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Swift in Hemp/Recycled Rubber - Tom Bihn All TOM BIHN Stuff

The Swift is a shoulder bag specifically for knitters and crafty types, designed by Tom in collaboration with the readers of Knitty® magazine. The Swift's 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 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.

The Swift is available in multiple colors and fabrics, although the features, layout, and size remain the same in all versions. The Swift in Hemp/Recycled Rubber is made of a fabric produced in the U.S. from postconsumer recycled tires, with a bonded overlay of sustainable hemp. We tested this fabric extensively (ourselves and with a team of volunteer testers) for everything from durability to smell. The results? This fabric — though with a look of delicacy due to fine strands of hemp standing out that one tester likened to a raw-silk look — is durable and extraordinarily unique. Note: as it's made out of recycled rubber, this fabric does have a slight rubber smell at first. We don't find it noticeable, but we'd be glad to send you a swatch if you'd like to smell for yourself.

Also available are the original Swift in 1050 denier U.S. made ballistic nylon and The Little Swift, which is — you guessed it — a smaller version of the Swift and is also available in recycled rubber/natural hemp.

Inside the Swift 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. 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 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.

Knitty® is a registered trademark of Knitty magazine, used with permission.


Exterior of hemp/recycled rubber
.016" clear urethane inside pocket fronts
200 denier Dyneema®/nylon ripstop inside pocket backs
#8 YKK coil zippers on pockets
PORON® foam handles


Made in USA
100% finished seams


Dimensions: 7.5" x 12.5" x 13.5" / 190 x 320 x 340 mm
Weight: 1 lb 12 oz / 785 grams
Volume: 950 cubic inches / 15.5 liters (ASTM Standard Measure)

Swift in Hemp/Recycled Rubber

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…

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Swift: $90.00
Yarn Stuff Sack
Yarn Stuff Sack: $14.00 - $20.00
The Little Swift
The Little Swift: $80.00
Knitting Tool Pouches
Knitting Tool Pouches: $13.00 - $15.00