One of my many works in progress right now is the Quinn bag (ravelry link). I have been working on it off and on for about 2 weeks now. I hardly have any free time to knit right now, but I have worked on the bag whenever I get a chance. I really love the look of the finished bag, and that has motivated me to keep working on it even when I get home exhausted.
I must say I had a rocky start with this pattern. I had a hard time choosing the right yarn for the look I wanted. The pattern calls for worsted, and I knit almost half of the top band using a worsted yarn. With the worsted yarn the fabric was way too stretchy. I didn't like how it looked, so I bumped up to a bulky yarn and went up one needle size. I wanted a nice sturdy fabric so that the bag would ultimately be more usable for me. I must say that I am much happier with the bulky yarn, and the color is much nicer. Here is my progress so far.
I'm using Brown Sheep Waverly Wool , but I have no idea what the color number is. I purchased it on ebay at least a year ago. I am really happy with the look of it, but the plys are driving me crazy. I am on the last full repeat, and then I will be in the home stretch. It is a very interesting pattern, and once you get rolling it is easy to follow. I am not looking forward to knitting the handle, so I am looking for alternatives. The pattern calls for 3 icords that are braided for the handle. It sounds lovely but I know it will stretch a lot. If you have any ideas I am open to hearing them. :)
I am going to pick out my fabric lining this week after work. This will be my first lining project, and I must admit I am a bit nervous. I am not a good seamstress, but there is no way this bag will survive my lifestyle without being lined. I am so rough on my bags.