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2015 Knitting & Crochet Blog Week—Day 4: Bags of Fun

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Time to delve into that most treasured collection of tools, notions and oddments as you are asked to spill the contents of your knitting or crochet bag, caddy or other method of organisation and put your crafting unmentionables on display.

You may wish to talk about your bag of crocheting tools as a whole, or delve deep into the contents of your knitting caddy and talk about the contents each in turn. Good, clear photography can help readers familiarise with your tools, and you might just help someone find a new item for their wish-list if they are awe-struck by your pom-pom maker.

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I’m a little nervous about completely emptying my notions bag: I may never get everything back inside.

I want every possible knitting/crochet tool with me at all times. I also want to be able to carry my knitting bag without causing back or shoulder strain, so yes, there’s a conflict here. But into a bag that measures roughly 7¾” x 5¾” (197 x 146 mm), I have managed to cram the following:

  • Double ended crochet hooks: When I crochet, I use a normal hook with a comfortable handle. But these are fine for repairing dropped stitches, and I only have to carry four of them instead of eight regular hooks. Yes, there are four in the set. I didn’t realize the fourth one was missing until I started writing this post. Guess how thrilled I am about that discovery. 😡
  • Cable needle: Despite the fact that I usually don’t use it even when I’m working on a project with cables. But not every cable out there is amenable to being worked without one.
  • Tape measure and 6″ ruler: Which already had their moment of glory in one of last year’s posts. 🙂
  • Row counter: The kind that can hang from a circular needle. When I use it, it usually takes the place of a stitch marker.
  • Needle sizer: Because we have the technology to make circular needles from wood, metal, plastic, and carbon fiber, but still can’t permanently mark what size they are.
  • Folding scissors: Good quality ones. I’ve had it with the cheap ones: the blades never go together well enough to cut anything without a struggle.
  • Sewing needles and point protectors: Boring to list, but necessary.
  • Mangled paper clip: For tightening and loosening interchangeable circular needles. Because why would I carry any of the tighteners they include with the interchangeable needle sets?
  • Stitch markers: An unreasonable quantity of them. I love the ones with cute dangly things on them, but the cute dangly things get tangled in my yarn and add weight to the project. So it’s plain, or nearly plain, rings from now on. The locking stitch markers are useful as all get-out, but I must admit they don’t do much for me aesthetically.
  • Digital pocket scale: The newest addition to the bag, acquired after I saw it in action during the last knitting retreat. I was miles from home when I was confronted by the following instruction in my pattern: “When I knit the Twisted Fiber Art Catnip sample I had 48 grams (~106 yds) remaining in the ball at this point. I recommend using this as a guide for checking your own remaining yardage if you’re working with a limited about [sic].” And no, I hadn’t brought my kitchen scale to the retreat. But the woman I was sitting next to had this little gem with her, and so I was able to find out that I had 49 grams of yarn left and could continue knitting my cowl without anxiety.

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13 thoughts on “2015 Knitting & Crochet Blog Week—Day 4: Bags of Fun

  1. Looks like you got it all back into your bag 😉. Thank you for sharing. Love the mini scale!

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  2. OK, I didn’t see it listed as a knitting thing – what’s the ‘Chibi’ in the top left corner ? I was sure what turned out to be the digital scale was gonna be some kind of megafuturistic digital chart thing 🙂

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    • It’s a needle case for sewing needles. It’s listed as “sewing needles and point protectors,” but no, I didn’t make it clear that the needles lurk inside the case.

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  3. Ooh I love the fiber scales – what a great idea!

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  4. Oops 😦 Hope you find your hook!
    And a case for sewing needles is something sound really really great. Considering how often I have little holes in my fingertips…

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  5. So neat! I also rarely bother with cable needles yet I have 3 of them in my box of tricks!

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  6. Well, you were right about sharing your stuff and perhaps allowing someone else to lengthen the wish list! 🙂
    I am using my scales ALL the time. My children complain that I shouldn’t be using ‘kitchen’ scales for yarncrafts.
    In fact, I have on my gift list a scale that will measure to a degree of at least 0.01 of a gram! To wish for a tiny portable one like yours was not even in my comprehension. Now that I know there is such an item, I want one!! What is the smallest unit of measurement it can handle?
    I do hope you can find the missing double-ended hook so you don’t need to buy another entire set. Perhaps it has been stored away with another project? Good luck. It is awful to lose important tools.
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    • I tossed the packaging, but the description on Polder’s website says the scale reads in .005 oz. / .15 g increments and has a capacity of 1.1 lb. / 500 g. You can take the clear plastic lid off and use it as a tray to help hold your yarn on the scale.

      I suspect that’s exactly what happened to the fourth hook. If I’m taking a project somewhere and I don’t want to carry a lot of extra stuff, I’ll take out the hook that matches the project needles for size and slip it into the bag along with the knitting. I just have to figure out which project it ended up with.

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  7. I hope you find that fourth hook soon.
    I am with you on needing the needle sizer – I have five, but they don’t agree with each other so I finally bought a gauge gadget at Lee Valley hardware – it was pricey but worth it to not have all the annoyance about not knowing what mm my needles are if I put them back in the wrong slot.

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    • At the time I bought the Skacel needle sizer, I used Addi Turbos more than any other needle. I knew the sizers didn’t agree with each other, but I decided the Skacel one should match the Addi Turbos, and I’d just go from there. Now I’m convinced that the needles don’t all agree. Hmph.

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  8. It all fit! I love your scale. What a great idea:)

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