and thought I'd share the information about it. I ran across this Ravelry forum thread entitled "Great Bag"
, where a member had posted photos of the bag she purchased and was letting others know that the bag(s) are on sale on Joann.com
. The bag is a JanetBasket Eco bag. The pictures she (and now others) have posted were really interesting. After debating it for a while, I decided to order bags for myself and my sister because the bags are 50% off at Joanns.com right now. Well, I just received mine and it is amazing! Since I can now verify the wonderfulness of this bag, I decided to share here. This thing is really huge (18" x 12" x 10") and it is incredibly well made. It is made of medium weight canvas and is lined. Has a LOT of pockets for yarn, notions, and some of the styles have a large pocket that runs the length of the bag where you can store patterns so they don't get creased. If you're in the market for a new bag, I'd recommend looking at the Ravelry thread that has pictures of the bag and reading other folks comments. I don't know how long the Joann's sale will be going on but half-price just makes the bag even nicer. And before you ask...no, I do not work for Joann's or JanetBasket, LOL. I'm just really happy with my new acquisition. And BTW, so is my sister with hers!
The things I love about the bag:
1. THE PRICE! My bag was only $17.49US (regularly $34.99) and since I used a free-shipping coupon, I feel like I got a steal-of-a-deal!
2. It has a metal frame that supports the zipper so the bag stays open and doesn't fold in on itself. You can open it, put it by your chair and it will stay that way!
3. It has rubber feet so the bottom of the bag stays clean and the canvas material is not being constantly abraded so the bag will last.
4. It is HUGE so you can store all your wips, patterns, needles, and notions, etc. I currently have in mine my two knitpicks needle binders, my basspro double worm bag which is what I store my notions in (it is about the size of the two binders together), 4 wips in gallon-size Ziploc bags, 6 skeins KP Comfy worsted (small skeins), and 2 skeins KP Brava worsted (large skeins), and it isn't full yet.
5. My bag has rings to which you can attach a shoulder strap. Some of the bags come with the rings and some don't (the shoulder straps have to be purchased separately). If you go to the JanetBasket.com site
, you can see which bags come with the rings for the shoulder strap.
6. The bag is versatile. It doesn't look
like a "knitting bag". It could be used as an overnight bag or even a diaper bag (because of all the pockets).
7. It can be closed so you don't find little "surprises" in there after the grandkids visit. (Mine are always dropping little toys (cars, balls, etc.) in my now former knitting bag.) Also, it has two closure methods. One method lets you zip it closed into a rectangle. If you want more protection (or if you are carrying it), you can close it in a triangle. I'm not explaining it well. Go look at the pics and you'll see what I mean.