The things you find when you clean out a dusty old knitting bag... in my case these are things that I didn't put away because I don't really have a home for them. This is a symptom that it's time to organize my knitting!
Counter clockwise, starting at the top left:
1) directions for toe up socks from a class taken several years ago. They made sense during the class, but now they are useless;
2) red cotton stretch sock yarn (I wondered where that had gotten to);
3) a bunch of yarn ends from about three projects;
4) an antique doily knitted by my grandmother, stained but still beautiful. I was thinking maybe someday to use it for inspiration when making my own doilies - right, like that's ever going to happen;
5) directions for a "Prayer Shawl". It's an easy pattern, good for mindless knitting. Now it's waiting on my dresser to find a permanent filed-away home;
6) my copy of the important pages from Nancy Bush's "Folk Socks". I copied the pages in an effort to save the book from total destruction in the bottom of a knitting bag;
7) several pairs of double pointed needles that I don't use, but I don't really have a storage place for them... Note to self: make one of those needle cases for storing double pointed needles;
8) leftover yarn from a pair of socks finished sometime in 2004, I think.