Reflections on knitting bags part two

How many out there are on a hunt for the perfect knitting bag? You buy a bag, it’s not bad, it isn’t great, you buy another one. I started out that way too. But one morning, I woke up and suddenly realised the answer to this dilemma. THERE IS NO PERFECT KNITTING BAG. There is only the perfect knitting bag for a particular occasion/context/project/weather/you name it.

How obvious is that when you think about it?

The knitting bag you drag down to the Richmond Knitting Group laden with your finished projects for the week (! Diligent little beavers aren’t we?), not to mention the two unfinished projects you are going to knock off during the course of the meeting and the new pattern book you want to show everybody – that knitting bag – is simply not going to be the same knitting bag you grab as you duck out the door to go down the road for a cup of coffee, needing a little project to suit a little occasion.

The big, sturdy, carry-the-kitchen-sink-in-it knitting bag which holds the long coat you are knitting this winter; the it-doesn’t-matter-how-you-look- it’s-winter-so-it’s-all-about-keeping-warm-knitting bag; the is-it-going-to-rain-tonight?-lucky-it’s water-proof bag – that knitting bag – just isn’t going to be the same knitting bag you step out with in the middle of summer, narry a cloud in sight, looking gorgeous, wanting something to match, with a delicate half-finished tank top in tow, and a ball or two of yarn which might just float away they are so light.

I like Maggie Righetti’s thoughts on how knitting bags should be perceived, but I’m away, trapped in one of the armpits of the universe (as I’m sure The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy would describe Surfer’s Paradise) so that’s for next time when I”m home with my books.


3 thoughts on “Reflections on knitting bags part two

  1. I know. Sigh. I have at least 8 knitting bags, from a little Jordana Paige to some of Nana Sadie Rose’s handmade, to Vera Bradley totes – but I’m always looking for the bag that will hold my stuff AND make me feel like I really can finish the projects inside. I want utility and a pep talk – that’s a lot to ask from a bag, yes?

    teabird / ravelry


  2. This is why I’ve been thinking the perfect knitting bag is actually modular – with little organizer-pouches of different sizes and colors that each hold different types of items – “bare-bones” purse-stuff, commuting stuff, “big-bag” stuff, papers/books/binders/folders, knitting notions, small/medium/large projects – each in their own pouch. Then, with a few different sized-and-styled shells, you can just quickly switch out the pouches from the shell you last had them in, into the shell you’re leaving with.

    I’ve been noodling this idea around in my head and it kind-of looks like the Tom Bihn Swift. If the Swift came in different sizes and fabrics. And was chic-er. And more versatile. ya know. Librarian on the inside, Heidi Klum on the outside. (but then you can swap out Heidi Klum and stick the librarian inside Holly Hunter. ok, that came out wrong.)

    ~ hb33, still on the hunt ~


  3. Yes, honeybee, the Swift just isn’t gorgeous, is it? It seems to me to be a bit like a knitting bag you have if you want to influence how non-knitters think about knitting. You want them to think it’s a business-like activity. Something a power-dresser would do.

    For most of us knitting isn’t utilitarian….don’t we want bags that reflect that?

    I love the concept you are talking of – modularity that will complement the state of flux my knitting is in – but how are we going to see what it really looks like??!!


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