Frog in knots

Knitting, knots and frogging.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Inside the hatch....

I have been tagged by Claire (Seahorse) to show the contents of my knitting bag with the explicit instructions

Firstly: SHOW ME THE INNARDS OF YOUR KNITTING/CRAFT BAG! I want to see entrails...

Oh dear...

My super duper ultimate combat knitting survival kit bag (TM) exists only as a pile of material next to the sewing machine. I do have the plans for it but haven't made it yet.

In the meantime - Welcome to Workstation Rain. This is the view you get from my chair.

My little organising doodah - I think it's supposed to be a magazine rack - holds everything I need for my current projects. On closer inspection - tools

The red case holds a full set of 30cm needles. I prefer shorter needes as the longer ones tend to be a bit unwieldy, my armchair swallows you up so there isn't room to be waving longer ones about. I keep a longer set in a tin that lives in the back corner of the rack. The smaller case is actually a sunglasses case that came with Marie Claire, the perfect size for holding my crochet hooks and general twiddly bits like stitch holders, row counters, needle stopper thingies, tapestry needles etc. Both cases tuck neatly into the frame so it's easy to keep everything together. The pockets on the front of the rack keep things like my DPNs, scissors and pens tidy and easy to get to. The little blue hen (kindly sent to me by Nanatoo) has taken over from Cockvell (my Bad Juju) as my pin cushion. Cockvell was doing a fine job and giving me great satisfaction every time I jabbed something into him, but Destructo-Pup a.k.a. The Jaws of Death - has taken a liking to him so I didn't want to risk the beastie getting hurt by the needles as he frequently does a runner with it.

Inside the rack I keep my WIPs which at the moment are my Lily Chin Reversible Rib Shawl, some feather and fan armwarmers (my KIP project because it fits in my handbag easily) and something in blue cotton that I'm not telling you about.


I also keep the yarn for upcoming projects in there to remind me to do them. I tend to get carried away on new projects or designs and forget that I have things that need attention. Next to be started is a pink wrap over cardigan for Scarlett in Jaeger Aqua Cotton. It's for her to wear with party dresses round about Christmas-time and for her birthday, there's no great rush but I'd like to get it done. I've also got some Twilley's wool that is calling to me but doesn't have an immediate plan. The grey thingy is one of my button up muffers that I keep forgetting to sew buttons onto.

Secondly: Name three things in there that you can't do without.

It has to be my spike. It's a knitting machine tool with a crochet hook at one end and a spike at the other. It's invaluable for picking up stitches and generally poking things. My needle gauge is also well used especially for DPNs. I tend to think in the old Imperial system of needle sizes rather than metric so it's a constant reference tool, it's got American sizes on the reverse too which also comes in handy. I also use my tape measure all the time too, although I want to trade it in for one of those really cute sheep ones (available from loads of places internationally so google for them).

And a fourth because I'm awkward and never could follow instructions - my clipboard. I keep patterns clipped onto it and a lot of paper. I get inspiration for designs at really odd moments so I like to have it around to start scribbling on.

Thirdly: Name three things in there that either shouldn't be there or that you forgot were in there:

My walkman - I'm learning to speak Mandarin so I play a tape while I'm knitting. It gets dumped there so I don't knock it on the floor.

My head lamp - WTF? I use it when I go camping or wandering around in the dark. I have absolutely no idea what it's doing in there.

The brown box - contains something for the next project for myself. To be revealed......

Anything else you want to mention:

Other than that there are other knitting supplies lurking around the house. I keep my tubs of yarn upstairs in a big cupboard and my knitting books live on a bookshelf. I also have a wee cupboard downstairs that holds ringbinders with loose patterns, semi-abandoned UFOs and general craft related bits and bobs. Plus there is my sewing box that sits next to my feet with lots of twiddly bits in it.

I've shown you mine so let's see yours! This is the bit where I'm supposed to tag 3 people to go off and show their stuff. I hate doing this as I don't want to leave anyone out. I'll do my usual chicken out by saying I'm tagging everyone who hasn't done it yet and wants to. That includes you Turtlegirl! I know all about your avoidance tactics!

p.s. If you are naive enough to think I'm really this tidy I'm not going to correct you. It ought to be called Bombsite Rain.

21 Comments:

At 5:06 pm, Blogger acrylik said...

Oooh, now I like your storage solutions there, very handy. When I first looked I thought the first pic was wall mounted, and that has set me off on a whole tangent of possible storage ideas... oh dear, more space means more yarn acquisition...

 
At 5:15 pm, Blogger Batty said...

You may not be super tidy, but you sure are organized! I was so inspired by your last stash organizing example that I finally put all my knitting patterns in a binder. The stash...

But I digress (note the convenient change of topic!). I love your tool-holding gizmo. It's actually big enough for your stuff, not one of those tiny things with pretty patterns and no space.

And you're knitting the amazing reversible cable wrap thingie from that Vogue book! In a color I love! It's on my must-make list. Can't wait to see the finished product.

 
At 5:54 pm, Blogger KnitPastis said...

HAHHHAAA your freaking dog has me laughting so hard! I love that dog! It's like he's lying on the floor laughing at something very funny. You have a ton of knitting needles and look at how well you organized everything. Amazing!

 
At 5:56 pm, Blogger Areli said...

That was a fun peek. Your spike tool looks pretty handy. It's so helpful to see other people tools and organization.

 
At 6:04 pm, Blogger Bezzie said...

Very nice! Your needle organization is admirable!

And way to go tagging Turtlegirl! Muhahahahaha! ;-)

 
At 6:41 pm, Blogger Rain said...

Acrylik - don't give me ideas!

Batty - the shawl may take some time, I started with gusto and then realised just how long even one set of cables takes. Keep nagging me to work on it. Now go sort your stash!

KP - he is really funny, we never stop laughing at the things he does. It's wrong for a boy to be quite so pretty.

Areli - I know what you mean, I keep seeing things other people do and have that are a brilliant idea.

Bezzie - lol, she shouldn't have said she avoids them! You wouldn't think I was organised if you saw me stalking the house for missing needles.

 
At 7:39 pm, Blogger Jerry & Maxy said...

I feel relieved to know you're not always that organized ;). But the organization helps productivity, I bet.

Love the pup!

 
At 8:10 am, Anonymous kimberly said...

I use my invaluable clipboard to hold my patterns too. I love it and just bought another to keep on hand in case I need it. I'd love to show all my stuff but I'm afraid time is working against me. Maybe sometime. Thanks for sharing your goodies.

 
At 1:52 pm, Blogger reluctantMANGO said...

Thanks for sharing! It's always nice to see new storage methods... I especially like the magazine rack storage bins... very space efficient!

 
At 8:00 pm, Blogger dreamcatcher said...

Ooh it's fascinating seeing everyone's workspace and how they organise their stuff :-) I know we had/have one of those fabric magazine racks, in fact I think I used that for my WIPs until we got the basket-things from Poundstretcher (which are technically also magazine racks). The WIPs are looking good too.

 
At 8:01 pm, Blogger String Bean said...

I'm lovin the puppy picture.
You have a whole lotta stuff, damn. Maybe I am organized...

 
At 10:49 pm, Blogger KnitYoga said...

You are soooo organised!!!! I don't even have a bag or container as such with everything in. My needles are just kept loose in a chest of drawers. I need to become more organised! ;-)

 
At 2:17 pm, Blogger Seahorse said...

Oh b***er! I was hoping to find someone with as much mess as me! :p Your storage ideas are great, especially the magazine rack thingy, I must see if I can find one like that!

 
At 5:18 pm, Blogger Genki said...

Wow, that's a great idea to use a magazine rack. My stuff is in nice bags, but then stuffed in a plastic tub. Thanks for all your comments.

 
At 9:30 pm, Blogger Ling said...

Hi. Just found your blog and wanted to say HI. I love your storage ideas - my yarn & things have to stay hidden as Hubby doesn't know about them!! I love your England supporter pattern. I don't know if I have enough time to start & finish one , only 19 days to go.

 
At 1:34 pm, Blogger Stickbloggen said...

Help... Do you say 'Cap' or 'Beanie' in English?

 
At 1:59 pm, Blogger nanatoo said...

Rain, you have got some STUFF there! Do you know, I have been having some twinges, I reckon it's every time you stick a pin in that little chicken-thing ;)

Well done for taking up the challenge, you did a great job :)

I love the bee version of the sheep tape measure :) Learning to speak Mandarin? That's really cool :)

 
At 4:43 pm, Blogger Stefaneener said...

Well, it looks totally impressive. There has to be some secret for your amazing output!

And Nona has a headlamp in her knit bag on purpose now!

 
At 5:25 pm, Blogger nanatoo said...

Monica, we say beanie for a pull-on knitted hat and cap for one with a peak .... I think? Hope that's helpful :)

 
At 7:07 pm, Blogger Rain said...

Thanks folks - now go tidy your stuff! ;)

J&M - lol organised is definitely not my middle name.

Thanks DC, there are loads of really handy storage methods out there, I could do with this being bigger.

Lol Claire, try moving back in with your mother after 6 years away and then leaving a mess around.

Oooooo Ling, I didn't realise it was that close.

Nanatoo - I bet it's no more than a tickle! It just happened to arrive when I was scouring the house for something to use.

Stefaneener - my secret - nothing better to do! I still can't figure out where the lamp came from although I do see it's uses.

 
At 8:49 pm, Blogger turtlegirl76 said...

Damn, ok then. I knew I shouldn't have followed that link here.

 

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