Saturday, August 13, 2011

Review, Knitting, Pets

I've been itching for a new bag. One that would be good for everyday carrying, knitting, and one that has a good spot for my gun to be carried concealed (please, only do this in accordance with your state's laws regarding conceal carry!). I ordered this Namaste Zuma from Jimmy Beans Wool and it meets all my needs and expectations!

I chose the Zuma over the other bags for its size, appearance, and price. At 69.00 that price was right for a bag that had the things that I wanted. I originally ordered the Peacock color, but the nice ladies at JBW emailed me very quickly to say that it was out of stock and that they'd be happy to either send a color that was in stock or mail the rest of my order right then and send the peacock when it came in at no extra charge! Excellent service! I chose to go with Eggplant, which was in stock, and I'm happy with it.

The bag is large. It easily holds one or a few wips, my everyday necessities (keys, wallet, phone, etc), and then some. I love the accordian pocket in the front... my Grendel handgun fits perfectly in there... snug enough to keep it in place, nothing else in there to interfere with grabbing it or to cause a negligent discharge (something that always made me afraid to cc in a bag before... I want the gun to have its own separate place free from pens, lipgloss, or anything else that might pull the trigger), and roomy enough that I can grab it quickly if needed. The opposite side of the bag, on the back, there is a great little zippered pocket that is perfect for my keys and wallet and phone or any combination of those three things! The main part of the bag opens very wide and has open-top pockets inside for little things. I can easily fit my wips, notions kit, a small book, plus whatever else I want to carry with me at the time.

The faux leather is wonderful. I love leather, but it's too expensive for me right now! This bag is very attractive and wears great. I've already spilled something on it and have had both dogs and cats walk on it... all the spill took to clean up was a wipe down with a damp cloth and the bag has yet to get claw scratches on it.

I guess my only real "complaints," if you can call them that, are that the bag might be a little too large for me. I'm 5'2" so I'm a little self-concious about how large the bag looks on my shoulder. I really think that's just me, though, as I have received a few compliments on it already. Also, the straps don't both stay on my shoulder. Again, I think that has more to do with my size that anything else. The inside strap stays fine, the outside one falls. No real biggie, just an observation. All in all, I highly recommend this bag and Namaste in general!

The other part of my order... 2 BSA Pretty Cheep Bags. Very inexpensive and really cute. I need some bags for the move and these are great.

Here's my current go-to project for when I want to just sit and knit. It's the Oatmeal Pullover in Knit Picks Cadena, Seraphim colorway. I'm loving this sweater! It's an easy and quick knit and I think the result is very cute. My gauge is a little off, but I'm trying it on and it seems to fit ok. It's meant to be worn with a few inches of negative ease and I think, as far as I can tell, I have a good fit in this sweater. I really hope it's cute on me. Like I said before, at the very least I'll have an around the house sweater for my first Michigan winter.

Here's my progress on the Roma Shawl for the TTL KAL. It's slow-going!!! I'm using laceweight and that's really slowing things down. I have no idea how many repeats I've done... just going to stop when I think it's large enough. I haven't read ahead in the pattern to see how the edging is done, so I might have to do some maths when I get there. I like how it's looking, though. I really need to work on this more since it needs to be finished by September 20-something to qualify for the price drawing. I think it'll be my travel knitting for our upcoming move. I would work on it more now, but a full pattern repeat takes quite a bit of time at this point, so I don't have much opportunity. My last day at Walgreens, EVER, is the 19th, so I'll have a little freetime after that to give it more attention.

*sigh* What's wrong with this picture? No, not the fact that Charlie is exhausted and it shows, but the tiny little kitten that isn't Bams, Colt, Rocky, or Savage. Yep, that's a new one. Meet Red Ryder (named for the bb gun). We call her Red. I found this little thing IN THE DUMPSTER last week. Someone threw her away. She was so hot and weak/sleepy. We gave her a bath, fed her, then tried to decide what to do with her. Didn't plan on keeping her, but we named her and got a collar and tag for her, so she's ours. Colt's in love with her and she's in love with Charlie. Of course, I rescue the little thing and she prefers Charlie to me. Oh well, Savage and I have become buddies, so it's ok. Oh, and speaking of Colt, my poor little man broke his leg this week in a cat tree accident. He ran too fast, jumped too hard, and got crushed when it fell on him. He's gimping around on three legs, but we think he'll be fine.

How adorable is this?

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