Today’s prompt is to share what I keep in my knitting/crochet bag. I have actually wanted to do a post like this for a while, and do one every so often so that you can see what has changed over time. I love reading these posts so hopefully this will be an interesting addition to the interwebs. Here we go.
First of all, I don’t ever use one single bag for my knitting. Admittedly I am a bag hoarder (I prefer the word collector but we are being real here). I have purses upon backpacks upon tote bags, upon pencil bags upon…you get the picture. Big or small, if it is a cool bag, I probably have it. Granted I shop thrift stores and look for bargains so I don’t think I own a single high-end bag (unless an LL Bean backpack counts, haha). Thus I switch out my knitting depending on the need. I have a sort of system of levels of bags and what I take with me. I have the, ‘oh, I’m just going to work or a small event in town level’, the ‘it’s just a day trip’ level, and the ‘oh my goodness it’s more than 24 hours I must pack all of the things’ level. I also own a core notions bag that goes with me everywhere, no matter the project. Here’s how it works.
The Notions Bag (pictured above): In this bag I have a lot of different random items that I take with me everywhere. These are my essentials and they never leave my knitting bag, no matter which one I am using or the size of the project. The pouch is a little mesh pouch that I actually swiped from my Mother (she forgave me, haha). I keep a ton of stitch markers in various styles ans sizes. I have a bunch of the cheap plastic rings, a few open rings, and a bunch that I made myself with lobster claw clasps or jump rings and beads. I also have several tapestry needles (plastic and metal) and a needle threader. Crochet hooks are a must: these are smaller because I have been knitting a lot of socks. The scissors are a favorite I got recently and the brown sheath I made for them is knit and then felted, something I whipped together. I finish it off with a row counter, clothes pin, old cable needle (from a friend’s grandmother), medium stitch holder (I somehow lost the small one), and tape measure…of course!
The Sock Bag: I also have a pouch (sewn by me!) that I use only for socks. When I knit socks I always have the coordinating dpns to the project I am making. I keep them in my case I made out of duct tape and velcro tabs so they don’t get lost in my bag or poke through anything. The pencil is a must. I also keep scrap yarn for afterthought heels. Finally I keep a few 3*5 cards with my basic sock recipe as well as a reminder for Kitchener stitch.
The Addtional Notions Bag: When I am going on a slightly longer (read day trip) trip, I add this pencil pouch filled with awesome to the mix. I’ve been using this particular pouch for a few years…it’s just so darn cute. Inside I keep several sizes of dpns and a ton of crochet hooks so that I can start whatever the mood strikes. I also keep my large stitch holder, a row counter, some color-work bobbins, a sewing needle and embroidery thread (for amigurumi), and a small seam presser. I finish it off with a needle gauge, a lip balm (of course), and some 3*5 cards that I have written out quick patterns in a form of abbreviated pattern writing that I use for quick projects I do often, and I am set to go. I throw a lot of random stuff in this bag.
The Extras: For long trips I add a few more things to my bag. I own a set of Knit Picks interchangeables. The base set is the nickel plated set and I have added sizes in both the same type as well as their Harmony, Caspian, and one set of their Jumbo Sunstruck needles. In the needle case I also keep a small crochet hook set, dental floss for lifelines, tapestry needles, another tape measure (not pictured) and all of the extra cables and hardware. I almost always add in some pencils, highlighters, and pens (I love the G2 pens by Pilot). I also grab my cable needle set (with an additional added tape measure) if I am working on a project that has lots of cables like my Splitstone.
Typically I stuff all of my additional items and my project into a backpack like this one. This is what I travel with for longer trips.
Finally (yes, one more thing. I have a lot of tools and I even own some not pictured), I have a small pouch containing an assortment of stitch markers that I have made over the years. I love making these, especially the ones with the lobster claw clasp. They look like jewelry and are fabulous for just about everything. I also made a few beaded lizards and dangles on plain jump rings.
Well, I think that is about it. That was a lot of ground to cover. Hopefully next time I do one of these I can pare it down to a smaller list.
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