At the beginning of summer I was asked if I would like to try out and review a brand new bag style by Della Q. I'll admit that I hemmed and hawed about it for a few days, weighed out the pros and cons and wondered if I should. Would this be a conflict of interest? Would this hinder anything in my attempts and interest in reviving my Etsy shop? After careful consideration and a glimpse of the bag in question, I decided to give it a go. After all, it's a bag style that I don't or intend to produce, and it's a style I've never seen in the knitting sphere. Quite honestly, after seeing the bag my interest was truly piqued.
So let me introduce to you the Millie Roll Top Bag by Della Q!
» The Bag «
The Millie Roll Top Bag is a super simple yet stylish project bag that's modelled after a kayak dry bag. I had to Google this to see what a kayak dry bag was and if this claim was true. Sure enough after perusing Google images and a few websites, it was quite obvious to me that Millie was fashioned after these sporty and functional bags. Cool!
Millie does not require a zipper, drawstring, buttons, or snaps to close, you simply roll down the top and tie. Easy peasy! The best part: the bands at the top of the bag allows you to adjust the bag to the size of your project. Absolutely no fuss whatsoever. I can get down with that!
Right off the bat when I shook the bag from out of the shipping envelope it was mailed in I was quite surprised as to how big this bag actually is. I didn't want to think about the bag before I received it that way my first impressions would be more accurate, but for some reason I had it in my head that this bag was probably going to be the same size as the typical drawstring bags that most fibre arts companies sell - the ones that are roughly the size of a regular notebook (29cm x 35cm or 11.5" x 14"...give or take a cm/inch or two). Not the Millie Roll Top Bag though, this bag is practically the size of a TV tray! Well, 38cm x 46cm (15" x 18.25"), to be exact.
I chose the Alta colourway because I can't resist polka dots and red (although, the stripes of Cedar also caught my eye!!), and was pleasantly surprised to see that the print of the polka dots were perfectly crisp and round. The fabric is 100% cotton and is a really nice quality with quite a silky smooth and soft hand on the inside of the bag that won't aid in the pilling of your yarn, and yet is still slightly stiff - which could just be from being a new, unwashed bag. I can't tell if the outside of the bag has been treated but the twill weave of the fabric gives a somewhat "grabby" texture that is needed to keep the bag tied up and not slip apart. Speaking of the ties, they're a nice decent length - not too short, not too long - just enough to tie together with a simple knot or even into a bow.
» Using The Bag «
After getting over my initial impressions of the bag I immediately decided to shove a current project in it. At the time, it was my Islay cardigan (ok, to this day it still lives in there) and two balls of yarn. There was still a lot of room to spare. So for the sake of seeing how much I can stuff into this bag I promptly threw in one of my Breathing Space tunic WIP (which included two more balls of yarn), a sock project, a skein of yarn that I had intended to cast on another sock with, and a set of sock needles. Guess what? I still had a good amount of space left to fill. I was quite impressed.
For the first two to three weeks I took this bag everywhere - knit nights, knit dates, in the truck, on walks, and most importantly: around town as I ran errands. I'm happy to report that the bag held up fantastically well. I only had a few issues: one of them was that because I had filled the bag with two sweaters, a sock, and a skein of yarn, the bag was too big to shove into my handbag. Ok, so this really isn't a proper issue. Luckily the bag is super cute and forms its own handle when tied up, which meant that I was able to carry the bag around on my arm without needing to worry about anything falling out. The other issue I had is again more of a personal preference thing rather than an actual problem, but because I like to knit as much as I can regardless of how much time I have between stops (say for instance from driving to the grocery store to another store ten minutes away), I found I wasn't able to knit "on the go" as easily as I would have liked. I wasn't able to whip my knitting out and then quickly cram it back in and have the bag ready to go as swiftly as I'm used to with the usual zippered or drawstring bags that I regularly use. It's definitely not a big deal and shouldn't deter from trying it out or using it.
Actually, after the first few weeks my hands started to bother me and before I knew it my carpal tunnel had flared up again. Having super sore hands made me view and appreciate this style of bag in a different way. At the height of my hand pain I welcomed the fact that I didn't have to pinch my fingers together to pull on a zipper, which caused discomfort to my three middle fingers; and while you don't think you need any muscle or strength to close a drawstring, I found sometimes shooting pain would happen above my wrists (where the transverse carpal ligament is) when I tugged on the drawstrings. The Millie bag, on the other hand, was easier on my hands, as long as I didn't tie the straps too tightly or try to be all fancy and knot the straps into a bow.
So how does Millie actually work? Simply fold down the top band (photo 1, below), keep rolling to the size of your project or items inside (photo 2), flip up the ties and tie it up (photo 3).
Super easy, right? And doesn't it just look so cute?
» Final Thoughts «
Overall I really like this project bag and will definitely be keeping it in rotation with my other bags because yes, I do use a lot of project bags as I typically give in to Starteritis at least twice a season. But let's not talk about that! I would also recommend this bag to all fibre arts enthusiasts, especially to those who knit/crochet fairly large projects, need more room in their bags than what most project bags offer, like to carry more than one project around but don't want to carry several bags at once, or like to work on big(ger) projects that require the need to tote around several balls of yarn, a chart keeper, and other project knick knacks.
I also think this bag would make for a fine gift to any knitting friend, particularly to those who have a lot of everything and you have no idea what to gift them. It's most likely they don't have a project bag like this!
If you would like to give the Millie Roll Top Bag a try, or would like to know more information about Della Q, please check out the following links:
Also, check out Della Q's demonstration video below to get a better idea of how big the Millie Roll Top Bag is and how to use it:
♥ Happy Knitting! ♥
:: Disclaimer ::
I am not affiliated with the company mentioned in this post. I received no monetary compensation for my review. I was sent a knitting bag for review purposes in exchange for the possibility of posting a review. The wording and opinions I've written are my own and I will not be receiving any commissions from the links provided in this post.