Lindsey Martin of Erin.Lane bags and New YARN THING Sponsor

Lindsey Martin of Erin.Lane Bags and New YARN THING Sponsor made room in her busy production time to erin.lane logo smallervisit the Yarn Thing Podcast with Marly Bird and share what’s new for 2015.

Lindsey and her Mom, Lisa, learned to knit with her aunt one Christmas. After losing needles and not finding needles cases ‘cute enough’, Lindsey convince Lisa to make on for her. She took it to her local knit night and everyone fell in love with it. At first they made them out of the kindness of their hearts but the demand made them realize very quickly that they had a business! In fact the knit group became market research.

In 2006, dad had to retire with disability, so Lisa and Lindsey began to work on the bags as a wholesale business. The aunt convinced them and MarlyNLindseysupported their adventure to Stitches South in Atlanta to sale retail the first time. Marly was a first customer there! (I love that they had a rule that only one of them could freak out at-a-time, because that first time is a giant step.) They went to Stitches Midwest, Stitches East and then Stitches West, getting feedback from people they meet at these events and others.

Lindsey says her mom was really good at matching fabrics. They often shopped at their local big box store, but they would sometimes have to venture off the beaten path, maybe all over town, to find things that looked good together. Now, she spends a lot of time online looking at several different distributors to match fabrics.

Last year, Lindsey broadened their fabrics available by working with designers. The first was Kristin Omdahl, and they were very popular at Stitches East this past October. Working with Spoonflower, she has also created bags for Marly Bird (!), Buffalo Wool Co., Bar-maids and Knitting Rose.

Marly’s favorite bags are the Two-fer, the Sock Bag and the XL project bags. Lindsey explained how the trial and error process for these designs, and the e-tablet cases made with adjust able magnets the same as the needle cases.  Check out the Erin.Lane Bags website, follow her on Facebook and Twitter and of course Etsy

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  1. Michelle says:

    Today we are having a blizzard in NH. So it was a time to get organized! I wish I had one of the adorable Erin Lane bags to help me organize me crochet and sock knitting supplies!

  2. Elise Thomasset says:

    Oh my gosh, what a fun interview today. Thank you for an hour of smiles on my walk this afternoon! I would love a chance to win an Erin Lane bag to organize my knitting supplies. I am going directly to the website to check them out, especially to find a new way to organize my needles, falling out of the felt fold-over, roll-up, tie-thing that just doesn’t work!

  3. Bonnie Jane says:

    Thank you for helping me think about organizing my patterns in a better place. I loved the interview and have loved purchasing several of your bags over the past 2 years. They are made so well and work so perfectly. I would love to use more of your bags and pattern organizer.

  4. DeeSadie says:

    OMG I must get one of those twofer bags!! They would surely help keep my two at a time socks stay neat and organized without tangles. I can’t wait to pick one up at Stitches West!

  5. hotknitter says:

    The twofer bags sound great for organizing yarn to prevent tangles. At Stitches I plan to check them out in person.

  6. Theresa says:

    I just loved listening to Lindsay talk about her bags. I’ve only been knitting for a short time but am always flummoxed on how to organize my knitting supplies. Right now, I keep all my DPNs in a box and use tote bags to carry projects. I’m a librarian so I never want for tote bags. I’m definitely getting myself organized though and plan on getting one of the needle cases.

  7. Jenny says:

    I really enjoyed the inteview with Lindsay today. So fun to hear the enthusiasm with which she approaches her business. I love organizing my knitting with various bags.

  8. jrouton says:

    Organization is a much needed for my needles!!! I love Lindsay’s designs and style!!! Your interview was so much fun with all the laughing and such.

  9. Annette says:

    Marly, this show had me crying with laughter….you both are my people! I LOVE The pattern keeper to organize my many page patterns. I love who many pages it cannot manage.
    Thanks again!

  10. Elaine says:

    Thanks for having Lindsey tell the story of Erin Lane Bags. I love that it was a joint venture of her’s and her mother’s. I checked out the web site looking for a bag to help me get organized. Oh my gosh! The choices are amazing – so many styles and gorgeous fabrics. I don’t want 1, I want 20!

  11. Abby M says:

    I can’t say I’m very good at organizing, but every little bit helps. I’m sure with enough coffee and Erin Lane products I’d be on the right track.

  12. Knitting Daddy Greg says:

    I am always on the lookout for great ways to organize my projects and my needles. I’ve heard about Erin.Lane Bags from lots of podcasters and have really wanted to try them out. I’m especially intrigued by the needle organizers. OK. Really, I just want all the bags. And organizers. And pattern keepers. And. And. And. 🙂

  13. Linda says:

    I loved hearing about Erin Lane bags. The twofer bag sounds like a great for organizing yarn to prevent tangles.
    Lmecoll on Ravelry

  14. Theresa B says:

    One of my goals for 2015 is organizing my knitting and crochet supplies. I hope to get a couple of Erin Lane bags to organize all of my WIPS. Thanks for a great podcast!

  15. Lori Nagel says:

    I love the fabrics. I loved the podcast and hearing the story of Erin Lane bags. I am looking forward to getting more organized in 2015.

  16. Audrey says:

    Organizing is the most challenging and ongoing struggle for any crafter. Perhaps some Erin Lane bags would help me oganize the clutter that’s always invading every nook and cranny of my house.

  17. Anita says:

    I love being organized. Hubby says if it isn’t moving that it is in danger of being thrown out. Not true but close to being true.. Knitting bags are a balm to the soul for those who love to be organized. Thanks for a great podcast.

  18. Raquel C says:

    Although I do put my patterns on my iPad, sometimes I just have to print them out because I can’t take looking at the screen all the time. I think the pattern keeper is such a great idea because I don’t have a system to keep my printed patterns organized. I pretty much carry them around folded up, which is probably just as bad as a zip-lock bag.

  19. Tiffany J. says:

    What a fun interview! I had heard of Erin Lane bags before this, but haven’t had a chance to try them yet. After listening to this podcast, I definitely plan to add some of these great bags to my bag stash in the near future. My husband says I have a “bag problem,” but he just doesn’t understand how good it feels to have each project housed in it’s own individual pretty bag. Besides, I really need something to hold and organize my needles because right now they’re just thrown into a bag and I have to dig through them all to find the one I want.

  20. Suzanne says:

    Organize is my word for 2015. I seem to get distracted when it comes to storing my knitting supplies so I bet Erin.Lane could keep me on track. I’m most interested in the two-fer bags as I often end up with snarly yarn balls when I make socks. Thank you for a great afternoon listening to you two.

  21. Carol says:

    I need to get organized in 2015! An Erin Lane bag would sure help me out. I love their styles and all the different fabrics. After hearing all about the Erin Lane story on the podcast, I can’t wait to check out their bags at Interweave Yarn Fest in Colorado! And, maybe get my first Erin Lane bag. Thanks for a great podcast.

  22. Phaye says:

    We moved into our new home a year ago and I still have not organized my yarn closet. I just dive in and dig….. Enjoyed hearing your interview with Lindsey. Love love the bags

  23. Wendy P. says:

    The Erin.Lane Bags are my favorites! While they do keep me organized, I really love them because they’re so pretty. I met Lindsey’s dad in the booth at Stitches East a couple of years ago and he was a sweetie!

  24. Cindy says:

    I have several of your bags which I purchased at Stitches East, sniff, they are not coming back to Hartford!! I love to organize so your bag are perfect or me….thank you!

  25. Margo says:

    This was the first podcast I have been able to listen to since moving a few months ago. I have been busy trying to get organized. I enjoyed hearing how Erin.Lane bags started.

  26. Jessica Paulauskas says:

    Erin.Lane bags are so thoughtful and adorable! The pattern keeper would be the perfect way to keep my pattern organized. Love that trifold design!

  27. Bethany Brenner says:

    I too have been working on organizing my knitting supplies, it’s amazing how much stuff one can accumulate 😉 I must say, another bag would help 😉

  28. Kim K. says:

    I love Erin Lane Bags! They are perfect for organizing all my knitting tools and I can’t wait to see her and her bags at Stitches West in a couple of weeks. A bonus is how fabulous and friendly Lindsay is. 🙂 Thanks Marly!

  29. Sally says:

    Such a great story! As a small business owner myself, I am always looking for ways to organize my studio and my fibercrafts.

  30. Vicki Lynch says:

    I just love the story of your company. I think the Two -fer bag just might help me keep the sock projects organized. Knitting two at a time means I have a constant tangle in the bag.

  31. Jo-Ann Gillette says:

    I loved hearing Lindsey tell her story of how she and her mother got started in the bag business. She speaks with so much passion, it inspired me get myself organized. I’ve been looking for a new bag, that would work for me. Thank you Marley for hosting a show that gives me much pleasure, during my long drive home from work.

  32. joyce hancock says:

    Another great story of a small company. Listening to the description of these bags makes me think I really need to get more organized with some nice bags. Keep up the good work!

  33. Mary Cast says:

    I love how nice the Erin Lane bags are and well they help you organize your projects and tools. I joined the bag club.

  34. Rhonda says:

    I love cute project bags to organize my knitting! Great interview and I really enjoyed hearing the erinlane story!!!

  35. Kristen W says:

    I organize and organize but then I don’t put everything away when I am done with it. Great interview and I love her bags.

  36. carrotmusic says:

    Another wonderful podcast! It was fun to hear how Erin Lane Bags came to be. Sorry to admit I don’t own one yet; I am forced to organize my knitting in ziploc bags and pillow cases…

  37. Julie says:

    I have been meaning to get my knitting organized with a lovely Erin Lane bag! The tablet case sounds amazing too!

  38. Debbie Rotondo says:

    Sometimes it’s so hard to keep projects organized. I like the XL project bag which I can use for a sweater or can put a few smaller projects in. At least that way, I know where they are when I want to work on them.

  39. Debra says:

    I love keeping projects in their own bags. The yarn is less likely to get tangled and it helps me stay organized! I bought my first Erin Lane bag at the beginning of the year. I just wish I could buy more!!! Great show!!

  40. Renee' C., says:

    So informative to hear about Erin Lane’s bags and how she and her mother started the business! It gave me hope as an older woman that it’s never too late to run with your ideas! She wouldn’t be proud of the way I organize my projects, Marly, as I’m one of those from the plastic baggy brigades! Guess I need to upgrade myself with classier organization using her bags!

  41. Lori Biamonte says:

    I just organized my yarn which occupies an entire bedroom in my house! I would love anything to help me maintain this organization. I love the Erin Lane bags. The fabrics are beautiful.

  42. Iryna B. says:

    Organize! – this is a key to any successful project! Lindsey, you made so many people happy! I would like to join the party

  43. Ruthie says:

    Erin Lane bags are so gorgeous and practical. I really need some to help me get organized. I especially like the barrel bags and the circular needle organizers. Thanks again for a great interview as always, Marly, and also thank you Tammy for your hard work!

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