Tokyo Cranes Kit
Tokyo Cranes Kit
- Japanese fabric exterior
- Small Batch Crafted
- Limited edition fabrics
- Handmade in Canada
- 100% cotton exterior & interior
- Machine washable cool, air dry
- Fabric placement may vary due to handmade nature of bag
- Colours may differ between monitors
- Listing for bag and one skein of yarn from Ancient Arts Yarn!
Estimated Shipping Date: Mid-March
- Comfortably holds up to 700g of worsted weight yarn & your project
- Measures approximately 17" (43.1cm) high, 17" (43.1cm) wide at top, and 6" (15.2cm) wedge
- Comfortably holds 200g of worsted weight yarn & your project
- Measures approximately 14” long by 11” wide (35.5cm x 28cm) (length from top of handle, width at widest part of bag)
Small Box/Wedge Bag
- Comfortably holds up to 200g of worsted weight yarn & your project
- Measures approximately 6" (15.3cm) long, 5" (13cm) wide, and 4" (10cm) high
Large Box Bag
- Comfortably holds 400g of worsted weight yarn & your project
- Measures approximately 12" (30.5cm) long, 6" (15.2cm) wide, and 4.5" (11.5cm) tall
- Also excellent for organizing suitcases and bags while travelling!
- Snug fit for one cake of fingering-weight yarn
- Measures approximately 7" (17.8cm) on all sides
Can't decide what size of bag is best for you? Check out this handy blog post: What's the Best Project Bag for Me?There are yarn weight/amount and project suggestions so you can decide what bag will best fit your knitting/crocheting!
Notes for Ordering:
Cats in Glasses comes as a set of five mini skeins of various cat colours, an aqua, and the custom Cats in Glasses colourway. Please message me if you would like me to set up a custom order for full skein(s) of the Cats in Glasses Colourway!
Laundry Cats is a full skein of speckle dyed yarn with an additional mini skein of dark teal to match to bag’s background.
Kittens and Cookies; Kyoto Cats; Tokyo Cranes; and Cat Butt Macarons are all full skeins of the custom dyed yarn.
Yarn description from Ancient Arts Yarns:
Socknado Fingering - 80% SW Merino/20%Nylon
350 meters / 385 yards per 100 gram / 3.5 oz skein
Gauge: 27 - 32 sts / 4 inches (10 cm) US 1.5 - 3 or 2.5 - 3.25 mm
Our most popular and versatile yarn base is made from top quality merino wool blended with just the right amount of nylon to provide durability. Socknado is suitable for all your crafting needs and for all types of projects - baby clothes, sweaters, shawls, mitts, gloves, and hats, and it is our recommended yarn for knitting long wearing socks. This three ply yarn is soft and strong, and is a joy to knit and wear.
- Japanese fabric hand-selected from Kyoto, Osaka, or Tokyo
- Genuine leather carry handle
- Genuine leather drawstring
- Five interior slip pockets
- D-rings for cross-body strap (optional add-on)
- Canadian-sourced hardware, canvas, and interior fabrics
- Handmade in Cochrane, Alberta, Canada
- 100% cotton or 85/15% cotton/linen exterior top; 100% cotton canvas bottom; interior 100% cotton
- Exterior Japanese fabric has been interfaced for some body
Due to the leather, spot clean only, air dry.
Approximately 13.5 x 10 x 5” (34.2 x 25.4 x 12.7cm)
Why Japanese Fabrics?
Why Japanese Fabrics?
The short version of the Why Japan? Story:
I like cats. Japan has good cat fabric, and I have a history with Japan because I was an exchange student there. So, I go to Japan to buy my fabrics because it is cheaper and more effective than trying to source them in Canada in less than wholesale amounts.
The Long Version of the Why Japan? Story:
Ever since I was young, I have wanted to be an entrepreneur. It’s true! I would make and “sell” bracelets when I was 5-7, dreaming about owning a shop to sell my wares. Or I wanted to be an author/illustrator. Creativity has always been key for me!
I have been a knitter since 2007. I learnt in university, took it with me on my exchange to Japan, and then continued to develop my skills when I returned by knitting through most of my classes. If I was knitting, I was paying attention. If I was doodling, nothing was getting retained. Then, when I started my 9-5, I carried it along for any chance to knit on transit or my lunch break. I began to walk and knit…and that’s when I started making project bags!
I pride myself on making all my bag styles transportable, so you can carry your knitting everywhere with you! Whether it’s a strap wrist, shoulder straps, or carabiner hook, I’ve got you covered!
Now, why Japanese fabrics? Well, remember that little note about my Japanese exchange? Here’s where that ties in! When I began making project bags, I was one of only a few project bag makers inAlberta. But then more people joined me and I started looking for a way to make my bags unique, since there are only so many ways to fold fabric and still have it work as a bag! I was already using Nekozuki in my name (Nekozuki is cat lover in Japanese), and so I looked to Japan for cute cat fabrics (which were hard to find in Canada). I found Etsy sellers, and imported from then to start. But then my husband and I went to Japan for his first trip in 2016. I said “We should look at the cost of buying fabric in Japan and bringing it back with us.” - since purchasing it with the middle man up charge was not going to be sustainable and I don’t use it in such a quantity to justify wholesale bolts. Lo and behold, it was cheaper for me to go to Japan, buy the fabric, and then return to Canada with it! It also meant I could return to Japan (the horrors!). So now I exclusively use Japanese fabrics for my exterior fabrics (with the exception of any bags with canvas, like the Kato Drawstring bag). The feel for a lot of the fabric is often nicer than North American fabrics - both in weight, texture, and hand feel. I know purchasing fabrics online is hard! It’s another reason I go to Japan for the fabrics. But, please rest assured that if you purchase a bag from me, you are receiving fabrics that are hand-selected as they are for a reason!
Does this mean my Canadian suppliers are out of the loop? No! In fact, the only thing I source from outside Canada besides fabric has been a recent addition, and that is the leather cording for the drawstrings in the Kato bag. So hardware, thread, interior cottons, and leather all come from Canadian suppliers. And the cording comes from a small business in the US!
What Bag is Best for Me?
What Bag is Best for Me?
Overwhelmed with trying to make a decision about what bag you want to purchase? This guide is here to help! It has approximate amounts yarn you can fit into a bag, along with suggested projects so you can choose the bag for you and your knitting/crocheting life! If you ever have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me through the contact form! I'll respond within 24-48 business hours.
Cake Cozy Designed to keep yarn from one cake of fingering-weight yarn from tangling in your bag. Specifically designed for when you don’t want to carry a project bag, this would also be a fantastic way to keep multiple skeins wrangled in a larger bag. Made from Knot Bag scraps!
Triangle Pouch A single-skein bag that is set up to knit socks, one skein hats, or other similar projects! Will also hold circular needles with some wrangling.
Small Box Bag Up to 300g of fingering-weight yarn, 200g of worsted weight yarn, 100g of bulky+ weight yarn
Can also be used as a make up or toiletries bag, toy bag for the kids’ car toys, or as a shaving kit bag!
Up to 500g of DK to worsted-weight yarn, 300g of bulky-weight yarn
Up to 700g of bulky+ weight yarn, 900g of worsted-weight yarn
Suggested Projects: Blankets, large & bulky sweaters, and all those WIPs kicked out of smaller project bags so one can start the next best project!
Can also be used for a tote bag!
Colours may differ between monitors and devices
Listing is for bag only
Bags are shipped from Alberta, Canada. International purchasers are responsible for any customs and duties applied in their own country.