I’ve flown north to visit family; while I like flying for all its (relative) convenience, I find I miss my spinning wheel way too much. However, I’ve brought along some quick and easy projects intended as holiday gifts and so on. The book, Last-Minute Knitted Gifts, by Joelle Hoverson, contains handy patterns ranging from the quick and easy to more time-consuming projects. I like that she divides the book in sections of time requirements per project. I’ve been knitting up the drawstring pouch, which is easy-peasy and a handy gift. The pattern is written for three sizes, but with a little division, one can knit this pattern in any gauge and size, really.
My favorite attribute of this easy and quick pattern is the three-needle bind-off (go here to learn this handy trick). This way, there is literally no pesky seaming, the end-result is clean and sharp.
I plan to stuff these bags with the Mary Jane Slippers from the Purl Bee.
My only complaint? I get bored easily—which, I guess, is why these are handy travel patterns: the airplane lends itself to mindless and easily memorized patterns. I read while knitting, or people-watch.
No pictures yet—limited time, etc. and I haven’t got a decent camera with me… but I’d like to post photos of holiday/gifting “simplicity” at some point.