I also occasionally knit other things, like baby sweaters or novelty items, but socks and scarves are the constants. When I'm knitting a scarf or something like that, i.e., larger than a sock, I usually carry around a small tote bag with the knitting and a few tools, i.e., tape measure, crochet hook, stitch markers, etc. I have a Vera Bradley bag that I'm currently using as my knitting/tote bag, it's their Holiday Tote from a couple of years ago.
If I'm knitting socks, I carry a smaller bag, and I like clear vinyl bags because the yarn is so beautiful. I have a couple of small ones that I've purchased at yarn stores, but I kept hoping that Vera Bradley would make one, and they finally (sort of) did. I went to the VP store last weekend to get a coin purse, but when I saw it in person, I didn't really like it, but they did have something new--a Clear Beach Cosmetic.
It's the absolute perfect size for a ball of sock yarn and all of the accouterments. The only thing that would make it better is if it had handles, but other than that, it's pretty perfect. Inside the bag are:
- Ball of sock yarn
- Half a sock on five Size 1 bamboo double-pointed needles
- Extra needles -- I seldom break one, but it can happen, so I have three or four extra ones
- Tape measure
- Yarn needles -- a "chibi," a little plastic tube, with two needles, one plastic and one curved-tip metal one
- A pill box with stitch markers, a couple of fancy ones that I made and a ton of tiny colored rubber bands that I just love
- A crochet hook in case I drop a stitch
- A laminated card with my sock pattern on it
- One of my business cards, also laminated, in case I leave my bag somewhere
- A pack of Post-it notes and a pen in case I need to make a note
- And not absolutely necessary, but handy -- a tube of handcream, a package of tissues, and a spare pair of reading glasses
That pretty much covers all the basics. There are things that would be nice to have, and have occasionally been recommended, like a nail file, and band-aids in case you cut yourself, so you don't bleed all over your yarn, but there is such a thing as going too far, and that's pretty easy for me to do, so I try not to.