My First Knitting Bag

Two weeks ago, I shared the contents of my knitting bag.  This knitting bag is my go-everywhere, anytime, workhorse of a knitting bag.  I love it, but it is not my first knitting bag love. My first knitting bag is very special to me.

My first knitting bag
My first knitting bag

Many years ago, when I was shakily and diffidently muddling my way through my first project, I told my grandmother that I had taken up the craft.  Not long after that, she presented me with her knitting bag, along with an assortment of yarn.  She was a knitter many years ago but had not picked up her needles for a long time. “If you can use it, then it’s yours,” Grandma said to me, gifting the knitting bag to me. According to my grandmother, the bag was sewn by my great-aunt, Auntie Pat, a woman who in her late 80s is still an active knitter.  The wooden handles were made by my great-grandfather, Grandad Jack.  I was only 6 when he passed away and had only met him twice in my young life, but I have very fond memories of him.  I remember his garden in England, and I remember him teaching me the rhyme ‘Little Jack Horner,’ a nursery rhyme that holds a special place in my heart.

My needle roll from my grandmother
My needle roll from my grandmother

Along with the knitting bag, Grandma also passed along her collection of knitting needles, complete with a needle roll case, also sewn by Auntie Pat.  For a beginner knitter, the difference in British needle sizing and American needles was incredibly confusing! This knitting bag does not see a lot of action, but it holds a treasured place in my collection of knitting paraphernalia.

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What’s In Your Knitting Bag?

Have you heard of Eskimimi Makes‘ Annual Knitting And Crochet Blog Week?  I hadn’t before this week, but I have been enjoying following the tags and reading the posts that all of you creative blog folks have been sharing.  I was too late to participate, and 7 new posts in a week seemed like a BIG commitment for me and a little intimidating, but one of the topics sparked my interest: Day 4: Bags of Fun.  I’ve previously written about my beloved knitting bag, my proverbial safety blanket, and while I shared the anecdote of my father and his apparent shock at the message, I didn’t delve into the bag’s contents.  Well, here goes!

Mary Poppins may have carried more around in her carpet bag, but I feel like my knitting bag may give her a run for her money!  The most obvious contents: my latest projects.  This past week, I’ve had three projects on my needles: The Sontag, a cowl that I’m quasi-improvising for my cousin, and what I’ve dubbed the Cunning Fingerless Gloves.  I’ve taken the basic pattern I used for the Warmer on the Inside gloves but changed the colours up in yet another geeky homage.  They are for my amazing co-worker, and I know when she walks down the street wearing these gloves, along with her equally cunning cap, people will know that she’s not afraid of anything.  Shiny.

Top: The Sontag; Left: Cunning Fingerless Gloves; Right: The Cousin Cowl
Top: The Sontag; Left: Cunning Fingerless Gloves; Right: The Cousin Cowl

Helping me with my current projects is my knitting journal.  It’s kind of a scrapbook/smashbook that I cut and paste patterns in, use to take notes as I’m knitting along, or I keep notes on patterns I’m improvising on the fly.  This is the second such journal I’ve filled in just over a year and a half.  I apparently knit a lot…

I'd be lost without this journal!
I’d be lost without this journal!

Also in my knitting bag: My DPN holder/crochet hook holder/scissor holder/catch all.  Many months ago, I was struggling to find a good solution for storing my DPNs.  You all know the struggle – so many DPNs, never a good way to keep them organized.  My local dollar store has provided me the best solution in a pencil case.  Sometimes it’s a search to find four of the same size needles, but they are together in one spot, they won’t get lost, and I can also keep essentials in there too, like scissors and the gauge ruler.  Love my DPN case.

My case and its contents
My case and its contents

Along with trying to keep my DPNs organized, I also struggled with my notions.  The more I knit, the more notions I have managed to buy.  Funny how that works.  Once again, my faithful dollar store gave me my solution.  These simple stacking containers are perfect for stitch markers, a measuring tape, row counters, and darning needles.  They are sorted and easy to grab when needed.

Organized notions are a beautiful thing!
Organized notions are a beautiful thing!

What else did I find in my knitting bag when I emptied its contents?

Size 7 needles, and a hair tie.  For two random items, they really aren’t that random at all.

Not so random
Not so random randomness

So, that’s my knitting bag.  What’s in yours?