Wow, it's been like a month since I actually posted something here. Sorry about that. i keep thinking, Man, I have to post something on my blog, but then I never get to it. Here's the recap:
1) No, I don't have a job yet. working on it.
2) Sorrelle is Awesome, thanks for asking!
3) Adam's pretty awesome too. :)
4) Heather is 10 months now and freakin' adorable! Best niece ever!!
5) I found a knitter's group here, and fully intend to join the Downtown Knit Collective when it starts up again in September.
OK, so I promise, I will post an actual "how's your life been" post soon, but I'm working on a thought, so let me run with it...
I want to knit myself a project bag, because I don't have fabric right now (or a properly set up sewing machine) to knit myself one. But I have horseloads of yarn, and a whack of free time. I went looking on ravelry, and the bags posted there look much more complicated than I want to deal with right now (picking up stitches? wtf?). I'm thinking about designing my own. I mean, really, what is a bag, really, but 2 square sides, 2 long rectangle sides, and a rectangle base? Maybe some handles? Or, even easier, one long rectangle folded over on itself and seamed? I mean, you can get into fancy-schmancy "make the ends rounder so the bag is rounder and not all stretched and junk" stuff, but I don't want fancy-schmancy... it's just to carry a small project around in. Right now, I'm carrying my small project either in my purse, or in my big bag, and it's too big. Also, I can't felt right now, because I'm not spending $1.75 a spin to felt ONE ITEM. And I don't trust my ability to felt in the sink yet.
I'll get into making market bags later, but right now, I'm thinking about this project. What material should I make it out of? Should I break into the good Cotton for this? Should I stash-bust some of the acrylic I have lying around? Or should I hunt for something new and different? Do I go for a larger gauge and hope that eventually I can find a way to felt, or knit it up tight so I don't have to? (If I go acrylic, I don't really have a choice). What about lining it? With say, an old t-shirt or pillow case?
So many questions... So many ideas. Or, really, do I just bite the bullet and start making bags that involve picking up the friggin stitches, even though I really don't want to?
These are the things that dance through the mind of a knitter...