What Came Before
With all the posts I’ve given to my project bags and notions cases, it’s not really surprising that blog week asked for another one.
First, to review. My sister made me four really lovely project bags for my birthday this year.
I already had a Nancy’s Knitknack case for notions.
I ordered a set of three more Lantern Moon clamshell notions bags from eBay.
I said I’d be stocking the bags and report back. This seems like the perfect opportunity to do just that. I’ll start with the smallest project bag (as currently stocked) and work up to the largest.
Bag 1 – striped bag
This is holding the almost finished stereo cuff. To be fair, there are a few beads and findings which are packed separately in their own sub-bags, but that’s the way this project worked out.
You can’t see it in this picture, but I’m using a Debra’s Garden needle gauge as a zipper pull for this bag. What you can see is that I use a lot of KnitPicks notions. Honestly, their interchangeable circulars are my go-to needles, so I like to keep a tightening pin in each notions case. The cable needle is from their Harmony series.
I got the KA mini crochet hook from Paradise Fibers. The adorable embroidery scissors come from Salty Yarns in Ocean City, Maryland.
Except for a single large lockable one, all the stitch markers are sock needle sized. Some I made, some are blue glass beads and some are silicone jump rings from Michaels (these, sadly, are discontinued. I should have gotten them in more colors). I should probably get a couple of larger ones for this case. In the back of the case is a failed attempt at a stitch marker/row counter which I should probably disassemble.
Bag 2 – peacock feathers
This bag holds the cthulhu themed dice bag. Because of project specific notions, I’m using the largest Lantern Moon bag for this one.
I’m using the needle gauge as a zipper pull again, this time it’s a HiyaHiya. The safety eyes are from Devlin’s Creations, and they glow in the dark. I posted about the needle tag back in March, and that system has been working out fine. The Peace Sign is a discontinued Lantern Moon tape measure. I stuck a few needles in the Knit Picks connectors pouch, and that’s been working well.
My youngest gave me the Cthulhu Mints, and the stitch markers include the ones mentioned above, a few larger ones I’ve been gifted with, and a working row counter I made. I should probably put that one back in the KnitKnacks box because, as you can see, I have room for an over the needle one here.
The only thing which hasn’t worked with this one is the Tonic Studio Scissors. They are a great product, but they are a bit long for this bag, and if I don’t pack them just right every time they poke holes in the lining. They’re long enough that I don’t think they’d fit in at all with a sheath, so I will have to find a replacement.
Bag 3 – flower bag
The Belle Green shawl is no longer hibernating, but it’s going very slowly. This one uses the middle sized notions bag. I’m showing a few of the beads here too, along with the really tiny crochet hook, the rest are still strung and the strands are in the bottom of the project bag.
Another KP cable needle here, along with the connector pouch with a tapestry needle stuck in. This one has a commercial box of stitch markers. I have one home made split ring marker stored in there just in case. The stork scissors have been working out very well.
Bag 4 – London bag
I’ve said before that it’s silly to have socks in the largest bag, but given that they’re TARDIS socks I just went with it. Which is why the smallest notions case is in the biggest bag.
This one uses the sock sized Debra’s Garden needle sizer as the zipper pull. The cable needle is a different style, and hidden behind the tape measure here. Those are foldable scissors (very compact, no pokes). They are perfectly functional, but not beautiful. I have the needles and stitch markers in an Altoids mini tin. So even the smallest one is big enough for everything I need in a ‘plain vanilla’ project. I could fit a few more stitch markers in the tin, and the row counter (which is on the socks needles right now) nestles snugly in the bag.
Wanted/Needed for the Notions Bags
I would like one more needle gauge/zipper pull. Probably another Debras Garden, but I’ll keep my eyes open for other options.
I need one more pair yarn snips. Either scissors with a sheath or some sort of guarded blade – there are plenty of cute ones out there.
I don’t need them at the moment, but I would like more bigger-than-sock-sized stitch markers. I *used* to have a bunch of them, and hope they’ll show up with a hibernating project. I know I can make more cute ones.
It would be nice to have a crochet hook/stitch rescuer for each bag, so three more. The one I have is small enough to fit in event the tiny bag, and it was cheap. On the other hand, there’s something nice about having different tools for each bag, and there are probably other mini hooks out there…
Blog Contests and Yarn Giveaways
I haven’t done a contest update in a week, so I might as well stick one in here. I didn’t win the pattern and yarn from While They Play. I haven’t entered the Homeless Bridge Yarn Bombing giveaway, but wanted to post it here so you’ll still hear about it even if I don’t get around to it.