Friday, August 15, 2008

It's In The Bag

I have confession to make. I love bags, boxes and containers in general. If I like the container I buy it whether or not I have any purpose for it or not. I like the idea of things being put away in a proper order, but I fall short of actually doing it. When I started knitting, the obsession with bags and storage container for my yarn, needles, book and such got worse.

I started with plastic bins, then to those colorful woven baskets from Ghana that they sell at MS&W. I have two of those woven baskets and decided this year I would abstain from buying one. I held steadfast to that. I saw oval shaped baskets this year and it took all my will power not to snatch one up. I don't need anymore baskets.



Then the next progression was felting my own huge bag. I took my birthday money one year and made a huge green monster of a bag. I love it but it's folded in a hasty manner and stored on top of a basket.

I have a great metal cigar case that holds 30 #1 dpns. I went into a cigar store with a friend and we looked a few cigars in their cases until I found one that would hold the length of the metal needles. I gave some lucky patron of the store a nice $10 cigar just to get the metal case. How crazy is that? If I ever need another case I would do that again in a skinny minute. I love the sound the needles make when they get jigged around in tube. I love the sound so much that sometimes, I just shake them up and down to hear that metal clinking sound.

Of course all of the other knitting do dads need their own containers too. They come in different shapes and sizes. I spared no expense. Newman's Own...

Whitmans...


and Hershey's...
are all collected because they have potential uses for do-dad storage.


Not only do I have an eye for small containers but then there are those more upscale bags that will cost you an arm and a leg. I am missing one of each lately. One arm went for the Bitty Bag ...
and the leg went for the Namaste bag.
Now the big question is, WHY? Who knows why. The same question could be applied to those who hord yarn. Can you really knit it all before you die? Do you really need 50 baskets and 30 purses for store your UFOs. I don't know what the right answer is, but my gut tells me NO and heaven help me, I can't stop.

It's not bad enough that I have a collection of bags, but now I have decided that others must know the pleasure of bags (containers). Since I hate the thought of the bag and the wrapping a gift comes in being discarded to only enjoy the present inside. So this I got this bright idea that I didn't want the gift receiver to throw away the box or the wrapping. So the box would have to be worth keeping. Hence my latest project.

The double duty gift idea is from the Last-Minute Knitted Gifts book. Since I have already made one project from the book, another was in order. The perfect idea was in the book. I knew this bag would be one that would delight my friends as well as feed my need to knit I knit this with Misti Alpaca Worsted weight in Ecru or #100. It was knit on Addis #6 (16") needles. This is a beginner pattern that can be used for some many things.
Each bag will contain a Mary scarf designed by Linda Johnson of Wallis Knits. I have already knit eight of these but will do four more before Christmas for a group of women that I have gone out to dinner with once a month for the last six years. I hope that they will be pleased with their gifts come December. One bag is done and number two is about 1/3 on its way. I will have to buy two more skeins of yarn to finish the other two bags but they will get done.
I love the rolled top and the little I-cord tie. It's just understated simplicity.
If you have the need for smart packaging of a quickie gift, this little bag will sure to be a hit.

10 comments:

amandacathleen said...

you are not alone! I have lots of metal candy tins that I've collected for their potential use to hold stitch markers. My fav is a altoid smalls tin. It holds a few markers and a darning needle.
Those bags are fantastic! and the scarves are lovely.

vlb5757 said...

I love that people collect those little tins. Maybe we should buy stock in those companies knowing how many of us collect them. I have finished the second bag and have two more to go, but I have to hit up the LYS and get two more skeins. This is such a great bag to knit during the Olympics. I can yell and scream at the TV and never lose my row! lol. Thanks about the scarf. They are going to take more time to knit-about two weeks each because of work. I hope you had a good time in Richmond. Our weather has been cooler than normal. Yea!

Snickerdoodle said...

I love your blog. I read the whole thing. I want to learn to knit socks but I am intimidated by all those needles.

ptown hokie said...

I was just drooling over the Namaste bag. Annoyingly, my dear husband has used up our arm and leg allowance for the month. Is it as lovely in person as it is on the web? I wonder if the children really need food or if they are just faking it...

vlb5757 said...

snickerdoole-thanks so much. I really am never sure if what I write interests anyone. I don't do any real complicated knitting because for the most part I don't have time plus I fall asleep. lol! The needles are nothing. Learn how to knit on double points and you will feel you are so cool. Then if you learn sock construction from there you can learn on 2 circs or Magic Loop. Once you learn the basic construction of a sock you are home free. I have had a ball making them. I am hoping to finish my lace sock soon. I just keep finding other things to knit. Find a LYS and get them to teach you. It really is so much fun.

vlb5757 said...

ptown hokie-I truly love that bag. Yes,it's every bit as lovely in person as in the picture. Green is my favorite color and I could not help myself when I bought it. I like to have knocked over a table trying to get to it before someone else did. Don't you think our children are over weight as it is? So what if they miss a few meals for a lovely bag...lol! I vote that the children are faking it. Ha! Tell hubby that next month you will be holding on to one arm and the next month the leg so you can have that bag. You know they have lots of other colors...can we say enabler??

vlb5757 said...

snickerdoodle,I am sorry I misspelled your name. A typist I am not!

Wool Winder said...

I love things to put things in. Baskets are my favorite.

vlb5757 said...

I just love containers of any kind. I have got to stop buying them and actually put things in them. I love baskets but I love odd old time looking boxes too. I have lovely oval box that I picked up in Canterbury Village in NH that was made by the craftsman at the shaker village. I gave one to all the women in my family. I would collect them if I had the room.

rohanknitter said...

I love containers too - boxes, baskets, and of course bags of all shapes and sizes! I love the cigar case dpn holder thingy!