I sometimes have misgivings about ordering from an online shop, especially one I've never heard of before. It's bad enough when I buy from a walk in store, where I can actually see the item before buying, yet it still falls apart after a few wearings; but buying from an unknown individual across the world is even more of a gamble.
I love how the suede underside of the pockets and flaps is exposed like piping. Since it's a larger bag, I'm thankful the straps and seams are durable enough for me to load it down if I have to. After seeing the craftsmanship she put into this bag, I wouldn't hesitate to buy another one someday. Though it seems that Ruta mostly sells smaller messenger bags, I've spotted a few more of her upcycled leather bags that I really love like this or this.
Sarah at KnitYorkCity's post about pouches and organization got me thinking yesterday about how I'm going to break this bag in over the summer. Whatever the occasion, yarn and needles will pretty much always be a fixture. But I like that the outer pockets are substantial enough to hold wallet, keys, and phone, since they usually get lost in my bags. They'll also be separate from my yarn. I hate nothing more than yarn getting tangled in keys or stuck to the velcro of my wallet. There's still plenty of room for my ipad, cable needles, stitch markers, and even a sweater-in-progress.
Speaking of bags, I can even fit my camera and an extra lens inside via the Ona bag. The Ona is my favorite camera accessory. It's a bag insert that can fit in any messenger bag or purse and transform it into a padded camera bag with dividers. I use it in my knitting bag, bike pannier, backpack, or to protect my camera in my luggage. The Ona bag obviously is a cat and dog hair magnet, too.
So I guess I'm ready to take it out on a big Knit in Public Day this Saturday. Knit in Public here means I knit in public all by myself, if not sit all by myself. I can't force my daughter to knit with me because she'll be at camp and that would be too similar to another favorite holiday: Embarrass Your Kids in Public Day. Sigh... I lack craft community.
Maybe I could go to a coffee shop and knit while chatting with my Ravelry KAL groups. I do have lots of online community. There's the Pour Moi KAL that is ending as the Nachtfalter KAL is starting up. I plan to knit the Riverine Pullover for the Pom Pom Quarterly Summer KAL and I can always count on The Summer Sweater KAL when everything else is winding down. But I've been thinking that it may be time for me to start a knitting group. My hesitation is that I'd have to teach people to knit and make time to show up regularly to get it going. I don't know how good I'd be at either of those things right now. If it took off, though, it would be very rewarding and worth the awkwardness.