I hardly got any stitching finished today. I spent most of the day on the computer making flight reservations and then hotel reservations for a trip down to So. California for a big family reunion. It seems that this type of thing should be way easier.
I have decided that there is no way I am going to finish this stage (stage 3, Lebowski socks) on time. This realization has freed me to get back to work on some projects that have deadlines. I will try to finish the one sock I have on the needles, and possibly cast on the second. I like the pattern, and tonight at Eastside Knitters Guild meeting I saw Skeinherder's sock, and it was beautiful. It encouraged me to Keep On Knitting. I checked the Tour-de-Sock group page, and the material list for Stage 4 has been released. It will be a heavily beaded sock, using... 500 ... beads. I will still be in So. Calif when this stage starts, so I need to decide my yarn, buy my beads, and wind the yarn before I leave. No last minute decisions for these socks. I am already excited. I really enjoy beading.
I wanted to show the project bag I sewed for my latest Harry Potter Knitting/Crochet House Cup Gryffindor swap. The theme of the swap was Bags/markers. You could make stitch markers and/or a project bag for your swap target.
I made a Grab Bag. This is a very clever design. Some of the other people in my stitch group have made it, and I really liked theirs. I added some pockets inside. You have fabric left over after cutting the pattern out, and that fabric makes a great pocket.
The pattern is free, and the explanations of how to sew it are pretty clear. I did have a few minutes of panic when I realized I had pinned the top closed, and if I sewed it that way, the bag would not have an opening. But I caught myself before I sewed, and everything worked out.
I made the project bag and the stitch markers.
And because I want my target to like the package, I threw in some really pretty fingering weight yarn and a screw top stitch marker bowl.
shaping the planet with hand crafted stitch markers.