What’s in my Knitting Bag – Sonia’s Chicken Boots

Welcome to the first entry in a series of Knitting Bag stories. This first edition is brought to you by my trip to Stitches West. I look forward to rifling through the knitting bags of friends and followers, please get in touch if you’d like your Knitting Bag featured here.

This is my Chicken Boots Knitting Bag, custom made and sewn on the market show floor of Stitches West. Yes, you’ve heard correctly, it was custom-made for me. I chose the trim and the fabric pocket for the notions side-pocket and it was stitched together at Stitches West.


The clear vinyl casing makes it easy to identify which project is housed inside, for people who have several projects on the go. The side pocket is a perfect little notions carrier, able to accommodate a needle gauge and a large tape measure as well as smaller bibs and bobs.


The stitching is quality and the zipper runs effortlessly.


Inside is my Clincher scarf project, but I could fit in a much larger project if I wanted.



Clincher Scarf project by Ash Kearns. The yarn is Colinette Jitterbug in colour ways: Toscana (green) and Velvet Damson (blue).


Hiya Hiya: needle gauge, Kitty snips, Panda needle stoppers (necessary to protect this bag from pointy needles) stitch markers & darning/sewing needle. (I’m a bit of a Hiya Hiya fan).




Yoth Yarns tape measure: I picked this up at the show, it has a handy little clip-in function, making measuring your bust or another circumference much easier.

I received my Clincher Scarf pattern as a gift from Susanne after admiring hers. And it’s a great pattern! Once you’ve established your rhythm it is the ultimate project in mindless knitting and great for long waits at airports, just saying.

Leave a comment below (with your Rav name) and you’ll be entered into a random drawing to win the Clincher Scarf pattern. You must be a member of Ravelry so that I can gift the pattern to you. Entries close March 20th.




Richmond Knitters goes to Stitches West!

You know you’re an obsessed Knitter when you travel 20 hours one way for a Knitting Festival.

Debs and I are back from our whirlwind trip to San Francisco and Stitches West.

The Back Story is I lived in SF eight years ago and at that time I went to my first Stitches West. Not knowing just how large a show it was, and being particularly new to my obsession, I only had about 3 hours at the market itself. Since then I have vowed to return.

And return I did. I managed to convince another Richmond Knitter, Debs, that this was a most worthwhile trip. Enter the shopping partner and enabler!

The standard question from stall holders at the market (upon hearing the accent), did you come all this way for this? Yes, yes we did (well it was the main reason).

Here’s a few photos of our time at the show.


Here we are right before visiting the market on Thursday night, market preview night.


We were quite the fangirls, meeting lots of Knitting Royalty and having our ‘selfies’ taken with them.


From left: Jane Richmond, Me, Shannon Cook, Jill Draper


Here I am after my fabulous class with Anna Zilboorg. More on that on my personal blog soon.


Debs with Hilary Smith Callis


Here we are having a blast with Stephen West and StevenBe

I also took the opportunity to try on a few of Stephen’s designs:


I really like this second one, it’s called Lost and Found and is a new design on Rav. Knit-along anyone?



Debs with Jane and Shannon again! We kept running into these girls, there was lots of laughter and fun.


And I met Romi on preview night. Wow, she was sooooo… nice. I’m pretty excited to be participating in her mystery knit-along held with a Verb for Keeping warm.

Here’s the yarn I chose for my project:


A fun photo with Jill, whilst she was helping pick out a colour for a sweater project.


I tried on Hannah Fettig’s ‘Contented Cardigan’ at Alana Dakos’ Never Not Knitting Stand. I’m totally making this. I also had my photo taken with Alana (and let her know about the several ‘Little Oak’ cardigans that have been made by Richmond Knitters), which I think you’ll find on Debs Instagram feed…


That’s about it for our Stitches West experience (apart from the truck-load of yarn I’ve come home with!). It was amazing, totally worth it, and I guess you had to be there to appreciate the excitement!

I’ll be writing a series of posts on my blog over the next week or so to re-cap aspects of our trip, starting with my Stitches West Loot! If you haven’t already you can also check out our Instagram Feed for my pictures from our trip.