As some of you might know, I’ve recently rediscovered the joys of knitting. I’m not really sure why I stopped knitting years before, but it just beckoned me again a few months ago and I had to answer. A few items have been made since them, some I’ve blogged about, some I haven’t yet. All in all, the repetitive motions, the clicking sound of the needles and watching yarn take shape and turn into something I can wear is just what I need at the end of the day – a modern woman’s meditation, let’s call it.
When I realised this wasn’t going to be just another passing fad, I also noticed other knitters talking about project bags on some of the podcasts I listen to. “I have my Y sweater in my X project bag, but now I need to switch to my Z bag because Y is getting too big for it.” Ooh, lah dee dah! At first it was amusing, and somewhat posh, this idea of having a bag made just for your knitted items. I just shrugged and kept to my regular cotton shopping bags from Loop (the London yarn shop).
Then something changed in me one day. I just decided I deserved, needed, a proper project bag. I went in search for some on Etsy, but they either didn’t suit my taste, or were too far away for me to afford postage and Custom charges.
I had more or less come to terms with the fact that I had to either buy something I didn’t love, or keep going with the Loop bags, when it dawned on me: why don’t I ask someone to make one for me? That’s fancy, right? I deserved fancy.
I knew just the person for the job – Debbie from The Crimson Rabbit. She is a wonder with the sewing machine, and she accepts custom orders, so would she be up for it? I had just the fabric in mind, too – Woodlands. With my heart racing (this project bag thing had turned into the symbol for my I Am A Knitter self-labelling) I emailed Debbie, and was stoked when she said yes.
After many a message back and forth, we agreed on design, pattern, zippers and lining. A few days later, Debbie surprised me with not one, but two bags. I was over the moon. Here they are below.
Can you spot the pretty, pretty felt acorn that she added to the zipper of one of the bags, next to the foxes? The Crimson Rabbit is all about detail, and I am more than happy to be on the receiving end of it.
The box-shaped bag is perfect for bulkier projects, since I’m willing to bet I can fit a whole size S sweater in there; the fox bag, on the other hand, is just the right size to fit in my regular outdoors bag, and I will confess to have used it as a Kindle holder as well, so it’s pretty multipurpose too.
I really do love my bags, and I thank Debbie for making them for me. I hear The Crimson Rabbit’s Etsy shop has been growing in bags lately, so pop by and order some pretties for yourself!
There’s also a great competition/auction going on in her blog right now, so don’t forget to check it out as well. Good luck!