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Old 09-25-2010, 07:08 PM   #1
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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....
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Old 09-25-2010, 09:38 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 09-26-2010, 07:02 AM   #3
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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.
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Old 09-26-2010, 10:51 AM   #4
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Thanks so much for the detailed info--that's exactly what I needed. My OCD tendencies need 1, 2, 3, 4 instructions sometimes. 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?
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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.
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Originally Posted by Jan in CA View Post

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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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...
You sound JUST LIKE ME.... I think you must be my good German friend!!!!!!!
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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.
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Old 09-26-2010, 06:04 PM   #9
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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! 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. Jeanie in TX
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