Yes me, Queen of Unfinished Projects, has actually completed something!
It all started when I saw the pattern for the Everlasting Bagstopper on Knitty. Cute, but didn't give it another thought really. And then while looking through Ravelry I saw one done in the most amazing colors and fell in love. I emailed the photo and pattern link to some girls at work and thought that was that.
Except that these girls fell in love with the bag and started knitting! The picture is one of our in progress pictures. From left to right: mine, Princis, Loni, Audrey. Since this photo was taken all bags are finished (yeah, I was last!), Lynne' has started one, Audrey has finished another one, and all three girls have started another. Bag making machines I tell you!
One of the comments we make over and over at work during our lunchtime knitting is that "it takes a village to knit a project" because we love to brainstorm. Each bag has some subtle differences as we all discover our favorite methods.
I am one of those people that really dislikes changing colors while knitting, so I bought one of the giant skeins of Bernat cotton so that no joining would be required. ;)
My changes from the pattern: the top edge is stockinette stitch instead of garter stitch and my handles are knitted. I picked up 10 stitches and knit probably about 14 inches, then picked up 10 more stitches on the other side and knit for 6 inches, then used the kitchener stitch to join. A lightbulb went on for me while knitting the second handle and this time I did my kitchener stitch with all knit stitches since it's a garter stitch handle and I'm a lot happier with it.
Too cute! I was absolutely ready to start making another bag, but have a deadline project I'm working on before I can do another. My goal is to have enough to take grocery shopping so that I no longer have to use the plastic bags.