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April 21, 2008

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Whoops! / Knitting Bagapoloza

Well, I thought that I had set this post up as an “automatic post” but apparently, I just saved it as a draft.

No matter, I can just have my little say here up at the top and then the rest is all ready to go.

Had an… interesting… weekend. Was working on my term paper, but am failing to understand why, when I have almost half of a spiral notebook full of reading notes, I’m having a hard time finding something to write about. Apparently, my reading foci have not been along the lines of what the instructor wants in the term paper.

Note to self: no matter HOW well you are doing in any class, it is a good idea to read the “Term Paper Requirements” handout BEFORE you start working on the paper.

Well, I’ll just have to deal with the hand that I dealt myself…

Now back to our regularly (un)scheduled post…

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So, what is a knitter to do when she spends four months without being able to buy yarn?

Apparently, the answer is to funnel those acquisitional-tendancies into purchasing knitting bags!

Yes, folks, that is correct. I’ve been hanging around with the Arvada Knitters too long.

    I’ve become a “Bag-Ho”.

One of the first bags that I got, but was unable to post about, was this great silk screened tote bag from Cafe Press (image from The Panopticon blog).

Dragon Tote Bag

The picture is of a dragon guarding her hoard of yarn – how appropriate!!! Look at the gleam in her eye…

I was unable to blog about this bag when I got it because I had also gotten one for my Sister in Law for her Birthday. What can I say? We like Dragons in our family… The bag is huge and really good quality. I must say that I am impressed with the Cafe Press and will probably be ordering from them again.

One of my most treasured acquisitions is my Offhand Designs “Zelda” bag (medium size).

Offhand Designs Zelda bag

Christie, Leanne and I drove down to Colorful Yarns in Littleton, specifically to look at these bags. OK, in all honesty, I drove, and Christie and Leanne graciously put up with me getting us lost at every possible turn. Seriously, it was embarassing! We met up with Nachaele and Margie down there, and ended up having a yummy lunch at the Olive Garden. Mmmmmmm… salad.

Anyway, this bag is incredibaly functional. It has a light colored interior, and a rigid frame that holds the mouth open while I am working. There are also little pockets around the inside that are just perfect for holding…. things. I love the fabric colors and so far, it has proved to be remarkably cat-hair resistant. Another of my favorite things about this bag is that it has little metal “feet” so I can set it down almost anywhere and not worry about it getting dirty.

At the knitting retreat, I purchased yet another bag (honestly – is there a 12 step program or something?). I absolutely fell in love with this bag, and I think it will become another well used favorite.

Belt Bag

It is made out of woven seat belt fabric on the outside, and has nice long “over the shoulder” length handles. The inside has pockets, a key lanyard (yay!) and is lined with a beautiful batik fabric.

Belt Bag Interior

I think that one of the benefits of this bag is that it is an “open” bag – there is no rigid closure at the top. While I was working on the baby blanket, I was kind of worried towards the end that the bulk of the blanket was going to strain the closures on my Offhand Designs bag. This bag will be great for more “bulky” projects.

Last (but not least), I purchased this great knitted-bag pattern. There is a knitted up version at Knit Knack, and I am absolutely in love with it. So, I went ahead and got the pattern. I’ll make it…. someday.

Aran bag Pattern

The picture is not the best, but the bag is made out of a long strip of cabled knit fabric, which is folded and sewn and then has a strap attached. Gerri lined hers with fabric, and it really looks great! Can’t wait to start on this one…

So, there you have it. My new addiction. Hopefully, it will be under control now, but there is no telling what the future will hold. I’ve got some ideas bubbling in my brain that involve my fabric stash and my sewing machine….

But they will have to wait until after finals.

Everybody have a great day!!

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3 Comments »

  1. Those are some great bags! I love the dragon :) I got a Celtic tote pattern from Black Water Abbey that I want to start soon.

    Good luck with your term paper! Sorry it’s being so troublesome!

    Comment by Terrie — April 21, 2008 @ 1:47 pm
  2. fantastic bags! good luck with finals and your term paper!

    Comment by kari S. — April 21, 2008 @ 3:04 pm
  3. Oh my…………the dragon guarding her yarn is so cute! :) How very appropriate! :)

    Comment by Knittin' with the Boys — April 24, 2008 @ 3:39 pm

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