Friday, October 4, 2013

bookmark obsession

I collect bookmarks.  I knit bookmarks.  I design knitted bookmarks.  I use bookmarks.  My little metal dpns (double pointed needles, usually used for knitting socks) are constantly in my hands.  My latest bookmark design is called 'crocus pocus'.  The pattern for it is available on Ravelry.  It's just a buck.

I've knitted 6 of these so far, given away a couple.  The third one in the picture has a big old mistake.  Can you spot it?  The one on the right was knitted on #3 dpns, instead of 2s, so it's a little bigger.  The finished size is about 2 1/4 by 6 1/2 inches without the tassel.  The pattern consists of two simple lace charts and is a wonderful way to learn lace knitting and reading charts, which is essential for knitters who would like to tackle more involved lace projects like shawls.

Blocking lace is easy and necessary.  Just wet the bookmark and stake it out with blocking pins.  Use lots of them, so you don't create peaks.  See below:

And now for something from the garden.  It's one of my favorite orchids, Bulbophyllum Doris Dukes.