I love getting packages in the mail.  I don’t know if it’s something about being the daughter of a mailman or what it is, but there’s just something special about getting a package or a handwritten letter in the mail. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of email, I just like getting snail mail too. 

Yesterday I received a giant box in the mail.  It was a birthday present from my parents.  Technically, they gave me a check in September to buy this item, it just took me a month to purchase it. 

It’s a Tait Tote from Daisy Muir.  I’ve needed/wanted a new knitting bag for awhile and really wanted one with inside pockets that would hold multiple skeins of yarn.  I tend to carry several projects at once, and things get a little tangled up in my bag.  The Tait Tote has six inside pockets.  It’s lined in a satin material so fiber won’t get caught along the inside and get fuzzies everywhere.  There’s also a little accessory bag that will hold scissors, lipstick, cellphones, etc. plus it’s attached to the bag by a strap so you won’t be loosing it all the time. 

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I almost forgot to mention one of the coolest parts, the bag has a metal frame around the mouth that allows it to hold itself open.  Too cool!  The outside is a great grey pinstripe that looks as though it will withstand anything that my girls and I could throw at it.  There’s one big outside pocket on the back that will hold a pattern.  It’s cute, stylish and very practical.  This morning I took the essentials out of my purse and threw it into the Tait Tote.  I’m going to see if this can easily work as my purse/knitting bag. 

I met the owner of Daisy Muir and her daughter at Sock Summit in Portland.  At the time, I didn’t want to spend the $98 on a new knitting bag so I bought the Sock Sack instead.  I’m really happy with the Sock Sack, it’s doing it’s job admirably holding a sock in progress.  Knitting bags are like purses, you really can’t have just one. 

I’m anticipating the next item to arrive in the mail, a Year in Yarn Calendar.  It’s put out by several of the independent dyers that were at Sock Summit, including Three Irish Girls who I’ve talked about before. 

Here’s a discription off their website:  "We’re a group of indie yarn companies who have joined together to create the first Year in Yarn calendar, a must-have for fiber lovers. Each month features gorgeous photography of hand-dyed yarn and the calendar pages include important dates knitters will want to keep in mind for 2010 – like the deadline to apply for Meg Swansen’s Knitting Camp, when and where Stitches and TNNA shows are taking place, and Elizabeth Zimmerman’s birthday."  Hmmm… I wonder if it includes a reminder to start saving my pennies for Meg Swansen’s Knitting Camp. 

"This one time, at knitting camp…."