… not so shabby looking bag. Yeah from that view it does not look so bad. A let Stacy choose the colors, so its not exaclty what I normally would have worked with. The colors are found in the flag of Bolivia and many African countries.
So I do not know what of this project annoyed me, but somewhere along the way it got to me. Maybe all the seed stitch.
I never picked up the number of stitches the pattern said to begin with around the edge. I did follow the instructions, but ended up around 20 stitches short. I thought no big deal, it will be a bit thinner. Then I started the open mesh part once and could not get the pattern to work, it failed to jive. So I pulled it out and tried again. It seemed like it was working, and when I realized it had gotten off course again, I fixed it in the knitting. So the mesh is not perfect, but I thought who cares, its a bag. And I did that section round and round for more rows then it seemed it would take.
Finally I get back to the seed stitch, who thought that would be a good thing. And after I work all the normal rounds, I think oh for the placement of the handles I should see how many stitches I am off. Somehow I am now off 40. 40! Somehow I lost 20 more stitches. But you see I needed to finish at this point. I had realized that starting more projects without finishing some similar to treading in water. Yeah I was doing something, but getting nowhere. And I had agreed to knit a baby blanket for a coworker, so I needed to finish the bag before I would allow myself to start the blanket which has a deadline.
So I will finish by saying I have nothing against the pattern. It is well written and well laid out. The handle technique was clever, at least for me since it was my fist bag. However, somehow I ended up with this. Not quite as pretty as the BYOBfound on Knitty. Don’t worry Court, yours will be done with care.