A Knitting Bag, a Giveaway, and a Cute Babe

March 26, 2014

Baby-Girl6 Soccer-Boys3 Baby-Girl7 Soccer-Boys Baby-Girl1 Snow Baby-Girl2 Socer-Boys2

Emma-Tunic Baby-girl8 Baby-Girl5

Joining Ginny for Yarn Along

Sun, snow, sun, snow. The ever changing cycles of this time of year, as spring and winter dance together. I love the randomness it of it all. In just a few short months we will go from talking about this crazy winter, to wondering when the heat will break and give way to cooler weather. Spring offers change, every day, and in just an unpredictable way. Tomorrow we are due to see snow, but come soccer game time on Saturday, it should be near 70.

Speaking of soccer, good gracious are we seeing a lot of that. My older two love the sport, and I am just thrilled beyond belief that they chose something that is only 50 minutes in length, and played in the cooler months. Most days I have to scoot the boys outside to get the ball out of the house and away from the dog, furniture and baby. I feel like it is constantly bouncing off of one of their feet, and almost everything we own can somehow become a makeshift goal if needed. One of my kids has practice at least once a day and games most weekends, which means that I am  becoming entrenched in my minivan driving, soccer mom chauffeuring ways. Perhaps Landon will do theater, dance, or play a musical instrument. Those can’t be anywhere as drive intensive as youth sports.

Of course I have Emma Jeanne and my knitting to keep me company on the sidelines (Landon is always off schmoozing the preschool ladies on the swings), and I do believe that more yarn related projects get completed on the field than anywhere else throughout the year. During yesterdays practice I managed to get Emma’s Diamond Pullover and a new pair of Picky Pants off the needle. Both projects had sat with just one or two rows left to complete for months, and for some reason I could not find the motivation to get them done. I knew the sweater was a tad big for Emma Jeanne, so maybe I just felt that there wasn’t a rush to get it on her. I have to say that I was surprised by how much I enjoyed knitting with this yarn, and how well I think that it is holding up. I have an Emma Tunic on the needles again (I love that pattern), and I am making it in the same fiber and colorway. There hasn’t been any piling, and it holds its shape beautifully.

With two kids on the field, one making a bee line for the playground, and one so very close to learning to crawl all over the place, trying to keep my knitting in order can be a challenge some days. Having a small drawstring bag to help me keep my yarn from tangling, or even worse, getting dirt and baby puffs in it, is a lifesaver. I use these bags two different ways, and carry them with me wherever just to be sure that if I ever have an extra minute to knit, I have it ready to go.

The bags are super easy to construct, and can be worn around the wrist while walking, playing with the kids at the playground, or enjoying times with friends. The bag can have the yarn drawn right up through the top opening, which allows the project to be taken in and out, or the yarn can be drawn through the hole that we make in the side. The tutorial below shows you how to make a crazy simple drawstring bag with the addition of the side opening. Once you know how you want to use it, you can decide which way to put your yarn in.

Wristlet Yarn Bag for Knitting or Crochet

Materials

1 Fat quarter or small piece of fabric
Rotary mat and cutter
Quilting ruler that measure at least 18″ long
Sewing machine
Needles and thread
Sewing supplies
Ribbon or cording for the drawstring
Yarn for your knitting project

Knitting-Bag1 Knitting-Bag-Tutorial-1-copy Knitting-Bag-Tutorial-2-copyDirections

:: Wash and iron your fabric. Cut your fabric into a 18″long x 10″ wide piece of fabric. Fold down the fabric on each 18″ side by 1/4″ and iron. Fold and press both 10″ sides by 1″. Top stitch each short side in order to hold your drawstring ribbon and cord.
:: Fold your fabric right sides together and pin. Beginning on the right side of the fabric, sew around one side and the bottom (beginning under the drawstring sleeve), ending 2″ up the left hand side. Back stitch to secure your work. Leave 2″ of open, and begin sewing the sides of the bag together again, stopping just before the drawstring sleeve once again. Backstitch to secure.  Trim your corners and excess thread, clip your corners, turn right side out and press.
:: Using a safety pin, draw your ribbon or cord through your drawstring sleeve and tie off to your desired length. Place your yarn through the side hole, or simply thread it through the opening on the bag, and taking your knitting or crochet wherever you go!

AsleepNow that we have the knitting down, lets get to the reading. In the final edition of ROTH, I had the pleasure to interview a local up and coming children’s book author who was trying to fund her first book through Kickstarter. Marissa Bloom was taking her first book from inside her head, to fully illustrated, to self-published and now, distributed. Over the weekend I had the joy of picking up two copies from Marissa, and my family is in love with it. All Are Family is a sweet book about the many different types of family that are found not only around the globe, but in our own communities.

As part of my Kickstarter donation, I received a second signed copy from Marissa, and I would really like to share it with one of you. I think that every family should have this book on their shelves, and every child a chance to read it. If you are interested in winning a copy of All Are Family, simply leave a comment here and I will draw a winner on Sunday evening through the random number generator.

Winner chosen by random generator (#11). Little Blue Dragonfly Baby knits are just the yummiest!!! Adorable! And I really love the yarn bag. I’m going to have to give that a try. Thank you for the tutorial! :).

I love to see see someone living their dream and making things happen. It gives me hope that when I tell my children that they can be anything that they want, they can grow up to be just that.

{ 41 comments… read them below or add one }

Kathleen March 26, 2014 at 6:34 am

I love the baby sweater and pants! The baby is pretty cute too. :)

What a great idea; I’m forever trying to juggle yarn on the go. I’ll have to sew one for myself and my knitter friend.

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Andrea March 26, 2014 at 6:59 am

Oh, my gosh, this is such a good idea…baseball season is about to start (if the snow ever melts) and I am forever dropping needles and balls of yarn under the bleachers (and I’m certain a stitch-marker tree is going to sprout from the dirt beneath the benches from all of those I have lost). I will definitely be making one (maybe with a zipper so yarn can both come through the hole and be taken out of the bag!)

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Eryn March 26, 2014 at 7:31 am

Soccer, how fun! My older boys are finishing up the last month of hockey for the season, it has been so fun to watch their passion for it grow and to see the comradory form out on the ice.

That is the sweetest little sweater on your darling baby! I’ve been in a bit of a knitting funk lately, I’ve grown tired of looking at wintery things. But seeing this sweater has inspired me to cast on a spring sweater for my own babe, perhaps something with a pocket or two since he is more of a walking/running/busy busy toddler these days.

The book looks great!!! How wonderful that you were able to watch the process and be a part of turning a dream into reality. We’d love to add this to our shelves :)

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Sarah Jane March 26, 2014 at 7:48 am

What a CUTE baby. I love her clothes.

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Sarah March 26, 2014 at 7:52 am

I love the idea of being able to carry the yarn easily, and even walk around! Does the yarn slide around easily?

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Tracey March 26, 2014 at 8:04 am

You are so talented! I am going to try to make my own bag, the sewing machine and I aren’t really great friends, but I keep trying. One day I would love to make a dress to wear! A Cute Babe? Oh yes she is, I wish you lived closer so I could hold her, she looks like a little doll.
Thanks for the book giveaway, I would love a chance to have it on my night stand.

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Donna March 26, 2014 at 8:15 am

That’s a great idea to keep your knitting altogether. I can’t imagine chasing a baby while trying to knit. I remember when my daughter played soccer (then lacrosse, then field hockey, and theater, then cheer, and dance…) All great opportunities to sit and knit. Her little sweater is so pretty. And she is a little doll!

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Jules March 26, 2014 at 8:26 am

Love this so much. And you. Great bag.

XOXO, Jules

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Kristen March 26, 2014 at 8:52 am

Your life sounds similar to mine these days, minivan and all! Your little one is so precious and those knits are so lovely. Thanks for the pattern! I’ve just started sewing again this week…yay! Also, so glad you stopped by my space.

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kim March 26, 2014 at 10:26 am

looks like a lovely book!

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A Little Blue Dragonfly March 26, 2014 at 11:08 am

Baby knits are just the yummiest!!! Adorable! And I really love the yarn bag. I’m going to have to give that a try. Thank you for the tutorial! :)

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Chelsea W March 26, 2014 at 12:36 pm

The book looks lovely!

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Hannah March 26, 2014 at 12:47 pm

Oh! Your wristlet bag is such a clever idea!
You’re absolutely killing me with cuteness with these Emma Jeanne (in knits!) pictures – so very, very cute. I shall be clucking for the rest of the evening!

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Chris-Anne Turner March 26, 2014 at 12:53 pm

How delightful! This post has motivated me to start knitting again. Thank you!

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Hannah March 26, 2014 at 2:56 pm

Beautiful knitting! Great job! I’d love to see the gorgeous book too x

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KC March 26, 2014 at 3:11 pm

Wonderful! I would love to win a copy of this book. We are just getting into whole idea of what a family is and have re-checked out the same book over and over from our library. Something new would be refreshing.

And love the knitting bag! I really need to do that. My ball of is always all over the place.

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Daffodil Angel March 26, 2014 at 3:44 pm

What a sweet and lovely Wristlet Yarn Bag – will have a try at this one. The baby and jumper are really beautiful. Thank you for the opportunity

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Sarah March 26, 2014 at 4:44 pm

I love your pictures. Such a beautiful baby in beautiful hand knits! I also love the yarn bag idea (around the wrist). Thank you for sharing instructions.

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elvira didoni March 26, 2014 at 5:12 pm

what a precious baby and knitted outfit!
would love the book, looks very beautiful.
thanks

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Dolisa March 26, 2014 at 6:31 pm

I think I will buy the pattern. And the book!

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Karen March 26, 2014 at 6:41 pm

Sounds like a great book, would love to share it with my preschool!

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Joanne L Smith March 26, 2014 at 6:53 pm

I would love to win. Thank you for chance.

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lori March 26, 2014 at 7:35 pm

ooh, i love your little wrist bag, and your pretty knitting and adorable children! congratulations on your friends book, how wonderful. please don’t put my name in the hat, as i don’t have any small children to cuddle with it (darling photo!).

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Dawn March 26, 2014 at 7:54 pm

Amazed at your ability to keep the knitting straight with all going on around you. Thank you for the opportunity to own a copy of this book. Sounds wonderful!

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Adrie March 26, 2014 at 8:02 pm

How fun – and that sweater is gorgeous!!

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monica March 26, 2014 at 9:01 pm

sweetness!

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Esther March 26, 2014 at 11:23 pm

I love the knitted outfit on the sweet baby Emma. I am feeling the weight of how much I want to get more things done. I have not knitted in a while, I love the yarn you are using, May I know what it is? I want to make some very simple scarfs for all the grandchildren for next fall and some dresses for Zoe. I wish we lived closer so I could sit with you and watch Emma and we could knit together. Bernadette has gone to town with emboidery ever since she got that sampler from you. You would just adore to see Zoe and her fast little hands doing the same. She made me a precious gift of an emboidery rainbow and faces of us under the rainbow as well as a bird flying in the air and flowers on the ground, and LOVE spelled in the clouds.I have never received a gift I treasure more. I love reading your posts. Love you, Esther

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Gwen MacCaughey March 27, 2014 at 6:00 am

I’m going to make some of those bags for my boys. Our knitting goes in a basket at home and it gets to tangled with everyone’s projects in there. Also going to modify it so I can loop the handle around the headrest in front of each seat in the car. My guys love to knit in the car listening to an audio book – can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to stop and get a ball our from under a car seat. Thanks!
We’d love that book! Love to see inclusive and mind-opening literature for children and love to support a Mama realize a dream. If we don’t win it from you, I will go buy a copy for our homeschool co-op library.

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Robin March 27, 2014 at 6:24 am

Beautiful color pink on a super cute babe! Thanks for the chance to enlarge our library!

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Sheila St. Amour March 27, 2014 at 10:29 am

You have such a way with words. I love the image of winter and spring dancing. That is the way it is here in Laramie as well. Micah and I planted lettuce yesterday when it was warm as it made us feel that spring might come. Hope is a wonderful feeling to foster. Soccer starts this weekend for my 13 year old. What fun. What a cutie those sweet young babes are, and the sweaters are pretty darling too. Good luck watching games when they both are on the move. I love your wristlet knitting bag, ingenious.

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Tonya March 27, 2014 at 11:31 am

Oh that sweet Emma Jeanne! (sounds southern like my Emmy Sue)
What beautiful knitting Heather and I love your wristlet yarn bag! I usually grab a light spring coat or sweater with pockets when I head outside with my knitting but this is wonderful. thank you for sharing about the new book as well.

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Abby March 27, 2014 at 12:16 pm

What a beautiful baby and sweater! The book sounds fabulous, thanks for sharing it.

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Adelle F. March 27, 2014 at 12:32 pm

A project AND a giveaway!? Bonus! This looks like a lovely book. Just the title alone makes me want to own it.

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Martina @ snapshotsandwhatnots March 27, 2014 at 1:14 pm

Emma Jeanne is an adorable little thing, and she looks so cute in her knitwear!

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Janet March 27, 2014 at 5:33 pm

Sounds like the book has a good message. Thank you for the giveaway!

Love the sweater, a very pretty color on an adorable little girl!!

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MaryAnn March 28, 2014 at 11:42 am

Envious of your grass and soccer games. It’s a good reminder that it will reach Maine eventually.

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Gerri Smalley March 30, 2014 at 5:35 am

I love the photos of your family. Always have… Your boy sleeping with the book at the end is priceless…
The concept of the book is lovely and so needed!!
xxO

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Nina March 30, 2014 at 9:27 am

What a lovely outfit. My sister is a knitter and Im sure shed love that bag. Since my son is being raised by me, alone, we’ve always talked about how all families are different. This sounds like a wonderful book.

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sarah April 8, 2014 at 2:37 pm

Such an adorable baby. That little bag is a brilliant idea.

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Patricia April 9, 2014 at 1:37 pm

Love the little bag and will be making one for my little granddaughter. Also love the giveaway – hope to win one, dreaming about explaining families and how they are made up, and how they are not made up but how they grow up around us.

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laura@sewknitgrow April 12, 2014 at 9:34 am

What an adorable knitted outfit on your little cutie! I love your yarn bag idea, yes perfect for those soccer practice knitting sessions where I am also finding myself these days. This is my first time here on your blog, finding it from a recent link on Jules blog, and it is really wonderful. I am looking forward to reading more….and making that bag.
-Laura

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