Thursday, December 9, 2010

My very own Mary Poppins bag

I've served as President of the Riverbend Fiber Arts Guild for the past two years. At our guild's holiday lunch this year, the members surprised me with this beautiful lime green Namaste (pronounced nahm-a-stay) bag as a "Thank You" gift. What a cool bag (and a most appreciated gift)! They got it at YLS, R and M Yarns. It has inside and outside pockets, zippered compartments, an inside divider, magnetic closures, handles, a detachable shoulder strap, and it can hold aaalll kinds of yarny and fiber arts stuff!
I brought my new treasure to my Lace Knitting class to show my students. With all the yarn, knitting, and accessories that was packed inside, they called it my "Mary Poppins" bag. How appropriate! It's "practically perfect in every way," wouldn't you say? Remember when Mary shows up at the Banks' household and unpacks her carpet bag? Out comes a myriad of things, including a potted plant. Here's what's packed inside my bag:
1. the pattern for my WIP (work-in-progress) cabled shrug;
2. an inspirational hank of hand-spun alpaca yarn from fellow Riverbend Fiber Arts Guild member, Susan Darling, of My Little Darlings Alpaca Farm;
3. hanks of Berroco Ultra Alpaca for my colorwork knitting class;
4. my WIP cabled shrug using Classic Chunky by Universal Yarn;
5a. Poems (one of my favorites) by Universal, and 5b. Fibra Natura Mermaid by Universal, for a colorwork cowl I'm designing and writing a pattern;
6. skeins of Lanaloft by Brown Sheep for a class project;
7. my plastic pencil box with scissors, stitch markers, tape measure, sock dpns, etc.;
8. small balls for knitting class demonstrations;
9. my custom designed and quilted knitting needle roll (16" long and 13" in diameter) made with fabrics by Blank Quilting (this roll fits flat in the bottom of the bag);
10. Clover's zippered hippo hard case for my cable needles and crochet hooks
11. "Knitting New Scarves" by Lynne Barr, with 27 modern scarf designs using innovative techniques;
And, an outside pocket holds my business cards.

I'd say my new Mary Poppins bag is "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!"
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