Guest Author - Eva Owsian
How many times do you leave the house with what you think is everything you need to either start a project or finish a project? Throwing things in your project bag to hang loose in the bottom, always results in lost items that can easily be accidently flung out as you pull out your project, yarn or instructions. Letís start the list with about the most important thing; a small zippered bag like a pencil pouch, small makeup bag or a zip lock baggie, freezer gallon size works best. Donít worry if you want to use the baggies, personally I love them and used them until I found what I felt was the perfect zippered bag for me which is a small E-reader sleeve cover.
2. 2 smaller and 2 larger crochet hooks based on your current hook.
3. Pieces of yarn no shorter than 12 inches (can be used as markers)
4. Stitch Markers (make sure you have enough for your current project)
5. Mechanical pencil with eraser
6. Highlighter pen
7. Small notebook or a couple sheets of paper
8. Crochet Hook Gauge that includes a ruler
9. Clover ChiBi tube or large and small yarn needles
10. The Pattern, if it will fit
Of course you can add or leave out any of the items you feel are unnecessary for your needs. Yes I do carry my Crochet Kit in my purse at all times. You never know when you may have to wait a little longer for something like children, an appointment, a sale on your favorite yarn that you just canít wait to try, or when a pattern technique idea just pops in your head. Next was the hard part for me, getting into the habit of putting everything back into the kit right after you use it. Yes I have probably lost a total of 30 pairs of scissors, lost count on the crochet hooks (for the record H was my favorite size to lose) and Iím pretty sure the Clover ChiBi stock rose sharply because I bought a tube every week.
This may seem a little bit over the top but just think of how many times you lost your favorite hook, pattern and stitch markers. I get very attached to my hooks and especially the stitch markers. So take a little lesson from me and do not lay it down, put it away back in the bag and immediately put the closed pouch/bag away. I honestly shudder to think how much Malibrigo kettle dyed yarn I could have gotten with the money for all the things I have lost. When leaving an area, do a quick check to make sure you have not dropped any of these things or left your kit.