Knitting Bag

On January 13, 2011, in bag, by Anna

So the time had finally come to replace my knitting bag.  For the past few years, I’ve had a delightful bag from Mina Widén that was actually especially designed for me.  The model was called flip-flap, as the lid just closed by flapping over.  The exterior was black and discreet, and looked very stylish, if I do say so myself, and the inside was lined with pink, yellow and brown trolls that made me smile every time I looked inside.  The bag has been everywhere with me, including on our trip to India, Geneva, various places in Canada and the US.  And of course all around Ottawa and surroundings, and all the hockey arenas around.  :-)

Unfortunately, it’s been so well used that I’ve worn it out from the inside.  The lining is completely worn through in several places, and each time I use it, it only gets worse.  At some point, I’m hoping to be able to replace the entire lining and give the bag new life, but sewing is not one of my specialties, and I’m still working up the courage to do it.

In the meantime, I decided to start looking for a brand new knitting bag.  I looked all over the place, but with the help of some Ravelry friends (in particular Marylu and Katey), I found the Swift bag from Tom Bihn.  They were both very helpful in answering all my questions about the bag, and in the end it seemed that it would be very well suited for me.

I tend to carry my knitting bag not only all around the house, but also out and about.  Almost everywhere I go.  I always have at least 2 projects in there, and my little finishing case, and the iPad.  I use the iPad for all my patterns these days, so I don’t have to print them out.  With all the changes I make while I knit, I’m sure I’ve saved lots of trees by refraining from printing.  And I almost always have a book with me too.  Just in case.  And a couple of sheets of graph paper, and a pencil.  And my new fingerless mitts so I don’t freeze while knitting in the arenas.

All that fits quite comfortably in the bag.  It’s not overstuffed at all.  I also really like the cork-fabric.  It looks really neat, I think.  And I’m told it will darken as it ages.

So far it’s been really good.  The true test will come this weekend, when we’ll be going all over town for hockey practices and a special birthday dinner.  :-)