Proudly presenting HANNA LISA HAFERKAMP DESIGNS, a Berlin-based project bag company owned and run by Hanna Lisa Haferkamp. They design and produce natural project bags for modern knitters who want to know where their materials come from and who made them.
We love a good handmade product that hasn't been shipped three times around the world before it lands in our laps. Quite literaly in this case.
Hanna Lisa uses beautiful materials and a clever design in a warm minimalist look. Personally I like my knitwear colourful and my bags minimal. I have no reason for this.
Offering her customers a very clear insight in her supplies and suppliers, you can visit her site to see exactly where everything comes from. I love that. I trust her too, so personally I just got mine, petted it for a while (sooo squishy!) and then gave it a project to keep and care for. Done!
From Hanna Lisa Haferkamp's website:
Our bags come in three different sizes:
From left to right: Large, Medium & Small.
The small project bags are exactly the right size for a pair of socks - if you're not doing two-at-a-time socks, that is. They can fit a small hat as well, and they come with one interior pocket to keep notions and one carabiner to keep your yarn from tangling.
Our medium project bags are the secret favorite size of Hanna Lisa. They fit everything from two-at-a-time socks to colorwork mittens, from a cabled hat to a small shawl - and they're still small enough to be thrown into your handbag or backpack at short notice. Every medium project bag has one interior pocket for notions and one carabiner that keeps your yarn safe.
One of our favorite things to knit are sweaters, and this is exactly what the large project bags are designed for. Although they might not look like it, they can fit a women's sweater comfortably, and Hanna Lisa has been known to also use it for fingering weight men's sweaters. The only time she ever had to admit it was too small was for her Black Forest Cardigan - a beast in squishy Fishermen's Rib. The large project bags have two interior pockets (the more notions, the better, right?) and two carabiners so that they're also perfect for larger colorwork projects.
Every project bag consists of these ingredients:
- 100% Austrian herringbone linen used as one of the outer fabrics
- 100% wool fabric used as the other one of the outer fabrics
- 55% linen, 45% viscose fabric for the lining
- 100% wool felt used as interfacing
- Metal zipper with polyester band (will be switched to cotton band when we re-order them)
- Leather zipper pull
- Cotton thread
- Polyester label (will be switched to cotton when we re-order them)
Loosely from left to right: Wool interfacing, linen & viscose lining, zipper, Austrian herringbone linen, wool contrast fabric, carabiner & label.
What's the deal with the carabiners?
Our carabiners help prevent yarn tangling, yay!
Well, has it ever happened to you that you're frantically trying to untangle yarn in the middle of a car or train or plain ride? Yeah, we've been there. Especially with colorwork. Our carabiners help avoid that dreaded fate of having to cut your yarn because it was un-saveable. You simply thread your working yarn through it, keep the yarn cake at the bottom of your bag and knit your heart out.
When you're ready to try on your project, you can simply un-clip the yarn from the carabiner, see whether your sweater / hat / socks fit, and re-clip it.
An alternative (not intended, but super handy!) use for the carabiner is to clip a pair of scissors and a few stitch markers to it to not lose them in your bag.
Our bags are designed and prototype-d by Hanna Lisa in her studio in Berlin. The lining and interfacing is cut and sewn by Lena, her trusted freelancer sewist. Then, Hanna Lisa assembles the bags, sews in the zippers, closes them up, gives them a last press and gets them ready for their new homes. All the packaging and shipping is done from her studio in Berlin.
We recommend to spot-clean your project bag should you get any stains on it. In a pinch, you can also wash it (after all, it's 100% made of natural ingredients), but if you do, we recommend you do it carefully and by hand with a bit of wool wash.