Several of you commented on and/or asked for details about my purse, pictured in yesterday’s blog post. This:
It’s a new one — I bought it a few weeks ago when The Loopy Ewe had a 20% off sale. It’s an Offhand Designs bag and it is the Tonya bag, in the “Hip to Be Square” fabric.
As I write this, The Loopy Ewe has only one Tonya bag in stock — in the “Ebony and Ivory” fabric, pictured here. I almost purchased that bag instead of the one I got — I was torn between the two fabrics as I love them both.
I love this bag and have been carrying it since acquiring it. It’s a mid-size bag — the dimensions are 14″H x 15.5″W x 5 “D — and it holds quite a lot of stuff.
Here are the details of the bag, shamelessly lifted from The Loopy Ewe website:
- 24″ double velvet straps
- Circular frame closure
- 2 outside side pockets for keys, phone, or notions
- 2 inside pockets
- 2 inside pouches
- Inside zipper pocket
- 4 protective feet
- Faille lining
- Handmade in the San Francisco Bay Area
I love Offhand Designs bags and have several of them. They are extremely well-made and all (at least all of mine) are a wonderful cut velvet fabric. They all have lots of inside pockets, making organizing one’s stuff a breeze.
Anyhow, I’m pleased that so many of you got some good ideas for an emergency kit based on my post yesterday. Even if you live in an area with a lower likelihood of terrorist attack or dangerous weather, it never hurts to be prepared.
At the risk of really flogging this topic, here is a complete list of the essentials I have in my purse.
Keyring — on this keyring are house keys, office keys, computer anti-theft lock keys, and a tiny flashlight with a very powerful beam.
Wallet — I have an all-in-one checkbook wallet combo that I mentioned a while back in my blog. It is made by Lodis and has a surprisingly slim profile considering everything I pack into it: checkbook, cash, driver’s license, credit cards, insurance cards, postage stamps and a whole lot of other bits of paper with important information.
Cellphone — I have a web-enabled cellphone (LG Voyager) that works on the Verizon network — I can get and send email and text messages, browse the web, use a GPS function, take photos. Oh yeah, it also works as a phone.
iPod Touch — this connects to the internet wherever there is available wifi. It also is loaded with a number of useful applications — some that were preloaded, some that I acquired and loaded on it.
iPod — my everyday commuting iPod with earphones.
Digicam — a Canon Powershot SD 7700 with an 8 GB SD card. A small camera that takes great photos.
A sock-in-progress in a small bag.
I also have three little pouches acquired from Splityarn. In them are the following:
- An SD card reader for easy transfer of photos without the need for a camera cable.
- Two flash drives loaded with important documents.
- Extra cellphone and camera batteries. I always carry charged extra batteries with me. You never know when you are going to be in an emergency that involves long conversations on your phone.
- Moo cards
- A few doses of Sudafed and Claritin D
- Ponytail holder
- Lip balm and lip gloss
- Chibi w/ tapestry needles
- Tape measure
There you have it. The WendyKnits list of essentials. This is what I carry on a day-to-day basis to and from the office. Fully loaded, my purse weighs 5 pounds, so that is not too bad. I need to pay attention to the weight of what I schlep everyday, so I have the smallest most compact version of everything I need.
Here is Lucy’s carrier:
It has a picture ID of Lucy on it, and on the back end there is a zippered pocket, where I’ve put copies of Lucy’s rabies certificate, pet license, etc.
And here is Lucy:
I’ll go back to knitting talk in the next post. Honest.