I'm sitting in a hotel room in Memphis right now, in town for two days for a research trip for school. Plenty of time for knitting tonight after dinner, although I'm bummed to be missing my weekly knitting night. Also, I managed to totally forget the one project that I really wanted to work on. I think it was a big of a freudian slip. I'm a bit tired of the project and it feels like I'm never going to manage to finish it.
The project? Kristin's Favorite Carry-all (from Best of Interweave Knits). The knitting? Not particularly hard. It's a fairly standard colorwork project. The only rather scary part was steeking the body, my very first steeks! With a little handholding from the stranded colorwork group on ravelry, I was able to make it through the process without too much difficulty. No pictures though, I was too busy worrying about cutting my knitting :)
I'm done with knitting the body, the handle, and the gusset. I still need to knit a little closing flap, and sew the lining. The pattern just calls for a flap to hold it closed, but that doesn't seem like enough for such a large bag so I'm also going to sew in a zipper. The thought of all that assembly and sewing together is a bit of a drag though. Must not put project in WIP pile just because bored by assembly.
Here's a picture of the finished body (pre-steeking) with the lining fabric that I picked out:
The dark color is more brown than it looks like in this picture, and the teal color is actually a tiny bit lighter. The fabric is a really interesting fois bois print they just got at Textile Fabrics. I love how everything goes together, I just am not enthusiastic about the assembly required :)