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  • What’s in your knitting tool kit?
  • Rob Colon
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What’s in your knitting tool kit?

A travel knitting notion bag that remains in your travel carry on bag? Genius, I say! Inadvertently there is always something missing while I’m away on a trip. Why, oh why would I keep unpacking and packing my notions each and every time I travel? I bet most of us have duplicates of all of our notions–so why not just organize a bag before hand? 

photo by Leslie Friend

photo by Leslie Friend

I decided to pack my notions in a small flat bag: something fun that could double as a clutch for evenings out. Here’s what’s inside: 

paper:  if there’s part of the pattern to keep track of, a chart to write down, or if you’re brainstorming new patterns ahead!

pen/highlighter:  such a simple thing to overlook, and it’s so frustrating when you are without a writing utensil. Don’t forget this simple, yet crucial tool!

cutting tool:  most likely you will need to at one point cut your yarn. I like a round cutting tool, but folding scissors also work great. Just look for something small and compact.

tape measure:  A necessity! There are such cute ones available these days. I usually like a basic one from the fabric stores.    

Chibi needles: Tapestry needles are extremely important if you finish a project and need to work on finishing. I love these produced by Clover brand.

needle/stitch gauge: you never know when you need to know a needle size or check your gauge. The bonus about this tool is that it also has a ruler: perfect for those pieces that are harder to measure with a tape measure.  

stitch markers:  I like to use the pin-style stitch markers. They are great for pinning to your fabric when counting rows, keeping track of your progress or using as a stitch marker. I pin my stitch markers to a hair tie, so that I have them all together–bonus, you now have an emergency hair tie!

extra needles:  make sure to look ahead in your project and bring those extra needles. Sometimes I like to just keep a few of my favorite sizes in case I find a great yarn store and buy yarn!  

lip balm:  Moisturize those lips!  My favorite is Fresh’s Sugar. They have a variety of colors, but I prefer the un-tinted version.  It has SPF of 15 so it’s nice to know you always have some lip protection with you as well.  (No biting your lips while knitting!)

essential oils:  I always have one oil with me at all times. Currently, my favorite is Stress Relief.  It smells heavenly and is perfect for relieving some stress related to a mistake in our precious knitting!  

ziplock bag:  you are gonna need this when it’s time to head out to dinner and you’re ready to use your bag as a clutch! Just transfer your knitting notions into this ziplock bag and add your phone, your glasses, some dollars and a great lipstick to your cute clutch.  You are all set to head out on the town!

Leslie Friend, the blogger behind A Friend to Knit With, is a pattern writer, knitter, baker, mom and so much more, living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. You can find her on Instagram, Facebook, and on her blog and follow along with all her crafting adventures!

  • Rob Colon
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