"Magic" Swift and everything in it
Last summer I bought an Indigo/Indigo Swift with which I am absolutely in love. I don't use it for knitting (although I did take up the craft a few months after welcoming the Swift), but it makes an amazing work bag in which I can carry all the following, with room to spare:
•my DSLR camera (Olympus 420 with pancake lens), swaddled in a Skooba Wrap
•a Yarn Stuff Sack which carries filters (in a repurposed neoprene floppy disk case); memory cards, a lens cleaning cloth, portable USB card reader, and two spare batteries in a small zippered pouch; and a 14-42mm lens wrapped in flannel
•two Mead Composition notebooks (my unplugged version of a laptop)
•whatever library book I'm currently reading
•various and sundry writing supplies, along with toiletries transplanted from my purse, in the two clear pockets; I love those pockets
•four Organizer pouches in which I carry my iTouch, Motorola Razr V9 cell phone, sunglasses, & several pens), all of which are clipped to O-rings (more than one item per ring)
•keys clipped to an O-ring
•a leather clutch-style wallet
•a Clear Organizer Wallet for additional credit and store cards. Sometimes I clip this to an O-ring, but often I place it inside one of the clear pockets
•I can even squeeze my 13-inch Macbook Unibody in there. Amazing! Although I have a Brain Cell inside an ID, and a Ristretto, sometimes I want to put everything in one bag, and the Swift can swallow it all. I keep the Macbook either in a soft, lightly-padded case that I sewed for it, or in a Flak Jacket, which is smaller and slimmer than the size 6 Brain Cell. The Macbook does stick up a bit above the top of the bag, but I'm still able to close the bag, and sling it over my shoulder.
I don't usually carry a water bottle; I'm worried about condensation or leakage from the bottle damaging the contents of the bag.
Those Poron straps on the Swift are magic: fully-loaded, the bag can get heavy, yet I find it easier and more comfortable to carry it all in the Swift than I do in my ID with the Absolute Strap. Go figure! Maybe it has something to do with the fact that the weight is distributed across two straps with the Swift, instead of just one on the ID. Or maybe the slightly more vertical “teardrop” shape of the Swift suits the shape of my body better (I’m a 5’8” female).
Note that with the camera and Yarn Stuff Sack/lens bag anchoring the bag at the bottom, it stands up fairly well. That depends, however, on how much I’ve got in the two clear pockets at the top of the bag.
The Swift is a magical bag.
A new convert's Swift list
I love this thread!!! I'm a knitter so after I had carried my Little Swift for a few months, I realized a few things. How much I loved the bag and Tom Bihn, and how much I wanted a bigger one for when I need to carry my laptop or books or a bigger project with my purse things. I bought the Cork Swift for my knitting bag, but I have since getting it realized how much it could be used for many other purposes. Here's how I packed it when I first got it:
In the main compartment:
large silver goknit pouch with a partial sweater body, partial sleeve and large skein of yarn. This is tethered with a regular Key Strap (the one that came with the Swift)
Large Iberian Stuff Sack (empty and waiting for a project) clipped in with Cayenne Key strap
Small Wasabi Clear Organizer Pouch with crochet hooks, teenie scissors, cable needle, and Pen/Pencil
Medium Clear Organizer Pouch in Plum awaiting project pattern with pattern keeper inside and tethered with Plum Key Strap.
Thriving Family Magazine
Hard Cover Elizabeth Zimmermann Knitting Around
Folded Large Shop Bag
On the button side pocket I have:
small tin of clips for seaming
120" measuring tape
Finger LED light
HK folca with stitch markers, needle holders, needle gauge and mini snips within
On the tab side I have:
a small notebook for pattern notes
pen for said notebook
Burt's Bee's Hand Salve
I have plenty of room for more like my 12" notebook, more knitting projects, several of the kid's things or my clutch purse.
I have been moving things around between my Little Swift and Swift since I packed this and took this picture. I've found plenty of room in the pockets to put in knit helper cards, my Flip, camera and Sony eReader.
I love the simplicity of style of these bags combined with the high functionality.
I didn't understand the organizer pouches until I had an aha moment a week or so ago that never again do I need to have anything in my bag not contained and easy to find and keep clean. I also "get" that instead of making a bag with a ton of pockets sewn into it, thus limiting using the bag to just the purpose intended, having a bucket style with potential of 2 pockets, or 12 makes it infinitely adjustable to whatever my current needs are. Genius!
I love bags and purses and have had quite a few various styles and manufacturers, but I have not found any like the Swift and Little Swift. They just work and I love that about them! After searching for a long time, they are exactly what I need. I'm so glad that the last bag search I was on I took the TB plunge.