And not knitting. The downside to travel is there isn't anyone to make you Ginger Chicken Soup or Blackberry tea with Lemon Honey. So I decided to make a new knitting bag instead. It looks rather shiny in this photo but is a home decor fabric called Darjeeling Topaz. It has vertical 2 thread stripes of a plethora of colours all shot through a tea hued background.
I put in a side pocket for the phone. (Hate fishing for the thing, and don't even like to have to unzip the purse to get to it when I'm someplace crowded.)
I lined it with a decadent champagne coloured satin (again decor fabric) to make it easy to see items inside. There are pockets for a pen, lipstick, MP3, and my little notebook. I added a little snap tag thing to use as a yarn guide. Speaking of Lipstick I finally met one of my January goals - I used up an entire tube of lipstick. Gee 9 months.
I put two front zipper pockets (with some swearing until I remembered how to do it) on the outside for keys and my wallet. I wanted to keep them from being jumbled around with the yarn.
It's soft and I didn't add much structure because I wanted it to be light weight. The strap is 1.5 inches wide so it won't dig in and adjustable from long cross body style to a shoulder strap.
I stole the idea for it from a Steve Madden bag that I liked the weight and layout of but didn't like the colours and the strap wouldn't stay on my shoulder. (Do designers ever carry their own stuff around?) Sadly the Stone Mountain bag had to go back. It was too heavy. The bag weighed more than the stuff I usually carry around in it. My shoulders don't care for shoulder bags, and my personality doesn't care for Hand bags or fanny packs. Sigh. Wish me luck with this bag. Oh, and price...about 1/3 of the Madden bag.