A knitted Valentine heart bookmark

I’m a member of the EtsyKnitters Team. When I received an email last week, inviting me to participate in the team challenge of creating a knitted design especially for Valentines Day, I had an ‘aha’ moment.

photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

I am a total bookmark-aholic.

Bookmarks are one of my most

favorite little projects to design

and make.   I thought-

Ooh! A knitted bookmark with a heart on top!

What a wonderful love token!

I envisioned popping knitted heart

bookmarks into envelopes for my

mom and sisters and dear friends

and kids …. so….

I grabbed my sketchbook….

which is how I always start…

sketch sketch sketch… and drew and doodled and made notes.

Then, I picked up my knitting needles and started knitting.

And, tore out the first five versions of the band part of the bookmark.  I had started with the lower end of the bookmark being squared off, and that just didn’t work.

Finally, when I twigged that I needed it to be pointed, I was delighted. Yay!

I kept vacillating between lace and cables, cables and lace.  I played around with several lace variations, and wasn’t happy with any of them, so went with the cables.

Great! that’s progress!

 photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

I knitted a lace version of the heart, and was quite happy with it, but there was just no way that I could marry it happily to the band.

So, I tried a pseudo-Aran isle-ish sort of a heart- ack! I ran screaming from the room!

Arghhhhhhhhhhh! This ate up 2 days of design time…. good grief! By then end of the second day, I had sunk too much time into the design to be able to abandon it, but was going out of my mind, because the little booger just wasn’t behaving itself and coming together for me!

I went to bed, asking for help- PUHLEEZE!!!! Let me wake up knowing what to do with this design!!!!!

Well… my prayers were answered! I woke up, knowing EXACTLY what I needed to do! Woohoo!

So I knitted up a storm, and after having knitted and re-knitted a half dozen more of the bookmarks…

I discovered that what I had thought was perfect stilled needed refining, but eventually, after more rip and tear and knit/re-knit,  I  REALLY did have the pattern!

And, now, I am happy dancing like mad, because it is such sweet delight to have the pattern perfect. The best part is, all the stinkin’ nasty, difficult and rotten parts have been scraped and shaped and polished away, leaving a sweetheart of a happy, quick and easy little darling of a design.

Of course, the technical part had to happen, too: Photos had to be taken and photoshopped, the pattern needed to be translated and sifted out of the pages and pages of hand written notes and false starts, then typed , formatted, edited and transposed into the final shape, and then it had to go up on my website, etsy and all that.

And, now I can say…. hurrah. :D

Here’s the link to order the pattern: Heart bookmark

(Secret confession: My poor son-in-law felt like he got quite the icy blast when we were chatting back and forth as I was in approximately the 13th hour of a 14 hour design session. He suggested that I take a break. Ahem. It was a suggestion that wasn’t received graciously by me- when I am in the thick of doing battle with an obstreperous design, I can be ~quite~ cranky…  I did apologize! He’s a dear friend, and doesn’t deserve to get the icy end of a conversation! But all is well again, and I am knitting a bookmark for him, too….How amazing that a project that is all about love could be such a cantankerous little trickster to bring to fruition!

Ah well… love isn’t always easy is it ? But it sure is worth it.

Besides, now that I have done all the hard stuff, the bookmarks flow like honey. So, it was worth all the work and hair tearing.

I’m basking in delight as I fondle the bookmarks and get ready to pop them into envelopes…. to send off with love!

My husband already has his Valentine bookmark, as, not surprisingly, it was when knitting his that I found the secret to making them perfect.  And, I am happy.

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    • Caroline

      I LOVE your bookmark!! I am busy spooling Valentine nests…..Isn’t it great that different times of the year inspire our crafting…..a way of marking the seasons which can get missed while caught up with everyday “stuff” It’s quite funny though how we say our crafting relaxes us!!! I find some aggressive needlepoint always helps a bad temper! Enjoying your blog as always…how’s Tottie?

    • http://www.hankeringforyarn.com Noreen Crone-Findlay

      Hello Caroline!
      Lovely to hear from you, as always!
      I love the idea of Valentine’s nests… although here in Western Canada, the nests are deeply covered in mountains of snow and more snow! brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
      Poor Tottie sits in my studio with a baleful look upon her wee tomato face, wondering what she has done to be so abandoned!
      I really ought to win the lotto so I could afford to write the books that she would love me to get to work on!

    • Aleksa

      This valentine topped bookmark is GORGEOUS! You’re a wonder!

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    • http://www.acreativedreamer.blogspot.com ACreativeDreamer

      Oh I so know the joys of thinking something is going to be quick and easy only to find out it takes a bit longer than thought! It turned out great though…wonderful project!

    • http://www.mazeltovjewelry.com Cyndi Lavin

      Some things are just worth waiting for! Beautiful :-)

    • http://www.theartfulcrafter.com/ Eileen

      I love the heart shape. It has a Celtic look to it.

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    • http://www.hankeringforyarn.com Noreen Crone-Findlay

      Thank you so much, Cyndi!

    • http://www.hankeringforyarn.com Noreen Crone-Findlay

      Thank you so much, Eileen! Yes, indeed, it’s very influenced by Celtic interlaces- I love knotwork. :)

    • http://www.hankeringforyarn.com Noreen Crone-Findlay

      Hi June
      The design process can be challenging, can’t it?
      Thanks! :)

    • http://www.knittingoutloud.com Knitting Out Loud

      Bookmarks are wonderful keepsakes & useful to boot!