I did motivate myself enough to finish up one small project, a new knitting bag. This is the Miranda Day Bag by Lazy Girl Designs.
This is the first of their patterns that I've used and I have to say their directions are very clear and easy to follow. Lots of pictures as well. The most time consuming part of making the bag was quilting the panels. I quilted the main body of the bag with Diane-shiko and I outlined all the flowers in the bottom panels.
The bag has lots of pockets inside and you can customize them to the size you want. I measured all my different knitting paraphernalia ahead of time to make sure it would all fit.
It's plenty big enough to hold everything. I'm in between knitting projects, so there's not much in there right now. However, it easily holds a 10 lb cat with room to spare...
I also made an Across the Pond Pouch from Cabbages & Roses to hold all my notions. (There's a free pdf of the pattern if you're interested.) It went together in an hour or two.
I did buy one of the acrylic bottoms to go in the bottom of the bag. I found it gives the bag a lot more support. Lazy Girl Designs sells them, but you can usually find them at craft shows as well. I also used a magnetic snap closure instead of velcro. However, if I ever make this bag again, I think I would use a slightly heavier stabilizer for the body. Overall though, it's a vast improvement over the little plastic tote I've been using for my knitting.
“We think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters, about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia. We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead.”
2 Corinthians 1:8-9 (NLT, 2nd edition)