When we set out to create our first project bags in 2016, it was purely for fun. It began as a quest from a modern, minimalist knitter (hi, that's me, Hanna Lisa!) to make a few bags that were a bit more my style than what was available at that time (save for the always-amazing Fringe Field Bag). Something minimal, yet beautiful, something high quality that would withstand being thrown into my backpack and carried everywhere, something that I would love to look at every day. This is how the current design of our project bags came to life.
Our bags come in three different sizes:
The small project bags are exactly the right size for a pair of socks - if you're not doing two-at-a-time socks, that is. They can fit a small hat as well, and they come with one interior pocket to keep notions and one carabiner to keep your yarn from tangling.
Our medium project bags are the secret favorite size of Hanna Lisa. They fit everything from two-at-a-time socks to colorwork mittens, from a cabled hat to a small shawl - and they're still small enough to be thrown into your handbag or backpack at short notice. Every medium project bag has one interior pocket for notions and one carabiner that keeps your yarn safe.
One of our favorite things to knit are sweaters, and this is exactly what the large project bags are designed for. Although they might not look like it, they can fit a women's sweater comfortably, and Hanna Lisa has been known to also use it for fingering weight men's sweaters. The only time she ever had to admit it was too small was for her Black Forest Cardigan - a beast in squishy Fishermen's Rib. The large project bags have two interior pockets (the more notions, the better, right?) and two carabiners so that they're also perfect for larger colorwork projects.
Every project bag consists of these ingredients:
- 100% Austrian herringbone linen used as one of the outer fabrics
- 100% wool fabric used as the other one of the outer fabrics
- 55% linen, 45% viscose fabric for the lining
- 100% wool felt used as interfacing
- Metal zipper with polyester band (will be switched to cotton band when we re-order them)
- Leather zipper pull
- Cotton thread
- Polyester label (will be switched to cotton when we re-order them)
If you want to find out where our ingredients come from, check out our supplier page!
What's the deal with the carabiners?
Well, has it ever happened to you that you're frantically trying to untangle yarn in the middle of a car or train or plain ride? Yeah, we've been there. Especially with colorwork. Our carabiners help avoid that dreaded fate of having to cut your yarn because it was un-saveable. You simply thread your working yarn through it, keep the yarn cake at the bottom of your bag and knit your heart out.
When you're ready to try on your project, you can simply un-clip the yarn from the carabiner, see whether your sweater / hat / socks fit, and re-clip it.
An alternative (not intended, but super handy!) use for the carabiner is to clip a pair of scissors and a few stitch markers to it to not lose them in your bag.
Our bags are designed and prototype-d by Hanna Lisa in her studio in Berlin. The lining and interfacing is cut and sewn by Lena, her trusted freelancer sewist. Then, Hanna Lisa assembles the bags, sews in the zippers, closes them up, gives them a last press and gets them ready for their new homes. All the packaging and shipping is done from her studio in Berlin.
We recommend to spot-clean your project bag should you get any stains on it. In a pinch, you can also wash it (after all, it's 100% made of natural ingredients), but if you do, we recommend you do it carefully and by hand with a bit of wool wash.