One of the blogs I follow recently posted about her Knitting Bag, so I thought I might follow in suit. I am quite jealous of her magnetic tin and her small scale. I have been wanting a small scale for sometime, it would be so useful!
First off my bag is a handmade one that my hubby bought for me at a festival in town. I have seen and owned a lot of purses and bags in my life, but nothing compares to this bag. It isn't very large, but it holds a lot. I think it's storage capacity has something to do with the interior pockets (which is what drew me to it in the first place). All the small items are out of the bottom of the bag and stored neatly against the sides. In case you are wondering; yes, those are pill bottles, more on them in a bit.
Here are my "essentials" clockwise starting on the left with the...
- Measuring Tape :: I have a nice sturdy plastic one. My son loves to carry it around and measure things. It has held up to a lot of abuse. I have no idea how old it is or where I got it, but my advice if you have littles, get an indestructible one!
- Container with Locking Cover :: My two year old figured out how to open it at around a year old so I don't keep much in it any more. In it right now is a few buttons, a pair of scissors and a ball band (I need to figure out a way to keep track of those better). Sometimes I keep a small ball of yarn in there to use as emergency stitch holders or markers, and the ends after weaving in ends.
- Hand Sanitizer :: You never know when you might need it
- Hand Lotion :: Dry skin and knitting don't mix!
- Needles of Various Sizes :: I have yarn needles and sewing needs, pointy needles and blunt needles.
- Stitch Markers :: I am currently using ones the hubby bought for me from KnitPicks, but I am not in love with them.
- Crayons :: For those times when Stomper needs to be entertained.
- Note Pad :: Also from KnitPicks they are all sticky notes and have various sizes. However, they don't stick quite long enough. I don't think I'd recommend this brand of sticky notes, but having them around has been very useful
- Not Pictured :: A pen and my Nook where I keep patterns
I know you are wondering: "What is with the pill bottles?" My son is very clever. He can open containers with lids. Thankfully he does not know how to open a pill bottle so anything that he could hurt him self on; by ingesting or sticking himself with, I try to keep under wraps.
To remove the label I use very hot water to get the paper off and then olive oil to remove the sticky.
How about you? How do you keep your bag organized?