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.
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!
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.
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.