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Thread: Do you have a "GO" bag?

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    Do you have a "GO" bag?

    I heard the term on Criminal Minds a long time ago, and that is what I started calling the little suitcase I take with me on any trip longer than into town and back. It has all kinds of hand sewing stuff in it. Felt, scraps of fabric, notions, thread, needles.........
    Mine is a cloth "Studio" bag I got at a street sale. It sits nicely on my lap in the car and has pockets to help keep everything organized. The rest of the stuff is in baggies, etc. I also keep it stocked with a variety of projects that just need hand work and embelishments, like needle cases and small bags, etc.
    I am the type that needs to be busy. I cannot just ride in the car, so DH is used to my bag. I can even carry it in to places, stadiums, dr. offices, hospitals......
    Am I odd? or is this something we all do? Curious minds want to know.
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    I make up a bag when I have an appointment that I know I' m going to have to wait for. I usually bring my knitting or crochet.

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    Mine is in a small basket..was a small shopping bag until it fell all apart. I take that basket all over the place! We have a group that meets at the local library once a month called "Threads". It is growing by the month with quilters, knitters, crocheter, etc. It is so much fun and that was the start of my basket of work. Right now it is full of cross stitch squares but I have finished binding quilts there, applique, etc. all while enjoying the other ladies. I now even take it when I am picking up my grandkids at the bus stop after school.
    "You must do the thing you think you cannot do"....E. Roosevelt

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    i don't have a bag, but often put my current hand project in my purse when i know i'll have to be waiting.
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    I keep a bag packed and handy. You would be surprised at how much you can get done setting in a doctors office or while traveling.

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    I too have "Go" bags. When my fiancee at the time was dealing with brain cancer, I kept an overnight bag in the trunk and packed for a week at a time. Whenever he had a serve seizure we would be in the hospital no less than a week or more. I still keep a "go" packed 'cuz you just never know when you might need it.

    I also have a craft "go" bag with some hand work in it. I have several different types of hand work to including redwork, hand piecing and applique that I can rotate out during any long term stay. I take it in the car all the time since it's about 45 minutes to a "big" town so I can get quite a bit done during the ride. So no... you are not odd in that aspect.

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    I have two "go" bags.
    I am a substitute teacher. Some days are jammed packed with children, some days I have 1 1/2 hours to wait. So...
    One bag is rather large. In it are small scissors, thread, needles, ribbons, yarn, leather strips, small metal chains and charms,etc; anything I could use on my Stupendous Stitching items.
    The second is small; containing a sketch book, pencil, sometimes a small book on hand stitching or something, sometimes scraps of material I'm working with at the time (and if I'm going to be with little ones that day, perhaps a book or two to read to them).

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    I have a number of zip lock bags,each with needles,thread,little scissors,a bandaid,and a project. One is for embroidery,one for a Hawaian pillow top I'm hand quilting.

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    I have a bag that contains my hand sewing stuff and I use a basket to carry my projects from place to place. I have two or three baskets going at a time so I just need to grab my sewing bags and a basket and off I go.

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    I have a go bag, I need something to do with my hands while I'm waiting, in a car or for an appointment. I also find its a good conversation starter, people, mostly kids want to know what I'm doing. Some of them have never seen fabric or a needle and thread!!!
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    I have 2 bags ready too. One has strips partially hand sewn. Other has blocks, needles, thread, school scissors, small ruler, candy, chewing gum. etc. Gotta be prepared. I can sit, but hands have to be busy. Like you all.

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    It is always great to have hand work to do while you wait. I am amazed at how much I can get done in what would be wasted time if I did not carry my sewing bag.

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    I have a bag with needles, some thread, scissors, etc for doing handwork when we go on a trip. I usually like to save my hand sewing of my bindings for a trip.

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    I have three go bags, one for work travel loaded with the travel essentials, one for plane entertainment with magazines and small projects, and the third is a small bag of travel food essentials .. some nuts, crackers, cough drops. These go bags sometimes all "go" or sometimes one or any combination of the three. Oh it just occured to me .. I have a fourth.. a go bag of fabrics that I am seaching for coordiates.. so if I am headed to a LQS I can grab it.

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    Now I usually just grab my NOOK but when the kids were in school and I was involved in many different school and community committees I had a GO" bag for each committee. Carried all my notes and any things that needed worked on.
    Have a great day sewing and remember to "not sweat the small stuff"!!



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    I have a basket also, and i get alot done.
    Never look down on anyone, unless you are helping them up.

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    My chicken scratch quilt is in my "doctor's waiting room bag"...

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    I have a go bag that was a freebie from the mall my daughter worked at. It is about 14 x 20 canvas. Inside I keep a folder that a friend embellished with scrap papers and an old measuring tape, so very sturdy. The folder is great for taking appliqué blocks so they don't wrinkle. My supplies are in one of those multiple zipper thread bags that has the swade and plastic strips that rolls up with a ribbon tie. (if something happened to my thread bag would need to replace immediately). My DH, family and co-workers know I go everywhere with this bag and a project. You know idol hands.....

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    I don't do much handwork but I always have a book stashed in my car in case I wind up waiting in line somewhere.
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    Currently I have a little bag a friend made me with cotton yarn, knitting needles and scissors in it. When we go on longer car rides, I knit up washcloths. So easy and passes the time nicely. Now that I have an iPad that'll go, too. I'm getting some different hand projects together for our vacation out of state that's coming up soon. Having lots of projects to pick from feels like money in the bank...makes me feel more secure...for some reason.

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    I keep a plastic container in our van with supplies for making yo-yo's when on long trips. Nice to have something at hand. Don't have a purpose for the yo-yos yet, but I will find one!
    Sue

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    Yep, have a couple, ususally embroidery.
    Most used one is a Pink cosmetic company free case.
    Working on the State Quarter Squares in black.
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    Like many of you I kept "go" bags packed with overnight items for whenever my husband or mother had to be admitted to the hospital. And of course a bag with crochet, embroidery or quilting projects.

    Now I keep several bags with projects of various complexities so I can grab whichever one if appropriate for where I am going.

    And I always keep a bag with a crochet project in the car. It is amazing how much you can do while waiting for a train to pass or someone to come out of the store, etc. It is in a clear bag so I can leave it on the seat of my car and would-be car thieves can see that what is in there and not be tempted to break into my car and steal it. Unless of course, they are a frustrated crafter and have run out of supplies!

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    I usually just read. On road trips that is usually the only time I can read...lol
    Too busy at home in my sewing room to read anything but patterns.
    When I am at the Drs. office I usually read one of the outdated magazines.
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