I rated this item as soon as I received it and gave it five stars. I now have to take away a few stars from my rating. I recently used it on a trip and the drawstring would not stay closed, you really have to pull tightly to get the drawstring holder to work, the backpack was too bulky even though there wasn't much in it, and I had to struggle to get the snap closure to stay closed each time I used it. I was concerned when it rained,that the projects in my bag might not stay dry even with the flap over it as there is space on the sides that remain kind of open since the drawstring cannot get very very tight. Not too happy with it and I'm giving it away.
This bag is perfectly sized, it's more of a medium size backpack. I love that there is a drawstring and no zipper on top to snag yarn. I have a few Namaste products and as usual,this doesn't disappoint. I prefer waterproof bags, as I very often knit near the ocean. I've been looking for a convenient, waterproof backpack for my knitting and this fits my needs.
I have several sets of these needles because I like them so much I don't want anything to happen to them! I prefer interchangeable needles. I have all types, metal, bamboo and these. I end up using my Denise needles the most. They are so light and comfortable to use. I have arthritis in my hands and am able to knit longer using them. The only drawback that concerns me is that they are plastic and I live in a hot climate so I wonder if they could lose their shape or melt etc. if I leave my knitting bag in the car. So far though, they have been just fine.
I just received my new Namaste Monroe bag and I am thrilled! I was worried it might be a bit too big but it is just right. I have several of the Namaste bags but I think this one is my favorite so far. I love the fact that it has three roomy sections. This bag will be great to carry all of my purse necessities but also bring my knitting along and maybe even a book as well! I think it will be a great bag for traveling as well as day to day usage. Having the three sections was the reason I ordered it and I am very pleased. Also, it arrived three days earlier than UPS said it would. What a nice surprise today. Thanks Jimmy Beans!