Oops. I had hoped to somehow schedule this for late November but apparently these posts don’t magically write themselves when I’m knitting. As can probably be ascertained by last week’s post, I am very particular about the products I buy. I try to limit my Stuff, and if I do add something new, I want it to be well made so it will last (I still wear a wool skirt I was given in 1994).
I initially planned to wax poetic about the Little Swift, but once it made its encore appearance it quickly sold out. More than once. Maybe you acquired one. Maybe you picked up its bigger sibling, the Swift. Maybe you found this post by chance and are curious about all the fuss around Tom Bihn bags.
So I’ve changed what I’m writing about. I’m not going to talk about the specifics about a bag that is not currently in production. Instead, I’ll focus on the craftsmanship and thoughtful design in every one of Tom’s bags and how amazing his entire crew is. This post will focus on highlighting three accessories I use every day, some I’ve used for several years.
A shoulder strap
First, let’s look at the absolute strap. I initially purchased mine for my co-pilot in 2010. For the past 6.5 years it’s served me not just with my co-pilot but with other bags as well. This humble strap travelled to Budapest this summer, making a week of travel and a sprint through an airport while an international flight was held specifically for us, a piece of cake. It still looks nice and neat. I abused it dreadfully when I commuted in NYC with it. It is magical. It’s a nonslip, ergonomically curved pad — made of soft, durable neoprene — with comfortable stretch backing to make bags feel 50% lighter and 100% more comfortable. Really.
A tool pouch
Next, the knitting tool pouches. I preferred my binders and it took me until this year to acquire some. I’ve changed how I work within my house and now use my original/full-sized Swift as an around-the-house project bag. I like that my interchangeable needle tips are tidy and that I don’t need to go into my basement studio in order to swatch. (The overflow still exists in those binders. I have many needles and hooks!)
A key strap
Finally, key straps have changed my life. They snap onto the o-rings of my various bags. I make longer ones by using an o-stitch marker to connect them. I no longer lose my keys. I repeat I haven’t misplaced my keys in years. While I’m driving the key is in the ignition, at every other time, it’s attached to the strap. (I probably should look into doing something like this for my phone. It’s always on walk-about.)
You can find my Tom Bihn bag review posts over at my personal blog, Penguin Girl.