I am OH SO CLOSE!
I can almost taste it!
Seriously. This morning, I bathed the BWS Fug, and laid it out to dry/block. Here, you see the two sleeves (which have been done for quite a while, but I figured I'd just do this part all at once).
is the body blocking!
Yes, it does look a bit odd. It's inside out (I never pulled it right side out after three-needle binding off the shoulders. I figured as heavy as this thing is, the shoulders could use the stability of a solid bind-off line, and I much prefer the three-needle bind off for shoulders -- nice sturdy seam that saves time.
Here, btw, is the back side of the front's basket weave. Looks rather nice, imho. Reminds me a bit of Alyse's current project Whaddya think Alyse?
So, with any luck (and the help of the ceiling fan overhead), I'll get to start the neck ribbing tonight, and sew in some ends etc. The sleeve sewing-on will be last... no need to hoik those around while doing the neck, eh?
Meanwhile, I was catching up on reading my bloglist the other morning, and something Heather said struck me enough to begin a ramble in her comments. As always with this sort of thing, if I realize I'm ready to launch into multiple paragraphs, I bring the story to my own blog so as to save the original blog's bandwidth.
Heather was talking about bags, and the number she owns. I too seem to have collected a rather alarming number of simple canvas tote bags. Nonetheless, it seems I can never find one when I need one.
In the early days, I was cavorting around one of the big-box hobby shops and came upon canvas bags in bright colors (which they intended folks to decorate, and thus sold for about $3.00 apiece). I couldn't resist -- I bought three or four (I clearly recall a magenta, and teal green, and a royal purple, but there may have been more). Then I bought cheap wee scissors to match (yep, they had handles in those same vibrant colors. My plan (which worked briefly) was to put each WIP in its own bag. Somehow, I was sure I'd need a pair of scissors with each WIP. What I should have done was get matching (hah) tape measures. You never have enough tape measures. Just ask Stephanie.
Since then, I've also accumulated the wonderful bags from various shops. I have a Philosopher's Wool bag (from buying a kit at either TKGA in Columbus in 1996 or at Stitches East two years later [that I later decided I didn't love, and sold]); I have a Mass Ave Knit Shop Bag, it came with a bunch o' yummy yarn bought at Stitches Midwest, some of which has actually been knit; I have a wee sock or baby-sweater sized tote from Chix with Stix -- it came when I bought the nifty magnets for my car; I have a garnoumous bag from the days when I worked at Flying Colours (currently in use to haul the Fug II about which the less said the better today).
I also seem to have quite a few smaller bags (which hold perhaps two socks in progress?). I've no idea where most of the bags came from.
Okay, the Go-Knit Pouch came from Scout's Swag. And I have two wonderful sock pouches made for me by swap buddies... but that's different -- those get tucked inside other bags.