Kim Opperman, Sarge, from Socks for Soldiers sent me a lovely care package. We had been talking about knitting Big Black Socks in public as a way to encourage other knitter's awareness of the program. She sells special knitting bags for just that purpose. When I opened up my box from Kim I found a black messenger bag with a large red cross on it.
The second bag appealed to my love of history because it is a vintage style medic bag. It has a large section and two smaller, fold-down sections. The whole thing is designed to sit upright for better access to the medical supplies. I can see a lot of potential for this bag! Maybe add a hat in progress and a washcloth, both items Kim says soldiers appreciate, so I can have an easy-to-carry Soldier Knitting bag.
The best part is that all that potential folds up into a compact bag.
In the back there are multiple ways to carry around my new bag. Over my shoulder, around my waist or just grab it quickly by the handle on the top.
Kim also kindly included two Socks For Soldiers, Inc. patches. Problem!!! They had to be sewn onto the bags. Again, Craft Night came to my rescue! Having quilters and companionship made it much easier to handle the stress of having to work with a needle and thread. First, I used a little magic quilting glue to place the patches.
I talked Karen into sewing the patch onto the olive green bag because she thought she could handle it with a sewing machine. It turned out she could only reach half of the patch but I was very grateful.
I spent my time tacking the patch down onto the black bag. It was amusing for everyone. Well, Xena was just puzzled by my activity.
By the end of Craft Night both bags were ready for duty including the 2-Year Anniversary pins secured onto the straps.
Now I have two good ways to work in extra knitting whenever I get a few free minutes each day.