After a summer holiday where she spent more time untangling yarn rather than knitting, owner of Plystre Knitwear, Warunee Bolstad, decided to create a solution to her tangled problems. This is how the idea of The Project Bag was born – a bag that was sold out within 30 minutes of launching.
“I was getting frustrated because my yarns kept getting tangled, so I wanted to make a knitting bag that wasn’t just functional, but that also looked nice,” explains Warunee. “On my way home from a holiday where I only knitted a sleeve and spent hours untangling my yarn, I started drawing and decided to sew a knitting bag.”
Warunee didn’t expect the bag to become such a success – the intended purpose was purely for personal use. “After all the positive feedback on the snapchat group Strikkere (‘knitters’), I realised it was something I should put into production after all,” she explains.
A cross between the classic bucket and tote bag, the Project Bag is designed for the modern knitter who likes to be organised. It is hand-sewn using a double layer of cotton canvas, with a durable vegetable tanned leather strap.
“There are practical pockets on the inside which are perfect for knitting needles, scissors, measuring tapes, phones – everything a knitter needs,” says Warunee. “Additionally, one of the pockets features three small holes that you can pull your yarn through, to prevent the yarn from tangling.”
Keep your eyes peeled for the next batch of bags, which Warunee hopes will be ready for December, particularly Christmas.
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