10 Apr 2013

Two Book Bags

Falmer Book Bag by Moira Ravenscroft, Wyndlestraw Designs

In my last two blogposts, I have been extolling the virtues of knitted bags with fabric liners to bring out the best qualities of both media – the beauty of a knitted bag combined with the practicality of a fabric liner. 

I have gathered five of these into a collection, the Southampton Collection, and you can read more about the first two of these here and here

In today's blogpost I want to talk about two book bags which are also included in the same collection. 

Falmer Book Bag by Moira Ravenscroft, Wyndlestraw Designs

The first of these is the Falmer Book Bag which has a strong graphical design with red detailing set against a black basketweave background. The lower red inserts are knitted in while the top three dots are added afterwards by Swiss darning.

I selected a black canvas tote for the liner and replaced the short handles with long cotton webbing straps for a design that is easy to carry on your shoulder.

Southampton Book Bag by Moira Ravenscroft, Wyndlestraw Designs

The second book bag also features long shoulder straps, but this time in a contrasting colour. This is the Southampton Book Bag from where the collection takes its name. 

The outer bag is worked in a Four-&-Two Basketweave pattern from our Reversible Knitting Stitches book. This really catches the light in an interesting way giving a textural pattern of light and shade.

As a contrast to the Falmer Book Bag, this is worked a single navy colour but instead features contrasting straps and a dyed liner. I dyed the liner at the same time as the Sarasota Shopper using Dylon hand-dyes in "Bahama Blue" which has given an attractive turquoise colour for the inner bag. However, you could opt to work this design with a coloured bag or dye it in a more co-ordinating shade as per your preference.

Falmer Book Bag by Moira Ravenscroft, Wyndlestraw Designs

Inside, both bags include a inner tab with an attached carabiner which is very useful for clipping on an ID card, library pass or a set of house keys. 

Carabiner hooks come in a wide variety of colours and sizes. In the Falmer Book Bag I was pleased to find a perfectly co-ordinating black-and-red carabiner in my local hardware store and they also had a slim metallic turquoise one for the Southampton Book Bag. (You can see this one inside the previous photo of an open bag.)

Southampton Book Bag by Moira Ravenscroft, Wyndlestraw Designs

The bags can accommodate a good number of books to transport home from the library but are also a really useful size for a quick trip to the corner shop for some last-minute essentials.

I was also using the Southampton Book Bag as a camera bag the other day and it was really good for that. 

I kept the camera on its shoulder strap along with the bag straps, so that the camera just dangled inside the bag. The lenses were then easy to locate underneath. I put a spare battery and memory card into a small carrying pocket and clipped that to the carabiner and was good to go. I love bags that don't look like camera bags!

Southampton Collection by Moira Ravenscroft, Wyndlestraw Designs

The knitting patterns for these two book bags are available separately here, or as part of the Southampton Collection. All the patterns are available for instant download from my website.

I'll be back next time with some thoughts on how we can use knitted bags to reduce the amount of plastic we all use – just in time for Earth Day!

Until then, happy knitting!

Moira

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