I have been using a reusable cloth shopping bag. I am starting to be called the bag lady at work, since I walk into work with my knitting bag, lunch bag and my purse. I am looking for a knitting bag that might combine a knitting bag and a purse organizer, I take my knitting [B]everywhere[/B]. It needs to be large, I currently have 6 projects going on in my bag. If you have suggestions I am all ears. If it is a pattern I have a friend that quilts and sews that I can trade homemade bread and other baked goods for sewn items. If it’s on a website please post the link. I am willing to go up to a $100 if it is sturdy and will last me a long time. :knitting:
I’m not sure if you’re looking for these kind of bags but here are some ideas, some felted and some not. Ididn’t see anything that exactly combined a purse organizer with the bag but maybe you can adapt one.
Hi, I’m new here. I use a tote bag I got from a website called cafepress.com You would look in the menus under the term “bags”.
It is a very sturdy quality tote. You can get them to stencil on many different designs and logos. I remember seeing one that said, “I knit so no one has to die.”
Hope this helps,
Vistaprint.com has some great stuff too, including tote bags that you can customize with your own design if you don’t see one you like. (Cafepress has this option too.) My SO gets all of her business cards and other promotional stuff done by them, and I can attest to their quality. Not sure about sizes, but I actually have one of their totes that I use as a “project bag”.
I tend to keep one project to a bag, so that stuff doesn’t get all comingled together and confuse me unless I’m doing multiple pieces with the same materials/needles. I haul a bag around pretty much everywhere, but I don’t haul everything [I]at once[/I].
Jimmy Beans carried the Namaste knitting bags. They look like handbags. The ‘Hermosa’ bag is huge. I own it in red. Jimmy Beans carries several colors. $85…worth every penny. You’ll look very pulled together. No need to carry a regular handbag, just your wallet. The Namaste has umpteen pockets, some zippered, inside and outside. Take a peek.
Here is a description:
[U]The largest handbag in the Namaste collection[/U]-this bag has it all! Exterior pouches with 2 separate compartments, rear document pocket, water bottle storage, extra side pocket, and a super solid construction. The interior features 3 pockets (1 zipper pocket and 2 open-top pockets). This bag stands up on it’s own with 5 metal feet on the secure bottom. The Hermosa bag is a “must-have” for those who must carry it all. Available in 5 fabulous colors and made from PVC-free animal-friendly faux leather!
[B]Dimensions: [/B]18" W x 14" H x 7" L. Handle is 10.5" from top of bag to top of handle.
And here is a link to a website that is selling the Hermosa for $79:
Look how nice and large it is!
I also own the Namaste “Laguna” bag, also available at Jimmy Beans, $79.
Here’s a photo of the Caribbean Blue “Laguna”. Pretty!
And finally, here is the “Harlow” bag:
L: 14" at bottom, 16" at top
W: 6" at bottom, 3" at top
Handle length for small handle: 9 inches from top of the bag to the top of the handle.
Handle length for long strap: 27 inches in smallest position, 49 inches in longest position.
I’m not sure if this will work for you, but I wanted to present it as an idea. This is not necessarily a bag for your projects; rather, it’s a case for all your knitting needles, notions, etc. etc. etc.: http://jordanapaige.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=52#.UNNfbXfNmSo
The great thing about a case is you can easily move your [U]tools[/U] around without having to tote around a big bag and your entire project. I tend to move knitting tools from my home office to my living room on a daily basis and keeping everything together is essential. Plus, if I’m taking knitting out on a night on the town (yeah, right!), I can just grab the project and the case and have everything I need.
She also has knitting bags: http://jordanapaige.com/index.php?main_page=page&id=22&zenid=f6a9d091b0bc7e1b568be05280ac9e44
I bought a bag/tote at Michaels last summer when they had a huge sale as well as a 40% coupon.
Anyway this one is probably supposed to be used for scrapbooking but it works great for a knitting bag. It has a large, center opening with 2 slender pockets for paper/patterns/whatever else you need them for, one on each side. It also has numerous small open pockets on both sides with 2 covered pockets on one side and a larger covered pocket on each end.
I have enough room in the center area for yarn for a whole sweater and room to spare!
Bummer is I can’t remember what brand it was.
It’s black material with a flat, stiff bottom, and handles that are long enough to carry over your shoulder without being too long. I have enough room for my wallet, phone, etc. as well as knitting needles, yarn, and all the other things that go with knitting.
Sounds like a great bag. I will keep an eye out at my local Michaels.
I think that is just what I need, It looks professional for the office. I wouldn’t have to hide my knitting bag under my desk. and I can keep my wallet etc in it and not carry extra bags.
With post-christmas sales right around the corner, we’re going to see great sales at places like Michael’s, Joann’s, Target, etc. Any store that carries knitting and crafting supplies and accessories will have knitting bags deeply discounted.
It’s good that you’re ‘looking’ now…so when the sales pop up, you might grab a great bargain.
That’s how I got my floor lamp for knitting (the OTT LITE) a few years ago. Half Price saved a lot of moolah.
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I can relate to that comment.
I always bring a project to my dr’s appt.
I had an ophthomologist appt a few months back. I had my purse and a bag with my project.
He always walks patients up to the receptionist desk to make follow-up appt.
When he was done examining my eyes, he said "okay I will see you in a yr. Let’s grab your luggage and I’ll walk up front with you."
I when he said that.
Yeah all my co-workers and my husband make fun of me because when I get up to go to work or leave I have my lunch bag, a huge reusable shopping bag and my purse. I work in an office that needs to look professional and carting around all that stuff doesn’t exactly present the best image for visiting clients. If I were to downsize my knitting bag I would have to decide which project and which knitting book to leave at home. That is like deciding which one of my children I want to spend time with.
I received a green lion brand canvas type bag for Christmas. It’s the perfect size - I have 2 baby blankets I am working on as well as a couple dish cloths, my KP options and all my notions in it, with room to spare. I have just been throwing my wallet and cell in it and just taking it an my lunch bag to work the last two days - works perfectly! There is also a pocket on the front that is perfect for patterns!
You can use inexpensive makeup bags to organize your notions and knitting needles, but for myself, I prefer the re-usable shopping bags for smaller projects and the giant Ziploc bags for larger ones so I can decide which projects to take with me, but as I seldom go out, it doesn’t signify.