I’m flying through socks right now. I’ve got two separate socks from two distinct pairs on my needles right this second. I’ve even started a new pair of socks without finishing the first pair… something I never do. It’s like I’ve been bitten by some sort of sock bug. I’ve contracted a terrible case of sock-fluenza. I’ve been stricken with sock-itis.
It’s a problem. (Not really.)
Because of my sock-itosis, I’ve been schlepping my sock bag around a lot, and I thought I’d give you a tour of what I carry with me when I’m on a sock binge.I’ve got a handful of sock bags, but I think this one might be my favorite. It’s tough- I sewed it out of poplin and scraps of cute green quilting cotton. It’s nice and roomy, but still compact enough to fit in my purse. And, it’s got a nice big zipper to keep my knitting safe and sound as I schlep it around town.
Open it up, and all this fits inside! Two big skeins of yarn, a half-finished sock (plus needles) and my trusty notions kit full to bursting with scissors, tapestry needles and stitch markers.
(OK, if I’m being honest, my bag also contains this Snickers wrapper from when I got real hungry at work last week and had to stop for a candy bar. I’m a grown up, so I can eat candy when I want.)It’s not terribly exciting-there isn’t anything super surprising in my bag, but it still is pretty satisfying to know that I can keep a whole project with me at all times.
Ollie thought it was cool, too.Do you carry a knitting bag? What’s in yours?
What’s in your bag?
I don’t know about you, but I love seeing what other people have in their purses. Maybe it’s just me being a weirdo, but there’s always something interesting in there. Of course, you always have the usual; keys, wallet, cell phone, spare change, wadded up receipts, random old pens (I have one old purse that I just found that had, I kid you not, 10 pens in it. What was I thinking?). But there is always something weird in there, too. Maybe it’s an old notepad with some cryptic notes scribbled on it, or maybe a tiny plastic hippopotamus that someone got out of one of those 25 cent vending machines at the grocery store, or maybe a single big hoop earring that got left in there after you lost the other one at a new year’s party. Who knows?
Anyway, to satisfy my voyeurism, let’s talk about what you carry around in your knitting bag. Here’s what I have in my bag (I suppose it’s exhibitionism, not voyeurism, but still):
- Knitting (duh.)
- A pen. Always useful!
- My knitting toolkit. This is a little wallet-y pouch thing that I received in a swap years ago. I’ve got a couple of these little kits rattling around my knitting things. It’s great to have one of these always loaded up with useful little bits and bobs so that you don’t have to go running around looking for a needle or scissors. So, what’s in mine?
- Stitch markers-several kinds, several sizes for all your stitch marking needs.
- Scissors-I like these because they are tiny and pretty. I think I got them at JoAnn’s years ago for a couple bucks. They make me feel all fancy-like.
- Tapestry needles- organized on the plastic dealy that they came on, so they aren’t just rolling around loose and getting lost.
- Diaper pins-I actually got these in a swap, too, and had no idea why someone would send them to me. It seemed dumb. But, I use them all the time. You can use them to mark the beginning of a row when a stitch marker won’t work. You can use them to pin two pieces of knitting together when you’re seaming it. You can use them to organize buttons or stitch markers when are afraid you’re going to lose them before you get home. Also, they’re better than just using safety pins, since they don’t have as many jagged metal bits to cause snags.
- A cable needle- Never leave home without it. Easy to loose, not used a lot, but essential when you need to find it.
- Buttons that I took off of a sweater when I frogged it months ago. I should put them away…
So, I showed you mine. You show me yours. What’s in your knitting bag?