Many of you have inquired about my knitted bookmarks. I said last week I would make some.
My annual crafts urge occurs well before Christmas and is a Little Women kind of thing: hemming handkerchiefs for Marmee, or making a tea cozy. I got the idea for making bookmarks because we have a lot of books, and I vaguely know how to knit. We have accumulated free bookmarks from all around the country, some autographed by famous authors, but they tend to disappear into books on the bottom of the nightstand, or those we decide not to finish. I have a nice bookmark somewhere with a quote from Cicero. But there is no doubt about it: bookstores are closing and fewer are giving bookmarks away.
So why not knit them?
One week later...
I figured out the longtail cast-on from a video online. I knitted several rows, some a bit holey. I purl every time I make an error. Don't ask me why: I thought it would help, but it doesn't. I don't know how to fix dropped stitches, so I'm knitting straight through them. I will have to watch another video about fixing errors.
The next bookmark will be knitted on BIG needles, because the yarn slips off these small ones.
It is moderately fun. You can knit in front of the debate, or while listening to the two Bob Dylan albums you listen to each week in an attempt to catch up.
I have multi-colored yarn, but the bookmark is going to be pink because there are very long strands of pink before you get to the yellow.
I don't think I'll photograph the bookmarks because it doesn't look as though I'm going into the bookmark business. They will work, though.
Here is a list of knitters in literature.
2. Jane Fairfax in Emma.
3. Mrs. Ramsay in To the Lighthouse.
4. Jo in Little Women.
5. Miss Marple in Agatha Christie's books.
6. Mary in Ann Hood's The Knitting Circle.
7. Kelly Flynn in Maggie Sefton's Knitting Mystery Series
8. Georgia Walker in Kate Jacobs' Friday Night Knitting Club.
I need two more to make 10!