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Namaste has released some wonderfully chic and functional new products this fall, including Oh Snap! and Mini Cozy. Having become a fan of Namaste products earlier this year (Namaste review, July 2008), I was very excited to review these new items.
Oh Snap! is a set of three mesh pouches, complete with Namaste snaps, to blissfully organize all of your crafty notions and bring the Zen back to your life. Oh Snap! pouches come in just one color, charcoal gray (which coordinates nicely with all of the Cali Collection bag colors), and three sizes: baby is 6.5" x 1" x 4", momma is 9" x 1.25" x 7" and granddaddy is a whopping 10" x 2" x 8" (big enough to handle a small project). The pouches are wonderful and the mesh makes it a snap to see what is in each bag and quickly find what you need. Knitting is supposed to be fun, so make your organization effortless and a no-brainer snap with Oh Snap!
Mini Cozy is a smaller version of the original Cozy - and in my opinion, a tun more useful! It is the perfect size for DPNs and/or crochet hooks and can easily be used to take them with you on the go, tossing in your knitting bag, or as storage at home. As with the original Cozy, it reminds me a bit of a ladies' cigarette case from the 1950's... sophisticated, yet functional. Mini Cozy comes in most of the Cali Collection colors; Charcoal, Hollywood Pink, Lime, Olive, Peacock, Saddle and Turquoise and measures 2 3/4" x 8.5" x 1/4".
Not new to the Namaste fall/winter collection, but new to my collection is the Newport bag. I have been carrying the Newport in Saddle as my everyday bag this past fall and absolutely adore it. I also waited this long to review it so that I could have a very tried-and-true review for you.
I can't even beging to say enough about the functionality and design of this bag. My other half even commented on how cool looking Newport was, and I'm sure most of you will agree, to have your guy comment on your bag sure speaks volumes about it! Newport is a perfect size for my everyday use, especially back and forth to the office. There is a full length zippered pouch in the middle of Newport which basically seperates the bag into two large compartments. On one side I have a small handbag which houses my wallet, keys and essentials and can be easily removed to run into a store or someplace I don't want (or need) everything else -- and I'm finding this system is just perfect! There are two small side pokcets on that side as well - one fit for a cell phone and the other for easy to grab items (i.e. business cards, a pen, keys, etc). On the other large side I always have a small project bag (right now its my alpaca shaped scarf), my day planner book and any paper items I'm carrying around (Newport easily holds file folders, magazines, etc). As you can see in the picture above, I also tote around several other things... cough drops, gloves, sunglasses, lip balm, tissues, etc. It all fits nicely - and the sleek design and solid structure are perfect for my everyday needs!
Newport comes in six Cali Collection colors; Charcoal, Hollywood Pink, Olive, Peacock, Saddle and Turquoise. There are five metal feet on the flat bottom and strong magnetic closures at the top. Newport measures in at a nice 7" x 11" x 15" with a handle drop length of 10.5".
Whether your looking to spoil yourself or someone on your holiday list this year, Namaste has several wonderful options!