I'm on to longer projects. I've got socks on the needles (though, frankly, I'm getting a bit bored with socks) and a unique masterpiece in my mind and swatched. I need a nice, lacy edge with dramatic points that I can pick up from a provisional cast on and work down to the points. It should have a leaf theme. Any suggestions will be helpful. My pattern books just aren't giving the inspiration I need. At any rate, I'm going to be in WIP mode for some time, unless something quick screams at me with desperation I can't refuse. I'm going to try and stick to these two projects until they are both at least three-quarters finished.
To get in the lace mood, and to prove I could work a yarn over in the right place every time, I made the Everlasting Bagstopper from Knitty. It's for Dan, of course. It was quick (and it screamed at me with desperation). I'm still not sure I love the stretchy garter stitch bottom (wouldn't a seed stitch have been sturdier?), and I did ten rounds of stockinette at the top instead of garter by happy mistake. The hemp didn't hurt my hands much and the color--Deep Sea--is great. I used some heavy woven trim for the straps. I left off the drawstring. I love it. I feel accomplished, even with the one mistake. There's nothing about this bag that was wrong. Finally. I needed to feel good about knitting again, especially since I've got a masterpiece in the queue (yes, it's secret. This is the last I'll mention it, I promise).
Tomorrow I'm headed to the Great Lakes Folk Festival. Folk festivals are always a good time, so come on by East Lansing if you can.