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Monday, May 21, 2018

Leisure Arts Infant Boots and Hats

Its that time of year when it seems like every time you turn around there is a baby shower. There are things every mom to be needs like diapers but they also need adorable hand made things for the baby on the way. Leisure Arts has a book out called Infant Boots and Hats and this book does not disappoint! The book has a total of 6 sets of hats and boot crochet patterns and all for $3.99 for the digital and $5.99 for the paper back book. That is only .50 cents per pattern for the paper back copy! These are patterns that you can do for girls and boys so I really feel that you are getting a real bang for your buck. 
The patterns are adorable!! My favorite is the Lacy Boot and Hat set that is in the photo above. I would say a slightly seasoned crocheter to advanced crocheter would enjoy this set of patterns. The patterns are all listed as an "easy level". I will say while I think the patterns are simple they are not thoroughly explained in some aspects. An example of this is on the boots. The boot patterns do not explain which direction to crochet after joining so going the wrong way will cause your toe area to be in the wrong place and cause frustration. However it just takes a few minutes of looking at your project and you realize which way to go. 

All the patterns use a worsted weight #4 yarn, I am almost positive EVERYONE has a skein of that laying around their house and this book gives you a great reason to use it. I also want to add I really like how they go over the yarn used on the last page. This is so important.... If you are not able to use the yarn used it is very important to know what type of yarn used so you can find an alternate that will give you the same drape. If you are unsure of a great alternative I highly suggest www.yarnsub.comI love the font size of the patterns. The book is set up up with each pattern having a shopping list section that tells you how many colors you will need, the size hook and any additional supplies you will need. 
crochet baby sets
You can see all the patterns in the set here.
I do find the yardage estimates on the patterns to be pretty close. On the Lacy Cuff Boots and Hat pattern the estimated yardage was 170 yards. I made the hat and the boot and got gauge and used 150 yards. 

The back of the book has a general instructions area that has things like abbreviations, symbols/terms, pattern level guide, a brief explanation of gauge, goes over markers, yarn weight guide, crochet hook guide, yarn information on the yarn used in the patterns and how to do the techniques used in the patterns with some visual aids. 
Since the book is written for INFANT boots and hats the patterns only come in two sizes. The sizes are distinguished by color and (). According to Leisure Arts the patterns are sized :"Small (2 inches wide by 3 inches long) and Medium (2 inches by 3.5 inches) and the hat patterns are in one size to fit a 16 inches head circumference."
crochet baby sets
So far I have made two hats from the book and one set of shoes. The patterns I have made are the Lacy Boot and Hat and the Casual Hat. I think they both are adorable. While the Lacy set is more feminine I do think the casual set can be geared to any gender with a simple change of colors. Really the Lacy set is the only set that is more feminine the others could really go either way with the colors you choose. In conclusion I really think for the money this is a great book to own. If you do not have the need to make baby gifts for your own little ones they make wonderful gifts. If you are interested in this book you can buy it here. This is my affiliate link which means if you purchase from this link I make a small profit from your purchase. There is nothing that gets charged extra to you it just lets Leisure Arts know I told you about their product. 

Thank you for reading and Happy Yarning... 

Sunday, May 13, 2018

B. Crochet-tive Designs

Happy Mother's Day! 
I want to share with you a wonderful mother and designer Brittany from B. Crochet-tive Designs

I was so blessed to have gotten to do a pattern test for the amazing Brittany the master mind of B.Crochet-tive Designs. She has got some adorable patterns and they are priced so well!

I got to make her Nico Narwhal. The pattern is very well written and very easy to understand. Brittany and I met through a Facebook Crochet group and were instant friends. She has such a sweet soul and a very creative mind. She has made some cute things and I hope she continues to let her creative juices flow so we can make her designs.

She just released a momma pig and piglets play set and even has a mud play mat to crochet to extend the imagination of whoever is playing with it.  I also have her Ulyana an Ad Orbs and two of the doll patterns and will be making those soon.

I really love her patterns and she is always having promotions on her Facebook page. If you have not already liked her page I encourage you to do so. You can find her Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/BCrochettive/. Her patterns can be found on Etsy and her Ravelry store that you can find links to bellow. She is also in Instagram and you know I love me some Instagram. To follow here click here: https://www.instagram.com/b.crochettive/


These are her designs and by clicking the photo bellow it will take you to her Ravelry Store. If you want to find her Etsy store then Click Here. 
I really hope you check out her shop and she has quickly become one of my favorite designers and friend. Happy Crafting!


Saturday, May 12, 2018

Catching up and getting ready for changes.

   
Its basically summer here in Alabama, the temps are getting close to the high 80's already and school will be out in a week for my kids. We are ready for summer and ready for the changes we will be participating in as a family. We are pulling our kids from public school and homeschooling them. I am beyond excited about this decision. I will miss some amazing teachers but we need to do this for our family. We will be starting homeschool in July and I already have so many things planned. This is something the hubs and I talked about before and we just feel it is time. I am picking my homeschool blog back up and you can find that here.

I had a slower month craft wise in April but since my last projects post in January I was a busy little bee. I have completed a total of 21 projects since Jan 1st and have a few close to coming off the needles/hooks. In all the photos in this post if you click on them you will find my project page and from there you can see the pattern link and the yarn I used as well as any modifications I made.

I completed the January and February dolls from the Simply Crochet issue 64. This doll are designed from Toft Designs. They have a "Doll" book out that can be found here and I highly suggest their books. I own the monster book one and made a monster from it for Aiden. The monster book is super cool, it has flip sections to you can really customize a monster. I really love the Toft designs and plan on making the dolls for the whole year. I am just a little behind so will be doing so catch up.


I also did some various Amigurumi. If  you hadn't noticed I love making amigurmi also know as stuffies. They are fast, fun and  great use of scraps. I made some random things again click the photos to get to my project page for pattern links and yarn used. The rabbit is a super sweet project. The pattern also includes a ball. The rabbit and the ball (I did not make the ball) are both rattles! I used some bells I tied together and sewed a little pocket for them. I then stuffed them in the rabbit with fiber fill. The snail was something I completed yesterday. It is a free pattern and also a easy one once you get it going. It is so tiny and he really makes my heart smile.

As far as other things I have completed from the Simply Crochet Magazines I have made a shelf sitting chicken and some adorable apple coasters. I love the coasters and there are several free patterns that can be found on Ravelry that are very similar.








I completed two wips the Voyager and my Lets go Camping Mitts. They were both fun knits and I love my shawl. I made some mods towards the end of the pattern and I am glad I did.

There have been other projects that have come from my hooks and needles and like always I have a project page for them on my Ravelry account that can be seen here. 

Whats in the making:
Currently I am activity working on my Cozy memories blanket, Rainbow Ripple Blanket, The March Doll from Toft, and a mystery shawl from Romi Hill.

Image may contain: foodWhats been cooking:
https://www.thecountrycook.net/crock-pot-chicken-and-gravy/ the was a pretty good fast recipe. It is similar to the Ranch house Chicken that is a household favorite and can be found here.  We are eating a lot of veggies and have already started preparing our summer garden. We will naturally have tomatoes and I have some herbs going. One of our favorite ways to prepare Brussels sprouts is with a McCorrmick seasoning and cooked in the oven. They are delicious!!!


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Sunday, February 18, 2018

The multi case from Amazon


Of you know me you know I am all about storage. I came across this adorable bird pencil (on the right) case on February 17, 2017 when I got my Prismacolor 132 count set.

Now a year later I was scrolling through instagram and saw it being used as a DPN case! Genius! So naturally I ordered another one. This time I went with the adorable bear print on the left and from a different company. It was also $8 cheaper than my bird one so I was curious to see if there was a difference.

The difference:
The bird case that I can not longer find that exact print is a little better made. the fabric is thicker, it did not have strings that needed to be clipped, it has a little better "stronger" zipper and it opens from the center out.

The Bears is adorable and for the price a great deal. It is a little less in quality and I did have to snip about 6 strings but overall I am very happy with it. The insides open like a book and do not fit in its areas as well as the bird one. I have to pull the zipper are around them.

In conclusion they both make wonderful cases. I love them both and the bird one has hold up for a year without any signs of use.

The Bear one:



 The Bird:







Wednesday, February 7, 2018


I am a finisher. Some projects I do may take a little longer than others if there is a mistake that I have to drop down to fix or if I have to rip back...but I get the job done. I am not one to lets wips lay around in a lost state crying to have a completed row.

Currently I have 5 wips and while to some that may seem like a decent amount and others are laughing and think ummm I have 5 just in this room with me I am still making progress on those and have finished 13 things since I have casted two of those active wips on.

Two of my wips are blankets one knit and one crochet and they are long term that I would on here and there. there is not rush for them. One is a pair of knitted mitts, a knitted shawl and the other a pair of socks. The mitts and shawl have a complete goal of March and I will meet that. I usually work on them during the week and on the weekend I knock out a crochet something. Lately it's been a bowl cozy or a stuffie but that is my usual process to get things done.


So my question to you... Do you have weekend vs weekday project?? Are you a finisher or a cast on all the things person?














Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Meals on the fly and projects flying off the needles.

I have been one busy little momma this week. Monday school was out for Martin Luther King Day and then Alabama was hit with a crazy cold, slight now and more ice. School was closed Tuesday and today Wednesday and we just got the call that school will be cancelled Thursday as well.. We have been busy staying warm playing games and I have been crafting. I have been crafting like a crazy person this month. I have finished a shawl, made a crocheted cat, a crocheted bowtruckle, made two crochet bowl cozies, been working on my Voyager shawl and my Camping Fingerless mitts.

The Voyager
Pattern by Rachel Roden
Yarn: I am using MadelineTosh Twist Light in Modern Fair Isle and some Miss Babs Yummy 2ply in various colors.

Camping Mitts
Let's Go Camping Mitts from Must Stash Designs 
Yarn: I am using Must Stash Yarns in the Campfire colorway.

Finished Objects:
Citron
Amineko the Crochet Cat
Baby Bowtruckle 
I also have made two Bowl Cozies. The first one that can be seen here was made per the pattern that can be found here. However I did not like the fit around my soup bowls so naturally I modified them. :) I made two circles and increased to 66 stitches and then slp stitch them together. I then sc 10 and made 2sc in one stitch around, sc around one row and then sc 11 and 2 sc in one stitch around. Then I just sc around up till I ran out of yarn and they fit perfectly. The photo on top is the one from the pattern and the one below is the one I made with the modifications.

The reason I am making Bowl Cozies is because we have ditched almost all the plastic bowls etc from our kitchen. We are going to glass and glasslike bowls and containers for health reasons. The cozies go around your bowl when you put them in the microwave and when you get your heated food out you do not get burned hands. I am using 100% cotton, do not use acrylic for this project because it will melt! They are also great for soup and stew days to keep your food warm longer and your hands an table from getting to hot. I know there are many products made that are BPA free but there are still chemicals that leak into your food when heated and we are just choosing to avoid them. We have gone to almost only water to drink with only one small glass of milos tea a day. I am still drinking my hot herbal teas but they are almost all caffeine and the hubby has cut back his coffee intake. Some other changes we have made are almost no extra sugars and just an even healthier lifestyle in general with mile walks 3 times a week as a family, a cut in the amount of meats we eat. I am even leaning more towards a vegan diet... I said leaning not complete. I am still eating eggs in the morning and occasionally some meat but I have cut my meat consumption by 1/3.  I have been pretty much dairy free for over a year as dairy and my body are not friends. I cook 5-6 nights a week and we eat leftovers on the other. I wanted to share because I know often I am looking for new things to try and I thought you may being doing the same. This week our meal plan includes the following meals.

Chicken Tacos/Chicken Salad
https://nomnompaleo.com/post/143765161843/pressure-cooker-salsa-chicken-tacos
We have this instant pot, it is an 8 quart (I cook for 5 adults and 2 kids).

Mini Meatloafs, homemade mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli
I use a recipe that was something my Granny BB always made. I don't really have exact measurements as I usually do not measure things when I cook and why I am not a very good baker. :)

Granny BB meatloaf
1 bell pepper, 1 onion, 4 stalks of celery, a cupish carrots (chop all the veggies very small so your kids will not see them. 3 lbs of lean hamburger meat (Again this feeds 5 adults and 2 kids), some bread crumbs, a can on tomato sauce regular size can, mustard, brown sugar, white vinegar, one egg and some ketchup.

After you finely chop all the veggies put them in a large bowl, add hamburger meat, some bread crumbs, the egg, and just a little less than 1/4 c of tomato sauce. Mix well (I use my hands) and then make hamburger sized little loaves and place them in a 16x9 baking dish that you spray with pam spray. Now for the sauce: You will use the rest of the tomato sauce, about 2 tbsp of mustard, 2 tbsp of brown sugar, about 2 tbsp of vinegar and then 1/3 c ketchup.  You are going to mix all of that and then spoon onto your little loaves and save some to baste during the cooking process. Cook in the oven on 400 for about 40 mins. During the cooking I open the oven and put sauce on my loaves several times till it's gone.

Cabbage Stew 
www.budgetbytes.com/2017/01/can-eat-cabbage-stew
This will be our first time making this recipe but we have this crock pot that is a 7 quart and that I LOVE! It can handle enough food for all of us. I bought mine last year because my previous one stopped working. :/

Grilled Chicken Salad with Steamed Veggies
We are just grilling some chicken on the grill. For the marinade we will be using some white vinegar and some salt and pepper. The veggies are some mixed frozen veggies I will be steaming in the pot. 

Homemade Veggie Soup
We use this recipe but with some modifications, https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/hearty-vegetable-soup.
The mods are I use Better than Beef , I leave out the marjoram and use chickpeas. I also only buy and use the V8 low sodium juice. The soup is very hearty, fulfilling and easy to make. I just throw all my stuff in the crock pot and cook it on low for 8 hours.

So that is about it for us here. We did have a huge snow back in December. It was amazing and a stunning site. I am in the process of making a video of some of the photos and I will be linking that at some point on the blog this week. If you would like to leave a comment and please do just click the read link that says no comments at the end of this post. I hope you are all staying warm, crafting all the things and until next time Happy Crafting!

~Kim

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Friday, December 22, 2017

Do you have quiet time each day?



I am a firm believer in taking a few moments each day to gather your thoughts, quiet your mind and just to unwind. I tend to have two different "times" a day. There is what I call TAG "Time Alone With God" it is just being alone without distractions and reading a devotional passage. I also have a quiet time which is knitting, coloring anything to just ponder your thoughts and calm your mind. Both of these can even be seen as a form of meditation where you focus your energy on something positive. I like to mix my quiet time up and TAG time, some days just sit in completely quietness and knit for a few minutes rocking myself in my chair and then read a devotion before bed and others I start off with a devotion and then end the day with silent knitting/crochet/spinning. 
Meditation and TAG time can be very calming and uplifting for your mind, body and overall mood. In 2015 Forbes Magazine did an article where they stated that "There were also decreases in brain cell volume in the amygdala, which is responsible for fear, anxiety, and stress – and these changes matched the participants' self-reports of their stress levels, indicating that meditation not only changes the brain, but it changes our subjective perception and feelings as well." Lifeway published an article called Making a Habit of Spending Time with God where they talk about how it is away to reconnect with God and find a new routine that helps you dig deeper in your relationship with Him. 
My quiet/tag time varies when I get to have it and how long but I do try to at least read some type of devotional or positive reading each day. Devotionals and Bible studies allow me to get deeper insight to the Bible in that short amount of time that may only be 10-15 minutes. I was sent the Psalms and Proverbs Devotional For Women by BH Publishing Group to review. I have had it for several days and am really enjoying it. I usually keep a devotional on the end table by me in the living room, one by my bed and one in my craft room. I used to have one in my car but I finished it so I need to stick another one in there. You can read my review I posted on Amazon of the devotional here.  In a nutshell I love the look of it, the layout and find the content interesting and educational. I love the number days opposed to them being date. If I miss a day I do not get that "I failed' or the "I got behind" feeling. I like the reflection space but it is not a lot of room. I am not the biggest fan of the size and the fact is does not want to lay flat but I do think it will lay flat with use over time.
I think in today's world taking time out each days seems impossible. Even taking the time to knit or crochet each day seems unthinkable for some and I agree it can be hard. However the benefits for that personal time for yourself is so important. In a fast past world we all need time to slow down and appreciate the life we have especially this time of year. I hope you have all Have a very Merry Christmas and I hope you take a few moments for yourself each day. Let that be a present to yourself for your mind, body, spirit and soul. 
Do you have a quiet time or mediation time each day? Do you find it relaxes you and helps you handle the stresses of your day? Do you have a favorite devotional study you want to suggest to me?



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Monday, December 18, 2017

#knitlifesurvey

My #KnitLifeSurvey
When you post your video please use #KnitLifeSurvey to promote it and please mention the person who tagged you. It’s a great way to bring attention to other podcasts, old and new. If you decide to participate, thank you!
The Questions:
What sparked your interest in knitting?
How and when did you learn to knit?
What is your favorite cast on method?
What is your favorite type of knitting design element? (Brioché, lace? Cables? Colorwork?… etc.)
What is your favorite project you have ever knit?
How many projects are in your Ravelry queue?
What is your favorite weight of yarn to work with?
What was your first knitting project?
What is the longest time you have had a half-finished project in hibernation? What is it and when did you cast on? Do you still want to finish it?
What is the largest project you have ever knit?
What is the worst and just overall bad, didn’t work out thing you ever knit? (Explain what went wrong, lol)
What is your favorite kind of project to make (socks, sweaters, shawls… etc)?
What is your favorite type of fiber to work with?
Are you a self proclaimed yarn snob?
What is your dream knitting retreat or fiber festival to attend?
What is the oldest yarn in your stash?
Are you a gifty knitter or a selfish knitter?
What do you like to watch or listen to while you knit? (Listen to books, music, tv, movies, vlogs, podcast) list your favorites if you want.
Do you prefer wood or metal needles?
Is there a pattern or project that you have knit more than one time ? Just for fun:
Do you have any other hobbies?
What is your favorite snack?
What is your favorite color?
Do you have pets? If so tell us about them.
Last but not least…. coffee or tea? We have to do that one for good measure, lol!
Now tell who you want to tag (tag 5 vloggers or podcasters with knitting themed shows & Please mention who tagged you).
Rules:
Please mention and link the vlogger who tagged you and suggest your viewers check them out. Make sure to mention their name and their channel name. List out who you are tagging and link their shows and suggest viewers check them out. If you need to tag knitting bloggers that is fine too :)
When you tag your friends please send these written questions to them and DM them so they know they have been tagged. If possible tag 1-2 newer vloggers or podcasters to help them gain followers. If you are having trouble coming up with people to tag you can tag Knit bloggers.
Use tag #knitlifesurvey and mention that you have done this on instagram. We all are trying to gain viewers & potential new customers so every post with the tag is going to help :D
You can copy the survey on your show notes, blog or Ravelry and ask your viewers to play along if you want to.
PLEASE SEND THE INSTRUCTIONS TO EVERYONE YOU TAG SO THEY HAVE THE INFO

Friday, December 15, 2017

A look back... and hope for the future.

Wow I can not believe Christmas is just around the corner. This has been a wonderful year and I am looking towards what the new year will bring. I have so many things I want to accomplish in the new year and so many changes I want to take place.

I want do more...
~I want to craft more, I want to be more involved in my community and I want to share all of those aspects of my life here on this blog.
~I want to share more recipes and experiments with the crock pot and the instant pot. Cooking is a big part of my life, I spend at least 4 hours a day in the kitchen dealing with food and that is apart of who I am.
~I want to share more of what I am reading. I love to read, listen to audiobooks and podcast. I have personally loved so much from different podcast in knitting and crochet and I want to share those with you.
~I want to share more of my Faith. I enjoy doing Bible studies and learning about God and how to live my life. I want to be very clear on something... I love God and try to live by Matthew 22: 36-39. I am a firm believer of loving my neighbor even if we share the same religion, views, loves or not. I aware that some of my changes are not going to please everyone and I apologize for that. However, I feel for me to be me and to live a life that I am supposed to do I need to stop trying to separate my life in order to appease others. I really haven't kept my religion from my social media feeds but I have just been more reserved in posting regarding of it... but that will change. You can expect knitting, crochet, spinning, other crafts, kids, pets, life, book reviews (craft, devotions, religion based and inspirational), recipes and things that make me smile.

I hope you stick around with me, I hope to inspire and to give hope. Remember as always you can find me on the different social media platforms by clicking the social media icons to the left if you are viewing from a PC. If you are on a mobile device then you can touch the 3 lines and then select the "about me section" for links to my social media accounts.


Merry Christmas! 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Knitting and Crochet Magazines and Books






Its that time of year of fun Holiday crafting. I have rounded up some of the current magazines and  knitting and crochet books that I own to show you some of the fun projects that within the pages. Let the Holiday crafting begin! 

To see my previous reviews on these just click the titles:

Christmas Crochet for the Hearth, Home and Tree


To see the Ravelry pages just click the title:

Sunday, October 22, 2017

What's up with the bags?


I love the world of knitting and crochet but with comes a world of notions. How's a crafter supposed to carry all they stuff around. Well I am not sure what the perfect solution would be for you but I can show you what works for me. These are my own opinions, I am not making anything from the companies... or in no way affiliated with them. 

In a nutshell my projects live in their own bag and then get put in a purse of tote for travel, each of the totes have their own notions pouch for on the go emergencies. So let's take a moment to look at some of the bags I use and you may see something that might work for you. If you use a different method please leave a comment as it may help someone else. 

A project bag defined by me is a bag used to carry projects. In my individual project bags you will find the yarn for the project, a DPN cozy if I have one that matches the bag, the pattern if it is printed, needles or hook, a little thing of stitch markers, the band from the skein (in case someone says hey what yarn is that?) and usually a little lotion bar from one of my favorite shops. (will list those at the end) Project Bags I use are either bought by me or made by me. For socks I like a simple draw string small bag or a small zippered bag. These are examples of some. Also let me go ahead and say I have an addiction to fabric and much as I do yarn. I buy fabric that speaks to me and I will sew a bag from it but I also love supporting indie bag makers just like I do indie yarn dyers. So if you know of a bag maker I need to check out please let me know!

The Smaller Bags: (see the photo below this section)
These are my go to for socks, ornaments, squares etc.

1.The "Sheeple" bag is from Erin Lane Bags. It is just her basic small project bag and lined with muslin like fabric, not stiff and no handle. You can see them here: www.erinlanebags.com/collections/small-project-bag

2.The Fox and Raccoons bag is a small sock bag I made. It is lined with alternate fabric, pocket, not stiff, flat bottom and has a handle. 

3.The Christmas one was a kit put out last year with Must Stash Yarn and Suburban Stitcher. It is a zippered bag, lined with alternate fabric, stiffer bag, flat bottom and no handle.  
www.etsy.com/shop/SuburbanStitcher


Medium/large bags (see the photo below this section)
I use these for hats, shawls, sweaters, stuffies and anything else that finds its way on my hook and needles. 

1.The yellow Flower is from EweSewanSew. It is a zippered bag, stiff, is lined with alternate fabric, came with a zipper pull and flat bottom. https://ewesewansew.com/

2.large zippered Pumpkin with top hats bag made by me. It is zippered, handle, alternate fabric lining, pocket and flat bottom. 

3.Large Swan bag from Bags By Awesome Grannie. I LOVE her bags! zippered, handle, alternate fabric inside, flat bottom and I love how she adds a zipper pull with each order. 
https://www.etsy.com/shop/BagsByAwesomeGrannie

4.Chicken Boots Double Double. This bag has a window so you can see what is inside, no interior fabric, stiff where the window is, drawstring that acts as its handle and a pocket. I own two of these and I want a lot more! www.chickenbootsusa.com/collections/project-bags/products/copy-of-double-double

5.Sweater bags: The camper one I made. It has interior fabric, a pocket, zipper and a handle. There are Etsy shops that do sweater bags and they are prefect for holding all the sweater yarn plus the wip!
Big camper bag by me, swan Bags by Awesome Grannie, Yellow flowers by EewSewanSew
The pumpkin is by me and the front is a Chicken Boots Double Double. 
Notions: (see the photo below this section)
So what is in my notions case? Hiya Hiya snips, a crochet hook in a small size and a medium for picking up stitches, removable stitch markers, ring stitch markers, a little ruler, a pencil, a few post it notes, a glasses/screen cleaning wipe, and usually a lotion bar. 
~~~Lotion bars I use are from The Noteable Gnome, Lo-Lo Bars, and Lavishea .~~~

1.The ones that stay in my main bags are the Chicken boots Notions Case. I buy these whenever they are on sale. Jimmy Beans often has them on sale for around $11. I have 4 one that stays in my Black Vera Bradley Trimmed Tote (this is my usual every day bag), One stays in my "dressy purse", One stays in my bigger Vera Bradley tote that can hold a lot of individual project bags. The last one is in the car. I love these because they are slim and can hold the essentials but also have a window so you can see what is in there. 
https://www.chickenbootsusa.com/collections/zippered-needle-cases/products/copy-of-notions-case

2.Small notions from Bags By Awesome Grannie/ Namaste Inc. These are small zippered bags that can hold a little bit more than the notions case from Chicken boots. Link above under medium/large bags.

3.Hard case from either craft department or fishing department (they tend to be cheaper in the fishing department.) I just hold extra stitch markers in theses and it sits on the table next to me in the living room so I always have access to markers. 

4.Erin Lane knitpack notions case. www.erinlanebags.com/collections/knitpack-notions These are nice but the magnetic catches on to other things in my bag. :/ It has two small zippered areas that have a window. Link above under small bags

5.Vera Bradley makeup bag... yep this is my crochet hook and notion thing that can easily be thrown in my everyday bag. You can view them by clicking here.  These often go on sale for around $12... a bargain! 
The pink in the back is the Vera Bradley make up, the Racoon is a Bags by Awesome Grannie, the owl is a Namaste.
The front row:  Chicken boots Notions case, the plastic case from the fishing or craft department and the sheep is Erin Lane. 
Totes/ Everyday Bag: (see the photo below this section)
Some of these bags are no longer made but still can be found on the internet. The Namaste Bags can be found here: www.fabulousyarn.com/namaste
I love these basket for when I am crocheting and working with the acrylic skeins like I Love This Yarn. It can handle several. The big round African Market hold my cozy memories blanket only and yarn for it and the shorter oval basket hold some journaling and color supplies.

1.The Vera Bradley Trimmed Tote. This is my go to every day purse. I has pockets on the inside and big enough to throw a large project bag in, hold my wallet, notions, case plus all the other things.. I bought mine when it was on sale and mine is all black although as soon as I get another coupon I may order me a new one in a pretty print. As you can see in the photo below my Vera holds a rather larger project bag, notions pouch, my planner/wallet and much more. This is also the Black Vera you will see below in other photos.
www.verabradley.com/us/product/Iconic-Vera-Tote/Playful-Penguins-Gray/22163-22163I71?Ntt=VB-PDP-BAGS-TOTE-BAGS-PDP-VB



2.The Vera Bradley Get Carried Away Tote. When we travel or if I am going to knit group that will be longer than usual I usually take this bag. she is pretty and huge. I can get multiple bags in her and still have room. She has pockets and is wonderful. This too can be found for more than half off if you shop around. www.verabradley.com/us/product/Get-Carried-Away-Tote/Lilac-Medallion/15673-15673I51?Ntt=VB-PDP-BAGS-TOTE-BAGS-PDP-VB

3.Jordana Paige Bags: Jordana Paige was a bag maker that combined the need for a functional knitting bag and an attractive purse all in one. These bags have sections so your yarn and project can be kept seperate from the other things in your bag. http://www.fabulousyarn.com/namaste.shtml I own several of her bags: The Rios (purple), The LJ Kaelms(teal) and the Cora(grey).  

4.Namaste Inc Bags. Namaste made wonderful bags and were often at the Stitches Shows before they sold their business. I own the Monroe(teal), Harlow(brown) and two of their BYOB cases. the bags also have divided areas for your project and other things.  I have done reviews on these that can be found here:
The BYOB Needle Case: http://yarning4asmile.blogspot.com/2014/02/a-little-organization-from-my-byob.html
The Harlow Bag: http://yarning4asmile.blogspot.com/2014/10/namaste-harlow.html
http://www.fabulousyarn.com/namaste.shtml

5.The canvas tote from Hobby Lobby with all of my knitting/podcast buttons. This is just a canvas tote but great for throwing your project bags in to take with you to knit/crochet group. As you can see I use mine to hold all my yarn life buttons. :) 

The one to the left is the Vera Get Carried Away Tote, the black on the Vera Trimmed and the canvas is from Hobby Lobby. 
These are all Jordana Paige: The Teal LJ Kaelms, The purple the Rio and the grey Cora.
The Namaste Bags: The top tel is Monroe and the Brown is the Harlow
Baskets

Baskets also make great project carries. There are many wonderful basket geared to our world. Lantern Moon makes the semi collapsible basket that is great for storage and travel and African Market Baskets have stunning basket that can be found at some LYS and Fiber shows. 
Lantern Moon: http://www.lanternmoon.com/Fiber-Basketry_c_29.html
African Market Basket: http://www.africanmarketbaskets.com/
To the Left is an African Market and to the right is the Lantern Moon
These are African Market Baskets
 I would love to hear how you wrangle your knitting and crochet projects! Thank you for reading and Happy yarning!