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pbs 09-25-2010 07:08 PM

Knitting bag vs. project bag
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 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

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


Originally Posted by Jan in CA (Post 1301211)

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...

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