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« on: August 28, 2004 11:48:43 AM »

I'm planning on sewing myself a bag to put all my knitting in, but I don't want just a regular tote.  So I was wondering, what would everyone want in a knitting bag?

I'm thinking lots of organizer pockets.  I don't want to finish it and think, "oh, I wish I had a pocket for that," or whatever. 

So I thought I'd just leave it open to you guys for ideas.  Anything I definitely can't leave out? 
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« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2004 01:03:15 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2004 07:21:18 AM »

when I made mine, I did custom pockets on the inside for my big needles (17s, 19s, 35s) - the ones that don't fit comfortably into the roll-up needle case that holds the rest of my needles.  just a thought.
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« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2004 07:29:47 AM »

I'm making my own too!!! Tired of looking for one that wasn't REALLY overpriced...or something my Aunt Gertrude would carry...

I'm planning on an interior zippered pockets to hold the current project yarn...with a grommet on the side of the pocket to run the yarn through so my strands don't get tangled.....

Has anyone completed their own tote yet?...May we see them?/..Pretty please??

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« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2004 08:47:55 AM »

I saw another tote on crafster that someone made for their knitting, and they had this great idea. They put in little strips of fabric, about an inch wide. One side was sewn onto the bag and the other undid with a snap. The idea was to thread the yarn through there while knitting from out of the tote.

Did that make sense?
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« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2004 09:44:37 AM »

That was mine!  Here's a link to it
The advantage of the snap open things over grommets is that you can open them up and detatch it (good if you want to carry around a different project for a little while). 
Features I think you should have:
1) a big flat pocket for your pattern
2) a small notions bag that attaches to the bigger knitting bag, but can be removed
3) little snap open deals for yarn guides
4) a slot or two for spare needles
5) a zippered pocket
6) another pocket for purse type stuff so that you can find your keys/wallet/whatever without rooting through your yarn
7) a large main compartment big enough for a sweater sized project. - it should have some kind of closure, even if it's just a snap.
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« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2004 10:16:07 AM »

DOOD I would want extra padding at the bottom or like something durable that the needles cant poke through... i always end up getting stabbed!
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« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2004 12:43:16 PM »

I'm making my own too!!! Tired of looking for one that wasn't REALLY overpriced...or something my Aunt Gertrude would carry...

No kidding.  Flowery quilted bags...yuck. 

Melidomi, your bag is awesome and so are your ideas.  I'm still in the planning stages, so that helped me out a ton. 

DOOD I would want extra padding at the bottom or like something durable that the needles cant poke through... i always end up getting stabbed!

Ha ha, I wouldn't have even thought of that.  Mostly I just use circulars, but just in case...
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« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2004 04:45:55 PM »

Maybe have the interior made out of clear vinyl, with pockets also made out CV? That way you can see your yarns and projects and they stay dry and organized even if you should be caught in a rainstorm while awaiting public transportation.

I know that I too recently went on a search for a knitting bag. I ended up taking an old abused Janesport backpack and turned it into a totebag of sorts (which rocked because the leather bottom keeps the needles from poking out... I had that problem too artistrachelmarie Grin). Mine doesn't have any pockets (I was too impatient to try and sew any in, just wanting a place to secure my stuff away from the questing unraveling hands of my 2yo), so my next project is a needle keeper. To keep my yarns dry and safe they currently live in ziploc bags of multi sizes depending on the skein size.

But if I had a larger budget (like money to actually buy new materials to make stuff from) and madder skills than I currently posses, I'd make a CV hat box bag (that made no sense... a bag shaped like a hat box w/ a zipper made from Clear Vinyl) big enough to carry a single project, the needles for that project, the pattern for that project, and a pair of scissors in a case. I say clear vinyl because people and jobs are weird nowadays about being able to see inside your purse for weapons (I worked at a place where you had to have a clear purse so that they could see that you weren't stealing stuff). Though I have found when I have a clear bag of knitting on my lap, people around me become transfixed with watching me knit- like mass hypnosis... which is why I again vote for clear vinyl.
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« Reply #9 on: November 19, 2004 08:54:38 AM »

http://www.purloneknitone.com/
 I think their totes are ideal for me.
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« Reply #10 on: November 19, 2004 09:05:43 AM »

I would suggest making the outside bottom out of something water resitant.  If you live in a climate that the white stuff falls from the sky, you know about salt stains.  This protective layer would be helpful on the bus or a floor where it may be set down.  Nothig is as unsightly a slushy salt stain on something your worked hard on.  Even if you're not one of the lucky ones to get snow, I'm sure it rains in your area and soggy yarn....
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« Reply #11 on: November 20, 2004 05:43:16 PM »

kba,

Do you think polyester would work?
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« Reply #12 on: November 20, 2004 06:39:51 PM »

Ooo, ooo, Gina--it must be free standing!!  Like a portable knitting basket made of canvas with tons of clear pockets!  And see, the handles turn down and make the frame and legs!  And a pattern pocket!

I have been thinking about this.  I have a friend with one that I love love love--it's an awesome knitting bag.  Good luck with this noble endeavor.
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kba
« Reply #13 on: November 20, 2004 07:23:14 PM »

kba,

Do you think polyester would work?

I don't see why not, that would wipe off easy and not wick the water up as fast?Huh  I was thinking even something along the lines of an oil cloth, or a thin viynal ( is that how is spelt?,it looks funny???) Anyway that's what i was thinkin'.
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« Reply #14 on: November 28, 2004 08:06:35 PM »

I am in the midst of making this bag:

http://www.artofthemidwest.com/amybutler/pattern_display.phtml?id=7

by Amy Butler (maker of awesome fabric) for my mom's knitting stuff. I think the pattern is VERY difficult (without really needing to be), but it's really a pretty nice bag with lots of pockets and places to put needles and patterns and stuff. You could easily modify it and make it up as you go along and it would fit your knitting needs plus not be as complicated as this pattern makes it.
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« Reply #15 on: November 28, 2004 08:13:09 PM »

have I mentioned that I love Amy butler? I just love her stuff! please do post when y'all are done with these projects...I can't wait to see em!
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« Reply #16 on: November 29, 2004 08:55:35 PM »

Well I started to make a bag using the polyester....and I hate that material now!!!  Sad
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« Reply #17 on: November 30, 2004 04:23:31 PM »

I have some material that I'm dying to use for a knitting bag, but the problem is that I can't sew well enough to make one to suit me. I could probably make a generic tote, but I'd want one with lining, lots of pockets, and a reinforced bottom. I've been thinking about trying to find someone that makes custom ones in cool styles and paying them to make me one with my fabric.

The fabric is so foxy. It's mostly pink, with pink bubbles and little blue rocket ships. It looks like material meant for the room of a baby nerd girl. I only have a little of it that I got on clearance a few years ago, so I'd hate to risk trying to make the bag myself and mucking it up.
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« Reply #18 on: November 30, 2004 06:38:00 PM »

okay gang, here's the Amy Butler Craft Tote I made with scrap fabric (not Amy Butler fabric). It was a little complicated, but I think it turned out pretty cool. It's heavy duty and has lots of pockets. The front folds out for needles and the back has a pin keeper that tucks into the pocket. Pretty well designed if ya ask me!


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« Reply #19 on: November 30, 2004 07:03:17 PM »

That looks like a lot of works, good for you! I'd probably get pissed off and throw it at a wall.. it looks nice Smiley
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« Reply #20 on: November 30, 2004 07:14:14 PM »

I posted about this in the stich n botch thread, but I made a knitting bag, and for some reason I didnt see any problem with using velcro on it.

Yarn has some natural affinity to velcro.  Yarn is attracted to the sexy velcro, but velcro hates the soft hearted yarn.  And then....they fight to the death.  It's very ugly. Someday we will see it documented on the Discovery channel...."When velcro attacks!"
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« Reply #21 on: November 30, 2004 07:19:21 PM »

I posted about this in the stich n botch thread, but I made a knitting bag, and for some reason I didnt see any problem with using velcro on it.

Yarn has some natural affinity to velcro.  Yarn is attracted to the sexy velcro, but velcro hates the soft hearted yarn.  And then....they fight to the death.  It's very ugly. Someday we will see it documented on the Discovery channel...."When velcro attacks!"
Geez, yeah, that is totally true. The only saving grace might be that the part you'll put your yarn in (the large part of the bag) doesn't close with velcro. But, it certainly will be a dual on the verge of breaking out at any moment. My poor unsuspecting mom! She'll be the recipient, so I'll let her referee.  Grin
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