We haven’t had a product review for a while, have we? (Other than books.) Let’s remedy that.
(Also, your comments on the previous post have left me wishing that I had tried that door.)
So. I was contacted by a company called Adore Haberdashery, because they were struggling to contain their excitement about a knitting/crochet bag that they’ve begun to stock. Given that I view walking to places as valuable knitting-time, this definitely sounded interesting. (I’m usually the woman you see wandering through the village knitting from a tatty old cotton tote bag, because my already low levels of shame sink further still when yarn is involved.) Adore offered to send me a sample for review.
Shall we have some introductions?
To the casual observer, this looks like an ordinary shoulder bag with a pretty, contrast lining. But you’re not a casual observer, are you? Because you understand the need for yarn.
To the knitter or crocheter, this, my friend, is a large project-on-the-go bag. Or even a project-sitting-beside-the-sofa-at-home bag. Gah, I’m beginning to sound like an advert. Why does this always happen?
Let’s stick to facts. It’s large. You could easily fit your jumper or cardigan-in-progress with its yarn in here, or possibly even a smallish afghan. And if your WIP is nowt more than a sock, then you’ll be able to carry it along with your book, your phone, your pineapple, and your stuffed badger. (What? Why are you looking at me like that?)
The thing that makes it definitely a yarniac’s bag is a pair of holes:-
Thread your yarn through one of these, and you’ll be able to comfortably knit, and walk, and knit, and walk. Thread a different yarn through each hole and you’ll be able to knit Fair Isle on your commute to work,* although in that case you might need to rig up some kind of selfie stick to hold the pattern chart aloft in front of you.
Seriously, though, the holes are smooth-edged, and are a useful design feature.
There are pockets, on the outside…
…And one tall thin one on the inside, for straight knitting needles. I’ve no idea why the needles in the picture below look as though they were badly Photoshopped into place, because they were definitely very much there when I took the photo. Weird.
I’ve spent the past few weeks thoroughly road-testing this bag as I walked around the village.
And as a treat for good behaviour, I even took it to pub knit-night. Let’s start with the things that I liked:-
- It seems extremely well-made, inside and out, from high-quality, sturdy, fabric. The seams and workmanship are immaculate.
- It’s spacious. Seriously. Yet somehow, it doesn’t look as though you’re lugging around some ginormous sack.
- It’s stylish, non-twee, and non-cutesy. Works for me. I love the lining. In fact, you could almost use it reversed:-
- The large outer pocket is handy.
And here are a couple of things that made me go ‘Hmm…’, because I’m a nit-picky old yarn-weasel:-
- The yarn holes are useful, but once you’ve started knitting through them, you’ll have to carry on until you’ve finished your ball of wool, unless you’re prepared to cut and rejoin. OK, this is right up there with ‘I sneezed’ in terms of life problems, but it’s worth mentioning.
- The pockets are great… but they could be greater. These five slim outer pockets are ideal for needles, specifically straights, and you can carry the slimmer sorts of crochet hooks in them too, but chunky-handled hooks or interchangeable needles are a no-no.
- The tall thin inner pocket is perfect for straight needles, but as someone who almost always uses interchangeables, or DPNs, or crochet hooks, the only things I can think of using it for are:-
- A nostepinne, which is at least yarn-related. I don’t own a nostepinne.
- Spaghetti. I do at least own some spaghetti, although I rarely knit with the stuff, especially when it’s raw.
…which is a shame, because it’s an otherwise tidy little storage-zone. Maybe a split half-way up would enable you to pop a pen or a crochet hook in there and be able to get it out again, whilst still having the benefit of the full height if you want to carry straights (or spaghetti).
So let’s sum up. You’ll love this bag if:-
- You knit with straights.
- Style matters, and cute brings you out in an unsightly rash.
- You need space, man, and lots of it. The stuff you knit is big.
You’ll maybe feel less keen if:-
- You’re a crocheter who uses chunky-handled hooks. You knit with interchangeables. You are obsessed with knitting teeny things like socks.
The bag is priced at £35, including free delivery, and they ship worldwide. Interested? Go take a look HERE.
∗ Do not attempt this if your commute involves driving a car. (Your tension will be rubbish.)