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  • Tzporah
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    I think most knitters are more than happy to have another knitter approach them in public. I'd say the same thing goes for the Bihn bags. I stopped people to look at their Swifts before I bought mine... though the knitter thing may have kept them from thinking I'm insane.

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  • peregrina
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    Little Swift at the park

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  • lucydawn
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    Totally agree with teresapoet---I have two Swifts (one in purple/black and the second in kiwi/steel). I was contemplating the little swift and leaning toward the hemp color. I was however, uncertain and willing to wait awhile and think about if I "really needed it". Well, that feeling passed as soon as I saw Peregina's pics! They moved me over the edge to "yes, I really do need a little swift" and I ordered mine last night! I can hardly wait!!!!

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  • teresapoet
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    I already have a regular Swift and didn't think I needed a Little Swift, but Peregrina's pictures changed my mind. I spent all of last week thinking about one, and just placed an order for a hemp Little Swift! (I also got a Kit, a clear organizer wallet, and a couple extra pouches.)

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  • Just
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    Well I'm sure a lot of us like TB bags so much that we give them to friends or relatives as gifts. So they may be unprepared for your enthusiasm! But as long as everyone's smiling, I'm sure it's fine. :D

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  • ncb4
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    Question about Ultrasuede Little Swift

    I'd be happy to have a fellow TB'er approach me, so we could have a little Bihn-fest right there in the airport or wherever. ;-)

    Meanwhile, I'm counting down the days until my Kiwi Little Swift arrives (due Thursday!). Based on peregrina's wonderful photos of her Hemp one, and indigoswift's review that is linked on the Bihn blog, I'm already thinking of ordering a second LS in a darker color to use in the fall and winter. I'm trying to decide between Cork and the cocoa Ultrasuede, which looks lovely. But I'm wondering about the Ultrasuede's heft, for lack of a better word. How strong a fabric is it?

    I'm also wondering how difficult it is to keep clean. Can you spot clean it? I have a boisterous 20-month-old Newfoundland puppy (Newfies are giants who act puppy-ish a long time), and that means I'll be contending not only with long black dog hair, but also with slobber. Darcy, perhaps you could speak to whether the Ultrasuede is washable or not. And I'd love to hear from anyone who has ordered an Ultrasuede LS, or who owns any other items in Ultrasuede, to share their experiences with the fabric.

    Thanks so much!

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  • maverick
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    Originally posted by Moose View Post
    Hi everyone,
    After flying into New York yesterday I was waiting for my next flight and I spotted a lady with an olive and (I think) cocoa Swift. I was going to talk to her but figured she might think me a bit whacky. Is there some understanding among TB owners that we can just walk up and talk to each other if spotted? I was never attracted to the Swift but after seeing one in person I might just change my mind. It really is a lovely bag.

    So, if you were flying through LGA yesterday mid day you should know you were the subject of bag envy.

    Peregrina, thank you so much for the photos. They really do give a real world point of view. I always find the photos really useful.

    Safe travels,
    Moose
    hi moose!

    i would be thrilled to run into another traveler carrying a tom bihn bag!

    i was traveling through JFK in march, and both my friend and i were carrying some tom bihn bags. someone stopped me and complimented my bag. i thanked them and gave a quick introduction of the bags. i had to resist the urge to sit down and demonstrate how the bags are designed, what you can pack in them, and how comfortable they are to carry. :)

    another time, i was flying out of SFO, and i spotted an id messenger bag. i approached the girl who was carrying it - she must have been in high school, saying "hey, that's an id messenger bag!" i think she thought i was crazy. i think she said it was her dad's, and that he was over that way.

    so, by all means, say hello to others carrying tom bihn bags. perhaps, curb your enthusiasm when you first approach them to see how they respond. :)

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  • gmanedit
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    I accosted a man wearing a Smart Alec on the Lexington Avenue bus here in New York. He wasn't registered in the Forums, so I don't know who he was. Sadly, TB sightings are rare in New York.

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  • Moose
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    Hi everyone,
    After flying into New York yesterday I was waiting for my next flight and I spotted a lady with an olive and (I think) cocoa Swift. I was going to talk to her but figured she might think me a bit whacky. Is there some understanding among TB owners that we can just walk up and talk to each other if spotted? I was never attracted to the Swift but after seeing one in person I might just change my mind. It really is a lovely bag.

    So, if you were flying through LGA yesterday mid day you should know you were the subject of bag envy.

    Peregrina, thank you so much for the photos. They really do give a real world point of view. I always find the photos really useful.

    Safe travels,
    Moose
    Last edited by Moose; 06-25-2010, 03:44 PM.

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  • peregrina
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    Shiva - the picture of the bag standing on the ground has files in it and I carry it around like that all the time. The files are in a plastic sleeve rather than a folder, mind you. I'll try folders and put another picture up.

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  • Shiva
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    Hey: these are great pictures. A quick question: if you put in file folders, do they stand up ok? and how much do they stick out?

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  • Darcy
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    Originally posted by peregrina View Post
    It reminds me of burlap - any relation Darcy?
    Yes! The weave is similar, though most burlap is made out of jute as opposed the hemp that is used for the Vulcana Recycled Rubber/Hemp fabric. The natural variation in such a weave is one of the attributes of this fabric.

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  • peregrina
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    ps: I'll try to get a macro of the bag to show how it looks. Looking at the image a little closer it seems that it is almost a bit "puffy", which is not really the case. It reminds me of burlap - any relation Darcy?

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  • peregrina
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    Indeed, it is as Darcy said. It came that way and I have been watching to see if it would get more frayed. So far so good but I don't have the months of wear that Darcy has, of course.

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  • Darcy
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    Originally posted by indigo View Post
    Hi Peregrina,

    In the photo of the Little Swift sitting on the floor, it looks like there may be some pilling or fraying of the hemp layer of the fabric. Is that an illusion or animal fur? Or have you noticed any wear in the fabric so far?
    That's a natural feature of the fabric - the hemp overlay has a frayed look. I've used a Vulcana Hemp/Recycled Rubber Little Swift for several months now and it's still as frayed as when I began using it. Maybe a little strand or two more. It's a very durable material.

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