Seriously, I could have 100 different bags. Depending on what I'm carrying, the time of year, and my mood my needs in the bag department can vary greatly.
The applies especially to knitting bags. I'm always on the lookout for the latest and greatest. Mostly my shopping is confined to the theoretical. In reality I need only two knitting bags: one big and one small--and I have them. My fantasy life involves bags with flaps, bags with zippers, bags of sturdy materials, and bags of shimmery silk (for those times when the WIP wants to play dress-up). There would be small bags for socks, and large bags for sweaters. There would be winter bags and summer bags, travel bags and work bags.
So, if I were to indulge these fantasies, which bags would be added to my collection?
The last time I was in New York, I spent some time at the Brooklyn Industries store. There, I tried very, very hard to convince myself that this would be a practical purchase for an everyday bag:
But in the end I knew better and the bag stayed on its little hook. The bag doesn't match my current coat, and the price was a little more than I wanted to pay for something that wouldn't be an everyday bag. Still, I like it. And, for a weekend-on-the-go shoulder bag for the spring, it would be perfect. I would, then, of course require another, similar, bag in a neutral color. Straw, perhaps? [See, this is my problem.]
Then Knitsmith Shannon shows up with this fabby Namaste Bag. Hello, indeed! What knitter doesn't want a Namaste bag to throw over her shoulder? Unfortunately, the shoulder strap on Shannon's bag was having some serious problems after only a month of use. I want to see if the problem is an anomaly, and how it will be addressed by the company before I make my move.
If I were to design my own bag, I would spend waaaay too much time here. First, because it's fun to play with bag shapes and color combinations and second because the possibilities are endless. Don't be fooled, although the home page seems very girly, I'm sure that there are some subdued and serious fabrics lurking inside. I remember that just before Ingrid left us for the mountains of Colorado, she engaged in some retail therapy and indulged herself in a couple bags from 1154 Lill.
Vicarious shopping: always practical and a lot easier on the ol' checking account!