This is the backpack thragegarden made for me in exchange for the tube top I knit her. I love it. I wish I had an action shot, it's so cool because I've never seen a backpack like it. Plenty of messenger bags, but a backpack messenger bag, I don't think so.
I'm not against the whole ranking idea, but I do see how it would probably be really difficult to implement. This is just a random thought, but what if everyone ranked themselves in every sort of craft they do? That way it would be easy to match people up with similar skill levels. All that could happen is people would lie and say they are better to get something better, but I think so few would do that, that it would end up being the same as how it is now.
goldengrrl - It's really easy to swap colors actually, I bought mine online so I didn't see the colors in person. I kept the pattern colors the same, so Sand, Mooskit/White, Mooskit, and Yellow Ochre, and I kept the border the same, Old Gold. Then I just decided I wanted greens and picked five of them going from light to dark, Pistachio, Chartreuse, Granny Smith, Ivy, Olive. So you could easily pick a color theme you want and pick five that you like going from light to dark and change the border color to match it better if you wanted. I had a lot of fun picking out the colors, if you want, PM and I could help you pick some out.
Progress is soooo slow. I just finished the decreases. After reading about everyone's sizing problems I tried mine on out of paranoia. I'm making the smallest size and thank goodness I'm even smaller because my gauge is a bit off in the opposite direction of everyone else. It's kind of nice though because it fits me like a glove, it's just too short so I think I'm just going to do extra rows before I start the increases.
Here is my very messed up swatch. I think I'm going to switch it so the yellow is with the darker colors and the white is with the light greens, since it's blending too much. And you can't even tell my two light greens apart, oh well. I'm basically doing the same color scheme as the original, I just replaced the blues and greens with all greens.