Anyway, enough whining - on to the knitting. First up, Spork is off the needles. Here are the pieces, waiting to be sewn together and felted.
I made just a couple small changes from the pattern. I added the shoulder pad (the two small periwinkle pieces on the right side of the photo), changed the reinforcing lining strip to be all garter stitch instead of stockinette w/ a garter border, and I decreased four stitches on each side of the side pieces (one stitch on each side over the last two rows) to try to rein in any gaping in the mouth of the bag. I need to get the nylon straps so I can felt this puppy, but that doesn't look like it will happen until tomorrow morning at the earliest. I stopped by Fabric Depot yesterday morning, and it was a total madhouse. I couldn't bring myself to wait in a 10-person line to get the fabric cut, and then another 10-person line to check out. I then tried Jo-Ann, but they only had 1" webbing and not the 2" I need for the shoulder strap. If this bag turns out as well as I think it's going to, I'm going to make another one as a Christmas present, this time using Knit Picks Wool of the Andes.
When I got home, I was cheered up by the arrival of a box from Amazon with these inside:
I just love Knitting On The Road, and have of course joined the knit along. The pattern for the next couple months is Conwy (here is a lousy picture).
The pattern yarn is Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock, so I'm all too happy to oblige. Now I need to figure out if I can knit this on my Addis, or if this is yet another too-complicated pattern that will be stuck on my dpns.
Finally, I made some good progress on my mother-in-law's gift (see here), and finished up my test knit for the brother-in-law/father-in-law gift (see here). I also cast on for Hopeful and got the bottom band knit. I didn't take a picture since it's pretty boring, but it's going well. I persisted with the long-tail cast-on since it makes such a pretty edge. I used such a long tail this time that I had a ton left over and had to cut a bunch off. Better too much than too little!