School Daze


Ever had to find a way to get your projects done on-the-run?

Today finds me knitting around a birthday (Boy Child’s to be exact-Happy 16th!!), church, laundry, and getting school stuff done. I believe I must have been spoiled at my last job since I could find time to knit and spin on lunch breaks and during the after-school programs. I can tell this year may be a little trickier. I did find the recess duty to be a no-brainer. But everything else is catch-as-catch-can.


Fortunately, I’m well-equipped. 😉

You have seen my water bottles that carry my spindles-an idea taken from RESPECT THE SPINDLE by Abby Franquemont.


That’s kind of old hat…I have been carrying both bottles, actually. The bottle with my moosie is in my car’s glove compartment with some brown alpaca. Snug as a bug in a rug. 🙂

Even though you’ve all seen these before, I still thought I’d share why I have so much love for the namaste urban hip holster bags. I’ve loved some of the letters off mine, but they are pretty handsome bags, I think. And they will obviously last the years of bustle and hustle.

They’re perfect for projects like socks, baby things, shawls, hats, gloves and mitts and other small to medium-sized projects (or parts to larger ones-like sleeves to a sweater or something).


It may look tiny, but look how much fits in it! In the large section, I have the yarn and needles. The needles sit in a holder I got from an etsy seller.


I spun the yarn a while ago and am only just now getting around to knitting it. This yarn cake is over 500 yds! But it all fits.


This knit is a shawlette I am working on for my mil. It’s the ginkgo shoulderette shawl on ravelry. I’m not so sure blue makes much sense to the logical side of me for a leafy-motif, lol. But, the whimsical side of me thinks it’ll be pretty cute!


I digress…

Now, in the small section are the little bits like my row counter, tape measure, needles, yarn cutter, crochet hook for dropped stitches, row markers, fingernail clipper and file, etc., etc.


The whole thing is very unobtrusive as I walk the halls or stand at the line for hall and cafeteria duty. And the kids love to see how far I have gotten since the last time they saw me with it. Just this past week, I was knitting in between professional development meetings at my school and the librarian said, “I love how you have everything together, just ready to go. You take it out and get something done with your little bits of time…”

The story of my life!


  1. caityrosey says:

    Somehow I missed the water bottle tip. What a good idea. I’ll keep it in mind.

    • You probably have one by now. But, for those who will try it (and happen on the off-chance to read this comment), be sure you take the spindle if you are shopping for one. Some bottles are better than others for a good fit. Sometimes the top can damage the hook if it comes too close, or the spindle shaft can be too long for the bottle, or the whorl too large for the mouth of the bottle. It helps to have a dress rehearsal. I like to use short, tiny/small spindles for bottles.

      • caityrosey says:

        Good tip. I wonder what I should use for a larger spindle. Something light, preferably, so no large thermoses. 🙂

      • Ha ha! I carry Turkish spindles in the squatter, squarer Rubbermaid-type containers. And those cardboard containers the teavana tumblers come in are nice for some larger drop spindles, I think. I would love to see the solution you come up with though.

      • caityrosey says:

        I’m tempted to get a map tube and cut it down to size.

  2. That water bottle looks like a great way of carrying sock projects too – I worry about breaking my DPNs sometimes…

  3. grayseasaylor says:

    Stacey, thanks for sharing the brilliant organizational strategies you use to make the most of the time you have! You continue to inspire me 🙂
    Gracie xx

  4. Wow! That’s quite a bag. I might just have to mosey on over to the site and check it out.

  5. I have been wanting to get one of those bags. Super cute!!

  6. Nice post! In fact, it is informative for a newbie knitter like me.

    • I’m so glad you liked it! I don’t know that I have any new tricks to share, really. Knitters have been finding easier ways to support their knitterly habits for forever now. But, I like to yap about what I do find that helps me. Glad it is useful to someone out there. 😉

  7. So many good storage tips hidden away in this post… There is also definitely something to be said for setting an example of doing the most you can with the time you’ve got. Great lesson for the kids (and some grown-ups)!

    • Lol! Oh, yes. They keep asking me, “Are you done yet?” Or, “How long does that take you?” It is a great way to instill the fact that good things come to those who wait (though that is definitely NOT my motto, lol) and that time management means a lot in your personal production rate. Okay, some of it goes over their heads, lol! I’m still adjusting from middle schoolers to elementary students. But, some of it sticks.

  8. Q – Love the water bottle tip!

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