I'll start with the not so much part. I am slogging my way through my dishtowel. I had these grand ideas that I could make 2 dishtowels and 2 dishrags for Hannah's piano teacher. Well, I'm 15 days behind in keeping up with having it done by the end of this month. I decided to just do 1 dishtowel and aim to have it done in May by the spring piano recital. I'm not sure I will do a dishrag.
Inspiration! I was on Ravelry and saw a pattern for a sachet bag that you put potpourri in. Brilliant! I have way to much acrylic and this is perfect for this.
I have started it and am at the main part which is 5 inches of stockinette. I had to learn how to pick up stitches from a slipped stitch edge. I found help on the internet and thanks to a video I managed to do it. It's not perfect but it's not horrible either. The bag gets cinched up with ribbon so maybe it won't be so visible when it's all done. It is knit straight so i will have to seam it up. Now I just have to find some potpourri. That was so 80's. Do they even make it anymore? Here is a link to the pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/three-eyelets-sachet
I also found a pattern for a lace bookmark. I will have to use fingering weight yarn otherwise it will be to thick. Thankfully I have plenty. Here is the link to the pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lace-bug-bookmark
So I think with these 3 gifts it should be a good gift overall. The other inspiration I got was, I was in the bathroom thinking I wish I had a mesh bag to put plastic bags in for the bathroom garbage. I went on Ravelry and found a great pattern! Here it is: http://knitting-up-a-storm.blogspot.com/2007/10/quickie-plastic-bag-holder-pattern.html
I am excited to make these for my new house this summer. It is knit on size 17 and 10.5 needles. I don't have 17's but I think I have 15's. It should go fast. Plus I have a grand idea to knit a bathmat for the bathroom(s) that has a shower or tub in our new house. I'm tired of using bathtowels as a bathmat.
So much to do so little time to do it.