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Product Review: The Silver Shed USA Project Bags

The wonderful world of podcasts taught me about project bags.  Before I learned of these actual knitting/crochet/crafting specific bags, I used spare purses I had lying around. But then I saw them.  I think it was first on the Stockinette Zombies podcast.  And then I found out Amy’s Mom made project bags.  I first tried some others that were a little smaller and cheaper and I’ll review those soon, but then I finally came around to these.  And it was love at first sight or use or both.


The shop is The Silver Shed USA.  These bags are wonderful.  And I think the price is amazing for what you get.  She has lots of fun fabrics, a variety of of sizes and even options to add things to the bags.  I haven’t done this yet because I just like the bags themselves.  I have bought both the Medium Wedge and the Large Wedge.  I have two of the medium wedge which are perfect for socks (even two at a time) and other smaller projects and one medium wedge which is perfect for a shawl pattern.  I’m sure it’s perfect for other medium-large projects as well but all I have tried it for so far is the Wildes Meer shawl by Voolenvine Yarns.  I like it because a printed pattern fits in it without having to fold it and as my shawl is getting bigger I don’t have to squish it to fit it in the bag.  The medium wedge is perfect for my two-at-a-time socks, because there is plenty of room for the two balls of yarn.  She has the add-on to add a lengthwise division to keep the balls of yarn separate.  I can see the benefit to this and will probably order this extra next time, but for now my bags work just great.  I have plenty of room in the medium wedge for a pattern, two balls of yarn and my sock project without having to squish anything.

And quality-wise, the bags are well made.  The zippers work great and coordinate well.  I love the inside fabric.  The construction is amazing and I know how hard this is to do.  I use to sew and try to make bags so I know that this is really great construction because I have tried to do this sort of thing.  Ann knows what she is doing and she must enjoy it because she is prolific at making bags.  She even has a custom order option.

So run check her shop out. She has all types of fabric from playful, to nerdy, to a more traditional look.  There is honestly something for everyone (who doesn’t love a bag with knitting kittens? This may be my next one.)  This is not a paid advertisement.  I bought my bags from her.  I just wanted to share a wonderful Etsy shop if you haven’t already heard of her.

I will be featuring other shops in the near future so stay tuned!


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What I’m reading

As an aside, I thought on Thursday I would do a “What I am Reading” post.  So many of us knitters are also big readers.  So what am I reading this week?

Well usually I am a big fiction reader, but recently I’ve been into self-help, specifically into financial, then branching into business.  My husband is self-employed and I’m thinking of things I can do on the side to increase our income so some of these are extremely relevant to that.  And then also I am working on exercising daily so I need motivation there.  Soon I plan on getting fiction back in because I have some excellent books from the library and downloaded on my Kindle that I cannot wait to read.  And I use to listen to audio books a lot but it seems podcasts have taken over there.  Oh well.

So here you go:


See a pattern?  Yes I might be a little obsessed with Dave Ramsey right now.  I guess there are worse obsessions to have.  I am truly trying with the help of my husband to get the family on track.  But oh it hurts to tighten the budget.  And Voolenvine is having an update Friday. Sigh . . .  Did I make a misc category this month in the budget, I must go see 😉

What are you reading?  What kind of books do you like to read?  I read just about anything so any suggestions are great.

Have a happy knitting and reading day!

Note: I have amazon affiliate links associated with the books above. That is not my motivating factor for making this post, but if you would like to purchase through my links I greatly appreciate it. My motivating factor is simply to share what I am reading 🙂

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I’m Back . . . .

So I’m back and plan on sticking with it this time.  I at first changed my name and started a new blog and then realized that was stupid. I really liked this name.  So here goes (and if you’ve seen part of this post before, don’t worry, more original posts are coming, I just wanted to migrate over my new posts).

My knitting time can be great and it can be small but I treasure it however much I get.  It helps keep me sane and I love that I can create something beautiful with my hands.

I will knit just about anything. My current projects include a dish towel, the Wildes Meer shawl by Kristin of Voolenvine Yarns and the Yarngasm Podcast, and a pair of Hermione’s Everyday socks in Purple Rain by Desert Vista Dyeworks.  I will get pictures up of my progress in the next few days.  Along with links to my Ravelry profile and my other social media, but I wanted to start the blog with something so here I am.

I hope to chronicle my adventures in knitting and I would love to hear from you and see what you are doing as well!

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A Fresh Start

So I’ve blogged on blogger as a book reviewer so now I’m going to try my hand at blogging about my yarn crafting.  I am currently primarily a knitter though I learned to crochet first and still love to do that as well.  But my main love is knitting (well besides my family obviously) 😉

So this blog will be about my yarn adventures.  I’m just trying this out so we’ll see how it goes, but I hope you will join me in my journey.

A little about me, my name is Crystal, I am married and have two boys, one is 14 and about to start high school and the other is 10 and about to start 5th grade.  We also have two cats, Nala and Batman and you will probably see them in some pictures. And we have a dog, Chewey (Chewbacca).  I taught myself to crochet almost two years ago. I could not for the life of me teach myself to knit so I finally took a class at my kind of LYS.  It’s about an hour away.  I took the class before Christmas got busy and promptly forgot everything. Then a friend of mine suggested we take a boot cuff class together at the kind-of-LYS.  We did and that spawned me to be a knitting maniac.  I don’t have a ton to show for the last 7 months, but I am steadily trying new things and new projects.

I have a bunch of projects kitted up.  Plenty in my ravelry queue and library and lots of yarn.

I am in the  midst of my first sweater.  I am knitting it for my husband and I will show you more of that in the next few posts.

So that’s it for now.  Look for pictures, progress and just general what’s going on in future posts.  I look forward to meeting and communicating with you.  If there is something you would like to know or see, just leave a comment and I will work on it.

Happy Thursday al!