While my active WIPs are exactly the same as they were a month ago (as stated in my last post), a tiny finished object did make its way on and off my needles before ever appearing on the blog:
A coworker of mine (the same one who designed my logos!) is having a baby in September and she requested a little hat for him. I used a bunch of Bugga leftovers (Common Emerald Moth, Yellow Fringe Doris, Blue Lobster, and Dog Days Cicada) in a somewhat randomly-striped slipped stitch pattern. I then made a couple of mismatched, color-blocked booties. I wasn’t sure how the color-blocking would work out but I admit that I’m charmed by their mismatched-ness! The whole shebang used up 46 g of leftover bits, which is pretty awesome.
I also wanted to blab about a few new project bags that have come my way recently.
This pretty bag was made by Amanda of Lizard’s Bazaar. This is the large size. I originally bought a small size bag thinking it would work well for sock projects, but the unique triangular shape of the bag actually did not fit my large-ish ball of sock yarn (let alone the project to go with it). When I wrote to Amanda about this she was very gracious and let me exchange my bag for a larger size. I’m still not sure I’m in love with the triangular shape (it makes the bag appear much larger than it actually is on the inside) but the fabric is pretty, it seems well-made, and Amanda provided great customer service so I’ll certainly give it a shot!
A while back, Lisa from Indie Untangled teamed up with That Clever Clementine to offer a special Indie Untangled project bag for sale. Since Sweet Sheep is part of the Indie Untangled Marketplace I had to snag one, and I’m so glad I did! The bag is really well-made and a lovely size. It has a couple of slip pockets on the inside, a cloth string cinch, a nice cloth handle, and even a little string inside with a clip attached. I often clip my knitting bag to things so I think this will be a handy feature. (P.S. There’s a great giveaway happening on the Indie Untangled blog right now for a skein of yarn from Pigeonroof Studios! Just your basic enabler’s alert…)
Finally, I discovered something awesome on my honeymoon: these dry sacks from L.L. Bean make really great sock project bags! They’re made of rugged but lightweight nylon, and when they’re rolled up and clipped closed they are waterproof.
I admit I love the clip most of all. It was super handy while flying to just clip this bag around the strap of my carry-on so my knitting was secure and easy to reach at all times. I would recommend using some sort of needle protector, though, you don’t want the tips poking through the fabric if you want your bag to remain waterproof. I’m using a fabric DPN holder by pokdej that is doing the trick.
What’s your favorite project bag? Do you tend to use one type or different types for different projects? Is there a particular feature you requre?
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I use all types and honestly whatever fits and is at hand!
I am constantly switching between bags. I have a rectangle, plasticy bag that has a bunch of disney pictures on it I’ve used frequently for the past 5 years. But lately I’ve been into the cinch bags. I have 2 that I have been using lately. What lovely baby gifts and such a great way to use up yarn!
Oh that’s a fantastic way to use up scraps! It helps when all your scraps are super pretty too. I’m not much of a project bag kind of person. If I’m going anywhere, into my purse everything goes!
lots of bags of different sizes for different kinds of projects – mostly from thrift stores – things that have caught my fancy in old embroidered fabrics, tapestry bags and my own home made floral bags for small projects…a miscellany of bags really!
I’d never have guessed that the baby knits were scrapbusters rather than some very well-coordinated self-striping yarn – the colors just work so wonderfully together! I love the way the colorblocking in the socks turned out.
For project bags I usually just use some cheap, thin canvas bags – all they need to do to satisfy me is keep the dust off my knitting.
Thank you! There were about a zillion ends to weave in, but it was worth it. 🙂