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My new motto: Have Hermosa, will travel! Seriously, this bag is big and if you've got lots of stuff to tote, Hermosa is for you! She is the largest handbag in Namaste's growing collection and truly has it all - including lots of pockets! The interior features 2 open-top pockets on one side and a zippered pocket on the other. The exterior features a front pouch with 2 separate zipped compartments, a rear open-top document pocket and two side pockets - one open-top for a water bottle and one that closes shut with a fold-down snap. You will not be longing for space or pockets with Hermosa, you're only question will be "now which pocket did I put my tape measure in???" I love the fact that I can place a magazine or pattern in the rear extreior pocket without having to fold it or worry that it'll get mangled in the main compartment. And, did I mention there's a water bottle pocket on the side, which means you can keep it away from your knitting? I'm thinking the other side pocket just might be perfect for dog treats...
Made of the PVC-free, animal friendly faux leather that Namaste fans have come to know and love, Hermosa has a very solid construction, allowing the bag to actually stands up on its own with 5 metal feet on the bottom. There are 3 heavy duty magnets to keep the top closed and the drop handles are the perfect length at 10.5 inches. My only slight complaint (if you can call it that) was the protective plastic over the metal parts where the straps attach did such a great job that it was a little difficult to get completely off.
Besides toting around your current WIP (or five) or heading off to fill her up with purchases at the nearest fiber show, Hermosa also makes a perfect weekend getaway tote. She'd even be perfect for airplane travel, except that you really can't squash the top down to fit it under the seat in front of you (you'd have to put her in the overhead compartment) - for that purpose, I would probably choose Hermosa's sister Laguna.
Hermosa is currently available in 6 fabulous colors: Black, Eggplant, Olive, Peacock, Red and Saddle. She measures an astounding 18" wide x 14" high x 7" long.
Namaste recently released new sizes of two old favorites! I'm super happy to report that the Oh Snaps! are now available in larger sizes! Sold in a set of 2, the XL measures 14" long x 10" high and the XXL measures: 15.5" long x 13" high. I've been using my smaller Oh Snaps! often to house small WIPs as well as notions and other items I want to keep handy in my bag. It certainly makes changing bags quick and painless when you're most needed items are all corralled together in these easy to grab mesh bags! The new XL and XLL sizes are big enough to house your patterns or larger WIPs.
With the second old favorite, Namaste chose to go smaller as opposed to bigger by offering a Mini Clutch (see top photo). About half the size of the original Clutch, the chic and adorable Mini features a detachable shoulder strap, making carrying a breeze. One side folds out to reveal 2 interior snap-top pockets (great for crochet hooks, scissors, pens, or other small items), while the main compartment features credit card slots and a zippered pocket. The Mini Clutch is available in 5 of Namaste's signature colors: Black, Eggplant, Olive, Peacock and Saddle and measures 8" wide x 5.5" long.
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