Functional Friday: Zig Zag Stitches

Instead of trying to kill you guys with another book review, I am going to review a little something I picked up at the Knitters Frolic!

Needle Case

There were a lot of really great vendors there with amazing yarn, but I chose to take home a Sock and Go from Zig Zag Stitches. This is a small knitting needle case special for sock needles. I do have a couple needle cases, and those ones are very nice. I really like them but they are quite big. The Sock and Go has two pockets for different needle sizes and one larger one for a pair of scissors or anything else you might need while knitting a sock.

Needle Case 3

This is perfect for all the sock knitting I’ve been doing lately! Hopefully it will prevent me from losing needles or pulling them out of my socks. I keep a size 3.25mm (US 3) and a size 2.5mm (US 1.5). This way I can choose a skein of yarn, grab this case and go. As I was typing this article I realized how perfect the name of the case is. I actually had to re-word my sentence from ‘I can choose a skein of yarn, grab the Sock and go, and go’.

There were a lot of really bright and cheery patterns but I chose the chevron outside and polka dot inside. I’m not usually a huge chevron person, but the dazzling colours combined with the cute little orange button talked me into it. I didn’t even make my complete round of all the vendors before I bought this case. I saw it and immediately had to have it. It was the essential thing I’ve been missing without even realizing it.

Needle Case 2

I definitely saw a lot of things around the Zig Zag Stitches booth that I would have loved to take home with me. Essentially everything with a cat or music note pattern on it. However I pulled a WWPD [What Would Paul Do?] and practiced a bit of restraint. I supposed if I actually want to marry him in October I should save a bit of the funds to make it happen, but I digress.

Zig Zag Stitches has an Etsy shop! When I was first checking out the rest of the stock I noticed it is based in Sarnia, Ontario. That is very close to where I grew up and where my parent’s live to this day! It struck a special cord with me to support a shop that has grown so close to home, and without even realizing!

There are a variety of project and spindle bags; I doubt anyone could ever have enough, especially with such attractive patterns! My favourite one is the boxy bag with the sheep on it. I think I will order a flat zippered pouch though; I am always losing small objects in my knitting bag and purse. Hopefully I will be able to organize myself a little better and add some colour to my bag.

Boxy Bag

Sara actually got a flat zippered pouch from the knitters frolic and we were both commenting on the amazing quality. The corners are all tucked in and neatly stitched; you can tell each item was made with care and love. Sara’s mother and mine create a mirage of different things with their sewing machines and sergers; the caliber of skill involved in the production of these items struck us, it wasn’t something we were actively searching for. I am a firm believer that you can feel when something is well made, I feel it here.

Sheepies

I would highly suggest you check out the Etsy shop! It is late for mother’s day, but the unexpected gift is always appreciated. These are especially great for the crafter in your life who has everything; one can never have too many project bags!