Recently, I’ve been taking beginning sewing lessons, so I decided to sew myself a bag to carry all my knitting in. It seemed rather silly to continue carrying my half-finished couture projects around in an old plastic bag! And I had another important motivation for securing my projects:
There is a battle of wills going on in my household between Miro and me. And the way most knitting bags tend to gape open at the top gives reign to his piracy campaign. He sneaks up from behind when I’m not looking, snatches a ball, and runs like the wind. Before I have even noticed what’s happened, the ball has snapped off my project and is rapidly reduced to a tangled mess:
I have the last laugh now, for I have installed anti-cat measures in my knitting bag!
The drawstring closure at the top of this bag will help to keep Miro’s predacious paws off my knits! If I keep the drawstring pulled together while I’m knitting, he won’t be able to stick his head inside. Not for lack of trying….
The pattern I used to make this project bag is McCall’s M4400:
There are a bunch of cute different bag variations; I chose Bag F because of the drawstring closure. To convert this into a useful knitting bag, I sewed pockets onto the lining.
I have a set of 3 pockets to hold my needles on one side:
And two Velcro pockets to hold notions and small things on the other.
Hmmmm, is that cat hair I see inside the bag? How did it get there?
I had so much fun with this sewing project, that I used the pattern again to make a book bag:
Aren't the corner appliques cute in this bag pattern? It gives you free reign to combine different colors and patterns together, and it's not hard to do:
The second bag I made is meant to carry books so I didn't feel cat-proofing was necessary.
Considering the bag was able to carry 10 pounds of Siamese, I think it can handle book transport. But I think 20 pounds would be pushing it, don’t you?
Sewing projects take so little time compared to knitting that there is a certain immediate gratification that is enjoyable about them. But for me, the best part about my new knitting bag is that my projects are finally getting the respectful treatment and care they deserve. Considering how much time we spend laboring over our craft, we should treasure our ongoing knits like special keepsakes, don’t you think? I plan to make a few more of these project carriers, each one representing a little bagful of dreams.