This was a complicated project. I was playing with slip stitch patterns, and thought about houndstooth and how much I love it, and wanted to try something in that pattern. I looked everywhere for a good houndstooth pattern, and ended up designing my own. I ended up using intarsia instead of slipstitch, to make a thicker fabric.
I originally envisioned making a little purse, much more shrunken and fulled. But I wasn't really feeling inspired, and the project sat in my UFO box for a good couple of years. Then I realized I didn't really need another purse, but I really needed a cute laptop bag. I finished it up, and thought I would line it, and create a laptop bag from scratch. Thinking about straps and hardware, and looking for something that would work, I found this old boring black laptop bag we had lying around that I thought I would cannibalize for parts.
Then I realized it would be way hard to line this and sew the straps on and make it sturdy, and why fix it if it ain't broke, y'know? So I just fulled this a little (by hand! What a pain!), sewed it right around the laptop bag I already had--way easier, more study and more padding! I sewed velcro on to close the front flap, and lined the flap with an orange silk I had.
It's lamb's pride worsted weight, in grey and black. I single crocheted around the edges to give them more structure, and single crocheted the two sides together (but if I did it again, I would knit it in the round--I hate purling in intarsia!).
result--laptop bag that no one else at grad school will have, and finally getting something out of my UFO box into the real world!