Middle Section

I’m on the middle section, the last lace bit on my powder and dust shawl before the final color shift. There is so much on my list ..why is trying to finish up old things before starting new things always the toughest?

I think I’ve made my final shell pink bag, it’s exactly what I’ve been reaching for and the best pink organic canvas of my life is just about gone. I’ve been obsessing on a slightly different design and really hope to have a few new bags in the shop for the holidays. πŸ’•

Knitting might be the only craft I limit myself on having too many things going at once, mostly because I’m slow and it takes me forever to finish anything knit, and now that I type that sentence out, it might be because I allow myself limitless side projects that usually end up taking away from my knitting time? huh? ..ok one more row..

That huge front pocket is for patterns, it’s just over 8Β½” wide so I can have my paper instructions right in my face when I need them, also there are smaller pockets on each side for other handy things. Inside there are eight more pockets, because I love absurd amounts of storage (one is exactly the size of my favorite pen!) πŸ’•

Done with the lace, just a few garter rows until the last sections color shift!

My typical bag consisting of a Β½ bag of cereal (because I’m a lazy snack packer) and a not started sock inside a sock sack (for options, but probably won’t start because I don’t break my own rules), tucked into “the shawl” bag, all stuffed into the top of my everyday take along tote ..because I’m 100% ready for anything, and I make bags. πŸ’•

I’ve been trying to resist the urge to go full on Happy Holidays, so instead I restocked my super sweet chubby gummy bears with tag along hearts in the shop, it’s what I’ve been using as a rightside marker/progress keeper on this shawl since its start back in June and I just love it so dang much!

tiny rucksack

I finally made my way through a Raspberry Rucksack, I’m making the mini & omitting the backpack straps :) I picked fabrics & notions I didn’t mind messing up on, I thought I was going to regret using that linen, because it was fraying like mad, but I absolutely love it paired up with that shell pink. πŸ’•

The pop up pocket is both tragic and magical, a few things..

a) It’s fully lined and totally satisfying to not know what you’re doing, but just follow the directions word for word and in the end, poof, lined pocket. I didn’t appreciate that satisfaction until it was finished, during construction I was losing my mind.

b) I cannot get iron on interfacing to be my friend, always with the fricken creases and wrinkles.

c) Take it SLOW when sewing this beast down, it’s purely attached using top stitching and when you try to do it in one swooop (starting at one corner and sewing your way around), it can quickly migrate and drift out of place. The trick I learned after having to rip it off several times and start over, was to just sew down the top (visually this is the place where you’ll really noticed if it’s crooked, so take your time), then sew down the bottom, then one side, then the other, catching the rounded corners as you sew each side mushing them into place as you go.

d) Using a friXion pen to mark cut/sew lines is just too cool, a quick press with a hot iron and it disappears!

e) Not sure why I LOVE in process project shots, they just make me so happy! πŸ’•

Honestly after the pocket, and several times telling myself to chill the f out, it was a total breeze. πŸ’•

Warm afternoon in the studio, the mood, kiki. πŸ’•

Oh, I added an iconic strap snap too. πŸ’•

It’s tiny and crooked and has inside pockets for the good stuff. πŸ’•

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Pattern: Raspberry Rucksack by Sarah Kristen (Sarah also has some great tutorials on her blog to help with the tricky bits!)