Is it a knitter thing or a crafter thing or just a clutter-challenged person thing? I absolutely LOVE fun and weird containers. I have all kinds of ceramic and hardwood and exotic paper and (of course) knitted boxes and bowls and pouches around my house.
My husband bought a grownup wallet from the Coach store last week and was ready to stick it in his pocket and ditch the amazing and classy LEATHER gift box it came in. Fortunately, I rescued it — what was he thinking?!?!?!?! You can see from my photo how way kewl it is. (I love the irony of storing shells and paperclips in such a classy container.)
For Christmas 2005 I knitted gift bags like the pink one below for each of my husband’s sibling’s families. You have to understand he is one of 15 kids. I knit A LOT of bags. The ‘rents needed one, too, and of course I had to save one for myself. The pattern came from one of my favorite books, Last-Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson. What kept this pattern fresh for me was (1) it was a quick knit, (2) I had lots of stash yarn that worked well, (3) I could match the yarn to the personality of each family and indeed the contents of each bag (mostly candy, but some gift cards).
My personal pink pouch, in my favorite Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino (left over from the Hopeful sweater — see entry entitled “Subversive Knitting…”), holds my precious video iPod, my Bose headphones, my Shure earbuds and the car charger.