Eight Years to Completion!
It’s done! The monkey backpack from the Stitch N’ Bitch book that my daughter started over 8 years ago. The book had just come out and she was 7 years old and monkeys were her “thing”! She was also getting pretty good at knitting, having a couple of years under her belt and she wanted to take on a more challenging project. So she started right in on the intarsia monkey for the back panel. I was teaching knitting lessons at the Tangled Web yarn store in Oak Park at the time and she would join me every Sunday afternoon and work away on her backpack, amazing the other students and shoppers to the store. Well, much like her mother, when the challenging (fun) part was done, she started to lose interest. Over the years she’s picked it up off and on again, but never quite got it finished. I suggested just framing the monkey part, but Audrey insisted that she wanted to make the backpack. This week she decided she wanted to get it finished. She lined it with Paul Frank (Julius Monkey) fabric and stitched in a zipper with her sewing machine that she also hasn’t used in a while. You see, she is heading to Lollapalooza with her friends today. (The name of this pattern is “The Punk Rock Backpack” fitting for a concert, I’d say). She wanted this backpack to carry her necessities for the day. Funny thing was, last night she got it all put together and the straps were way to short. Apparently the correct length for an 8 year old is different than a 17 year! So, with some ingenuity and and old pink Paul Frank belt that she still had laying around (she knew she was saving it for something) we lengthened the straps in time to head off to Lolla this morning. She’s grown up so fast, and she isn’t always interested in knitting with Mom on Sundays anymore, but that is ok, because knitting is something you can always pick up again.