Thursday, November 22, 2007

Knitters: Organization Is in the Bag

(MS) - Knitting is a hobby that has undergone a resurgence in popularity. Thousands of people have picked up their needles or crochet hooks and embarked on handcrafted projects in recent years.

Learning to knit or crochet is a valuable education. Just think of the items you can turn out with such knowledge: afghans, sweaters, blankets, scarves, hats, gloves, socks . and so much more.As with any hobby, yarn crafts, such as knitting and crocheting, require a series of tools that make project creation possible. These include:
· skeins of yarn

· needles or hooks

· scissors

· stitch holders or other small accessories

· project patterns

And because most knitters like to bring their projects on the road, whether they're commuting to work or when traveling, a storage bag is necessary for knitting en route.

Shopping for a Bag

Before you purchase a bag, it's important to consider the types of projects you make most often. Are small things your passion? Maybe you are well known for your blankets and afghans? The bag you buy should be able to tote all of your supplies in addition to the project you're making in its various stages of completion. Therefore, larger items require a larger bag.

Also think about where you take your work. If you're rarely separated from your yarnwork, look for a bag that is weather-resistant and has sturdy sides so that it will hold up to the bumps and bangs of normal travel. If you're a curl- up-on-the-recliner type of knitter, your bag won't have to be as durable.

Types of Bags

Yarn totes come in all shapes and sizes. You can find tapestry bags, backpack-esque carriers, nylon shoulder bags with grommet holes to feed the yarn through, or you can even knit yourself a bag. Some knitters want their bags to double as, or at least look like, purses. There are also options to that end.

Some knitting bags are elaborate and others quite simple. Again, consider your needs and usage before purchase.

Some universal features to bags make knitting easier on the go. These include snap closures instead of zippers, so that your knitting won't get stuck. A few pockets for accessories or that extra ball of yarn for impromptu knitting lessons, can also be handy. Also, purse-length handles make carrying easier.

Benefits to Knitting Bags

The most obvious benefit is being able to transport your work from point A to point B in an organized way. A knitting bag will keep all of your equipment in one place and protect projects in progress from getting dirty.

Bags are also a great place to store your supplies even if you rarely take your projects outdoors. They're portable, so you can move from room to room at your leisure.

Knitting and crocheting can be rewarding and relaxing if your equipment is organized. Selecting a bag to house your materials is one of the ways to achieve an orderly workspace.

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