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What’s in Your Project Bag?

July 12th, 2010

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Most of us store our knitting and crocheting projects in bags, but what else do we keep with us? Here’s my current project bag and what I always carry with me.

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Here’s my project bag. Let’s see what’s inside.

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Of course, I have my yarn (LB Collection Superwash Merino), my needles, and my pattern.

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Here are the notions that I always keep on hand. I have stork scissors (just like my mom’s), a few large-eyed blunt needles for weaving in ends, some stitch stoppers, and a soft tape measure. I keep them all in a coin purse at the bottom of my project bag.

What do you keep in your project bag? Share your must-have crafting accessories in the comments!

  • Baley

    yarn, pattern, crochet hook, scissors, measuring tape, paper clip (I use these for marking rows), and lotion.

  • d connor

    In 1 bag I have a sweater, the next a Christmas stocking, and a hat in the last!

  • lynne

    same stuff as you

  • http://www.angelawerner.com Angela Werner

    I have the knit kit, (which has everything inside it) needles, yarn, pattern, gum, and lotion. I love your storage bag that you use, it is way cute. Where did it come from?

    Jess says: Thanks, Angela! Zontee got it for me. It’s a Mind Your Knitting Beanie Baggie.

  • marlene

    Several skeins of yarn, crochet hooks, ruler, pattern books, blunt needles,and scissors!

  • Carolyn LaFevers

    I keep mostly Cotton yarn, sizes G,H,J,K hooks, pen & paper, stitch markers, blunt needle, several quick patterns, scissors, Needle threader & measuring tape.

  • http://www.itsallabitwooly.co.uk Catherine

    Wool, needles, tin with needles, pins & stray buttons,soft pencil case with tape measure, cable needles, stitch holders, crochet hooks, also snips, bag handles for a future project and a new set of dpn’s

  • Ginger

    Several skeins of yarn, patterns, scissors, needles and hooks. A couple of spools of thread and misc notions. I actually have several bags :) I change things from bag to bag depending on what I am working on at the moment.

  • Diane Cook

    yarn, pattern, crochet hook, knitting needles, LED earlight, tape measure, scissors, hand sanitizer, darning needle, pen, notebook

  • Janet

    I just changed my kit to a new box- and found one earring, wild free range stitch markers, the cover for my scissors- but no scissors, a folded up pattern for a project in another bag, random snips of yarn from three projects ago, a label from yarn I can’t remember, and a pizza coupon. Missing are my two tape measures, my ruler, my stitch counter, my big needles, and a pencil, which were all in other assorted project bags.

  • Linda

    lilac sparkle yarn, circular needle, pattern, case (double pointed needles, cable needle, point protectors, stitch markers, stork scissors, notepad for keeping track of rows), my pattern and a magnetic board to hold pattern.

  • http://www.DistinctlyDaisy.etsy.com Daisy

    I found the perfect bag that came free with my baby’s Snuggly carrier. It has 1 center chamber (where I keep my work), a clear chamber on both the front and the back (where I keep my yarn clean, out of the way of the blanket I’m working on, and can see it, and it holds each skein upright), then a mesh side compartment on each side (where I keep a clear, straight plastic ruler on one side and a skinny pencil case on the other side with my needles and small safety scissors).

  • Donna Reagan

    i keep all my crochet hooks, needle, scissors, and tape measure in a pencil case so all i have to do is put it with whatever project i’m working on. i usually have a couple projects going on at the same time.

  • Cynthia Smith

    In my project bag is a tablecloth using thread, it is lovely so far. Can’t wait to finish.

  • Beth

    My current project, project books for my project wish list, scissors, crochet hooks, tape measure, scissors, knitting needle caps, stitch markers and a note pad. Have to be prepared for anything!

  • http://theamberwolf.com Kathy

    Oh, I keep the usual that has been mentioned… along with an extra set of needles, some yarn for fun play if I sit with the grandkids to knit…

    ….and a Lucet with craft cord or crochet #3 for those times that knitting is too big for the environment that I am in. As we are currently making wooden Lucets, I am learning all the many variations on Lucet cord, and have it around with me at all times for demonstration purposes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Johnna-Bither/558265356 <fb:name linked="false" useyou="false" uid="558265356">Johnna Bither</fb:name>

    Depending on the project, I will have my yarn, my pouch that carries all my crochet hooks, scissors, and needles… knitting needles… currently my bag is a nice big blue and orange back that i got from old navy! :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Megan-Hyman/1600834027 <fb:name linked="false" useyou="false" uid="1600834027">Megan Hyman</fb:name>

    i have crochet hooks and yarn and my crochet blanket and scissors and patterns books

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Susan-Nichols-Powers/1348762729 <fb:name linked="false" useyou="false" uid="1348762729">Susan Nichols Powers</fb:name>

    My project bag is from Stitches last year. I have yarn, patterns, stitch markers(about 3 diff. kinds),stork scissors,measuring tape, notebook several pens,crochet hooks, aspirin, tissues,hand sanitizer and half my life.

  • flor de maria

    the thimgs that has been mentioned and a hand cream a notebook and pencil to write some tips thar we use to share in our crochet,knit and quilt group, we talk about a lot of things sometimes also we make jokes so we have a notebook so we do not forget anything that we share, recipes, jokes, and projects.

  • Jo Ann Eby

    In my crochet bag I carry the norms… yarn for the project I am currently working on, place markers, itty bitty scissors I got from the hospital when my husband was in there, patterns I have printed from the internet, pencil, all my crochet hooks, small tape measure, book I am currently reading and most often a magazine. When my granchildren have been over, I can also find a toy or two that got dropped in there and sometimes even a piece of a cookie !

  • Kay O’Horo

    current project (crochet ph purse) last project (cuffs, but just 1, cause i left the pattern at home) bits’n'peices brick (pencil, pen, double ended needles, hooks, sewing needles, circular needles, note paper, scissors,oddments of yarn, needle gauge) nappies, change of pants (for training toddler) lip balm, hand cream, wipes, purse, keys, phone, and digital camera.
    ummm is a project bag suppose to have different stuff to my handbag? ummm they are the same bag, that way i always have something to knit or crochet :-)

  • Sharon

    I have multiple project bags with pattern, yarn, hooks, etc, but only 1 notions bag (probably not a good idea) that I grab and toss in whichever bag I’m about to grab. In it I keep folding scissors, a mini magnifying glass, stitch markers, 1 or 2 blunt yarn needles (for weaving in ends as I go), a tape measure, and an extra crochet hook (current a size E) to weave in ends as I go. Sometimes I will toss a small tube of hand lotion or baby powder to soothe my hands.

  • Pat Irish

    I have basically what you have in your bag (but crochet hooks instead of knitting needles), but have learned to keep a little notebook and pen in there. I put ideas in the notebook, and notes about what I’m making – which size crochet hook, patterns that I make up myself – just stuff that helps me remember what I’m doing…

  • Diane

    In my project bag is a Christmas tree skirt for daughter; and an afghan for the Veterans of Wars Post in Cliffwood NJ: my Mom is the secretary; the veterans are from the Vietnam war;and I made a total of 5 afghans to donate to the Veterans home in NJ.

  • http://www.serenity-knits.com Lisa C.

    Two projects (one simple, one not so much), patterns, notepad, notions bag (Bent tip needles, locking st markers, point protectors, split ring st markers, snippers, beaded st markers, modular needle key, rubber needle gripper, tape measure, needle gauge, st holders, double end crochet hook set), water bottle, & netbook.

  • http://www.serenity-knits.com Lisa C.

    Forgot to ask, where is your, very pretty, project bag from? :-)

    Zontee says: Hi Lisa, as Jess said in response to a comment above, I got it from the lovely people at Mind Your Knitting. They’re handmade and have a beanie bag in the bottom to keep them from toppling over. Click here to see them.

    Also, for people in the NYC area interested in the bag, we now carry them at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio!

  • Pam Jones

    Silly as this may seem, my knitting bag has about $40 in “mad money” hidden in the zippered pocket on the inside. By squirreling away a few dollars here and there, I don’t feel guilty about taking cash out of the household budget when I find a see some yarn or a new accessory that I simply have to have.

  • Michelle

    I keep the same basic stuff everyone else does in a large bag. I use folding scissors, just in case my little one puts his hands in the bag. I also keep hard candy. My projects are in zip lock bags. Depending where I go depends on which project I grab. Some doctors just keep you waiting forever! During the summer you may find, sunblock, goggles, beach towel or small toys also in my bag.

  • Marlene Noyes

    My project bag is actually a basket I keep alongside my favorite chair. It has in it: the current pattern, yarn, needlemaster set, assorted crochet hooks in a fabric roll, assorted dp needles in a fabric roll, a zippered bag with tape measure, straight pins, stitch holders, darning needles, pencil, nail file, point protectors, stitch markers, scissors.

    I do use a project bag when I travel. It carries only the items necessary for the current project.

  • Glenna Boyette

    Tapestry needle, large and small gauge crochet needles, small pointed scissors, point protectors, sticky note pads, needle gauge, tape measure (note: get retracting one!), small circles of yarn for markers, several sizes of stitch holders, small metal ruler, tie wrap, pen, large paper clip – all in a cosmetic case that I transfer from basket to bag to box, depending on my project.

  • Cathy Paxson

    I keep my current project and what I need for it, plus a skein of cotton yarn with which I can make a quick dishcloth. This small project is handy when I need to knit but not think much, need a quick gift, etc. And I always have a snack bar of some kind, needed to keep my b.g. level up.

  • Dagny Zoega

    In my project bag I keep at least two projects, one easy crochet project to grab while waiting or childsitting and another more serious or larger project for quiet moments or to do in front of the TV. In my project bag I also keep a pencilholder in which I keep several crochet hooks, small scissors, measuring tape, point protectors, stich markers, a few blunt darning needles, two large safety pins, a pencil, small ruler and a small pocket calculator. You may also find in my project bag a bottle of water, hard candy and a book.

  • Leezard

    My project bag is a Nantucket Diddy Bag. I’ve got about ten sizes of bamboo straight needles, scissors, a pen, a small plastic sectioned box with various sizes of safety pins, some buttons, a thimble, a few band-aids, and two large-eyed blunt needles in it, a soft measuring tape, stitch markers, and a counter in a soft plastic zippered pouch, a small bottle of lotion, a pack of double pointed bamboo needles, a nail file (I can NOT knit with jagged nails!) and interestingly enough my Clarke’s Sweetone penny whistle in the key of D, along with some sheet music. You never know when you want to take a break from knitting and whistle up a storm!

  • Cheryl Brake

    My current work in progress, scissors, tape measure, needle protectors, stitch markers, crochet hooks, pen, blunt end needles, bobbins, row counters, t-pins, gauge measure,cable needles, beads, latch hook (? don’t know why), stitch holders and one set of dpns.

  • Sandi

    I have so many bags, not sure which to pick! I have one with sock yarn, pattern, and needles. I also have a basket that has multiple projects in it…a crochet sweater, a knit scarf and I’m sure other “stuff”!

  • Angela Moore

    Every crochet hook I own, scissors, measuring tape,a couple of projects, a couple skeins of yarn,stitch markers. I’ve misplaced one of my favorite books. Gee, I hate it when that happens!

  • Meredith

    The usual suspects + diapers & wipes as I’m rolling with a newborn these days. Also, a high-lighter to cross off each line of my pattern once I’ve knit it.

  • http://zuzusfriend.blogspot.com Nancy

    I have a lovely project bag from “Good to be Girl” and the “Knit Kit” is always in it. Great way to have your project ready to go with you.
    I have a pair of socks for my Hubby on my needles in the bag – the yarn is brown alpaca from our local farm “Worthington Alpacas”.

  • http://www.restlessgrace.blogspot.com Grace

    I keep the same stuff with me as you. But what pattern are you working on?

    Jess Says: Hi, Grace. I’m working on the Marigold Sweater from this summer’s Interweave Knits. I’ve got the back, one sleeve, and one front finished so far. It goes very quickly when I actually sit down to knit!

  • http://zegers.weebly.com Lia Tripp

    I always keep a knitting project in the car in a bag, so that I can take it inside wherever I am that day. When I worked night shift in the ER, I would take out my knitting if it got slow. Can you believe it that an EMT asked me what I was doing, and said that he had never seen anyone knit before??!! Am I getting old, or are our young people just not connected to handicrafts anymore? Are we losing our crafts with our generation??

    Jess Says: Don’t worry, Lia; there are plenty of people from every generation who knit. In fact, knitting and crocheting are very popular among college students right now. The trendiness of yarncrafting may come and go, but there will always be people who are dedicated to making things by hand.

  • Barb Darwin

    I, too have my yarn, pattern and needles or hooks(I knit and crochet). My bag also holds a ruler which has special holes to size needles, scissors, stitch holders and two items which I made myself. They are a case with compartments for these notions-size 3 by 6″ when closed, and stitch markers which I beaded. It also holds extra patterns for future projects.

  • Paulette Schirmer

    Yarn, 2 projects in process, patterns, needles, scissors, needle protectors, and a book if my fingers get tired :)

  • Amy k

    I have several project bags right now…well, always. I use ziploc for carryalongs. I met a lady in an airplane who used ziplocs which I think is brilliant. So I carry the ziplocs, large blunt eye needles for finishing, nailclips instead of scissors (easier), hooks, knit needles, and a pad of paper or postits and a pen/highlighter combo. I know it’s alot but I have been stranded with no projects before and I go crazy without a project in my hands!!!

  • http://susanbeingsnippy.blogspot.com Susan being Snippy

    because I crochet and quilt, I keep two main project bags, one is a multi-year hand piecing project that is hexagons with diamonds, so the bag has a number of scraps, the paper and pattern piece, needle, thread and like you stork scissors. My current carry around crochet project is a second pair of small scissors, the ball of yarn I am making the one colour grannies from and a 4mm hook. The grannies should keep me busy most of the summer and the english paper piecing quilt should be another 2 or 3 years in the making…

    By the way, this is on the top of my RSS feed list and I am checking back more than once a day to see what is going on here… Thanks so much for all the great ideas!

  • Jeannie

    2 skeins of yarn oene in black and one in white size j crochet hook for baby blanket and scissors

  • Patti C

    Along with the normal items necessary for one or two projects, I have my Nintendo DS with the vital Scrabble game on it for when I need a break from crocheting. Also cannot be without my digital camera. Opportunites around every corner need to be photographed. Well maybe not every corner.

    Got my orange bag ( would have preferred something in a more tasteful ) at Joann’s and it has many, many compartments. It’s wonderful even when I can’t find what I want in them and I know I did pack it in the bag.

  • Sandra Walsh

    I also carry a small hand lotion and a small prayer book.

  • Michelle

    I have several project bags… One has several different colors of yarn for the socks I crochet. Another has a sweater that is partially done and the yarn that goes with it. Another has yarn for scarves that I make… Each bag has the crochet hooks I use for each project, scissors and whatever else I carry with me at the time.

  • Jacob

    My project bag consists of a plastic pipette box (I work in a laboratory) which is perfect size for point protectors, stitch holders, cable needles and small crochet hooks for dropped stitches. I wait until the end of the project to knit in all my ends, because the project can pucker if you’re not careful when weaving in. I also carry my current project, stitch holders, a couple of CD’s, a pattern, and plenty of yarn, currently working with a hemp/wool blend..