Don’t you love it when a plan comes together? Me too and though some haven’t worked out lately, this one did. I ordered a recycled leather bag/ knitting bag from the Ruta Design shop and it was even better than it’s Etsy description.
But after looking all over the web for interesting knitting bags or could-be knitting bags, this was the only one I really wanted. It’s made from a quilted, leather jacket and was a reasonable price (even after shipping from Lithuania?!), especially when you consider how expensive a good knitting bag can be.
When it came it was even nicer than I’d hoped. The quality of the quilted leather, stitching, lining, suede, inner and outer pockets, and swivel clasps, and removable strap… all so nice.
I love how the suede underside of the pockets and flaps is exposed like piping. Since it’s a larger bag, I’m thankful the straps and seams are durable enough for me to load it down if I have to. After seeing the craftsmanship she put into this bag, I wouldn’t hesitate to buy another one someday. Though it seems that Ruta mostly sells smaller messenger bags, I’ve spotted a few more of her upcycled leather bags that I really love like this or this.
Sarah at KnitYorkCity’s post about pouches and organization got me thinking yesterday about how I’m going to break this bag in over the summer. Whatever the occasion, yarn and needles will pretty much always be a fixture. But I like that the outer pockets are substantial enough to hold wallet, keys, and phone, since they usually get lost in my bags. They’ll also be separate from my yarn. I hate nothing more than yarn getting tangled in keys or stuck to the velcro of my wallet. There’s still plenty of room for my ipad, cable needles, stitch markers, and even a sweater-in-progress.
So I guess I’m ready to take it out on a big Knit in Public Day this Saturday. Knit in Public here means I knit in public all by myself, if not sit all by myself. I can’t force my daughter to knit with me because she’ll be at camp and that would be too similar to another favorite holiday: Embarrass Your Kids in Public Day. Sigh… I lack craft community.
Maybe I could go to a coffee shop and knit while chatting with my Ravelry KAL groups. I do have lots of online community. There’s the Pour Moi KAL that is ending as the Nachtfalter KAL is starting up. I plan to knit the Riverine Pullover for the Pom Pom Quarterly Summer KAL and I can always count on The Summer Sweater KAL when everything else is winding down. But I’ve been thinking that it may be time for me to start a knitting group. My hesitation is that I’d have to teach people to knit and make time to show up regularly to get it going. I don’t know how good I’d be at either of those things right now. If it took off, though, it would be very rewarding and worth the awkwardness.