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The Swift in Cork - TOM BIHN Holiday Gifts

    The Swift in Cork

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    This design has been retired: that means we don’t make it anymore. While it was once much appreciated, it has decided to step aside so that there’s room for the new designs that we are continually developing. Stay tuned…

    The Swift in Cork

    The Swift in Cork is a shoulder bag specifically for knitters and crafty types, designed by Tom in collaboration with the readers of Knitty® magazine. The tote-bag design allows its contents to be easily found: you'll never have to waste time searching inside deep caverns for small lost items. The Swift in Cork is made out of real cork fabric from Portugal. Cork fabric is a durable, handsome material made from real cork bark. Cork fabric holds up exceptionally well over time, and the darker sections of its pattern will deepen and become richer with age. Cork is known for the sustainability of its production. Harvesting of the cork bark is performed by hand and does not harm the tree. After harvest, a new layer of cork bark will grow, and the tree will be ready for harvest again ten years later. Oak woodlands in Spain and Portugal, known as dehesas or montados, have been used to produce cork and graze livestock for hundreds of years, making them a haven for wild birds and the endangered Iberian Lynx.

    Pet/animal hair does not stick to Cork and the "lining" of the Cork fabric is very soft and nonabrasive to fibers. And due to the natural variation in cork, no two Swifts in Cork will be alike.

    The Swift Story:
    In 2005, we held a contest with Knitty® magazine and asked their readers to tell us everything they would like to see in the ultimate knitting bag — from colors, materials, and style of bag to functionality, accessories, and size. We received a flood of entries and suggestions. Tom made a few prototypes and sent them off to the editors of Knitty® for review; they responded with their ideas and thoughts. And, when the final design was ready for debut, the editors of Knitty® held a naming party. Many great names were suggested, but the winning entry was chosen because it has significance to knitters but doesn't designate the bag as solely for knitting: it's a great bag for all kinds of crafts, and many folks will find its clear pockets and stuff sack useful features in an everyday bag. Special thanks go to Amy and all the editors and readers of Knitty® magazine: we (really) couldn't have done it without you.

    Inside the Swift in Cork are two clear urethane pockets backed with our Japanese Dyneema®/nylon ripstop fabric. The pockets mirror each other, and they close with strong #8 YKK zippers. Above one of these pockets you'll find an O-ring with a key snap attached. On each end of the bag's interior is another O-ring. The O-rings are designed to allow you to clip the included Medium Yarn Stuff Sack (Clear Bottom, in Steel) to the left or right side of the bag. And, of course, you can clip additional Yarn Stuff Sacks to the O-rings.

    The included Medium Yarn Stuff Sack (Clear Bottom, in Steel) is made of the same Dyneema®/nylon ripstop fabric that backs the clear urethane pockets of the Swift in Cork. This Yarn Stuff Sack can accommodate a large ball of yarn. It has a drawstring top, and it includes a feature knitters will immediately notice as indispensable: a triangular clip open/close grommet to feed yarn through. The clear urethane bottom allows you to quickly see what the Yarn Stuff Sack contains.

    Additional Yarn Stuff Sacks, available in a wide variety of sizes and colors, are available for purchase here.

    The remaining interior of the Swift in Cork is devoted to space: lots of it. For custom organization, add Clear Organizer Pouches or Clear Quarter Packing Cubes. A button closure secures the top of the bag, which, unlike a zipper, won't fray yarn or projects. The handles are the ideal length for carrying in hand or on the shoulder, with the highest quality PORON® foam padding them.

    A smaller version of the Swift in Cork — The Little Swift in Cork — is available. Also available are the Swift and The Little Swift, both available in a variety of fabrics and color combinations.

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