Swimming in projects.

So. Many.

I do have, however, a small pattern for you guys! I plan on knitting all my Christmas wrapping, since all my gifts will be knits, so I thought, why not knit the bows as well? Make them look a little less ho-hum? So I present to you my Christmas Bow pattern!

What you’ll need:

1 Skein of Christmas-y yarn.  I chose some deep forest green scrap yarn.  It was a worsted weight.  Normally I should have used a size US 8 or 9, but I wanted the bow to be kind of stiff, so I went with a….
Size US 3.75 straight needle.  Make sure it’s kind of long.  Mine is 13 inches.
Crochet hook or tapestry needle for sewing/weaving in ends.

Abbreviations:

ssk:  slip two stitches one at a time on to the right needle, then insert the left needle through both loops toward the front.  Knit the two stitches together.
k2tog:  Knit two together
sl1k/sl1p:  slip one st as if to knit/purl.

Bow:

CO 67 sts, or about 13 inches worth.
Row 1:  K
Row 2:  ssk, k until last 2 sts, k2tog
Row 3:  ssk 3x, k until last 6 sts, k2tog 3x.
Row 4:  ssk, BO2 (one of those sts will be the ssk just worked), k until end.
Repeat Row 4.
BO completely.

Wrap:

CO 5 sts
Row 1: sl1k, k to end.
Row 2:  sl1p, p to end
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until piece measures 2.5 inches.
BO, but leave a tail about 3.5 inches long.

Lie the piece down flat so the longest side is facing you.  The straight, middle part is the actual bow (approx. 4.5 inches).  The far edges of the bow will be the two ends.  Fold both so that each tip reaches where the other side was folded, keeping the middle part flat.  Take the wrap, and place it in the middle of the bow lengthwise (short end up).  Wrap it around to the back side of the bow, making sure that the top part of the wrap can reach the bottom.  Sew the top and bottom of the wrap together with a crochet hook or tapestry needle, keeping the bow folded, and encased by the wrap.
Weave in the other ends.

Now of course, this is just a pattern off of which you may create whatever size bow you like.  Simply adjust your needle size, CO number, number of decreases, etc to fit how exactly you want your bow to look.  It’s extremely easy, and a little improvisation is always a good challenge!  I hope you like it!

But why Christmas, and why now??  I do all my Christmas knitting during the summer because it gives me plenty of time to finish, and also, since it’s my summer holiday, I have plenty of time to KNIT KNIT KNIT! I know I’m not the only knitter out there who gets started early… right?

In the hospital

EMERGENCY!! I ran out of yarn 😦 I haven’t been able to work on the baby outfit for HOURS because I ran completely out of yarn THIS MORNING. ugh. I had no idea what to do with myself until I was whisked off to the x-ray room and then whisked back to my room where, thankfully, there was food so I could do *something* till my mom comes with more yarn.

There are pigeons gathering outside my window like vultures. I think they’re waiting for me to die.

I don’t even have an extra pair of needles to work on my crutch cozies! AAARGH

Knitting on crutches

That’s right. I’ll be on crutches for a while. I’m having surgery on both my feet thursday, so I’ll be kind of handicapped! Being stuck in the hospital for five days, however, does have its benefits. I will get a lot of knitting done, and will *hopefully* publish my next pattern toward the end of my hospital stay. I am so excited about this pattern, and here’s why:

About two months ago, one of my supervisors told me she was going to be a grandma again and asked me if I could make a winter set for the little girl. I of course, said yes, and thus the “Pretty in Pink” set was born. I decided to make an easy-to-get-in-and-out-of dress, a hat based off a headband I had as a little girl and a matching pair of booties and mittens. They are all made out of the same pink yarn (it’s Rowan Pure Wool DK but I’m not very good at distinguishing the different pinks online and I don’t have the label close by), except for the hat, which is made with white yarn on the top and a pink bow going along the rim.

I put a TON of work in to this pattern, so I will be charging for it, but not as much as some other designers. I’m so excited to share this pattern with you guys, and I really hope you enjoy making it once it’s published!

This is the hat that never ends…

IT JUST GOES ON AND ON MY FRIENDS….

No, seriously.  Although I have it finished, I still have a TON of yarn left.  I’m thinking the friend for whom I made this (proper grammar, man) will get another little surprise when I go back to Michigan.  He can’t knit, so this poor little poop-like skein of yarn will just be sitting around looking all lonely and sad, and well..  we just can’t allow that to happen.  By the way, this is the pattern I used.

Latest Projects…

This post is going to be a big dump of everything I’ve been working on recently.  None of them are my original patterns, so I won’t be putting them in the pattern section, but of course I’ll link you guys to the originals!  In this post I have the Beekeeper’s Quilt, Maile Sweater, and Grrlfriend Market Bag.

I’m in the process of making the Beekeeper’s Quilt for myself but have taken a small break to finish my summer requests.  I have about 70 “hexipuffs” so far!  only approximately 430 to go…

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They are so much fun to play with though.  So squishy!  My favorite yarn to use so far has been the Manos Del Uruguay.  It’s a merino that just gets softer and softer the more you work with it.  They make for an excellent, and extremely portable little project.  I rarely go anywhere without my notions for these little guys. I’ve gotten to the point where I can make these in 30 minutes, so if you’re a student like me, you can make these during lecture.  Most airlines allow knitting needles, so they also make for a good mindless plane project, too.

I made the Maile Sweater for one of my supervisors’ baby who is I think about 7 or 8 months old.  This wasn’t a request, it was just a gift because she was away from work for a while.  It fit the baby perfectly!  I wish I had pictures of the baby wearing it, but you’ll just have to trust me – it is ADORABLE.  The pattern itself is a little bit confusing, but I’m sure if you sat down and figured it out instead of stressing about finals like I did, it won’t be.

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Finally, the Grrlfriend Market Bag.

It’s a fun, quick knit that allows you to do a little bit of improvising.  I knit this up in literally a couple of days using a cotton and linen blend.  I’m using it as my “finished project” bag so I don’t have a bunch of projects just hanging out around my room.

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Sorry for the bad picture – it was taken late at night and my overhead light was the best I had.