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