Atlas Insider: In the Bag
When I’m in a group of knitters (I looked it up, it’s called a “cozy” which, ugh), I sometimes look around and think that what brings them together is not the urge to create or a collective interest in keeping alive the storied traditions of Fair Isle or whatevertheheck Vikings were doing with sticks and strings or the desire to connect with the animal and plant worlds by using wool and cotton to make a snood or whatever. No, it’s quite clear to me that the thing that binds us together is that we all want as many different bags as possible.
I’ve never seen such a thing before (that’s a lie: campers wanna talk about their gear constantly too; ask me how I know), but the fastest way to make friends with a knitting stranger is to ask, “Where did you get that bag!?!” Because twenty minutes later, you’ve heard all about their bag in detail. Or, I should say, bags. A bag to hold three little needles tucked in a bag that holds other individually bagged notions (one nice lady showed me her ‘thimble pouch’ once and I was surprised by both the intimacy of such an offer and also that she might need more than one thimble. Also that anyone used a thimble at all—what is this, Renaissance times?—but that’s for another time), then that bag is jammed in a project bag with unbagged (looks for fainting couch) yarn and then all of that’s filling up another bag and then there are a couple more protective layers of bag in case something disastrous happens to the other eleven bags, so by the end of the whole regretful conversation, these three people in my knitting cozy at Panera—who are just knitting simple hats—look like they’re toting around every bag they’ve ever received since they signed up for the Bag Of the Month Club in 1877.
I’m not immune. I worked for many years for Karen Templer at the late, lamented Fringe Supply Co., so I can certainly tuck a FSCO Stash Bag in a Field Bag and then jam two Field Bags in a Porter Bin and not blink an eye as I head out the door with what is apparently my forthcoming pop-up bag shop, even though there’s nothing actually in those bags other than, well, other bags. I mean, my keys are in my pocket; that’s where they go.
My taste in knitting bags is very specific: I like them to not look like knitting bags. I don’t want them to say KNIT HAPPENS or KNOT ON MY WATCH in cutesy cursive letters on the outside or anything. I want them to be black or white or grey or fatigue green or brown or tan and I want them to look like utilitarian objects from other fields that have been repurposed to carry around two ounces of wool, even though they might look like they could carry a hundred pounds of hammers or whatever (my autocorrect tried to change that to “a hundred pounds of hummus,” and, eh, that works too. Note to self: “A Hundred Pounds of Hummus” is a good name for a cookbook).
Give me a painter’s bag, a rigger’s bag, or a simple utility tote. Somewhat controversially, I don’t like a zipper on the top; I feel quite strongly that metal teeth do not belong near my yarn. And even more controversially, I don’t like too many inside pockets, especially if they close. I like all the pockets open and accessible, whether they’re holding a swatch gauge, a scissors or a little bar of Violet Crumble—all necessities (note to self: “Violet Crumble” is an excellent stage name).
MDK is no slouch in the bag department, and while our Knitter’s Tote and City Bag are a touch too, hmmm, “Jackie O’s purse” for me personally, they’re incredibly beautiful and really do fit all the requirements I have for a knitting bag. If one day I opt for more swanning around and less, uh, walking around, I might switch to one of them.
It’s the back half of the year here at MDK HQ—which means it’s Christmas—and Santa is not the only one with a good-looking bag up in here, y’all. We’re stocked up with those two and even have a surprise or two coming your way later this year. Open up those emails this fall. The bag that will change your life (not a legal guarantee) might just be in one of them.
But no amount of Violet Crumble will get me to reveal any information beyond that. Though I of course encourage you to try that method. You never know.
How to enter?
Step 1: Sign up for MDK emails, right here. External Link. Opens in new window.. External Link. Opens in new window.. External Link. Opens in new window.. External Link. Opens in new window.. External Link. Opens in new window.. External Link. Opens in new window.. External Link. Opens in new window.. If you’re already signed up, you’re all set. We now have an option for texting; when you sign up for those, you’ll get a coupon code good for 10% off your next MDK order.
Step 2: What features (or candy) do you like best in a project bag? Let us know in the comments.
Deadline for entries: Sunday, August 20, 11:59 PM Central time. We’ll draw a random winner from the entries. Winner will be notified by email.