Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A Manly Project Bag

I know a new knitter who has a birthday coming up. So I decided, he needed a manly project bag.

I have made about a dozen of the Wide Open Zipper Pouch by Anna Graham at Noodlehead. They are my favourite little bag.  I made a couple of modifications to the basic pattern for this one.

Because I want straight knitting needles to fit in it, I made the large size taller, by adding the upper panel. It was about 5.5 inches when I started. I also made handles by cutting a piece of fabric wide of fabric by 4 inches. I inserted the handles into the seam between the two pieces, then top stitched them to give the handles a bit more support.

The fabric was from my stash.

Ambulances and inukshuks, for a Canadian paramedic currently working internationally.  Inside, a little surprise.

Aren't those cats wonderful? I think he will enjoy them. I added a pocket to the inside, because I thought with the deeper bag, things are more likely to get lost in the bottom. I am going to add some needles and yarn, as well as some stitch markers, a yarn sewing needle,  a tape measure and a little pair of scissors.

Meanwhile, I started my mystery shawl.
I like the pattern, so far, and there aren't too many rows to knit in a week.

I got a lovely surprise in the mail the other day. I had entered Grandma Coco's pincushion contest,
and Cheryl very generously sent all the entrants some of her fabulous hand made buttons.

Now, don't you wish you had entered?

If you want some of these buttons, Cheryl has some available, with proceeds to the Lyndhurst Feral Cat Project. Just hop over to Funny Business Buttons, and grab some for yourself. Now, what am I going to make to add these to? Maybe another project bag, with handles.


  1. A new knitter - now, who can that be?! He will love the bag, it's perfect. CHeryl's buttons are the bomb - I got some too. I just love them!

  2. What a great bag. Perfect choice of fabric for a paramedic! I'm sure he'll get lots of use out of it.

  3. The world needs more male knitters! Good work indoctrinating one more! He'll find the bag really useful. And the surprise lining is great. Glad you like the buttons.

  4. Fabulous bag! The colours are bright and cheerful and bright. A wonderful present. Cute buttons!