I'm feeling ever so pleased with myself, as I managed to finish my bag yesterday. Ok, so sometimes I forgot which set of decreases I was meant to be doing, and the handles aren't quite as neat as they could be, but I don't care. After last weekend's post, I wasn't even sure if I'd ever get round to picking it up again, let alone finishing it. But one day this week I was in need of something simple to knit, and I got drawn back to the bag, and very quickly I was making good progress. I had the day off work yesterday as I have a cold, and the bag was the perfect thing to work on while tucked up in a quilt watching old films.
It took me a while to get the hang of the crocheted seams, but the i-cord handles weren't too much trouble. I should have concentrated more when I was grafting the ends, and darning in the ends, but I think I tidied them up well enough.
I haven't had a chance to use it yet, as I've hardly been out these past couple of days. The opening is quite small, so it's not going to be an all purpose shopping bag. I decided to go for the shorter handles as I don't like too many bags on my shoulder at once. The cotton I chose is quite soft, so hopefully it won't hurt my hands if it gets heavy.
Will I make another one? Possibly. Maybe in red or purple, if I can find some nice cotton in those colours. It might be a nice project to make for friends. I'll have to test this one for a while first I think.
Thanks to Naturallyknitty for organising this knitalong. It's been a fun way to make something that's been in my queue for a while, and nice to know that there were people I could call on if I needed help.