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hapagirl
11-07-2006, 04:28 PM
So ... I'm a fairly new and OBSESSED knitter :teehee: and I'm struggling trying to find the perfect bag to tote my knitting around with me. I bring my knitting to work, and knit in our lounge during my lunch hour. I'm currently knitting scarves, with no more than 2 different yarns at a time. Will you all please share pictures of your knitting totes with me? Or share what works/what doesn't work for you ... I'd like you to use your recommendations before I run out and buy more bags (another obsession of mine :roflhard: )

Thanks!

MrTea
11-07-2006, 04:37 PM
This is what I use to tote my knitting to work, but then again, I am a man. :shrug:

janelanespaintbrush
11-07-2006, 04:39 PM
When I take knitting with me somewhere, I usually try to go with a small project, like socks. I'll put everything in a ziploc baggie and then stuff it into one of my larger handbags. Pretty boring, huh? The idea of carrying an extra bag just for knitting doesn't appeal to me, I guess.

dustinac
11-07-2006, 04:44 PM
lol loved your title to this...

There are sooooo many knitting bags I'd love to have.. I collect bags like I do shoes!! Being a SAHM though doesn't really give me a lot of chances to go out and knit... unless its dr appts or something I know I'll have time with... so I got the Knitpicks bag.. http://www.knitpicks.com/tools/itemid_80299/tools_display
I bought the medium, the purse organizer, the tool pouch, and the chart keeper as well.. I use the chart keeper even when I'm at home it comes in real handy. I can find all my purse items cause its up front in the organizer... Its a really easy bag to use.. only thing I'd change besides having color options is getting the large instead... which I plan on doing soon :rofl:

nonny2t
11-07-2006, 04:45 PM
I was goofing around one day looking at designr diaper bags for my dil, who is expecting her first baby in June and saw a knitting tote for $300, ya interested?????? :rofl: Most of the baby ones were like $250-400!!!! I mean, COME ON, they are just stupid bags to carry junk in not to carry gold bars from the mint!

Mine is a HUGE "I Love Lucy" tote bag my son and dil bought mefor my birthday last year. I am kind of a lucy nut. My dd bought me the smaller version of the same bag and I take it with me when I want to just take one item to do at the doctor's office or something like that.

MrTea
11-07-2006, 04:49 PM
What about an L.L.Bean tote? They are affordable, come in all sorts of sizes and colors, last forever and have a lifetime guarantee.

Maybe not high fashion, but certainly practical.

Jan in CA
11-07-2006, 04:58 PM
I was actually thinking of getting an LLBean tote, too. You can choose your own colors on one version. I see the biggest drawback is not having all the pockets, but I suppose you could put a small bag in with it.

LLBean Totes (http://www.llbean.com/webapp/wcs/stores/search?langId=-1&searchTerms=tote&startRec=1&numWanted=5000&loggedIn=0&page_type=null&hotBG=0&filter1=A50&filter2=Vpaging)
Search for "totes" and you'll get more choices as well I think.

CarmenIbanez
11-07-2006, 05:30 PM
I have the KIPer bag from knitpicks.com. I really like it. I have the large one (as I wanted to be able to put my work stuff and my knitting (usually sweaters) in the same bag. I actually find it slightly too large and am considering buying the medium size one for other days. Although the large one made an EXCELLENT carry on bag for the plane. Room for personal items, snacks, mags and knitting!

I also have the knitpicks options needles which come in a little zipper book like a daytimer. That is very handy.

I think any bag that you like will work as a knitting bag, unless you want a bag that has specific pockets for needles, etc. I think Target has an excellent assortment of bags that cost about $20. I also saw a lot of really cute business satchels in Staples the other day that would make great knitting bags.

dustinac
11-07-2006, 05:40 PM
:teehee: after reading your reply Carmen.. I decided I better re check my tote... and I ordered the small :doh: I thought I had ordered the medium... so I should be safe going to Medium next and not the large... good thing I came back in here and read :rofl: :roflhard:

MrTea
11-07-2006, 05:40 PM
Nobody thought my bag suggesion was funny? Jeez, tough crowd today.

dustinac
11-07-2006, 05:41 PM
well I was gonna ask how the gun helped you knit :rofl: but I really did think that was your knitting tote :oops:

Mulderknitter
11-07-2006, 05:45 PM
I like to sew as well as knit, so I have made my own bags. I also have bought some decorative boxes and such to put part of my stash in so I can have it in the living room with me, my hubby hates stuff lying all over so it has to be kind of neat. i also bought a zipper needle case so that all that stuff is together. But I like having a bunch of cool bags that I have made holding my knit stuff!

MrTea
11-07-2006, 05:46 PM
well I was gonna ask how the gun helped you knit :rofl: but I really did think that was your knitting tote :oops:

It is my knitting tote, except mine is black and I use it for toting all my everyday stuff. It's my man purse. You ladies get to carry bags, I have stuff I need to carry too.

The gun dosn't help me knit, but lord how I have tried. :teehee:

I tried dropping a couple needle sizes, but the work still ends up with a bunch of holes. :teehee:

CarmenIbanez
11-07-2006, 05:46 PM
I was trying to think of a situation in which I would need both my knitting AND my hand gun. Camping, maybe? I think it is an awsome bag. With that bag, do you do the whole "fake hands up to grab hidden gun between your shouler blades" thing?

MrTea
11-07-2006, 05:50 PM
I think it is an awsome bag.

They are really high quality, all cordura nylon and double stitched all around.

www.maxpedition.com - they make all kinds of cool man purses, backpacks and such. Great Cristmas ideas for any man on your list.

With that bag, do you do the whole "fake hands up to grab hidden gun between your shouler blades" thing?

What? I'm not familiar with that "thing".

It just has a secret pocket, I guess you could fill it with candy canes.

hapagirl
11-07-2006, 05:57 PM
Thank you all for your suggestions :muah: I really do like your bag, Mr. Tea :teehee:

I just wanted to see what y'all use ... I think I'll order the KIPer medium bag and see how it goes. I've been lusting after it for awhile :) I'm attached to my Takumi Clover knitting needles ... would that option bag work for my needles too?

skNYC
11-07-2006, 05:57 PM
Mr Tea: You carry a gun to work?

MrTea
11-07-2006, 06:03 PM
Mr Tea: You carry a gun to work?

Not generally. But I suppose I could and have. Never really thought about it.

Life is a little different here in AZ than in NY, skNYC.

Actually, now that I think about it, I've had two jobs in the past where bringing a gun to work was either reccomended or required. One of those employers actually paid for my CCW permit.

jolenel
11-07-2006, 06:04 PM
MrTea, I love your knitting bag!

Thanks for posting the link to the company that makes them too. That's some pretty awesome gear they have. I've been talking about sewing myself a knitting bag, and seeing those bags is something of an inspiration, since I much prefer "man-bags" to women's handbags. :happydance:

MrTea
11-07-2006, 06:13 PM
MrTea, I love your knitting bag!

Thanks for posting the link to the company that makes them too. That's some pretty awesome gear they have. I've been talking about sewing myself a knitting bag, and seeing those bags is something of an inspiration, since I much prefer "man-bags" to women's handbags. :happydance:

Nothing wrong with that. I like them better too. :teehee:

skNYC
11-07-2006, 06:44 PM
Mr Tea:

Why were you required to bring a gun to work?

jodstr2
11-07-2006, 07:09 PM
I use whatever bags are handy. small paper shopping bags, the ones about 1' tall that LYSs package my stuff in, make good project bags. mom also left a simple round-bottom cotton bag with me a couple yrs ago on a visit and I use that too. I was given Vera Bradley handbag for my birthday earlier this year and I use that one too. I have 2-5 projects going at once so I use many bags at one time.

OT: hapagirl, I like your website :heart:! I'm born/raised in Hilo but have been on da mainland since 1989. my Auntie's (dad's sister) the editor of this paper, check it out: http://www.northwesthawaiitimes.com/

MrTea
11-07-2006, 07:11 PM
Mr Tea:

Why were you required to bring a gun to work?

Well, this story is a bit unpleasant so don't read it if you are faint of heart. You did ask.

I used to work in a smoke shop, which is sort of a politically correct name for a place where they sell bongs and crack pipes along with a huge selection of tobacco products. We did, at the time actually have the largest walk-in humidor in town and had many upstanding cigar customers.

One evening, luckily I was not there, two men entered the store. Without a word they grabbed a customer nelt him down on the floor and murdered him. After that they proceeded to open fire on the staff. My friend Tom, rest his soul, was also murdered and another friend was shot in the face and the arm, but survived. These men got away with under $250 in cash from the register.

Eventually these men were brought to justice and sentenced to death, but only after another murdering rampage that occurred at a local Fireman's banquet nearby.

It was sort of a rough neighborhood anyway, so carrying a gun was recommended before the incedent, but afterward it was required for obvious reasons. Actually I'm not sure if that was actually added to the employee manual, but everyone brought one to work after that.

The other job was at a gun store and that just sort of goes with the territory. Although, it was robbed once and burgled another time, though unsuccessfully.

MrTea
11-07-2006, 07:12 PM
Sorry I sort of hijacked your thread, hapagirl.

brendajos
11-07-2006, 07:35 PM
yeah i don't do bags.... :roll:





The only reason I am home right now is because one of the 250 bags I own broke from all the yarn in it. Couldn't go watch them count ballots with a broken bag could I? Switched to my Jordana Paige bag....holds more stuff ya know. :teehee:

DragonTush
11-07-2006, 08:48 PM
I'm sorry to about your friend Mr. Tea. How horrifying for you and of course for the surviving employee. I can't imagine the emotional turmoil.


On a happier note, I do like those bags you posted. I much prefer those types of bags than the more feminine type bags. I am contemplating sewing up a bag of my own if I can remember how to use my sewing machine LOL.

MrTea
11-07-2006, 09:49 PM
I'm sorry to about your friend Mr. Tea.

Yea, it was really sad. He was one of the nicest guys I've ever met. One of those guys that always got along with everybody. The least deserving of all of us. Not to mention that he was about to be married the following weekend.

How horrifying for you and of course for the surviving employee. I can't imagine the emotional turmoil.

I'm fine, the surviving employee is fine, although he has some impressive scars now. He still works there, if you can believe that. This all happened about 10 years ago. Wow, 10 years I just had to add it up. Dang, time flies. It's really Tom's family and fiancee that I feel for.

DragonTush
11-07-2006, 09:51 PM
I can understand that, The poor man was just starting life, it sounds like.

lissalue
11-07-2006, 10:05 PM
I actually got my tote for crochet, but it is a knitters bag. IT is a "Good To Go" knitter's tote from Michaels and It has pockets for six skeins of yarn and they have eyelets that go through to the inside so you can store what you are working on. It also has little pockets and straps on the inside for needles and all of your other notions. Best part, It was only thirty or forty bucks (my stepmom works there so she got it for my b-day). They also have a one skein size. just thought I would share.

Hildegard_von_Knittin
11-07-2006, 10:42 PM
I just bought the namaste messenger bag in cranberry... kempy has them on sale at her store (http://www.divaknitting.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=16&products_id=163&zenid=1e33736bb83ceae010edf5e88a7b955a).

Liliyarn
11-07-2006, 10:59 PM
Just one bag? Wow....
I have the boogas for socks and small projects
Cheap woven tote bags (3 of them) for larger WIPs
A small bag that DH got me for my B day :muah: He tries and does so well....
A large travel project bag to house several projects.
A canvas bag given to me by my LYS
and a large canvas bag for my knit group meets. It stores all my show and tells.

Then I've got a spinning bag......

Pink Dandelion
11-08-2006, 02:19 AM
Mr.Tea - Sorry to hear about your friend :( That's awful. Good reason to carry a gun to work... but I don't think I could handle working somewhere there was good reason to carry a gun... then again, there are people around where I live who carry a gun around because of cougars and rattlesnakes... but I guess I see that different than someone coming and killing in coldblood...

I thought maybe the gun was for when you got mad at your knitting... or to make sure nobody called you sissy (for being a guy who knits) :oo:

Hapagirl -- This is what I use, it's a little mini version of a booga bag (http://www.blacksheepbags.com/booga_bag.html);

(ignore the arrows, it's an old picture for something else)

http://www.pinkdandelion.com/images/emeyrn.jpg

And then I stick in a glorified pencil holder called a "Back-To-Back-Pack" (don't look at me - I didn't name it) that opens on both sides and has lots of small partitions:

http://www.pinkdandelion.com/images/knitboxes2.jpg

You can see the other side in the post on my blog (http://www.pinkdandelion.com/index.php?title=one_of_these_days_i_ll_get_organiz ised&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1)

I really like doing it this way because the booga bag was cheap, I enjoyed making it, and it's easy to move to another bag if I need (or have more than one knitting bag for different projects) by just grabbing the little case and sticking it in the bag I want to use, it has everything I could need for most projects (assuming you've already got your yarn and appropriate needles) since it fits several sets of 7" dpns, my measuring tape, row counter, darning needles, stitch markers, etc. and it was $1.50 at Fred Meyer. The case is also really nice to have around the house, since I bought it I've lost my knitting notions waaaay less.

I spent about $3.00 on my knitting bag by using recycled yarn from a $1 thrift store sweater to knit the booga and then $1.50 on the case (ok that's only $2.50... but I had sales tax ;-) )

My other "knitting bag" is a small womens size northface backpack I got on sale at REI so I could knit while walking.

hapagirl
11-08-2006, 10:54 AM
OT: hapagirl, I like your website :heart:! I'm born/raised in Hilo but have been on da mainland since 1989. my Auntie's (dad's sister) the editor of this paper, check it out: http://www.northwesthawaiitimes.com/

Sweet! I was born and raised in Pearl City (Oahu) and moved to Wisconsin in 2002. Get choke locals up hea, we have a couple of halaus, and we kanikapila every month. Helps me from getting homesick! I also maintain our Milwaukee 'Ohana MySpace page (http://www.myspace.com/themilwaukeeohana) ... go spock 'um out for pictures from our luaus and stuff. We also just had a big hula seminar in Indiana this past weekend - Keali'i Reichel came up to teach us, it was so awesome, we have one every spring and fall. So cool to meet a local here on knittinghelp.com!!

hapagirl
11-08-2006, 10:56 AM
Sorry I sort of hijacked your thread, hapagirl.

No worries MrTea!! I'm just happy you're all right after what happened!

hapagirl
11-08-2006, 10:58 AM
I actually got my tote for crochet, but it is a knitters bag. IT is a "Good To Go" knitter's tote from Michaels and It has pockets for six skeins of yarn and they have eyelets that go through to the inside so you can store what you are working on. It also has little pockets and straps on the inside for needles and all of your other notions. Best part, It was only thirty or forty bucks (my stepmom works there so she got it for my b-day). They also have a one skein size. just thought I would share.

I saw that one - I was thinking of using my Michael's 40% off coupon ... glad to hear that you like it, it helps my decision!

hapagirl
11-08-2006, 10:58 AM
Just one bag? Wow....
I have the boogas for socks and small projects
Cheap woven tote bags (3 of them) for larger WIPs
A small bag that DH got me for my B day :muah: He tries and does so well....
A large travel project bag to house several projects.
A canvas bag given to me by my LYS
and a large canvas bag for my knit group meets. It stores all my show and tells.

Then I've got a spinning bag......

:roflhard: Too funny ... I'm such a bag-lady myself!

hapagirl
11-08-2006, 12:33 PM
I just bought the namaste messenger bag in cranberry... kempy has them on sale at her store (http://www.divaknitting.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=16&products_id=163&zenid=1e33736bb83ceae010edf5e88a7b955a).

Ooooo, I've been coveting the Namaste bags for a while ... please let me know how you like it!

hapagirl
11-08-2006, 12:36 PM
My other "knitting bag" is a small womens size northface backpack I got on sale at REI so I could knit while walking.

Whoa .. knitting and walking at the same time? That's pretty impressive :teehee:

Containers ... don't get me started on containers. I'm a container-holic!! I just bought 2 cute ones from Michael's, one for my crochet hooks (and I don't even crochet yet) and one for my knitting notions.

I was thinking of making my own booga bag ... what better way to show the world I'm a knitter :)

Stiney
11-08-2006, 12:36 PM
I want a Namaste bag, too. They're soooo pretty.

skNYC
11-08-2006, 12:42 PM
Mr. Tea:

I am so sorry to hear the story. It was so sad. To take that many lives all for 250 bucks. Thanks for sharing the background. I never knew what a "smoke shop" was like. Now I do.

janelanespaintbrush
11-08-2006, 01:27 PM
Mr. Tea:

I am so sorry to hear the story. It was so sad. To take that many lives all for 250 bucks.

Yeah, that is too sad, MrTea. :pout: You seem to live in such a different world than I do, and it makes me worried about you even though I know you're probably used to it.

rebecca
11-08-2006, 01:48 PM
Me, I recently bought a yummy, simple, regular big leather bag http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y119/rebeccame/Yarn%20Porn%20and%20Other%20Goodies/th_bag.jpg (http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y119/rebeccame/Yarn%20Porn%20and%20Other%20Goodies/bag.jpg). This bag is large enough for me to carry my WIP (always socks for carry along) on the one side that I have set aside exclusively for knitting.
When we go on a road trip I just pop enough yarn, etc for another project in a simple denim tote that a friend gave me for just this purpose.
LOL, I used to carry almost all of my knitty things when we traveled, but I've since learned to scale it down.