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Spring Storage + Cute Bags, Gleeners

It’s Time to Store Your Woollens!

Yup, it’s May, and you can officially put all your woollens away for the season!!! I’ve written a lot about this in the past, so instead of reinventing the wheel, I’m just going to gently nudge you to read our CARE AND MAINTENANCE INFO. A quick summary of the salient points:

SWET Bags from Gleener

Last week at the Knitter’s Frolic (a local show hosted by the Toronto Knitting Guild) we sold out of all of our adorable project bags from Gleener, and they have graciously and quickly restocked them!

Gleener Swet Bags make perfect project bags, but they’re so much more. They’re designed to keep odours, wetness and messed contained. The zipper and lining are both waterproof, so they also make a great travel companion to the gym, swimming or beyond. Keep your projects safe, clean and dry anywhere you go! They come in two sizes, the medium is great for regular projects, and the larger is perfect for large sweaters and blankets (I also use it for my swimming gear, as do my niece and nephew).

  • Medium: 10.5″ x 14″
  • Large: 16″ x 21″ (fits a large sweater or a blanket project)
  • Machine wash in cold water, flip it inside out and hang it up to line dry overnight.

Gleener (Full Size)

While you are cleaning your knits, you might as well de-pill them and get them ready for the fall with a Gleener® Ultimate Fuzz Remover™. This award winning fabric de-piller and lint brush combo safely removes fuzz balls, lint and pet hair from even the finest of fabrics. Yes, it really works, I have one at the ready in my closet. Plus, it’s a Canadian company! READ MORE HERE!

Gleener (Travel Size)

Gleeners are also available in a compact travel size, which is super handy if your carry-on luggage is frequently in use (Gleeners work on all fabrics, not just knitwear, so it;s great for cleaning up suits & such).

NEW DellaQ Yarn Caddies & Bowls

DellaQ’s Yarn Caddies and Bowls are a lot like their brilliant needle cases – beautiful, well made, and extremely useful. They’re specially designed to hold and care for your needlework. They’re also ethically made in Vietnam under Della’s own watchful eye, which goes a long way to ensure the high quality of the product. As you can see, we really believe in these products!

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DellaQ Cleo Yarn Caddy (Medium Bag)

DellaQ’s Cleo Yarn Caddy is a great way to stash and transport your small and medium-sized knitting and crochet projects. Cleo stands on her own with pockets, pockets, pockets – four on the outside and two on the inside. She won’t let you down and fall over. The Cleo Yarn Caddy is perfect for medium size projects or a bunch of small ones. The inside includes a zip pocket and an open pocket for smaller tools.

  • Width: 8 inches
  • Height: 12.5 inches
  • Machine wash delicate, air dry

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DellaQ Tess Yarn Caddy (Large Bag)

DellaQ’s Tess Yarn Caddy is all the knitting bag you’ll ever need! It’s a large bag designed to hold and carry your projects, and it’s big enough for a sweater or blanket project. Tess stands on her own with pockets, pockets, pockets – four on the outside and two on the inside. Plus Tess stands up, and won’t let you down and fall over. The inside includes a zip pocket and an open pocket for smaller tools.

  • Width: 12″
  • Height: 14″
  • Machine wash delicate, air dry

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NEW DellaQ Soft Yarn Bowls

Finally, a yarn bowl that can travel with you and won’t break! DellaQ’s fabric bowls are stiff enough to hold your work, yet soft enough to collapse for storage when not in use.  The top band unfolds to increase the bowl size.  Accented with detailed stitching.

  • Folded: 6″ h x 6″ w
  • Unfolded: 8.5″ h x 6″ w

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RESTOCKED Gleener Swet Bags

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Gleener Swet Bags

We sold out of these sweet bags in a single day, so we restocked them right away! And because you liked them so much, we also ordered both the medium and the larger size in the pretty aqua “Brainy Yak”. The medium makes for a perfect regular sized project bag, and the large size is great for larger projects like sweaters and blankets (or a couple of kids’ worth of wet swimming stuff). We also ordered some of the simple “Black Chaos” style in size medium, for those of you who are like me and want something a little more circumspect.

The new Gleener Swet Bags are adorable, and they make perfect project bags, but they’re so much more. They’re designed to keep odours, wetness and messed contained. The zipper and lining are both waterproof, so they also make a great travel companion to the gym, swimming or beyond. Keep your projects safe, clean and dry anywhere you go!

  • Medium: 10.5″ x 14″
  • Large: 16″ x 21″
  • Machine wash in cold water, flip it inside out and hang it up to line dry overnight.

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FREEBIE French Market Bag

 

 

French Market Bag

Here’s a great one for the people who aren’t afraid of the hook – a gorgeous french market bag made with DENIM! I love Rowan denim, and I love small summer projects that are high on satisfaction and low on commitment. Plus, the yarn is on SALE all month – how can you go wrong?

Materials

Notes

If you want to read more about knitting with denim yarn see the recent post by Mason Dixon Knitting, they’re denim fanatics and know all the ins & outs. Personally, my only advice (when making a market bag) is that the indigo dye comes off (it’s supposed it, that’s what good indigo does), so use metal needles, wear dark colours, and don’t sit on light coloured furniture when you work with it – its a nice throwback to when I was a kid and my mom dressed me up in dark clothes when I chose to play in the mud.

RESTOCKED KnowKnits Project Bags

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Knowknits GoKnit Pouches

You’ve been asking, so we have restocked our inventory of Knowknit GoKnit Project Bags. These bags are among my favourite knitting accessories EVER. They’re sturdy, light, hard wearing, made in the first world, and most important, a DELIGHT to use. You may not be at this price-point with your project bags (yet), and that’s fine, but if you are, I don’t think you’ll have any regrets – I use mine constantly and religiously.

Knowknit GoKnit Pouches are the prefect way to carry your projects. They are lightweight, made with Nylon ripstop fabric, are machine washable and dryable. The design features an interior loop to prevent tangling and an exterior loop that attaches to your purse or belt-loop. The top closes with a sturdy nylon drawstring and stays in place with a cord lock. GoKnit pouches are long wearing, are extremely well made and durable. Available in three sizes and a rainbow of colours. Made in the USA.

Small

  • Perfect for sock knitting and small projects
  • 8″ high x 6″ wide

Medium

  • Fits an adult sweater
  • 11″ high x 8″ wide

Large

  • Fits afghans or coats
  • Drawstring attached to the bottom, forming a shoulder strap
  • 13″ high x 11″ wide

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RESTOCKED DellaQ Needle Cases & Bags

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We’ve restocked our collection of needle cases and bags from DellaQ!  We’ve been carrying DellaQ for a number of years because their products are GREAT. Their stuff is well made, it works the way it is supposed to, and it is made ethically.

Della (yes, there is a real lady  named Della behind DellaQ, and she’s really nice) designs and creates bags and needle cases for knitters and crocheters who:

  •   Desperately want to be organized.
  •   Want to spend more time knitting and less time searching for needles.
  •   Own enough needles and hooks to create a life size Eiffel Tower.
  •   Have families that told them to clean up their knitting supplies or start looking for another place to live.
  •   Are totally over bags that are heavy before you put anything into them.
  •   Love smart designs and quality sewing.
  •   Simply love beautiful looking accessories.
  • People who want to know where their stuff comes from, and that the people making it aren’t being exploited.

You can read more about Della and her knitting & crochet accoutrements HERE, and why your DellaQ purchase matters.

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FREEBIE Crochet Grocery Bag

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Crochet Grocery Bag

Oh crochet, how I have MISSED you! I just finished this handy-dandy grocery bag with less than one skein of  Quince & Co Sparrow organic linen. I wrote this simple pattern a million years ago, and it’s kind of nice to revisit an old friend. Plus it’s a fast & portable project, a cool summer yarn, and makes a great hostess or teacher gift.

The yarn & hook size are slightly smaller than the original, so check out our project notes for modifications. I also put a locking stitch marker (actually calabash pins worked well with this yarn) in each round to help me keep track of where I was (especially useful around round 12+).

Working with Linen

Pure linen is kind of a ‘product’ fibre, rather than a ‘process’ fibre. You’re going to love the project once it’s done, but it isn’t the easiest yarn you’ve ever used. In the skein it is stiff, but rest assured that it will loosen up as it is knitted, and then completely after washing. I’m not telling you this to put you off, but rather to help set your expectations for a different kind of textile experience. Quince & Co Sparrow is the most beautiful 100% linen I’ve ever come across and I’m always extremely happy with my projects made with it. I definitely suggest you give it a try!

Materials

Other Options

If you want to make the project as it was originally written you can use a 4mm/G crochet hook and one skein of Cascade Ultra Pima.

If the idea of a market bag gets you going but you aren’t into ours, here are some other options: