I am soooo not a bowler, so don’t let the title fool you. I bowled for the first time in about 20 years earlier this month, only because it was truly a part of a board meeting.
I digress. This beautiful box was packed within a typical brown box on my front porch last night. (Gotta’ love that UPS delivers between the time the Knight leaves for his meeting and I get home.) What you can’t see from this angle is the pretty faux quilting on the side of the lid, to match VB‘s bags. I’ve spent a not so small fortune on VBs, yet not once was one ever presented in such grand style. I don’t think my local vendor for VB will be getting much of my business. At the current gas prices, $4.50 for shipping to get a classy presentation is worth it for me to shop from my seat. I like to feel valued as a customer.
Back to the bag, the Vera Bradley Bowler in Petal Pink. Gals, we’re close. VERY close. I tested it last night around the house, and I’m actually going to list the cons first.
Cons: It’s still a little too structured and too thick at the base to really be the bag of my dreams. I can’t carry anything too heavy around to shop, but this is thick enough that I wouldn’t even want to try to schlep it around on a yarn crawl or something. It will be fine for short hauls, from the car to the knitting guild/knit night meeting, but I’m betting it will be to bulky to live at my feet on road trips too.
Big con. I have to unzip that outside pocket, and even then, this very standard catalog (but with a higher/thicker grade of paper, so it’s not flopping forward like say… Creative Knitting’s thin pages would) just barely fits. Not the pocket I really want, especially with that zipper there.
And last but not least, sometimes VB bags wear well, and sometimes they don’t. Has anyone tried to make her own bag out of Sunbrella or something of the sort? Sissy’s going to slime this one soon; I see it coming. She’s certainly not a dry-mouthed hound. Yes, they say you can hand wash or dry-clean these bags, but I’ve bothered to try. I live in a podunk world without 2-hour dry cleaning, and who wants to drop off her favorite bag for a week?
Now, for what I do like. The bag opens up wider than Sissy’s mouth. The magazine does fit in the interior well enough. There are a couple of small pockets inside too. There are four hanks of NH Knitting Mama’s to dye-for Superwash Merino in there, with plenty of room for a wallet and a cosmetic case too. (The colorway I linked to was dyed AFTER my custom order, so your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you; mine is more of a plum.) There’s also another zippered pocket behind the magazine.
See? It zips around the magazine without incident. I also like that gusset, although it is directly related to the con about the width. All in all, it’s a happy bag, and I look forward to using it. There’s no key fob either, but I didn’t hold that against the bag, because of the two rather square, magnetic closure pockets on the front. Keys in one, cell phone in the other. That’s the plan anyway.
Stay tuned, as I put the bag through its paces. I’ll report back on wear, function, and anything else that makes an impression on me.
Lastly, Starspry had a meme that was different enough to motivate me to play along.
“The rules of the game get posted at the beginning. Each player answers the questions about themselves. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5-6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog.Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer.”
1. What was I doing ten years ago?
1998. Recovering from back surgery. Wondering what I would do with the rest of my life, since the surgery was not successful and I could no longer be a firefighter. The Knight and I were also still newlyweds. 1998 was NOT a good year for me.
2. What are five things on my to-do list for today, in no particular order?
- Get some invoices billed (done!)
- Call and order my make-up
- Get gas
- By hosiery for tonight
- Get to the dinner before 6:30
3. Snacks I enjoy:
Popcorn. Cheese. Raw almonds. Roasted pumpkin seeds. Candy coated sunflower seeds. Dark chocolate. Ice cream. Sliced apple with chunky peanut butter. (I like to snack.)
4. Things I would do if I was a millionaire:
Only come in to do payroll, and it would no longer happen weekly. I guess I’d also come in when the guy I envision as our next office manager was on vacation too. Buy a big ol’ farm somewhere. Open a yarn shop that actually offers customer service. Set up annual giving plans for my favorite charities. Knit and spin with abandon, daily. Oh – but first, but that darned wheel!
5. Places I have lived:
Virginia & Washington DC
Play along if you want because I don’t tag…