmas wedding next week. The silver penannular pin would look beautiful in both crafts.!

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  7. I do a bit of cross stitch, knitting and crochet. I love to make blankets and shawls so I definitely would use the pin. I am audabod on Instagram and Ravelry c

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  8. What a lovely concept and such beautiful jewellery. I love knitting & it keeps me sane whilst completing a PhD. The support and love of the knitting community also bolsters my spirits every day! I'm @aimeekeithan on IG and museshand on Rav. Thanks again!

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  9. I'm Alison and I love crochet!! Although I have just started knitting too, which I'm enjoying too, although I need to be more patient! My instagram is @craftialisoni

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  10. Knitting! Even though I'm impeded by a broken thumb just now :-S Love Marna's beautiful work.

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  11. I am a knitter at heart, although I enjoy other crafts as well.

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  12. These jewellery are just lovely!! I'm enjoying knitting definitely, but have found myself baking more & more these days!! @9crafty11 on Instagram & 9crafty11 on Raverly

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  13. Knitting without a doubt!! It truly makes my heart sing and calms my often very chaotic head!!
    IG: nyree_dawn Rav: nyrees

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    1. Congratulations Nyrees! Your name was selected!!!!!

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  14. I have seen this designer on a few occasions and completely agree the jewellery is astounding. My favourite craft is currently knitting, its the yarn fumes they draw you in. sisfay on rav.

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  15. Knitting with crochet in second place!

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  16. Those pins are so lovely. I'm mainly crocheting at the moment with a little sewing too. soozyj on rav and ig.

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  17. Such beautiful designs. I'm a knitter myself and would love to own some knitting jewellery. My ravelry id roisinn


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  18. Any crafting soothes my soul, but knitting is my absolute favourite thing to do. Rav ID: sarahy75

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  19. I'm a knitter through and through :) My Rav ID is yarnsmithery
    Beautiful silver work by Marna - thanks for showing us these creations :)

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  20. crochet ! thespannerworks -instagram

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  21. I'm mostly a knitter.

    ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

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