It's been over a week, my thoughts on my Co-Pilot, FJN, Cork Kindle Pouch and CQPCs
I adore this order. I think it was my most fun. The reason being is I had specific (and in my mind creative) plans for each of these and it added an element of mystery as to whether or not they would actually work out as well as they would in my mind.
Each one worked out better!
First let me start with my Co-Pilot. I feel so lucky to have scored a Steel/UV one. It's so cute. It's like a little mini brief/baggage. So far I've only had the opportunity to carry it once. To church. I packed into it a TON and could have fit more!
I removed the metal zipper pulls and installed the included corded ones. I love the look of the bag with the corded pulls.
My packing list:
Right Front my oversized not yet replaced sunglasses case
Center Front small Stuff Sack with single skein crochet WIP
Left Front my slimline bible and 3 pens
In the Rear:
original iPad in Apple Case
2 letter sized folders, one poly plastic, one moleskin paperboard, each containing approximately 7 sheets of paper
thin activity book of tear out bible puzzles
FJN and Kindle Keyboard in Kindle Sleeve in rear pocket.
I chose to not use my Absolute Strap. It wasn't needed and I wouldn't have carried it cross body or over my shoulder with what I was wearing. Depending on how long I am carrying or what it is loaded with, I can see the AS being a great accessory for the Co-Pilot.
I agree with other's comments that the Co-Pilot is like a little messenger version of the Synapse. I'm looking forward to my first opportunity to use it as an overnight bag. And also my first opportunity to use it as an overnight bag with my UV Synapse! I will be taking a car trip this weekend and I think I will be carrying my Co-Pilot as my "car bag" to house reading material, knitting and refreshments.
The FJN is a piece that I've fantasized over for a few months, but finally decided I had reached a point of organization that it would actually be useful to me. I am using it as a mobile mom office complete with planner/organizer pages and also as a sketch/idea book for notes and simplistic doodles. I tried to accomplish this with my iPhone (which works great with alarms and reminders), but I couldn't figure out a way use my lists electronically. Paper works better for me for lists, and my day planning is done with lists. I wish I had the artistic skills of some of the other forum members, but I don't. But I feel like I am really doing something when I doodle in my FJN.
I chose to remove the strap currently as I like to nest my FJN inside of my other TB bags. It's significantly smaller than I was originally thinking. I like it like that. I was envisioning huge binders like my Franklin Covey systems had been and wondering how useful this could actually be to lug around. My FJN fits inside of all of my other TB bags (except my Side Effect). I have even carried it inside of my MCB! I like how it's completely encased with the splash proof zippers because even if it takes a dump or some other scary fate, my important papers are safe.
Zuri (my 4 year old daughter) LOVES my FJN. Whenever I have it out, she comes over and asks to doodle on the paper. She has left me so many presents therein. When I look back at my pages, I will be reminded of her innocence and cuteness of the stage she is now in.
I love how I can fit in so many different writing and drawing instruments. With trying to develop my drawing and sketching I carry a small assortment of pens. (I haven't added in watercolor pencils, or drawing pencils but I plan to once I find some I like)
I love how the Kindle Pouch keeps my Kindle scratch free and conveniently available. It slips perfectly into the rear slip pocket on my FJN. The widened top aids in retrieving the Kindle from the vertically oriented pouch. Once again, a great design. I love the Cork fabric. Each piece I own, I treasure. The natural variations in the fabric, depth, texture and tones work together to make such a soothing piece that begs to be held and caressed. I can see this pouch being useful long after my poor Kindle has died.
And finally, my Clear Quarter Packing Cubes. One (UV) hasn't been used yet. It's in my Western Flyer awaiting it's maiden voyage on this weekend's trip. The other (Steel) has become my mobile knitting kit. I LOVE THIS KIT!!!
I keep in the front side:
Hiya Hiya Stainless Steel Small and Large Interchangeable needles in Hiya Hiya Wallet
HIya Hiya Bamboo Small Interchangeable needles in Hiya Hiya Wallet
Kinki Amibari Exchangeable Needle Sets in sizes 1-15 in KA Wallet
mini Cork OP with 9" cable needleswith Deborah's Garden Needle Gauge on the clip
Karat Stix Bamboo Crafter's Rule
In the back I keep:
a 120" dritz measuring tape
small OP with crochet hooks steel and bamboo
small OP with 4 sets of 5" dpns
small OP with stitch markers and Puppy Snips on the clip
mini OP with Cabling needles and fix-a-stitch tools as well as Hiya Hiya mini crochet hook
mini OP with needle holders
mini OP with tiny hair clips for seaming
3 way Stadetler writing tool
and there is room to spare. My Nostepinde fits, but I only take it when I travel as I use my mechanical ball winder at home.
I keep this in my Plum/Black Swift (knitting bag) so that when I'm out and about I can work on any stage of a project, (swatching, transition, starting a new section, changing colors, finishing, etc.) It's so compact though, it will work nicely when I travel as well. For all that it holds, it's an extremely compact package.
I think that TB's theoretical design for a crafter's case to hold various tools could easily transition from the CQPC and the set up I describe above.
The design would be complete with adding mini versions of the Freudian Slip that fit into the footprint of the cube (I think a fitting name would be the Palette). Each Palette would need slots and pockets on front and back like the Freudian Slip or my needle wallets of varying widths, sizes and depths and graduations. There could even be Palette (1,red,a), Palette(2,blue,b), etc. to allow for more variations. Each one could have a different color trim/binding to differentiate it and set it apart. This way, crochet hooks, interchangeable tips, double pointed needles, pencils, markers, pens, paint brushes, makeup brushes, and other small cylindrical tools could be fitted into sleeves that in turn fit into the cube. Each crafter/artist would purchase the sleeves and pouches to make their perfect kit. The system would be modular and infinitely customizable as TB bags and accessories are. It's application could carry over to a handbag organizer, but the small size would allow it to be useful inside of even some of the really small TB bags like the SCB, PCSB, FJN, Co-Pilot and Little Swift!
I know I got a bit rambly here, but I get excited about this because my little CQPC worked out so much better than I imagined it would and setting up my kit was fun because two of my favorite things, fiber arts and TB worked together WELL in the same bag!