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« on: July 28, 2008 03:23:22 AM »

My youngest sister just had twins, so I am planning a visit down for a bit.  I decided I really needed a functional project bag to take along with me as combined I'll be spending roughly 20 hours in airports and on planes and countless hours as a passenger in a car over the next month. 

I've had absolutely zero desire to sew but I had a small bit of inspiration strike and I went with it.  The bag is far from perfect in aesthetics but it will suit the purpose I need it to perfectly.  I apologize for the craptacular photos but lighting stinks at 3 am lol!


From straight on it looks like a pretty normal bag I think


The straps fold down on both sides to reveal bits that look like this (the other side is slightly different but not enough to bore you with the details)


For the crocheter in me, this side features pockets to suit all my hooks and another pocket behind that that has room to fit a book or a magazine and a notepad.


The opposite side is for the knitter in me, with plenty of space for all my DPN's and a small clear ruler for checking gauge on the go.  There is another pocket behind the flapped section that you can't see in the photo here but it's roomy enough for a small project or as space for more magazines and/or books


To keep everything secure on the go there are two clasps on the ends


and inside it opens up to reveal 4 zippered yarn compartments with large eyelets to keep everything nice and tidy, along the bag bottom there are two zippered compartments for holding all the little tools that you always need (see the detail shot of that pocket below) and the other pocket I made just the right size to hold my wallet and a little cash so that I can ditch carrying a purse while going through airports


and the detail shot

whew! that was a lot to get out.  I'll be thrilled to try it out as I travel this time and see if it works 'in the real' as well as I decided it would in my head! 

Comments are always appreciated!

Edit:  I actually travel quite a bit and if you ever have concern about what you can and cannot travel with be sure to check out http://www.tsa.gov  website they have all the most recent and up to date info for travellers and not to worry knitting & crochet hooks are ok once again.  Smiley

I also want to apologize, I didn't realize that 'no desire to sew' could be misconstrued as not a seamstress the past 8 months or so everything I"ve sewn has turned to crap so I have done very very little of it but I've been sewing most my life Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2008 03:38:42 AM »

HOLY CRAP! Gotta tell ya, for someone who isn't a big sewer, you've got mad sewing skills Grin. I'm seriously impressed and am inspired to sew up my own project bag. Goodness knows, my knitting is everywhere!
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« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2008 04:07:56 AM »

This bag is awesome. You should seriously consider taking orders!
The fabric is fantastic too.
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« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2008 05:26:06 AM »

OMG that is fantastic!!! If it works out as well as it looks like it will- you should consider selling your pattern for it... it came out really well!!  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2008 05:28:00 AM »

For someone who had no desire to sew, you did a fantastic job.  I'm jealous. I want a bag like that too.  I can't tell you how many times I lose one of my double points while I'm turning a heel on a sock or something.  I always find it eventually -- usually between the couch cushions or under a chair -- but if I had a bag like yours, I'd have a place to stow them.

Great job!
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« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2008 05:59:55 AM »

This bag is the coolest!  Great design and craftmanship.  The idea for the yarn pockets with the grommets is genious. I agree that you should try to market the patten for this!

On another note, I hate to be a party-pooper but maybe you should check with the airports to make sure you can bring knitting needles and scissors onto a plane.  I hav eno idea because it has been a long time since I have flown, but I have heard that they have a very long list of "forbidden" items.  It would be horrible to get your beautiful bag confiscated at airport security!

At any rate - the bag is fantastic and I'm so jealous of your awesome skills!! Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2008 06:04:47 AM »

fantastic!!
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« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2008 06:10:02 AM »

I'm sitting here looking at your bag saying "She doesn't SEW?"  and "OH MY GOSH!!!".  I am SO IMPRESSED!!!  That is a wonderful bag!!!!!!!  Excellent job!!!!!!
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« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2008 06:13:27 AM »

Fantastic!!  I love all of the details-- different pockets, grommets, zippers, etc.  It's great!
I have to agree with Stacijane, though.  When I heard you were planning on taking this on a plane, my first thought is that they won't let you.  You could probably check this bag, but I don't think (I will admit, I don't know this for sure) that they will let you carry this on. 
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« Reply #9 on: July 28, 2008 06:48:22 AM »

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its hard to type through all this drool on my keyboard.
this is so freaking fantastic!  my absolute favorite is the grommeted zipper pockets.  its just..  its genius.  have you had any difficulty in airport security?  ive not as yet, but i usually only have one or two hooks with me (to minimize loss if they were confiscated.)
this rocks!!
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« Reply #10 on: July 28, 2008 07:29:54 AM »

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its hard to type through all this drool on my keyboard.
this is so freaking fantastic!
LOL...the "drool" part cracked me up!

I also love, love, love your bag and your sewing skills are beyond amazing, especially for someone who is not motivated to do it!  Great job on this bag!!  Cheesy
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« Reply #11 on: July 28, 2008 07:34:37 AM »

Holly Molly this is the greatest thing ever!  What a fantastic job you did!

Here is a link for a discussion on knitting needles on airplanes.  You should also check out the FAA's website. 

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=14840.0

Great Job!!!!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #12 on: July 28, 2008 07:37:12 AM »

Oh man this is awesome.  Great job!
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« Reply #13 on: July 28, 2008 07:38:53 AM »

WOW  Shocked  This is the kind of bag my mom and I need. Awsome job and again WOW
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« Reply #14 on: July 28, 2008 07:47:56 AM »

This is seriously the coolest project bag I have seen in a long time. Not to mention the fact that your hook collection is plentiful and shiny. I love it! You could sell them for big bucks.
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« Reply #15 on: July 28, 2008 07:51:33 AM »

What a fabulous idea! It looks beautiful and so organised.

Now as long as security don't think you are an international crochet terrorist out to attac people with blunt hooks or dpn's you'll be fine Cheesy
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« Reply #16 on: July 28, 2008 08:02:31 AM »

That is a super awesome bag! I need to make one like that for all my knitting and crocheting supplies. Nice job!  Cheesy
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« Reply #17 on: July 28, 2008 08:29:41 AM »

OMG wow! great job! I love all the compartments. reminds me of those orange eagle project bags, but better cuz it's hand made, customized and your fabric is eye candy. 
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« Reply #18 on: July 28, 2008 08:33:58 AM »

What an awesome bag - let us know if you get through security with your needles - even if you don't you have created a fantastic bag - have a great trip!
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« Reply #19 on: July 28, 2008 08:47:15 AM »

You MADE that?  Without a pattern or even visual inspiration??  When you weren't "motivated" to sew???  And you think there's something WRONG with it aesthetically?!?!?  (Sheesh, you even have the dots horizontally centered on both sides of the bag!)

Congratulations on a job extremely well done.
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« Reply #20 on: July 28, 2008 09:17:01 AM »

that is so awesome! you are amazing! Smiley
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« Reply #21 on: July 28, 2008 10:44:22 AM »

Wow - for having no desire to sew & come up w/something like this? I agree w/everyone - you did a great job.
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« Reply #22 on: July 28, 2008 11:18:25 AM »

Wow.  I'm impressed. 
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« Reply #24 on: July 28, 2008 01:40:03 PM »

Great bag!
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« Reply #25 on: July 28, 2008 01:53:49 PM »

WOWZA!!! I would kill for a bag like that. It's phenomenal! If you're going to be anywhere near NJ, you should probably come over and make me one. lol  Grin
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« Reply #26 on: July 28, 2008 02:31:19 PM »

Love it love it love it!! I've been thinking of doing a project bag for awhile now but no idea I've come up with has even near this awesome.
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« Reply #27 on: July 28, 2008 02:55:12 PM »

Love it! It's hard to find good WIP bags for sure, but i love yours! I wisted it Grin
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« Reply #28 on: July 28, 2008 06:50:14 PM »

Wow I LOOOOVE your bag it is awesome can you make me one Please!!!! You have thought of everything. I currently am using a plastic bag for my knitting projects how embarassing. I can actually sew and am in awe!!!
Fantastic and if you think of selling your pattern or making more let me know.
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« Reply #29 on: July 28, 2008 08:33:22 PM »

You deserve a nobel prize for this bag!
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« Reply #30 on: July 28, 2008 09:50:39 PM »

^^what they said...

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« Reply #31 on: July 28, 2008 09:55:43 PM »

wow!  that bag looks like something you'd buy from the store.  you did and excellent job Smiley
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« Reply #32 on: July 28, 2008 11:33:51 PM »

THis bag is so totally AMAZING!!!!!!!!!! I love it. It is so beautiful and inspires me to become a better and more patient seamstress. I love all the pockets and the way you used EVERy part you could for a pocket. I am in organizational heaven right now. Enjoy. wow, yeah, it is insane Smiley I love the fabric too Smiley
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« Reply #33 on: July 29, 2008 07:53:08 AM »

What a fabulous bag.  Good job!
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« Reply #34 on: July 29, 2008 08:15:33 AM »

Amazing!!!! Grin
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that's mint!!!  Grin
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« Reply #36 on: July 29, 2008 10:23:53 AM »

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« Reply #37 on: July 29, 2008 10:30:39 PM »

OH Goodness that bag is gorgeous!!!!!!!!!! and sooo functional as a knitter im compleeetly drooling all over it!!! it would come in handy soooo much!!! AhhH i loove it Smiley
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« Reply #38 on: July 31, 2008 12:31:13 PM »

i do neither, but i think that bag is pretty darn amazing! and the fact that its black and red only makes is cooler  Wink  maybe if i made myself a cool bag like that i be more tempted to take up the hooks.....or needles for that matter, lol.



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« Reply #39 on: July 31, 2008 03:34:02 PM »

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I love this bag!  It's so functional, I wouldn't have known where to even begin with a bag like this.
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« Reply #40 on: July 31, 2008 08:22:21 PM »

this is awesome. i was looking for a pattern for something basically just like this and came across yours - haha.

as a personal experience about knitting needles and the tsa, i brought knitting needles on an international flight (which they tend to be a bit stricter about) last fall and it was fine. i checked the tsa website ahead of time and it seems they have not tightened control on needles since then. 

the only thing i had a problem with is any scissors must be 8" (I think?) or shorter from the joint to the tip. the website says "blade" of that length, but they measure from the screw at the joint, not the blade itself. i had a pair confiscated because of this. the blades themselves were 1/2" shorter than allowed, but the blade stopped ~3/4" before the screw so they were "too long."

then there's a whole story about the argument i got into with the tsa woman. i was trying to clarify what they meant by "blade" (because they don't mean the actual blade which is stupid) and she just wanted to yell at me about how "it's for my own protection blah blah"

but i digress.

this bag rocks Cheesy
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« Reply #41 on: August 01, 2008 01:28:34 PM »

Oh my gosh. That is absolutely great.  I want to make one for a friend of mine. Did you use a pattern,and if so which one?
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« Reply #42 on: August 02, 2008 06:37:13 PM »

So freaking cool!!
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« Reply #43 on: August 02, 2008 07:39:54 PM »

This is so awesome!!  I love it!
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« Reply #44 on: August 02, 2008 10:58:53 PM »

wow! this is exactly what I've wanted to make ever since I started knitting (almost) but never figured out how to do it.... your bag is great help... thank you!
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« Reply #45 on: November 03, 2008 11:04:50 PM »

that is amazing!  ingenious actually....
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« Reply #46 on: November 14, 2008 05:24:49 PM »

I love love your bag. its been on my mind for a while now, because I love to take projects with me places, but I hate that sometimes say, I'll go to the dr.'s and pull all my yarn out, untangle it, start knitting and I get one row before I get called. THIS would be my sanity saver!! you are amazing. I'm totally wisting Smiley
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« Reply #47 on: October 26, 2009 06:43:29 PM »

Oh man! oh man oh man!

Please make one and sell it to me!!! *drools*
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« Reply #48 on: October 27, 2009 07:10:38 AM »

As a knitter, you have created the bag of my dreams. It is unbelievable in terms of organization. You thought of EVERYTHING! You could sell these for big bucks, or minimally, you could sell a pattern. (If you decide to do so, put me on your list!)  It is perfection and beautiful as well.
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