Today at Loopy

It’s Friday. Wait. Let me say that again. It’s Friday!!!! Weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚ ย Here are a few things going on at Loopy today:

People are shopping for yarn (like Sharon and Lori):


People are winding up newly purchased skeins (like Dr. Jackie):


Susan is talking to one of you on the phone (and printing shipping labels):


Donna is eating M&M’s (and packing orders):


Wendy is photographing yarn for next week:


More yarn is being unpacked:


There are pumpkin bars from Karen and tomatoes/peppers from Donna in the kitchen:


And the big topic of discussion here today? A knitting survival kit. You know, in case of an emergency. We decided that everyone needs one project all packed up in a bag, ready to grab. What would be in your Knitting Survival Kit? ย I think I’d either put something in there that would be brainless knitting while I focused on other things (kind of like doodling to keep my hands busy), or I’d need something really challenging to keep my mind engaged and off of whatever emergency pushed me out of the house. Or maybe both. How about you? What items would go into your idea Knitting Survival Kit?

Sheri somepeopleshoppingheretodayweresupposedtobeatwork


  1. I think I’d put in the most beautiful skein of yarn I own, a set of fabulous needles, a simply spectacular pattern, and a pair of remarkable looking magnification specs. I’d want to spoil myself with one luxury during the emergency, and have a least one beautiful memory from that time.

  2. I would take straight needles and kitchen cotton to knit ball band dish rags. I have the pattern memorized so I have to stay focused, but it is easy to put down and pick up again. Plus, it is small, perfect emergency project!

  3. I keep a sock in progress in one of those neat little GoKnit Pouches. Depending on the sock, the pouch may include a 3×5 card with the simple stitch pattern on it, a stitchsaver crochet hook, and a tape measure. Fortunately or un- I have a sock in there that’s been there a while — so no emergencies. Yeah!

    Happy Friday — Looks like Fall around here, with the leaves turning and the sunlight at that autumn-y angle peeking through the mist. It was cool enough last night that my two poodles and I were really comfortable all cuddled together in bed. Hey, it IS Friday — sleeping in tomorrow!


  4. oo this is a good question. I have a couple projects in my knitting back at all times so I would probably bring that bag. It has a pair of socks, a lace pattern and an easy Baktus scarf in all garter currently in the bag. I definitely would not be bored, but I might be hungry.

  5. I most always have a sock on hand to be knit up, but just for fun, here’s my thought of an emergency kit:

    1. an endless skein of Tempted that magically changes colors (we all know Stacy can do that, right?) :-p
    2. the perfect needles (ones where a cable won’t break half way through a project) and adjust to the right size needed.
    3. the perfect project bag to carry it in (ala 3AM!)

    OK, OK, a girl can dream right? ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. More yarn… means Cat will be spending more money at TLE next week!

    For an emergency kit, I would keep some circular needles and yarn for a hat. I can knit one of those up fast and it’s fairly brainless work.

  7. My current knitting bag has 2 pair of socks, a simple sweater(with only 1 sleeve left to go), and a ball of lace yarn just waiting to cast on for my 1st lace project. I would say that would be a good emerency ration of projects to keep me busy. I would also need a few other essentials like: scissors, small crochet hook, and stitch markers. I think I could get by on that.

    On recommendation of Sheri(yes…it is completely her fault) I might have went to the Have It Sweet Confections etsy store and I MIGHT have purchased some delectable caramels. So I would definitely have to add some of these to the emergency knitting bag.

  8. Karen’s bag sounds pretty good to me!

    My own bag has: a sock in progress on size 0 needles and a worsted weight stole on size 10 needles. Plus the patterns, a tape measure, darning needles, a needle gauge, a row counter.

  9. lovelovelove seeing the photos of TLEcrew, but where are you, Sheri?

    Knitting Emergency Survival Kit sounds like something I should keep in my car in case current-travelling-project-getting-too-big-to-bring-into-dept-of-motor-vehicles or curernt-travelling-project-is-lace-and-unable-to-chat-and-knit-without-high-risk”

    In which case, I think I’ll throw together a set of dbl pts and a lusious LE yarn for a pair of simple ribbed socks.

    What a fantastic idea!

  10. Something pettable–luscious softness to keep me calm. BFF Sarah and I have both, on occasion, just packed a ball of squishy yarn to bring to work if we know it’s going to be an evil day. Crack Silk Haze makes an excellent petting ball. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. Why not multiple Knitting Survival Kits? Or, put another way, why do you think I need all those bags I purchase from TLE, anyway? ๐Ÿ™‚

    I have a variety of projects packed up in knitting bags, and when I go somewhere where knitting is a possibility, I grab the bag with the appropriate project. The sock knitting bags have socks of varying difficulty, so I grab one and toss it into a larger bag as I go out the door. Larger grabbable bags have an easy but time-consuming cabled sweater, and an easy lace shawl. All project bags have the appropriate tools already packed. Also, I have a small zippered TLE project bag with tape measure, darning needles, markers, cable needles, etc. that can be tossed into any larger project bag.

  12. I don’t bother with a specific emergency project, because I normally have a sock in my commuting bag. I would just take that bag with me, because it has essentials (toothpaste and toothbrush, knitting, a book, etc.).

    I also have a tendency to have multiple balls of yarn in my bag anyway, even when I am only actively working on the one pair of socks during my commute. I’m silly that way.

  13. Ummm. in my trunk I have the yarn for a log cabin blanket(all of it, adult sized) and 2 different socks in progress.

    For an Emergency kit, yarn for a pair of socks, and enough yarn for a shawl and needles. No patterns(cause I misplace them like you wouldn’t believe) easy enough to remember a basic sock and a pi shawl.

  14. What does it say about me that I already have an emergency knitting kit all packed up? Is it even worse that I have two? One in my vehicle and one in my husbands vehicle.

    I start with an index card box. The one I have is I think for 4×6 cards and holds 2 50g balls with just a little extra space. It contains:
    1 travel size dental floss to cut the yarn if needed.
    1 darning needle
    5 coilless safety pins for stitch and row markers
    1 3×5 card for notes and to use as a ruler
    1 sock, cast on and knitted a little bit.
    1 extra ball of yarn for the second sock.

    I used some yarn that I enjoy but not yarn I love so much that I’ll feel bad about it sitting out there. I cast on the sock so I can get right to the mindless fidgeting part of the knitting. In in emergency I’m much more likely to want to fidget than concentrate. I usually use magic loop to knit socks, but these I put on dpns because I go a little slower on those and if my emergency knitting runs out I’m in BIG trouble. I’ve found the index card box is nice because it doesn’t crush so I don’t have to worry about my needles either getting broken or poking through the bag and stabbing anyone.

    These emergency kits are in addition to the sock that usually lives in my purse, because I might finish that one before the emergency is over.

  15. Wish I was there, it looks like fun! In my kit I’d probably have a st-st sock and some difficult something otn. And all my wollmeise is ready to go in case there IS an actual emergency lol.

  16. I think my knitting survival kit would be a skein of Malabrigo worsted, wound and ready to go, a set of size 9 DPNs and 16″ circs, a stitch marker, a tapestry needle, scissors, and the patterns for the Amanda Hat and the Armando Hat. Hats are mindless knitting, but those two have enough of a stitch pattern to engage while only taking one skein for the set. In fact, I may have to pack that up and put it in my car…

  17. Currently it would contain Ellington, my Malabrigo Sock yarn, a tape measure, my miniature iron scissors, a tapestry needle, my owl sock needle gauge from GirlontheRocks and two packages of bamboo needles in Size 1 or 1 1/2. Just need to order some more 1 1/2 CPs from you first

  18. Wendy is photographing Casbah!!!!! Yummy!

    The emergency knitting kit is always something simple. I have one straightforward project always available, usually a baby blanket or a very simple cardigan ready to go in its very own project bag. Bag contains a xerox copy of the pattern, extra skein of yarn already caked, stitch markers and row counter if applicable, measuring tape, and a “yellow sticky” I make notes on to record where I stop so I can keep track of what I am doing.

  19. Unfortunately not a sock for me because I don’t do heavier than fingering yarn socks and I’ve learned the hard way I don’t see well enough by lantern light to knit those without missing stitches! My emergency knitting (I guess I’m taking this literally since my city is actually under an emergency announcement now in ANTICIPATION of flooding and evacuations this Fall/Winter) would be a single scarf on single points. It’s a pattern I know and it’s easy and relaxing and doesn’t require great visual skills on my part ๐Ÿ˜‰

  20. Hmmm, I keep a bag by the door that I grab whenever I’m going someplace with guaranteed waiting time. It has yarn and needles to make mitered squares. Mindless with the ability to be picked up anywhere in the pattern. It’s surprising how much gets done on this project. It also serves as a repository for those tons of ends!

  21. Ideally, if I grabbed my knitting bag, I’d be set for emergency knitting; I usually have two or three (or more…) projects in there, along with a pouch containing stitch markers, sewing needles, scissors, etc. (Just at the moment, though, if I grabbed it I’d have the scraps from a nearly-finished vest. Must remedy that.)

    Of course, that’s not counting the pair of socks in progress in my fanny pack, the project in my backpack, the projects in my standup knitting bag…..

  22. I’ve got a couple of projects in bags ready to dash out the door. They keep me busy while I’m waiting for drs or appts or stuck in the car.

    I use a 3 AM bag for one sock project and a Mind Your Knitting bag for the other. Got both of these at TLE and I love, love, love them.

    What’s inside? I keep a photocopy of the pattern, a tape measure, a row counter and the yarn.

    I’m amazed at the progress I make with these emergency project bags. Have yarn, will travel. Woot!

    Thanks for the pictures. It was so good to see everyone. Sheri, you should have had your picture snapped, too. : )

    Happy weekend. Happy knitting.

  23. oooh those pictures make me pine for St Louis and the Loopy Ewe :o(
    On a happier note, I always have two emergency knit kits ready to go. One very simple sock in progress for work meetings/teleconferences/supervsion etc Something i have memorised and can do without referring to a pattern. Has sock yarn, needles, darning needle and hand lotion. Plus another kit with a more complicated sock that I need to refer to the pattern for (for waiting in airports, plane flights and taxi rides) – has yarn, needles, pattern, pen, small notebook, hand lotion, stitch markers and tape measure. More often than not, these are in GoKnit bags cause I can just attach them to my main bag. Couldn’t cope without my garb-and-go projects.

  24. I have a knitting bag to grab at anytime. It is my PEACE not WAR bag from the UN in Switzerland. It contains two lace projects: one simple one, one complex one. And my buddy case which has all my supplies!
    It’s (my knitting bag and it’s contents) are one of my prized possessions.

  25. Well, I have to ask wether I have my car with me? I learned when my DH had eye surgery that I keep a stash in my car. I ran out of knitting before he got out of surgery. Now I keep extra everything in there. If I can’t have my car, my knitting bag should do. I keep a few projects, My knit Kit, and extra yarn just in case.

  26. For my birthday/semi-retirement, I bought a Nantucket Bagg which serves as purse and knitting bag. I keep in the bag my Namaste Buddy with stitch markers, cable needles, mini-crochet hook, row counter, tapestry needle. On my “beener” I carry scissors and tape measure. My knit kit’s in there too. I carry a stockinette project with me in the bag everywhere I go. I work on it at home sometimes but it gets put back in the bag. I also have a sock project in the bag too. So whatever the emergency…I’m ready to go and to knit.

  27. My (rather large) knitting bag has my set of Knit Picks Options needles, a full set of dpn’s, a tape measure, note pad, scissors, several pens, stitch markers, reading glasses, a crochet hook, darning needles, the Knitter’s Book of Finishing Techniques, enough yarn for at least 2 pairs of socks, dishcloth cotton (all yarn is in plastic bags), Sensational Knitted Socks book, some chocolates and a bottle of water. When I go on a trip, I usually add yarn and patterns for a few more projects, just in case there’s not a LYS in the area.

  28. In my bag (whichever one I leave the house with), there is always….a plain sock in progress with anything I might need to finish the first or start the second, peanut butter crackers, gum, wintergreen lifesavers, water, and some other little bagged up snack…..when asked why I tell people that if I get stranded I can last a week while waiting for the firemen to come rescue me…….it ends with “wait just one minute while I finish this round…..” (this is very funny to me)

  29. If I am working on something intricate or large, I also keep a relatively sip=mple scarf in my bag that I can grab and go. Sometimes socks, but I am into shawls and scarves.

  30. I have to laugh at some of these kits and totally agree with others. My survival kit contains “mindless” sock knitting–at least for one pair of socks, and it would also have to contain a lace pattern (a shawl? or a girasole?) for a more “indepth” project. I though Gina’s comment about the fireman coming to rescue and her saying, “just wait til I finish this round” was hilarious… sounds like something we all might say!

  31. A knitting survival kit ? There is a bunch of things you could put in one, well aside from yarn, tape measure, needle, scissors. You could make them up for socks, gloves or a scarf all of those would be small and easily transportable. Oh and the important things like munchies … you would need the energy to knit.

  32. Well, the M&M’s for one thing….but also a basic stockinette sock pattern with yarn and needles and a couple of stitch markers. Also a tape measure and crochet hook and darning needles. (Or a Knit Kit instead of all that stuff). Oh, and did I mention the M&M’s? Those would be the essentials.

  33. Definitely a bit of brainless knitting probably a scarf in a drop dead gorgeous yarn, something hand dyed with shifting colors to keep me entertained.

    And a bottle of Honest Tea, Jasmine Energy.

  34. Emergency knitting kit would consist of a beautiful soft yarn and comfy needles. I knit scarves with a simple one row pattern. It can be put down and picked up easily and thoughts don’t get in the way of knitting.

    Kudos to all at Loopy Ewe, but as a packer for another company, Donna you pack everything beautifully. My box always looks like a present. Thanks!

  35. I’ve always had a knitting survival kit since the late 80s when my best friend ran a LYS and insisted I should Always Be Prepared. I’ve always carried it and one small needlepoint project in case I am stuck in an airport or elevator (this happened once) on a subway (many times) or simply in any other on-hold situation. I had a separate one for most of summer 08 which I spent much of at the emergency vet’s office with my tabby Piper, I knitted a total of 7 prs of socks during his various treatments. I often felt I should be knitting a rosary instead.

  36. I have a small Knowknits bag with a sock in progress which goes with me pretty much everywhere. I keep a tape measure, stitch markers and some Chibi needles to seam the toes in the bag in addition to my yarn and needles. This bag came with me for my last emergency this summer–a trip to the ER for 11 stitches for my daughter. I had some Shibui sock yarn and the Jaywalker pattern for that excitement.

    Sometimes, I stash some emergency chocolate in there too–Ritter Sport milk chocolate with biscuit and $5 for a coffee.

  37. I have several emergency knitting bags, most have small projects such as socks, preemie caps, fingerless mitts. But what I have found most useful is a mini “Learn to Knit Kit”. Inevitably, my knitting in public attracts a “want to be knitter” and I end up pulling out a “spare” pair of needles and left over yarn. I after a short conversation, I find myself casting on for my new knitting friend. I have had so many of my needles “adopted” that I now shop for old knitting needles at garage sales just to be able to be prepared.

  38. i carry a small project bag with me always. It has the simple brainless sock pattern, an old stand by, that i can pick up/put down and not be lost, or have to think too closely!

  39. I would definitely put a very intricate sock project to keep hands and mind busy; and then also one project that needs some finishing that you never have time for ( i-cord anyone ?), very mindless and satisfying; and then some sturdy and strong socks, we are talking about an emergency, right ? So let’s knit something useful !

  40. I too would have a sock for my project. Just a simple pattern in a small pouch like goknit. I wouldn’t need scissors, but I would need a needle for the kitchner stitch. A small tape measure and a zone protein bar. I think I can probably spare one skein of yarn for this emergency kit. :o)

  41. Ooh what a great question!
    I keep a current project in a ziplock bag in my handbag – usually soomething mindless so I can pick it up without thinking – this probably would also help to get my mind of said emergency as I can usually put myself into a stocking stitch trance ๐Ÿ˜€
    However, out of my many WIP’s I would always choose something ‘pet-able’, – if it’s a project I have to push myself to pick up normally, I’m not likely to pick it up in an emergency!
    Plus, it’s always nice to have something to show off ๐Ÿ˜‰ – A bit like never wearing your daggy underwear out of the house in case you’re in an accident ๐Ÿ˜€
    Thanks for the piccies!
    Bec xx

  42. It would have to have a skein of great yarn and an accompanying project that uses the one skein. In an emergency, I do not want to have to worry about dyelots or joins! Needles, sewing needle for ends, and a piece of hard candy or two should be in there as well.

    Great idea! Thanks for getting me thinking.

  43. I’ve been buying big canvas totes from Lands End this summer, and dividing up all my projects – the Bus Knitting bag has a sweater and a sock-in-progress that I can knit on the bus, with a ziplock bag with scissors, post-its, pen, point protectors, stitch markers, crochet hook, etc. Then I have a Sock Knitting bag, with all my other sock projects, which has its own little ziplock bag of tools. And a Lace Knitting bag, again with a ziplock full of tools, including most of my stitchmarkers. Then I have a workbasket that stays by the couch, which has three sweaters in progress and a ziplock of tools. And my Loopie Groupie bag, which has scarves (2) in progress, and a ziplock of tools.

    If I’m just going out and only need one quick thing to work on, I grab one of my 3AM Enchantments KIP bags with a sock in it. I hate to wait, I hate to be bored and I hate not having the tools I need.

  44. .Well, right now in my knitting bag, I have cotton and needles for dishcloths and the lace scarf I am working on – scissors, Loopy measuring tape, tapestry needles, a couple of patterns. So I guess I’m pretty much covered. If I had to have a smaller bag for real spur of the moment, I would go with something simple – plain socks, ribbed scarf, dish cloths – relatively mindless knitting that I don’t need much of a pattern for.

  45. I keep a sock in progress (and extra skein of sock yarn for another project) along with scissors, Chibi, pattern, coiless pins, etc. in a small knitting bag in my car. If I get to a meeting early I might have 10 minutes of knitting time, if I get stuck in traffic I pull out the knitting, and if I get stuck — like I did in a rainstorm — I can keep busy until the situation resolves.

  46. I always grab socks that are already packed up in one of my LE pouches.

    Sheri, FYI, it sleeted here on the last day of summer (FPS), but now back to lovely fall weather with aspens turning lovely reds and yellows

    I also had my first PSL from Starbucks last week.

    Happy Fall!

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