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Knitter’s Spotlight: Zip-N-Zag Bag by Kim McClellan

Kim McClellan almost never leaves home without her knitting bag. She’s been known to knit while waiting in line, watching movies and touring with her musician husband.

Of course, her always on-the-go lifestyle makes it harder for her to keep organized. In particular, Kim says she spends a lot of time digging through her bag looking for lipstick or a compact. Her solution? A knitted clutch to keep them all together!

Kim designed the Zip-N-Zag Bag using our Vintage yarn. She says she’s always loved the striking look of black and white colorwork and has lately been obsessed with all things zigzag. She added a black tassel for the zipper pull and bright yellow lining to make it extra fun.

How long have you been knitting/crocheting? 

I have been knitting for 8 years and crocheting for about 5. My Nana has always been a knitter and crocheter and one day I was mesmerized by watching her hands while she was knitting. I asked her to teach me on a whim and I haven’t put the needles down since! I went home and immediately ordered the Stitch ‘N Bitch book so I could learn more.

Kim's favorite project is her Ripple Afghan.
Kim’s favorite project is her Ripple Afghan.

What’s your favorite project you’ve ever made? 

That’s a tough one. I’m really impressed with my Ripple Afghan. I taught myself to crochet purely because I wanted that afghan, so it was a really great accomplishment.

Any interesting knitting stories? 

One time I was knitting in my car while waiting to pick up my husband at the airport. A tough looking man was parked alongside me and rolled his window down and asked me what I was knitting. He told me how his grandmother always knitted things for him when he was little and that he loved seeing younger people knitting. It was such an unexpected moment and I could tell that he had fond memories of knitting.

If you could knit something for anyone in the world it would be?

It would have to be something really special for my Nana as a thank you for introducing me to knitting. Plus, I know beyond a doubt that she would appreciate it.

Zip-N-Zag Bag by Kim McClellan
Zip-N-Zag Bag by Kim McClellan

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