The Best Laid Plans

>> Tuesday, September 27, 2011

I had planned on showing some finished pictures of Aidez but after incorrectly calculating stitches once I joined the sleeves and started on the yoke and having to rip it back twice I am finally on the home stretch.  Since the first day of Autumn has come and gone and I don't have a cardigan to show for it yet I thought I would share my knitting bag. 

Please don't judge me...I know it's awful.  I use it for its form and function not necessarily its beauty.  This is an old bag I think I used to tote around baby stuff at one point.  The reason I like it so much is that it is surrounded by pockets on the outside.  An easy way to divvy up my stuff and the kid crap that I am inevitably toting around.  The inside is a large main compartment that is divided by a zippered divider pocket.  It also has a small zippered bag that is attached by a hook.  I have all my various accessorises in the outside pockets and on the inside is where I keep my knitting.  I just got The Knit Kit in the mail so a little reorganizing of my bag was in order.  I had to the knit kit because I was buying some birthday presents and needed a little bump to get my free shipping... right?

All of those notions are packed away inside the little knit kit.  Up at the top of the knit kit you can't really see it but there is a stitch counter.  It has a tape measure, scissors, stitch markers, crochet hook, point protectors, and a needle.  The perfect knitting "first aid kit" I ordered mine off Amazon, best price, and highly recommend it.

The next thing I carry with me in my bag is my mp3 player.  I realize most people have smart phones but alas I have a 'dumb' phone.  It only makes phone calls.  I have music, movies, pod casts, and audio books.

The next little bits I carry around are a pen, my notebook (not seen here), lip gloss, a hair clip, hand sanitizer, a calculator, lotion, eye drops, and the little polka dot flip-flop is a small nail kit.  These all tuck away nicely in the small outside pockets.  I usually have a pack of cards and a couple small toys to keep my kids busy (helps me get more knitting done)

Lastly I have a small knitting project in there.  This isn't my current knitting project it's a small one.  What if I run out of yarn in my current project??  The HORROR!  So in addition to whatever I'm working on I have this little number tucked in the bag.  A small zippered pencil case like you would find in a Trapper Keeper (do they even make those anymore?) holds the directions, extra needles, an extra stitch counter, and cable needle. 

My long term goal would be to either find a replacement bag that has all the same pocket appeal or sew my own.  Until then this little baby is usually close by to assist me, my MacGyver knitting bag.  What do you keep in your bag?


Prairie Girl September 27, 2011 at 6:56 PM  

Oh how I feel the pain of you ripping back. I've currently ripped the cable-laden cardigan I am knitting for my daughter 3 times over. The last time was because I looked and realized I had not put a button hole in on ROW 5!!!!

Breathe in....breathe out....moving on ;)

Is the Knit Kit not the best thing ever invented?! I love mine. And I too carry a second project with me. Does this mean we are slightly obsessive? ;)

But what I am a dedicated knitting bag. I am so bad for just throwing whatever I am working on in my purse. Which means I"m always on the hunt for my knit kit, purse project or printed out pattern. This must change.

You've inspired me to pick a bag and stick with it! I like your idea of making one. If you come across a great pattern, please share! I'll do likewise.

MrPuffy September 28, 2011 at 9:34 AM  

I'm looking forward to seeing your cardi ~ that's one I'd love to knit someday too :) It's best to rip and do it right.

I have no idea what you are talking about with your bag!!!! If I could sew like that I would be so amazed with myself - LOL I fear my knitting bag generally only has the project I'm working on and the pattern - no phone (I don't even own a cell phone/ipod or any gizmo) no nail polish - just wool :)))

Yarnhog September 29, 2011 at 7:59 AM  

I recently found The Perfect Purse, which I've been looking for all my life. It also has pockets all around the outside--my favorite--and separate pockets on the inside. I love being able to organize my things so I can find what I'm looking for instantly.

Andi September 29, 2011 at 12:29 PM  

Your bag isn't bad, but I think if you mde one yourself, ti would be fantastic!
I seem to have alot of the same thing you have in your bag, except I have an awful lot of cherry chapstick.(not sure why)
Sorry to hear about your sweater-:(

Kristyn Knits September 30, 2011 at 3:40 PM  

Love all the sharing, Andrea! I'd not seen the little knit kit. How awesome! It would be a great present for a fellow knitter! Must check that out...

I use the Vera Bradley Tote (after Lisa suggested it) as my travel knitting bag. Similar to yours, it has tons of pockets! And it's as close as I'll get to a hand sewn bag.

I carry: a Vera pencil case with all my knitting notions, knitting journal, my favorite "go to" reference book- knitspeak, Denise needles, and future "want to" projects to keep me on task and inspired.

I've been knitting and frogging my Traveling Woman, so I feel your pain. Silly yarn overs get me every time! Keep on knitting. We can't wait to see it!!

Have a great weekend!!

Kathy... October 5, 2011 at 4:43 PM  

I have one of those "dumb" phones too! And I love both it and my I-pod. Mine is a close cousin to yours - being the orange model. With age comes perfection.... or at least I like to think so! lol

jamie October 6, 2011 at 7:11 AM  

I don't think it's awful at all. You can always give it a new look with fabric paint or some ric-rac. A little ironing and it's a new bag. :-)
I agree. If you rip it and start over, you will be so much happier. I have always been glad when I have and disappointed when I haven't.

Rachael Rabbit October 18, 2011 at 5:42 PM  

In my knitting bag I just keep what ever I need for the current 'project' .. so the pattern, knitting needles, a spare skein of yarn, plastic needle for seams etc, scissors ... but I did sew my knitting bag

Jane October 27, 2011 at 3:34 AM  

I just found a new bag myself. Somewhere out I on etsy I think. Hope your fall has been great. Can't wait to see what you are knitting.

Kristyn Knits November 2, 2011 at 6:52 PM  

missing you...
just wanted you to know.
hope you are well.

Ally Johnston November 14, 2011 at 5:38 PM  

That's a great bag, full of so many wonderful things

the greenhorn knitter November 15, 2011 at 8:46 PM  

I am so sorry that you had to rip back! Last night I was knitting in bed, super tired, and completely threw off my pattern for like 6 rows-not that bad I guess-but when you're exhausted, it truly sucks! Feeling your pain!

And as for the knit bag, in addition to the basic notions, I like to carry a little ziploc baggie of scrap yarn, chapstick, a pack of gum, a nail file (snagging yarn with uneven nails really stinks), and hand cream.

Happy knitting!

rental mobil November 21, 2011 at 10:50 PM  

Very nice, thanks for sharing.

askem1728 December 15, 2011 at 7:07 AM  

i love your knitting bag. i was wondering if you may have a link somewhere for a pattern for your pencil case it sounds beautiful and a good way to use up the small bits.

Kristyn Knits December 30, 2011 at 5:37 PM  

thinking of you.
I trust your celebration was merry.
happy new year!!

Andi January 7, 2012 at 4:52 AM  

Wanted to stop in and say that Happy New Year Andrea! Hope it was wonderful. Miss your posts, no guilt, just wanted you to know.

Larissa February 28, 2012 at 7:42 PM  

Just wanted to stop by and let you know that I was thinking of you. Hope everything is well with you and your family.

Jeannette April 10, 2015 at 5:24 AM  

Reminds me of a Bingo bag I had. Lots of pockets.

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