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Last night I'd already decided to continue working on a mindless-knitting garter-stitch scarf, when I was messaged by someone suggesting that a mutual someone might like one of those big-bow headbands to accessorize her new short haircut.

Off I went searching for bow headband knitting patterns, which are, um, abundant out there on the internets. (Ravelry is an amazing resource.) I picked this one. It's knit flat and seamed, and is shaped with short rows. I decided to knit the pattern as written the first time. Subsequent items will be knit in the round, but I thought I needed to see how the short-rowing worked first.

In less than two hours I was two rows away from casting off the headband part. However, I think it's not going to be big enough around to go over the second someone's new haircut. So here's my plan to fix it.

When I cast off the last stitch, I'm going to knit across the short horizontal edge and then knit an inch or so of ribbing. I will then sew the two edges together. The bow is knit separately and sewn on over the narrowest part of the headband, so my adaptation won't even show.

I hope it works. Heh. Film at eleven.

The other project I started yesterday isn't knitting, running, reaping OR eating. I'm making books.

Last time I visited my younger granddaughter she was working on a storybook. Each page had a blank box at the top where she could add stickers. Below the box were a few lines on which she could write a story about the sticker picture she'd created.

I've made journals before, and with the single adaptation of making these larger, I think a handful of them will make a fine Christmas present for a little one just learning to write. I made the inside pages yesterday, printing some of them on lavender paper and some on white:

And if you're so inclined, you can snag the .pdf for the pages here. I then printed a title/author page for each book on the opposite side of one of the story pages (the title is on the right side and a story page is on the left). Today I'll get started on the real work.

So it's a crafty Christmas here in the Middle of Nowhere, and that's just the way I like it. Are you making any gifts this year? Or cards? Feel free to share links in the comments. I'd love to see what you're working on playing with!


wendy said…
How ironic that you would be making a book while I am printing some sort of auto service manual and turning it into a book with silly titles like "The Clutch is the Spinning Thing and other 21st Century Automotive Marvels".

I'm on the less-crafty side though.

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