Is it wrong to buy a pannier bag just for your knitting?
At the end of last year, I went car-free for 6 months as an experiment into transport poverty and to investigate the issue first hand. As a result, I now cycle and walk far more than I used to, obviously meaning my knitting needed its own bag for being carried on my bike. At least that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
So the hunt was on to find the perfect bag to carry my knitting. Now I don’t consider myself to be a follower of fashion, I’m certainly not the type to have 15 different handbags and to buy a new one each year. Camera bags, as my husband is quick to point out, is a different matter but I consider them ‘work’ bags (again my story and I’m sticking to it). As I’ve started cycling more my collection of panniers and ‘bike bags’ is also slowly growing. What was needed was a ‘handbag’ style bag that was suitable for shopping, knitting projects and also fit onto my bike.
Eventually, I settled on one by Dutch manufacturer Basil. I first came across their bags last year in Holland and loved them so I felt confident ordering one online. Then I had to contain my excitement during the ‘Beast from the East’ bad weather. The delivery man might have been able to brave the weather to delivery it (I’m not sure how he manage it if I’m honest) but there was no way I could go out to test it out.
So far I’ve only found two issues with it, neither a big deal. First is that there are no ‘compartments’ inside other than a small zipper bit. I carry my socks round in a small project bag but if I’m carrying a bigger project, such as a shawl, I don’t want it getting tangled up with everything else in there. This was easily solved by using an insert from one of my camera bags. The other is I’d have liked a fabric tab to hold while pulling the zip closed, a little annoying but not really a big deal.
It’s quickly become my go-to bag, even when not travelling by bike. That said I think it looks fab on my bike, and I can’t wait for warmer weather so I can go exploring the surrounding countryside on my bike with my knitting with me (for when I take a break and maybe a picnic lunch).