Totes, Bags and Drums….

 

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When you first start crocheting the only thing that really gets your attention is crochet hooks, yarn and the pattern of the day. However, as your interest increases you discover there is more tools and then other accessories that will catch your eye. Among the crochet hooks, stitch holders, scissors, and tape measures you will start looking at, you will also find the need for a good bag to carry your projects in.

At first I suggested to people to just use a plastic grocery bag. Why invest money needlessly, waiting until you discover if you you really want to learn the art of crocheting? However, once the decision has been made you might want to begin exploring the different types of bags and their features and what will work for you.

Although I have many yarn bags in my crochet closet, today I am going to share with you the top four I find myself reaching for. Why four you are asking? Well, I always have three projects and three project only going on. My rule is one hard project, two easy ones, and I can not start another one until one of these is finished. This keeps me from having a lot of unfinished projects laying around. Because if you are like me, you have about a hundred projects you want to do! Since I have made this rule, I am seeing a lot more of my projects all the way to the end. The fourth I keep around because it is a clear bag and it allows me to take my crocheting in high security areas such as sporting events, allowing easier entrance.

When shopping for a bag, the first thing you need to decide is what are you looking for. These are the main things I look for in a crochet bag:

First, how easy is it to use the yarn? I do not like to deal unnecessarily with tangled yarn           if I do not need to.
Secondly, am I going to lose my hooks in the bottom of the bag? Is there a pocket, a place to store hooks? (I dislike having to take everything out looking for a hook)
Third, can I store my project when I am not crocheting and safely keep it clean and free from harm?
Lastly, I read reviews. After all, gleaning from others will save me money in the long run. I do not want to waste my time on a bag that will have to be replaced in year.

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My Main Crochet Bag (brought in 1997)
My favorite bag is one I have gotten so long ago, I do not even remember the name of it. But whoever designed it, knew what a crocheter was looking for.

The bag has one large compartment inside, with a side zipper that holds all your hooks. They also added eight outer pockets, six hold yarn and two for extra things, like notions, hook cases, etc.. The yarn pockets have feeds. small metal eyelets, sewn into the green canvas material that allow you to keep your yarn skeins separate while you can also feed one long string into the large center compartment with your present project. This enables me to place everything inside organized and ready to use in a moment. Then the bag zips securely protecting all the yarn until the next time I sit down to pull everything out. It has a shoulder strap for easy carrying. If anybody recognizes this bag, please share the name and company in the comment section as my memory on this matter eludes me, and I would buy another one easily.

These are the main things I like in about this crochet bag. This is the bag that I use always for my class, and for larger projects such as afghans or sweaters. Afghans have always been my passion. I love crocheting them and having them around.

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ArtBin Large Yarn Drum (Birthday gift this pass March)

The next two bags I grab are relatively new ones to my collection, but I am finding myself reaching for them often. The first is the Large ArtBin Yarn Drum in the color periwinkle. It is a 12” diameter x 12.75” high, with two large slits on top so that your yarn can slide through for easy use. The tote can hold up to eight skiens of yarn.

The tote itself is made of a canvas like material, and unless it is full, it will collapse as it empties. I have seen this one on some other web sights and observed that some people crisscross two pieces of card board to keep the bag standing. I tried this for a while, but it did not work for me. So what I did was take six more narrow pieces of card board and taped them together to form a circle and keep the middle of drum completely clutter free. This seems to be the solution for me, you can try both ways and sees what is the perfect fit for you. I have posted a picture of both below.

When you buy this one you will need to decide if you would like to purchase an outer pouch or not. I did, and use it to hold my extra notions. The hook I need for the project and scissors – I keep in an outer attached pouch on the drum itself. (pictured below)

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The yarn drum can be carried two ways: easy grip handle or shoulder strap.

This is perfect for my kits from Annie’s Hook & Needle Club and for projects not requiring more then eight 3 oz skien of yarn.

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ArtBin Yarn Drum Mini (brought March 13, 2017)
This third bag I am using more then I thought I would. It is an ArtBin Mini Yarn Drum also in periwinkle. I wanted them to match just in case I sat them on my living room floor by my crochet chair.

The Mini is only 5.8 x 5.8 x 9.5 inches and is the cutest tote I own. I use this one for smaller projects that require only one skien and for my projects requiring thread.  If you enjoy working with thread you would love this bag, as it is the perfect size to hold one ball of thread and the project without all the wasted room you find in the larger bags.   It is pretty much a smaller replica of the larger version with the exception of the outer pouch. It does have an option to buy an attached pouch but does not come with an outer pocket on the front.

I love this one when I am going on bicycle rides, and visiting people when I do not feel as comfortable carrying a larger bag around. It is small and fits easily into my bicycle basket and is easy to reach for and crochet as I visit with my friend, or if my hubby and I decide to stop and take a break during riding.

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NFL & PGA Stadium Security Approved Tote Bag

A few months back our church went to an Ice Hogs hockey game and to my surprise I could only carry in a clear bag. No purses, no bags of any sort are allowed in unless you could see through them. I am not really a big sports fan, so I enjoying taking along a simple project to help me spend time with my hubby but also it would be more enjoyable for me. This is when I decided to secure an approved bag, so I would have one on hand.

I choose this one from Amazon, it had good reviews and a zipper so I would not lose any smaller items. The bags is 12” X 12“ X 6” and is approved to be used where regulations require clear bags such as NFL football games, events, parks, and college stadiums.

The tote itself can be carried by two smaller handles or has a 30-60 inch adjustable strap for comfortable over the use shoulder carrying if you prefer. I do not use this bag as often as the other three, and am discovering that in our ever changing world it is a good one to have on hand. In-between stadium visits, I use it to store the yarn for my upcoming project. The see through tote is a great motivation to encourage me finish my current project and is handy because everything I need for my next smaller project will be in once place.

Spoiler: This is the bag I will be giving away in my next post…be sure to look for how you can receive one FREE.

Although I have several totes in my crochet closet, and I do occasionally use others, these are the main totes I have found useful durning my crocheting journeys. They are many yarn bags, totes and drums to chose from. As you try different ones, you will discover what works for you and what does not. But what ever bag you decide on, you will discover in some ways it is just as important as the type of hooks you have chosen.

Are these any of the bags you like to use, and if so, what is your thoughts on them? If not, What are those totes you love to use? And lastly, What are you looking for in a crochet bag?

Until next time, keep those hooks flying.

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About crochetwithpassion

I have been certified through the Craft Yarn Council both in teaching and Instructor. I also have been teaching people to crochet for over fifteen years. This is what I will be doing through this blog. In the Crochet Master Class there are 18 projects. Some of the projects will be familiar to me such as Hairpin Lace; Tunisian Crochet; Filet Crochet; Double Ended Crochet; painted Crochet; Aran Crochet and Irish Crochet. However there are several in the book that are new and have peaked my interest and that includes the following: Woven Crochet; Tapestry Crochet; Entrelac Crochet; Fashion Crochet; Tassels; Bullion Stitch; Overlay Crochet; Bead Crochet; Bruges Crochet; Free-form crochet and Wire Crochet. Since Crocheting is a time consuming craft I will only be posting once a week. If you are like me and love to crochet but would really like to challenge yourself to go beyond what you are now doing, come along with me and move to the next level. Although the actual patterns will not be posted (copyright law) I will take you through each project and go through the process of each one. This is not a blog about free crochet patterns or selling crochet tools. What I would like to do is take you with me on the journey through this book as I learn and crochet each of 18 projects. I will attempt to crochet each project in the book, and in the process recording in detail my progress and the problems I encounter along the way and the process I went through to accomplish each project. I am hoping that you will not only learn from my experience but that it will inspire you to push yourself to the next phase in your crocheting skills. Until next time; keep those hooks flying.
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