A quick backstory...
This was actually the first thing I ever knit. About three years ago.
I had a bunch of blue acrylic yarn, and Stitch and Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook. The punk rock backpack seemed super-easy and I was obsessed with wanting to make it, so I thought "Sure! How hard could intarsia be?"
I knit every part of the backpack, then got to the intarsia. It was going to be an 8-bit black mage (from the Final Fantasy series of video games) from minute one.
I could NOTgrok intarsia, and not for lack of trying. Let's leave it at that.
Time went on. The backpack bits got sent to the bottom of Stash Bin A, and were ignored while other projects were completed, time after time.
I had become quite an established knitter, good at every technique I had come across. Except that intarsia. I never tried intarsia again.
Until about a month ago. I decided to tackle the backpack again.
And you know what? It clicked.
So here it is, my very first knitting project, and one of my most recent completed projects. A project three years in the making!
Punk Rock black mage packpack.
I <3 it. I haven't sewed in a lining yet, so it's kind of baggy and shapeless.