Here it is!
And so here, after much ado, is my backtack! I was so excited to wrap it all up and send it off. And even though I am feeling a little crunched for time these days, there was something so nice about having a sewing project to do. So here is the finished product.
I used a dark maroonie felt , lucious cotton candy pink silk, and that great velvet burnout that I just want yards and yards of. The bamboo handles are meant to lighten the whole thing up and keep it fun. The flowers on the back, the "H" on the pincushion and the flower on the tape measure cover were all done by cutting shapes into the felt, putting the silk behind it and sewing around the shape. I love the way it looks. The lining is so yummy and pink. The pocket inside is trimmed with this fat rickrack with a piece of velvet ribbon over it. Its a happy bag! Just in case she is stalking, I am going to wait and post the contents after she receives it. I haven't heard from my backtacker for a long time so I hope she didn't forget. The good news is though, that I had so much fun putting all this together that I have already thoroughly enjoyed the whole backtack project. I hope she loves it!
I really hate driving- passenging too. I have soem anxiety about long car trips so for this Seattle trip I decided to take some knitting to keep me distracted. It worked. I really did find that focusing elsewhere was a good idea. Especially the drive back ,which was trafficy and no visibility due to all the crappy rain and greyness. It took me so long to just cast on the 355 stitches . Its a skirt for M. I did a ruffley hem where you cast on 4 times the number of stitches you need and then decrease by half the next two rows until you end up with the number of stitches you need. The circular needles kept looping around on themselves and I was a bit woozy from being a tad car sick . After a long time of slowly getting through all this, it really looked liek I had screwed up my knitting by knitting a stitch in the wrong direction b4ecause it kept looping around. Good news- I did just fine and now its just some easy knitting in a circle and before you know it, M will have a new skirt. Im excited. Its so soft too! Take a gander at this:
Tonight's post does have a color story doesn't it! On another unrelated note, I have yet to hear back from the interview Ihad four weeks ago tomorrow. I can't decide if thats good or bad. (ok deep down, I dont think its necessarily good...) I do know that the woman I interviewed with has been out of town a ton. I hope they are just busy. I really have let this one go and decide whatever happens, is whatever happens. On a happy note, the show at my sis in laws house this weekend was great. Not a huge turnout, but a good turnout with plenty of orders. Everyone was really nice and it was a fun crowd. Time to get ready for the next one! But now Im off to bed!