Wednesday, January 09, 2013

What's in My Knitting Bag!

The Knitting Doctor: What's in my Knitting Bag!

I knit almost everywhere, in the car (not driving of course), at the dentist, garage, etc.  Some things I carry in my knitting bag, you might not expect to be there.

These are my "on the go" knitting must-haves.

Index Cards – If I have a pattern that has a couple of  rows repeat I grab that number of index cards, write a row on each card, punch a hole in the top, insert a d-ring and then flip each card over when I finish a row. You can also write stitch abbreviations or special notes to yourself on the back of each card. Even if I put the project away for a while I know where I’m at.

Wax Paper – I always keep a piece of wax paper in my “on the go bag." We’ve all had beautiful yarn that sticks to needles like super glue and the wax paper will make those needles glide. Just rub the wax paper over the needles a few times and you’re good to go.

Safety Pins - Even seasoned knitters drop a stitch now and then. When you spy that dropped stitch, grab your safety pin and secure the stitch to your work until you have the time to repair.

Rubber Bands – Very useful when you forget your point protectors. I have a habit of always losing mine, so rubber bands work for me. I’ll slip one on my wrist before I head out and then loop them over the points if my work is interrupted. If your project is on double points, grab 2.


Last but not least - my favorite stitch markers for working with double points aren't stitch markers at all! They are tiny plastic clothespins that are sold in party favor stores, in the baby shower section. I like these because unlike locking stitch markers or split rings that I have to move every several rows you can just pinch and move them.

What's in your knitting bag? Do you have any must-have knitting tools?

Happy Knitting!

 - Donna
{the knitting doctor}

9 comments:

  1. Excellent ideas, thank you. I particularly like the index cards for rows of pattern I will try that.

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    1. Thanks, Judith! I'm glad you liked them!

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  2. My knitting bag is a large clear plastic tote with baby blue handles and matching blue zipper which I bought from Kathy Zimmerman's store, Kathy's Kreations, in Ligonier, PA (just down the road from me). I have a couple projects in the bag along with printed directions for each project. In the bag is also a ziploc sandwich bag that I have my Stanley Powerlock 3 ft tape measure, a six inch Singer sewing/knitting gauge, small scissors, stitch counters, row counters, point protectors of varying sizes, crochet hook for dropped stitches, stitch markers and a whole lot of other things thrown in!

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    1. Sounds like a good knitting bag :)

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  3. i love my collection of stitch markers, but use jewelry slip rings that are just big enough to slip on the needle ... they don't tangle or hang up and easy to store on small safety pins.

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    1. Oh, that's a good idea. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. You Rock Doc!!!! Thanks for the tips!

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    1. We'll keep the knitting tips coming!

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    2. Love these ideas. Just got out some index cards and safety pins. Thanks Doc!

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