No baby, but I did have another false alarm. Monday 2am, mild contractions every 10 minutes for 8 hours. We had a regular appointment scheduled for 11:30, so I hopped in the shower and wouldn't you know it, they stopped. Harumph. Next time, I take a nice long shower MUCH earlier. ;)
After finishing the last 3 baby knits (buttons, too! just waiting on sunshine for photos), I've been hunting around for the next project. I wasn't sure I wanted to knit another baby knit. I really want to knit a sweater for myself, but figure I should wait to see what my body will look like post-delivery. I made some progress on the Summer Anklets, the blue/orange socks I recently started; but then wanted to photograph the colors in the skein (again, waiting on sunshine), so that's on hold.
Instead of starting a bunch of new projects, I decided to look at my WIP's and finish something if possible. My WIP list jumped up to 22 with the baby knits -- not good!
Enter Fish Bag, my first pseudo-intarsia project, started in Aug '02:
Pseudo, because I stranded the main color instead of joining a new ball of yarn.
I think the fish pattern was in an old Vogue Knitting magazine, with the background being blue and fishies being, well, fishy colored. But I worked with what I had, odds and ends from Webs. After knitting the front, I knew I would run out of the main color, so I striped the back instead:
Working with so many colors and without a pattern was definitely out of my comfort zone! Weaving in the ends was a bear, and the hole I left for the drawstring was too small:
I wasn't sure what to do to make it better, and didn't feel up to fixing it or sewing a lining, so it sat. (And sat.)
My first step was to undo the seaming at the top and sew down the edges with thread:
so I could fold it over and have a clean edge:
I sewed down the flaps, which include my niece's name (her middle name is knit in the other side):
I knit too many rows for the flap so I sewed down 2 rows lower than I planned:
but I think it won't be so noticeable. Folded, the edge looks just right:
I've sewn the lining, but, being totally clueless about sewing linings, it's on the smallish side. I'd like to sew another lining that fits better. After all this work, it makes sense to, no?