Night Owl Sally’s Knitting Notions Carry All
Recently I mentioned that I found my knitting nirvana … the ultimate knitting storage bag that could hold all of my circular needles and other paraphernalia that is not currently in use in one of my project bags. I own multiples of notions that I like to have handy in each project bag – I probably have 6 each of small scissors, tape measures, knitting marker sets, cable needles, etc… not to mention my collection of expensive circular needles that I don’t want to get misplaced. (short story: One time – my daughter, when she was younger and was learning to knit, thought that circular needles were disposable! She threw out a set before I knew what she was thinking – I coulda throttled her!)
Anyway… I wanted a perfect case/tote bag/whatever-you-want-to-call-it to be the “mothership” to hold all of my knitting stuff.
Well… THIS IS IT …
This bag is intended for holding soft baits (those squishy worms, tubes, & sinkos) … and is available in a few different sizes… the one I opted to buy is the 7″ x 9″ double version. What a great deal for under $20!
The DESCRIPTION ON THE BASS PRO SITE is a little disappointing. When I read it, it appeared to me that the bag was only going to come with 10 pouch pages.. but in reality, the double bag (like this one) comes with 20 – 10 on each side. Yay!
I shared my excitement over this find on patternreview.com . It didn’t take long before someone commented about the BassPro logo just not being very lady-like. Well, for starters, it’s not my intent to drag this thing around with me unless I might be taking it along to a knitting store when I’m buying a new project and need to see if I already have a set of available needles. And besides, living in Colorado, and loving to go fishing every week in the summer, I could tell you that BassPro is a status symbol around here – but I’ll leave that alone and instead go for a cuter solution so this bag would be knitter-socially-acceptable.
Urbanthreads.com just added this cute night owl design to their site in the past week… and I couldn’t resist. What a perfect way to cover up the BassPro logo on my knitting bag! I added my “nightowlsally.com” to the bottom, then stitched it out using the Babylock Ellisimo Gold’s built in patch function … how cute is this?!?!?
So the patch needed to be about 4″ x 4″ finished to be just big enough to cover the BassPro logo but not too big that it wouldn’t fit across the front before the front vertical pleats in the exterior zippered pocket of the bag.
So a patch… a little E6000 (best cement for this sort of thing – bar none!) …. and the bag…
Flip the patch over… (on plastic… just in case a goober goes somewhere it shouldn’t!) …. put an even bead of the E6000 just inside the border… squiggle some more around the middle…
Flip it over and press it into place…..
And here ya have it…..a little cutesy-modification and it’s now a socially acceptable knitting-notion-mothership bag:
I just love the size of this bag and how much it holds! ….
I’ve got 26 pairs of circs in there… (that’s not counting the ones that will come home to roost in this tote after they are done being used in my various project bags).
Then flip the thing over and there’s room for retractable tape measures, cable needles, some of my fatter double pointed needle sets, stitch holders, crochet hooks, pens, pencils, etc etc etc…
And lastly, on the backside, there is a net pocket that is perfect size for me to hold my toothbrush-holders-turned-double-pointed-needle-storage…
Those toothbrush holders were available at Target – the only thing you gotta remember to do is to plug up the holes in the ends (I used a little squish of hot glue) so that the skinny needles don’t fall out.
All in all… I absolutely love-love-love this bag for its intended purpose!
I bought two of these bags. I’m in the midst of making a Sewing Machine Test Drive Kit with the other one… I’m putting projects (aka stinky sewing P.I.T.A. challenges!) into the pouches for the next time I go machine shopping.