Knitting While Traveling

I own three sizes of addi Flexiflip needles, they’re like a hybrid between a circular needle and double pointed needles. I bought them in sizes 6, 7 and 8. The sizes I seem to use the most for hats and sweaters anticipating using them for sleeves. I ordered them online since my local yarn shop sold out of them very quickly and waited patiently for them to arrive due to backorder. I packed them with me on my flight to Vegas so I could finish that one sleeve I had left for my test knit…

Only one needle made it to Las Vegas. I’m pretty sure they probably came out of my bag as I was looking for a crochet hook to fix a dropped stitch. And to make it even worse…that one needle didn’t even make it back from Vegas! I lost it somewhere in our hotel suite (we stayed at the Venetian and it was absolutely beautiful). I found one pair left on Amazon and ordered them and they sent me size 3’s by mistake! Clearly I’m not meant to have these.
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On the bright side it gave me an excuse to go to Sin City Knit Shop to buy double points and of course some yarn. I grabbed some of the Katia cotton and merino blend yarn I’ve wanted to try and some of their local yarn in a fun colorway. Perhaps these will become a fun brioche project? The shop was nice and had tons of people knitting in there! I love visiting warm and welcoming spots. I’d definitely say give them a visit if you’re in Vegas.

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Tool Talk: Project Bags

Projects bags are kind of an essential thing in knitting and there are soooo many options out there. I thought I’d share a few of the bags I have and love and then I want to know from you guys what are you favorite project bags? I jumped on the early bandwagon for the Fringe Field Bag.
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I currently own three, my original canvas one, the cobalt blue one (that’s big enough to fit Jellybean) I won last year via the Summer of Basics Along (which started June 1) and my husband bought me a camo print one for Christmas last year. I don’t dig out my original canvas one as often because it’s just dirty and I’ve got canvas cleaner but I’m lazy. It’s holding onto a project I will eventually frog for now. I like Field Bags because they’re durable and can surprisingly hold a lot of stuff BUT they don’t hold enough. I knit a lot of sweaters and shawls that turn into massive projects so I started to look for bags that were a little roomier (and not as pricey either – the Field Bag will set you back $75).
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Last year I bought myself a Mrs. Brown’s Bag I think around Thanksgiving. I like that she makes custom fabric with yarn from indie dyers that people have knit and crocheted swatches for her to scan. It’s so cool and makes it feel even more special. I have two of her bags (she will occasionally run a sale and that’s when I pick one up), this large zippered bag for sweater quantity – it holds a ton. But it doesn’t have any pockets on the interior. It’s a simple shape and you can wash this bag. I also have one of her smaller totes that I use to carry smaller projects and my wallet when I’m on the go. But for me, I may have found the perfect bag.
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I recently purchased a project bag from Tannei Casey and I loooooooove it. The style is similar to the Field Bag, it has interior pockets on the inside and rivets to thread your yarn through but it’s the size that I love. I purchased the large drawstring pouch and it’s perfect for my sweater projects. I can cram a lot in this big bag and it’s made of durable canvas on the interior. But the best part is she has a ton of great printed fabrics for the exterior. They’re also really well made and it’s a one woman shop. I saw a new knitter I follow on Instagram with this bag in the Rifle Paper Co fabric and I had to have it. Best part…the large bag is only $35!! Now I want a million of them.

The great thing is that all of these bags are made by women, who run their own business and if woman can’t support other women…we’re doing something wrong. So these are three of my favorites for project bags, tell me what bags do you like? And add a link so others can check them out too!

Maryland Sheep & Wool 2018 Haul

Okay, okay! I’ve pulled together my Sheep and Wool haul. Whenever my husband is traveling I feel like I lose about a third of my time. And on work, graduation last week and life in general…blogging got left behind.

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Watch it in motion!

My biggest splurge was a new yarn swift! Last year I saw the Yarn Tech yarn swift and thought it was a beautiful tool. I thought about it for a year as my little tabletop swift started to wobble. I knit almost every day and wind my own yarn so having a swift that’s well made and beautiful is a great purchase in my book. I’ve been asked why I prefer a tabletop swift over an umbrella swift and really, it’s just because of space and how it looks. Umbrella swifts are pretty huge and just seem to take up a ton of space. I have a small little office set-up with a slim table and this style slides together to be the width of about 3 rulers. It doesn’t have to be in the way.
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The main base of the swift is one of three parts. It attaches to the bottom of the swift and then you expand the arms to accommodate the size of the skein you’re winding.
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It’s easy to sit in ton top and then there’s a yarn ball holder that’s the third piece. So once you wind the yarn you can transfer it to the holder spindle.
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And then you can just pop that onto the base. Easy as pie. And don’t think I left Sheep and Wool without buying some yarn.
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Here’s what I bought:

 

  • Top left: O Wool Balance. It’s a wool and cotton blend which I think will be a perfect weight for a cardigan I can wear early fall into late spring. I bought a sweater’s quantity and am already plotting out what I’ll make with it.
  • Top middle: A bundle of Jill Draper Makes Stuff Windham worsted yarn. I have wanted to try her yarn and I thought this would be a great way to test it out and use on a colorwork project.
  • Top left: Tempting Ewe Yarns in Sparkly DK. This lovely sparkly olive caught my eye.
  • Bottom left: Tempting Ewe So Chubby. This fun gradient also caught my eye as I was checking out and it was exactly what I’ve been looking for to make a hat!
  • Bottom middle: Dancing Leaf Farm Charleston worsted in Targaryen. It was the first skein of yarn I saw as I walked in and the color caught my eye. Plus it was another yarn I haven’t tried before. I scooped it up.
  • Bottom left: Knitty and Color Dubstep DK in Supernova. I love wild graffiti looking color yarn and I knew I wanted to pick something up from them. I’ve got some ideas of what this will become.

Sheep and Wool haul
And last but not least, I bought 4 skeins of Miss Babs Yowza – my favorite. On the left is Nori, a gorgeous deep olive green. On the right, Adobe, a gorgeous light clay color. I may pair them together or they may become something separate, only time will tell. I went slightly over my budget but I also know I have all the yarn I need for a really long time.