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pbs
09-25-2010, 07:08 PM
What goes in a project bag vs. a knitting bag? I guess what I'm asking is: does a project bag just hold your yarn, needles, and your knitting item. And then a knitting bag holds all your accessories? I'm trying to decide what size/kind of bag to purchase?
Has anyone ever used the GoKnit pouch with the drawstring? It has a loop inside to feed your yarn through without with the whole ball having to be in your lap. Just looking for some input....

Jan in CA
09-25-2010, 09:38 PM
The Go-Knit pouches are good for something small like socks...maybe a hat.

Hmm... I have a smaller bag that I keep stitch markers, scissors, needle sizer, crochet hooks and other random stuff in. The smaller bag I keep in my big knitting bag to which I also add my needle roll and my project. I think it's pretty much whatever works for you. The terms are kind of interchangeable.

yarnrainbow
09-26-2010, 07:02 AM
I have project bags and a small knitting bag which I keep inside a larger knitting bag. In my project bag (which is usually a very large ziploc bag), I put the WIP, with needles, and the yarn for the project along with a copy of the project pattern (usually in a page protector). On the outside of the bag, I label it with the project name, the name of the yarn(s) I'm using for the project, the size and length of the needles and the date I started the project. As I usually have several works in progress, I may have numerous project bags around. I keep them in my large knitting bag, which is actually on of those sewing/craft bags that you see everywhere...the ones that are attached to a wooden frame that you can fold up and carry from room to room and then set open on the floor beside you. I currently have five project bags, labeled and ready to go. I tend to work a little on one project and then put it away and work on another one. That's why I label them with the project/pattern name, etc. Sometimes a WIP can set untouched for a few months. I also keep my collection of needles in my large knitting bag. In my small knitting bag, which is actually a pencil pouch, I keep my knitting notions (stitch markers, stitch holders, a small crochet hook for fixing dropped stitches/runs, etc.)

This way I keep my WsIP clean, I don't inadvertently use yarn I purchased for one project on another project, and if I want to take a project with me to KIP, I can stop at one place grab a project bag and the small knitting bag (so I'll have my markers, etc.), put them in my purse and I'm ready to go in a second.

pbs
09-26-2010, 10:51 AM
Thanks so much for the detailed info--that's exactly what I needed. My OCD tendencies need 1, 2, 3, 4 instructions sometimes. :teehee: I've been carrying my entire knitting bag when I go places and it gets bulky, so that was what I suppose I was asking about. When you go on vacation, do you take the whole bag or just your WIP?

Jan in CA
09-26-2010, 12:56 PM
Best answer for vacations...it depends. If it's a long car trip I'd probably sort through my bag a bit and not bring anything I definitely wouldn't work on, but I'd probably bring most of it since the bag isn't that large.

For a weekend trip probably just a project and the tools I'll most likely need.

When I'm flying I take a project and extra yarn for another if I finish and just the tools I need.

kittykins
09-26-2010, 06:04 PM
I guess it all depends on the individual. Different needs for different knitters, and different projects.Like yarnrainbow I have one of those bags on a wooden frame.(Had two, but in a weak moment I let my daughter have one of them). Easy to carry around and then just open the legs up and set it on the floor. Also makes it easy to see what you've got inside. A few years ago I found the mini version of this same type of bag at a Dollar Store. It's nothing fancy smacy, but then it only cost me a dollar!:yay: Now I wish I had gotten more. I use mine a lot to stick my skein of yarn in when I working on a project. Open it up and set it on the floor next to me. Keeps my yarn from rolling around to who knows where.:shrug: Jeanie in TX

pbs
09-26-2010, 06:17 PM
You're all the best!!!!!! You're so patient with me even if my questions are silly. Thanks so much.:muah:

kittykins
09-26-2010, 06:21 PM
Your question wasn't silly at all! Just thought I'd let you know what works for me.

hyperactive
09-27-2010, 04:18 AM
Hi!
I have a stuff sack to hold all my little items and my circular needles. And I have this wonderfull roll-up-pouch, hand made (quilted) by my mother in law, that holds all my dpn in seperate pouches. If need-be that fits into my stuffsack as well.
inside the stuff sack I do have a few mini-zip-locks to hold my stitchmarkers, pointy needles and such.

My project bag contains enough of the yarn I am using to get me through the time I am around with it (like on a trip or when going somewhere). Sometimes I keep the extra yarn in a plastic bag inside so it does not get cought up with the ball I am using.

My project bag is just a type of canvas shopping bag with nice long handles that go over your shoulder easily and with a card-board bottom part that keeps the bag less tight.

At home, I just litter plastic bags and yarn bags (nice, really big canvassy ones I get at my yarn shop when I once again buy too much) around my office and my living room until I need to clean up :)

This makes it easy to just grab my current project. I can run the yarn out of that canvas bag and do that when I can not place it anywhere else (like mostly in the car or train).

So: I did never really spend money on my bags / containers. I just used what comes in handy.

hyperactive
09-27-2010, 04:22 AM
When I'm flying I take a project and extra yarn for another if I finish and just the tools I need.

I constantly have the issue: What if I run out of project before I am there? What if? Rather take something else with you. Just to be safe. A sock maybe? or something.... just to be safe. Is that really enough? How much will I knit? How far will I get? Oh, just throw it in...

pbs
09-27-2010, 08:48 AM
Hi!
I have a stuff sack to hold all my little items and my circular needles. And I have this wonderfull roll-up-pouch, hand made (quilted) by my mother in law, that holds all my dpn in seperate pouches. If need-be that fits into my stuffsack as well.
inside the stuff sack I do have a few mini-zip-locks to hold my stitchmarkers, pointy needles and such.

My project bag contains enough of the yarn I am using to get me through the time I am around with it (like on a trip or when going somewhere). Sometimes I keep the extra yarn in a plastic bag inside so it does not get cought up with the ball I am using.

My project bag is just a type of canvas shopping bag with nice long handles that go over your shoulder easily and with a card-board bottom part that keeps the bag less tight.

At home, I just litter plastic bags and yarn bags (nice, really big canvassy ones I get at my yarn shop when I once again buy too much) around my office and my living room until I need to clean up :)

This makes it easy to just grab my current project. I can run the yarn out of that canvas bag and do that when I can not place it anywhere else (like mostly in the car or train).

So: I did never really spend money on my bags / containers. I just used what comes in handy.

Do you carry your "stuff bag" with you when you go places, or just the yarn and needles for the project? I tend to carry all my "stuff" everywhere thinking I might need it, then I never do..... but who knows????

pbs
09-27-2010, 08:53 AM
I constantly have the issue: What if I run out of project before I am there? What if? Rather take something else with you. Just to be safe. A sock maybe? or something.... just to be safe. Is that really enough? How much will I knit? How far will I get? Oh, just throw it in...

:cheering: :cheering: You sound JUST LIKE ME.... I think you must be my good German friend!!!!!!!

Jan in CA
09-27-2010, 12:37 PM
I guess it depends on the kind of vacation you are taking. Most of mine involve "doing stuff" that can't involve knitting.. like museums, sightseeing, walking around a city.... I knit in the evening or on breaks so an extra skein or two of yarn is more than enough. Besides, unless you're going to be in the boonies you can probably find a yarn store (road trip!!) so it's not all bad. :thumbsup:

hyperactive
09-27-2010, 12:47 PM
I do carry everything with me on vacation (like my trip to Sweden this summer or the US and family this spring) because I just don't know what yarn I will come by. I love shopping yarn on the road and even took a small folder with patterns I wanted to go yarn hunting for. I was successfull, really.

If I take a daytrip on the train (for work but just stuck in the train, mostly) I take what I need (approx). Lately I wanted to make squares for my blanket, and 2 of them involved cables, 3 over 3. I did not bring a cable needle and there were a lot of cables. Well, I would have had emergency replacements (and if I go and ask the diner car for a straw, you know) but I just braved it and practiced my 3 over 3 without cable needle. They all came out beautiful and I only got myself in trouble once (dropping and not noticing eeeek)

A crochet hook usually goes into my bag (and gets stuck in the ball much too often) just for having a magic wand when you need one.



And, yeah, I can be pretty cought up in my knitting these days. But it does keep me relaxed, calm, more tolerant to long trips, awake, more happy, acomplished, warm, good looking, well dressed, liked for gifts and overall a better person. Which ONE hobby can really do all that (and not say Crochet, right now!)

Sunshine's Mom
09-27-2010, 02:00 PM
I use a little purse that has a zip top for my current project (usually a sock) and I have my WIP with needles, a small crochet hook, my strander (a little gadget that I wear on my left index finger to prevent "yarn rub" - continental knitting), and a small tape measure. I keep the yarn in the bag while I'm knitting. It works like the GoKnit, but it was a free purse that I got many years ago and can squish up and fit in my purse.

The rest of my yarn and needles, etc. are all over the place in my house. Centrally located but not necessarily cataloged or neat. I'm trying to remedy that but I don't stress over it.

pbs
09-27-2010, 03:32 PM
And, yeah, I can be pretty cought up in my knitting these days. But it does keep me relaxed, calm, more tolerant to long trips, awake, more happy, acomplished, warm, good looking, well dressed, liked for gifts and overall a better person.

Isn't that the truth!!!!! It's my newly prescribed therapy, but you can see I'm struggling with the little "nothing, doesn't matter" stuff like bags instead of knitting. I'm getting there though.

pbs
09-27-2010, 03:40 PM
I guess it depends on the kind of vacation you are taking. bad.
We're taking our daughter and one-year-old grandson to the beach for a week; unfortunately my SIL is a Marine and can't get leave right now. Ocean waves, lazy river pool, 3 regular pools, hot tub on balcony, knitting, and reading. My daughter and husband will love entertaining Evan on his first beach trip so I can "do my thing" lots of the time. It just doesn't get much better than that. :woohoo:
I'm afraid I won't want to come back to reality.....

Jan in CA
09-27-2010, 04:08 PM
Why does it say "bad" next to the quote of what I said... :??

pbs
09-27-2010, 04:18 PM
Why does it say "bad" next to the quote of what I said... :??

When I was deleting the part off your post I didn't want to reuse, I think I forgot to delete the word "bad". So sorry--just wasn't paying attention to what I was doing. Can you tell I need a vacation?

pixiepurls
09-27-2010, 06:16 PM
For me a project bag holds 1 or two projects (max!) and is very small. A knitting bag will then hold the project bag (or 2) and other tools. I've wound up converting though, I invested in the Spud & Chloe bag that they sold a limited amount of, I bought it to support the company because I love them, and I was sort of shocked by how much I loved it. When I got it I thought "oh its just a big project bag, thats no fun" and now its my most favorite thing on earth. It's that project bag thin cotton/canvas type material, and I pop my interchangable kit into it, a little zippered bag of tools, and the yarn and needles for 1 or two projects (not in their own project bags). My other knitting bags are all sitting under my table, un-used, and I have a few variouse project bags around the house, some with project sin them, and many un-used.

So my new favorite thing is a "large" project bag with just my knitting supplies in it, sort of like half knitting bag, half project bag. I think I just totally took myself to a new knitting nerd level by explaining all that. *blink*

Jan in CA
09-27-2010, 10:41 PM
When I was deleting the part off your post I didn't want to reuse, I think I forgot to delete the word "bad". So sorry--just wasn't paying attention to what I was doing. Can you tell I need a vacation?

:teehee: No problem, I just wondered.

pbs
09-27-2010, 11:46 PM
I think I just totally took myself to a new knitting nerd level by explaining all that. *blink*

I love it!!!!!!!:rofl:

hyperactive
09-28-2010, 08:23 AM
I think I just totally took myself to a new knitting nerd level by explaining all that. *blink*

Oh, I totally loved that, too. Great to know others are so quirky, too. I sometimes feel so unnormal in my everyday life with lots of quer looks for knitting-foolishness. Now I have yet another point in my directory (the biggest leap I made when I read about one girl (here?) that hat about 60 kg of stash in various types. I am so not that bad!)

mspwrz
09-28-2010, 09:13 AM
You guys are alway good for a laugh because we all understand, on some degree or level exactly what you are talking about! I have only been knitting for a couple of years now, and I do not have the time in my schedule right now to devote to mastering advanced techniques. In a couple of years, my time will be more my own. I do however not go many places without at least a small project in tow and I have learned which types of projects to take as well. Keep up the good work all of you. I enjoy reading your posts! :aww:

Breezed
10-10-2010, 11:43 AM
I am still a new knitter but my boyfriend bought me a big LionBrand bag. It's really big and great for holding all my stuff for moving around the house and I do love it. But I have noticed already I needed something smaller to take with me outside of the house for a single WIP and I found an old re-usable shopping bag from Publix and it is really light, thin, and flexible but strong so it's perfect. It just happens to have that little loop that not all re-usables have and I can easily start my yarn through it and just pull from the bag with no tangling! I only use re-usable bags and this is the only one I found that just works perfectly for my take along projects. I'm sure other people know this but I was excited to find it instead of spending more money on less useful bags.

pbs
10-10-2010, 12:59 PM
But I have noticed already I needed something smaller to take with me outside of the house for a single WIP

Thanks for the info--the smaller one for taking places is what I'm really looking for. As a new knitter like yourself, I'm trying to get organized, but I get hung up on "cute" instead of "useful".

sakura-panda
10-20-2010, 11:06 AM
I use the words "knitting bag" and "project bag" interchangeably; for me, they are the same thing. The project bag is whatever bag has my project in it, and if it happens to be a knitting project, then it is my knitting bag as well.

(Or it is when I'm discussing it here; at home they are all "yarn bags".)

At home I have a Longaberger basket that I keep my knitting in. (Called, of course, my "yarn basket".)

For bags, I have two small (http://www.etsy.com/transaction/7418636) project bags (http://www.etsy.com/transaction/7270874)that have a drawstring closure and a loop with a snap so that I can secure them to my purse or other bag. In each bag I have put in dedictated scissors and tape measure. The bag either goes into a larger tote, or my basket, depending on where I am working.

I keep my WIP, yarn and pattern in there, until I need a second ball and the project no longer fits in the bag. When it gets to that point, the bag and WIP both move into a larger bag. If it gets too big for the second bag, it stays at home in my basket -- both WIP and bag -- until it is complete.

I suppose that doesn't really answer your questions, since I bought the little pouch bags specifically because they were cute :teehee: but I have found they work very well for keeping everything I need for on-the-go knitting together, easy to find, and portable.

pbs
10-20-2010, 12:05 PM
I suppose that doesn't really answer your questions, since I bought the little pouch bags specifically because they were cute :teehee: but I have found they work very well for keeping everything I need for on-the-go knitting together, easy to find, and portable.

That like so totally answered my question! The bags are precious--where did you find them?

sakura-panda
10-21-2010, 12:11 AM
That like so totally answered my question! The bags are precious--where did you find them?


I bought them on etsy, from Come to Silver. (http://www.etsy.com/shop/ComeToSilver)

knitcindy
10-21-2010, 04:54 PM
My project bags aren't the most glamorous, but they work for me. I stick each WIP in a 2-gallon size Hefty ziplock bag, along with the appropriate pattern, pencil and my Knit Kit.

Then I keep all my WIP bags together in a bigger bag that sits on the livingroom floor, near the couch. Once a project grows too big for the ziplock bag, then I stick it in some other totebag of mine. I collect totebags so I've always got LOTS to choose from!
knitcindy

blossmgirl
06-10-2011, 07:29 PM
Does it mean I've sold out if I carry this cute little HiyaHiya bag for flying but use an fancy Della Q for car trips? :aww:

Around the house and for short trips in town, I use a little soft basket that I "borrowed" from my daughter for my WIPs. I have a small zippered notions bag with my scissors and stuff inside this bag and can easily move it to another bag if needed. My future to-do's are in a large paper bag, sorted into large ziplocs with photocopied instructions and the necessary yarns. I don't journal, per se, but I do have a little notebook with future projects listed, misc. yarns (and amounts I have), and the needles I already have. I've been making lots of toys this year since I have a new granddaughter, and I listed all the floss colors I've bought and the other misc. notions that I have too many of already in this notebook too. I carry it in my purse everywhere 'cause you never know...

All my other needles, hooks, stitch markers and other fun toys are stored in a large picnic basket. I only take what I need for a specific project when I travel but I have a "what if" project tucked in my suitcase. This isn't reason to skip shopping the yarn stores though.

I've only been knitting for a couple of years too but the bug sure bit me hard! I'm so happy to know there are other knitting knerds out there! :muah:

Arielluria
06-10-2011, 08:03 PM
At home I use this which was in the hamper section of Hobby Lobby, but my husband calls it my "feedbag" :o) It holds a TON!
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3628/3334100256_f67d2929f6.jpg