Reflections on knitting bags part three

Yesterday Melanie – teabird to those on Ravelry – responded to my comments on knitting bags:

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?

Now I am quite enchanted with this idea. So, Melanie…you want a knitting bag that means business. A bag that is a bit of bully. One that says ‘kiddo, if you are taking me out, you’d better be doing some knitting’. A bag, perhaps, that wants a change of attire, that gets sick to death of having that same project in it month after month – or is it worse than that? Do the months drag into years? A bag that says ‘How dare you treat me like this?’

Thinking along those lines is making me feel guilty. In my Zelda Weekender I have a lovely project which I thought I would knock off early this winter, but in fact, it is just sitting, neglected, because I have the sulks with it. I need to get that project out of there, don’t I? Put it in some other container. Punish the project, don’t punish the bag…

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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.

Reflections on Knitting Bags part one

Last week Knit, Knit, Knit was ruminating on the subject of knitting bags. Evidently her knitting has come to a hiatus due to the wet weather her end of town.

Sonia’s coming around to the idea that a waterproof knitting bag would be a very good thing and naturally she is envious of my Lexi Barnes Lady B, which in fact is in the Bali Hai pattern, a subtle combination of colour and pattern. Not. But it did prompt a ‘cool’ from the 17 year old serving at my local coffee shop.

Now, I’m prepared to agree with Sonia that one either is a psychedelic ‘sixties pattern lover or one isn’t. But gee, as one who isn’t, I’m here to say that it is still a bag I’ve gotten attached to. If I might quote from the blurb for this bag , ‘features include: water-resistant fabric, 17 reinforced interior pockets, durable zipper closure, side wings, protective padding, slim exterior pocket, and our signature non-slip shoulder straps with a 9″ drop’.

It is true, like others have mentioned, a divider down the middle of this bag would be good. But it is a great bag to knit from all the same. And as you can imagine, on a cold winter’s night, on your way back from the Richmond Knitting Group, who could run you over as you cross the road, with that blazing beacon of good taste hanging off your shoulder?. Only a died-in-the-wool Lexi Barnes hater.

There’s only one problem with my Lady B waterproof knitting bag. I like it too much to take it out in the rain. My photographer thinks that is so weird.