As with all of Brooklyn Tweed's patterns, the format, diagrams, charts and tech editing are second to none. 18 pages worth! I mean, how many books or especially magazines will devote that much space to one pattern? And you get to peruse the lookbook free and if you fall in love with a design you pay just for that single one, download the PDF and go to town right away. No trees have to die either unless you prefer a hard copy. In the last couple of years I've bought pretty much all my knitting patterns one at a time through Ravelry. I've only bought one single knitting book (for the technique more than the individual patterns) and gave up on the magazines entirely. I take a few out of the library electronically if I feel a need to read them. Saves me a bundle. I used to have a hardcore addiction to books and magazines but this method has helped me to curb it right back to nearly nothing. Besides I'm running out of bookshelf space! I'm thinking I need to start culling the duds and the not-so-useful some day soon.
But meanwhile I'm still struggling along on my Hiking Bag. It's completely over-engineered and there's a gazillion pieces to figure out how to put together, including main fabric, lining, 2 weights of interfacing, two kinds of fleece, Timtex scraps and fusible web. I currently have assembled a lining with divider and pocket, a top flap, and a water bottle pocket, and all the straps, buckles, rings and toggles are stitched onto the main body pieces. Now I just have to put the sides on, pop in the lining and add the flap. Yeah, another day at least! Urm...I hope my water bottle actually fits in the pocket.
In other news, I f you'll remember the Knitting Caddy I finished a few weeks ago, I had issues with it. The sides kept folding up and actually got worse as time went on. Things were falling out of the upper tier of pockets as they sagged. I needed some Viagra for it! Thom to the rescue. He cut me two 1/4" strips of Lexan scraps. It's a clear plastic like Plexiglass only more flexible and nearly unbreakable. We use it over several vulnerable windows in our house. Better than iron grills!
Anyway, the strips did the trick!
Oh yeah, I nearly forgot my latest FO! This is the Falklands Flare pullover: