Knitting Needle Knitting Bag
The comments from Monday's post on knitting bags
were a hoot! I feel so much better knowing that I am not alone in my
knitting bag addiction. Bagaholics, bag ladies, and bag pigs (thank
you, Merna S.!), unite! And what can we bag geeks say to Ms. Eliza, our
friend who has never used a knitting bag and asks what she has been
missing? Perhaps just this: Try a knitting bag. Any bag. You'll never
If you'd like some suggestions as to what to use for a knitting bag:
Read through the comments. The options range from cute to exotic,
clever to practical: baby diaper totes (Katie F. and others), gift
bags, drawstring bags, lined baskets, bowling bags (Elsa X.),
children's suitcases (Donovan B.), plastic zippered bags that curtains
and sheets are sold in, briefcases, bank deposit zippered bags, and
metal lunchboxes (Laura L. and others), to name just a few favorites.
Thanks to you all, I now have an advanced case of Bag Lust. (I shall
attempt to stay away from stores during this flare-up of my addiction.
My husband thanks you for supporting me in this endeavor. However, I
don't think he'd mind if I were to just get out some pink yarn and cast
on for the Knitting Needle Knitting Bag. Surely not.)
One insightful comment came from Cagey44, who says she needs
"Time-Out Bags for Bad Knitting to sit and contemplate its ways while I
am working on its brethren." I agree: Sometimes a time-out works
wonders for my troublesome knitting, too!
I leave you with a final hilarious tip from Brenda S.: "It wouldn't be a knitting bag without a corkscrew."
The INSIDE of the Ms. Poppins' Bag
Rosie W. said: "I'm sorely tempted to knit this bag (despite my UFO
count being in double digits too) but I would want a lining, and I
don't sew, or have a sewing machine, so that may keep me safe."
Rosie, I am about to take you right out of the Safe Zone, sorry
about that. Like you, not every knitter has a sewing machine, and not
everyone enjoys extended bouts of hand-sewing. What if I told you there
were ways to line your knitted bags without a sewing machine, and
without a lot of hand-stitching? (Of course, you can use a sewing
machine if you like...)
Alternative ideas for attaching linings:
Buttons: If you have large enough "holes" in your knitted
fabric, consider using buttons to attach a lining. Sew the buttons onto
the WRONG side of the lining, the side that will face your knitted
fabric. Put the lining inside the bag, and gently push the buttons
through to the outside of the bag. Use little buttons or big ones; sew
the buttons in a line along the top of the bag for a classic look...or
put them randomly all over for a fun and funky touch.
Creative Stitchery: Use a matching (or contrasting!) yarn or
embroidery floss and simple, slightly oversized stitches to sew through
both layers of lining and knitting. Some easy stitches that will give
great results are blanket stitch, whipstitch, running stitch, and backstitch. I used running stitches to attach a purchased linen napkin to the inside of the Ms. Poppins' Bag (see photo).
The OUTSIDE of Ms. Poppins' Bag
a buttoned-in lining, a snap-in lining has the advantage of being
removable and thus washable. However, the snaps won't show on the
outside like buttons will.
Hot Glue Gunnery: I have never tried this, but a friend of
mine swears by using a hot glue gun to attach linings to the inside of
her bags. Anyone out there brave enough to try this?
Notice that I am not recommending Velcro, even though it seems like
a logical choice. If you are making a knitted handbag that will not be carrying yarn, then Velcro might work beautifully. However, Velcro eats yarn, so don't use it in your knitted knitting bags!
Friday, we'll talk about creative, durable materials you can use for
the lining fabric itself. (You might be surprised to know that you
don't need to have a fabric store nearby for most of these ideas.)
Sandi Wiseheart is the editor of Knitting Daily.
What's on Sandi's needles? I'm finishing up a pair of Evelyn Clark's Waving Lace Socks for a friend whilst awaiting the fate of the yarn for Nicholas' cabled pullover.