This is one of the items I'm currently testing for my shop ~ a nice and roomy tote bag with cushioned foam padding in the body and the straps.
I've wanted a project bag big enough to hold my sweaters-in-progress for a very long time. Until recently, I've been either stuffing my sweater projects into my medium bags (hoping I don't snag yarn on a zipper or pull anything off my needles) or just letting my project sit out on a table.
Now granted, I don't take larger yarn projects out of the house very often, so my sweaters can indeed just sit on the dining room table as they progress slowly through the stages of production. It's rather sloppy looking though. And it's never just the sweater. It's the pattern, and the notions, and the skeins of yarn waiting their turn, all piled on and around the sweater. I've juggled an armful of this stuff as I've attempted to head upstairs for a knitting-in-bed session, and I've watched as one or two of my skeins dropped and bounced comically back down the steps.
It's certainly not the worst thing in the world. But when you make project bags, it seems kind of silly to NOT have a bag that's just slightly bigger. One where you could keep ALL of your stuff comfortably and be able to grab it easily at a moment's notice. Why should socks, hats, and small shawls be the only items we can store away safely?
So that's what I'm currently working on. I have two in circulation right now. One is indeed housing my current cabled sweater project. The other one, pictured here in this post, is alternating between knitting projects and trips to the grocery store.
|Our first trip to the grocery store!|
I want to see what kind of wear and tear the straps and body can handle. Not that I'm designing a tote for customers to carry bricks in ~ I'm thinking more along the lines of crafting projects and library books. Maybe Farmer's Market goodies?
I also want to see how it all handles a run through the washing machine and dryer. I always prewash both fabric and batting/interfacing, but I've learned you never know how the finished item will wash up once it's all together. Materials are funny things and can sometimes surprise you, and part of my job is to make sure I am the one who is surprised...not my customer.
Oh, I hope these bags work out! I'm really enjoying them, and the size of the bag allows for use of those bigger print fabrics that don't quite fit nicely on smaller items. Plus I've been able to keep all of my project yarn together with the sweater. That means no more staring at my half done sleeve and wondering, "Wait...I have 3 more skeins of this upstairs in stash, right?"
The best though is that I can grab my sweater easily. Pull it right out without any worry of snagging or stitches coming off. There's plenty of room for maneuvering.