I have been using this bag Tom Bihn Swift Bag for about two weeks and I am sold. I have been in search of the perfect bag for some time now and this bag is really close. When I shop for a knitting bag I look for a bag that stands up on its own. The bag also has to have pockets to sort out the knitting from non-knitting and canít have anything that will snag the work in progress (which eliminates any bag with velcro). Also, the bag has to allow access to the work in process (WIP) and will hold the WIP while I work on it (having the WIP fall out of the bag while I work on it is definitely not a good thing). Finally, the bag has to be roomy, but not too roomy, and I want to be able to carry or hang it on my shoulder.
According to the Tom Bihn website this bag was designed based on input from the readers and contributors at www.knitty.com. Having a knitter actually tell you what works in a bag is fabulous. Knitters, just like any other group, has distinct needs in their bags. First, let me describe the features, two clear zippered pockets, one large open space, two clips attached to the inside of the bag, two o-rings to clip things to (I use mine for my keys), two half pockets (perfect for holding a bottle of water), and a stuff sack with a clear plastic bottom (to better to see your project) and a grommet to thread your yarn through. Tom Bihn also offers other sacks that hold needles and accessories.
The large main pocket holds either one project or stuff sacks holding multiple projects. I have been using one of the clear pockets to hold what I normally store in a purse and the other pocket to hold knitting accessories. In the large pocket I have a sweater body, a stuff sack with the sleeves for the sweater, a stuff sack with an in-process sock, a stuff sack with an-in-process scarf, a book, and a bottle of water that is being held upright in one of the inside pockets. Attached to one of the clips is a smaller zippered pouch holding my cell phone. In other words, what Iím trying to say is that it holds everything I need when I walk out the door. Finally, it is comfortable with padded handles and depending on the color it is made of Cordura or Ballistic nylon (both fabrics clean when wiped off with a damp rag) and the bag stands up on its own. For those with a casual lifestyle and those who do not want to carry both a purse and a knitting bag this bag is perfect.