Saturday, June 14, 2008

Excess Baggage

I stumbled upon this bag the other day when I was shopping for a kitchen cabinet:

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Naturally, my first thought was not, "Hey, what a great piece of luggage"(which is what it is), but, "Hey, what a great knitting bag!" I said as much to the shop owner, and her response was, "Isn't it a little big for a knitting bag?" Heh. Non-knitters have such limited imaginations.

Anyway, I resisted the temptation, even though it was marked way down from the original price. I resisted temptation for approximately 48 hours, then went back, panic-stricken that some other smart knitter would have seen the potential and snapped it up. It was still there, and it went home with me. It's an April Cornell design for "Isabella's Journey" bags, which might mean something to someone else, but I'd never heard of either one. All I know is that it's a beautiful, well-constructed bag that will probably outlive me. It's made with heavy upholstery-type tapestry fabric and has little metal feet so the bottom won't get bunged up. I love it.

Oh, and what's this? Is that...yarn...peeking out? Why, of course! (Oops, I typed "of curse" accidentally.)

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Best. Bag. Ever. It was the only one in the shop, but here's how you can contact them to see if they'll order one for you (since you, too, are a smart knitter.)

But wait, there's more! I came across the ad for this shop on Ravelry. Ravelry will be the death (or bankruptcy) of me yet. This is a spindle bag. Very cool, with a little pocket for your spindle to slip into and plenty of room for roving.

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Then there was this bag, and seeing as I'm doing socks all summer, I was a goner the moment I set eyes on it. It's an "Everything but the Knitting" bag, which comes with a wrist loop, a crochet hook in its very own little pocket, and a tin containing scissors, tape measure, stitch markers, and a yarn needle.

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The pictures on the Julip Bags site are much, much better than mine, so check it out. See how generous I'm being? I'm passing on links to all the good stuff. After I've ordered mine.

Ok, enough on the bags. I had planned to go to the local Worldwide Knit in Public Day event, and had even made plans with Abby to meet up there, but my body is not cooperating today. I'm having really bad neck spasms, and even a trip to the chiropractor and massage therapist yesterday didn't help. I have fibromyalgia, and I'm having one of those "hurt-all-over" days. I can't think straight, and I didn't have the energy even to shower and gather my stuff this morning and head downtown. I'm so frustrated by this. I'm sure there were a lot of people there that I haven't seen since I dropped out of the guilds I was in, and I really wanted to meet Abby. I had my spindle bag all packed up, because we were going to spin despite the fact that it's Knit in Public day. (Well, hey--you gotta have yarn before you can knit, right? Close enough.)

So I'm slogging around grumbling about how unfair it is that I can't make plans for anything because I never know if I'll be able to follow through. But I know it could be much, much worse. I'm otherwise healthy, according to numerous tests, so I'm going to shut up about it now.

Only one more week before the SOS contest starts! Off to work on something from The List. And to check out whatever Missy is baking that smells absolutely wonderful!

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