I tat all over the place. I tat at home, I tat at my lunch break on the job, I tat on the train, I tat in waiting rooms, I tat standing in train stations, I tat in church. It helps me.
(I had a really nasty person who tried to make me stop tatting in church. She is ADHD - and my tatting distracted her. I told her she needed to take her Ritalin. She moved to another pew. And I still tat in church.) (Take that!)
Back to my subject at hand....
One of my favorite parts of tatting is that it is so very portable. I throw pots - but it's really hard to lug around a wheel and 20 lbs of clay plus tools. It's hard to lug a quilt you're working on. It is possible to knit on the go, but you'd better be doing something small.
When one tats outside of one's home environment, one has to transport one's tatting and accoutrements. But what to transport it all in? What do you use?
Here's a selection of what I use:
Altoids tins - love them. Just right for Clover shuttles and one project. I can shove them in my pocket and find them in my purse. But I can't put a ball of thread in them. And there's the minty smell.....
My funky little metal candy containers - found these at my favorite store, Target. (The candy included is long gone.) They're made like little metal lunchboxes and are almost twice as thick as Altoid tins. You can put smaller thread (Perle) in them, plus bigger shuttles, like the nifty Russian ones I use for major beading projects. But smaller projects rattle around in them. And they don't go in my pocket. (Although carrying them around by their cute handles is fun.) I use these for projects with a lot of supplies.
Last, but not least - the blue and white pencil holder. I like the cute animals on it. Found it on clearance at Office Max. (I be cheap.) It zips shut. It holds everything - including size 20 Lizbeth thread. I can fold a pattern and stick it in this. If I'm careful, I can put a crochet hool in it. And I can put two or three projects - in plastic bags - inside. It will squish into different sections of my purse. My current favorite.
By the way - I have a perfectly lovely tatting bag (like these) that someone made for me. But it's stuffed with HDT and shuttles. So it's not suitable for transporting stuff on the train. Stays at home, on my desk.
So folks, show me how you shelp your stuff!