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  • Maria
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    Once I finish my current needlepoint project - I'll certainly practice the knitting again! If I check out Raverly now....out the window will go the current project! THANK YOU - I'll note it in the calendar.

    And I see knitting fits a TriStar all too well. I am torn between what colour to get for that bag!

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  • jaon
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    Originally posted by Maria View Post
    I need to sign up for classes. I can knit lace (my favourite to knit!) and cables, and decrease. But increase, size, or figuring out my place in the chart if I lost my count...well those are some of the necessities I haven't grasped yet. So a scarf, a small blanket...but no sweaters or socks for me. Someday!

    - actually, I need an expert knitter to sit beside me while I go through every single knit and purl - in case I make a mistake and cannot figure out how I got there much less how to fix it.

    In the meantime, I admire those that have such skills...and admire their packing skills with a TriStar too!
    Come on over to Ravelry. There's a Tom Bihn group there, and lots of others. And if you can do lace (which I still haven't really done) you can certainly knit. You just need practice.

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  • TavaPeak
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    Originally posted by lauragayle View Post
    I took a 2 night trip to Dallas this weekend, and finally remembered to take photos of what I packed. Just fyi, I'm a tall, big woman, so my shoes and clothes are just.. big. They take up more room than clothes for someone who's tiny.
    I'm a tall gal too with big feet - was relieved my shoes actually fit in the spot created for them. This summer I used a compression bag in the larger back divider for my clothes, which also worked great. I took the Absolute strap for the long-haul trip, but didn't use it a lot. It was easier to use the backpack straps. The bag was about 21 pounds, so next time I might leave that strap at home for a longer trip. I loved being able to find anything I needed without rummaging. Love the organization of the Tristar, even for tall girls.

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  • Maria
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    Thanks LauraGayle!! I have several issues going back over the years. It's my favourite of the knitting magazines actually. I need to sign up for classes. I can knit lace (my favourite to knit!) and cables, and decrease. But increase, size, or figuring out my place in the chart if I lost my count...well those are some of the necessities I haven't grasped yet. So a scarf, a small blanket...but no sweaters or socks for me. Someday!

    - actually, I need an expert knitter to sit beside me while I go through every single knit and purl - in case I make a mistake and cannot figure out how I got there much less how to fix it.

    In the meantime, I admire those that have such skills...and admire their packing skills with a TriStar too!

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  • lauragayle
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    Maria, thanks for the comments! knit.wear has lots of photos for the more complicated bits (as in grafting that lovely wrap together). Emphasis seems to be on clothing with clean lines and solid but not complicated construction details. Definitely take a look!

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  • Maria
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    I always appreciate seeing what people can pack into their bags! You are so organized too.

    Now must go look up that issue of Interweave knits "Knit Wear" - really want to see the details of that sweater / shawl on the cover! (I don't know why I ever talked myself out of getting a subscription....probably because I am such a lousy knitter and yet long to be able to knit those more complicated pieces?)
    Last edited by Maria; 10-02-2011, 10:35 AM.

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  • lauragayle
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    Finally remembered to take photos...

    I took a 2 night trip to Dallas this weekend, and finally remembered to take photos of what I packed. Just fyi, I'm a tall, big woman, so my shoes and clothes are just.. big. They take up more room than clothes for someone who's tiny.

    The set with notes is on Flickr.

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    Sorry for the poor lighting -- hotel lighting. Basically clothes and shoes for 2 days, plus unmentionables, netbook, treats for a colleague, and my knitting. LOVE my TB Kit and TB 3D clear organizer for the 311 items.

    For the return trip, I added these items (but gave away that box of treats!):
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    I also carried my Ristretto, which had my iPad2, wireless keyboard (I didn't know if I could make this trip work with just my iPad2, and that's why I brought the netbook), mobile phone, iPod Touch, wireless hotspot modem, wallet, etc. etc.

    Love the straps in the back clothing area of the TriStar -- compressing helps save space! While I use the shoulder strap (the TB Comfort one!), I often use the backpack straps too, which are just wonderful. People look at me in amazement when I whip them out, secure them and am off and running!
    Last edited by lauragayle; 10-02-2011, 11:20 AM. Reason: photos aren't displaying!

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  • Maria
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    Thanks for the update Adam. I consider myself a "one-bagger" but will also carry a hand bag with me. I've yet to fly with the super strict airlines such as Ryan Air, and frankly - hope I never have to. Still, it's nice to see how others can pack so well and be organized for that amount of time away from home.

    Cheers!

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  • adamki
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    Thanks, Maria. The Indigo/Solar combination is nice (I was sad to see it go).

    I'm also traveling with my Super Ego which holds my MacBook and other electronics (maybe I'll do a packing list for that when I pack up to leave). I've been 100% successful carrying both bags on aircraft even though the Super Ego is slightly too large to count as a personal item. The flight on British Airways was so full that they had employees looking for oversize bags at the gate and at the end of the jetway, neither one even looked twice at the TriStart Super Ego combination.

    This is a business trip, so I don't need a dedicated day bag. For my weekend sightseeing, I have a ScottEVest Fleece 5.0 which holds everything I need for the day (since the weather here is cool now). In the summer, I would use the Packing Cube Backpack if I needed it.

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  • Maria
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    Wonderful photos Adam! (That Solar interior looks wonderful - I suspect that shall have to be in my next order!) I like how you show the packing cubes inside the bag, plus photos of what they hold. Well done!

    Did you bring another "day bag" or small carry-on bag? Or is the packing cube back pack to be used for that purpose on this trip?

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  • adamki
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    Tri-Star Packed for 9 Day Trip

    I'm in the middle of a 9 day trip and I remembered take some photos as I unpacked my Tri-Star at the hotel.

    Here's the Tri-Star fully loaded:


    This is the front third packed:


    The front third contained:
    - A small packing cube containing socks and underwear.
    - 1 Pair lounge/PJ pants (packed behind the small cube)
    - A 1 quart bag with toiletries
    - Standard size Deodorant
    - Electric Toothbrush (the gray plastic case)
    - Hair Pomade
    - Travel Shaving Brush (the black tube)
    - The gray pouch (not Bihn) contains other dry toiletries, medications, q-tips, etc.


    The middle third of the Tri-Star holds my Packing Cube Backpack:


    The packing cube contains:
    - Six casual collared shirts
    - 5 Tee shirts
    - A light/medium weight sweater
    - A ScottEVest Q-zip pullover
    - A pair of gym shorts



    The rear third of the tristar holds three pairs of pants and a couple of travel guides:

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  • Frank II
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    I was at Trader Joe's this morning. I never thought of taking my Tri-Star to carry my groceries. Next time, I'll take it instead of my Trader Joe's Freezer Bag.

    Now I have to figure out what goes in each compartment. Decisions, decisions.

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  • jjsouth
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    Non-traditional Packing List

    Hey guys,

    I thought I'd send you my packing list for my most recent trip with my Steel/Solar Tristar.

    I travel to NC one weekend a month for work. I traveled a little bit lighter on the way out this time because I wanted to go to Trader Joe's to pick up some of my favorite, unavailable in Texas, items.

    So here's my list:

    Front Zippers:

    - Crochet hook, small scissors, travel papers (receipts from trip/rental car paperwork)

    Front Compartment:

    - Small Tom Bihn packing cube with undies, socks, and one cotton shirt
    - Recent crochet project (blanket that's about 3'x2.5' at this point... fairly dense stitching)
    - Two 16oz bags of Trader Joe's Pecan Praline Granola
    - Three small bottles of Mexican Vanilla beans (four beans in each bottle) (I got these from a friend, not at TJs)

    Middle Compartment:

    - Four 16 oz bags of Trader Joe's Pecan Praline Granola (we love this stuff)
    - Two 12 oz bags of Trader Joe's Omega Trek Mix
    - Two 8 oz bags of Trader Joe's Egg Pappardelle Pasta
    - One 26 oz container of Trader Joe's Sea Salt
    - Quart bag filled tight with my toiletries
    - Medium Tom Bihn pouch with iPhone charger and Bluetooth headset charger

    Back Compartment:

    - Two lady's cotton tops
    - One pair corduroy pants
    - Two pair LL Bean Perfect Pants
    - Eagle Creek Medium packing cube with a few papers and a DVD in it's case

    I'm so impressed with this bag. It works well when packed light and when loaded to the brim. The backpack straps were much appreciated with this heavy load and did the job perfectly. And it had no problem whatsoever fitting easily into the overhead compartment.

    I did, however, just order my husband an Aeronaut and I think I'll take it next month so I can fit even more Trader Joe's goodies! Looking forward to getting a feel for the Aeronaut!

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  • Frank II
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    What you could do is get a really, really big "O" ring and wear it around your waist. Then attach one end of a Tom Bihn key strap to that "O" ring and the other end to an "O" ring on the bag.

    This way, you can do without the really large cable ties.

    To be inconspicuous, I would suggest a darker color key strap. Something like Iberian Dyneema might stand out.

    This could be a whole new video series for Maverick--"How to Securely Attach Various Tom Bihn Bags To Your Person."

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  • Just
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    You can't cable tie your bags to yourself all the time

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