Every year, the TOM BIHN Ravelry group knits wearable gifts for our crew. Some years the wearables have been scarves or gloves, and this year it was hats. We know a thing or two about materials and quality craftsmanship, and we’re in awe of what the group makes for us. See for yourself below; we’ve photographed each and every hat that was sent to us.
From all of us here at TOM BIHN to the TB Ravelry Group: thank you! The wearables you make for us are a big part of our annual holiday party, and everyone looks forward to choosing an item. Special thanks goes to Annie, a knitter and Ravelry member local to Seattle who coordinates the whole effort and delivers the knitted items. (Annie is also the person who knitted G.I. Joe’s hat — see below.)
Even the replica of Tom’s first G.I. Joe got his very own hat.
Want to see previous years knitted wearables?
Just a few of the great photos you shared with us last week (thank you!)
“I spent the day at the hospital yesterday because my daughter was having surgery. She’s now home and comfortably resting. I switched all of my things out of my Pop Tote and into my Luminary because I suspected I would need to be hands free as much as possible. I was right, too. I had to carry my daughter’s things and help her maneuver to the wheel chair and into the vehicle.
I never cease to be amazed at how much this little bag can tote. I put in my Travel Cubelet, a 16 oz. water bottle, my knitting in the bag (embroidered by a friend), my Hobonichi A6 planner, my iPad, several documents, a large sunglasses case, reading glasses, and two or three TOM BIHN Small and Mini Organizer Pouches.
While my daughter was in surgery, I managed to knit quite a bit on her sock that I’m hoping to finish in time for Christmas.”
“Multi-tasking: working on epp while watching football (thanks for the tv JetBlue!) at thirty thousand feet cross country.”
Photo by @spinster.revival
“At Hangzhou for a weekend. I brought the Synapse 25 with the Side Kick inside. Hubby had his backpack and SCB. The LSB carried our shopping. I used the 1-inch padded waist strap to help distribute the load to the hips. Wore it under my T-shirt and jacket so it didn’t look obvious. The Synapse 25 looked like a regular backpack then.
We had checked out of the hotel and was still sightseeing before catching the high speed rail back to Shanghai.”
Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland with the Maker’s Bag
Photo submitted by Mary
Photo by @instachickengram
“Standing by the lake with frozen face.”
Photo by @shouraisan_kaguya
“I became a band “parent” this year when my DD joined the 300 member high school marching band. The Alphaviolet Travel Cubelet was perfect for carrying around my wallet and keys, iPhone, Band parent badge, gloves and hand warmers, flashlight, hand lotion, OPs with snacks, etc.”
“My S19 helps me carry only the bare essentials. Nothing expect the most vital items for my day to day life.”
“My Guide’s Pack on the way back home from a business trip. The vertical Freudian Slip helped me to organize the laptop and other office stuff. I absolutely love the style of this bag: clear lines, wonderful colors, distinguished materials and finish but still a down-to-earth appearance. And most important: it carries great!”
“Synapse 25 classin’ up the joint at the Charles Hotel, Boston.”
allen with his Synapse 25 at Ayers Rock in Australia
Photo submitted by allen
Here’s a few photos you’ve shared with us this past week! Thank you!
Cynthia’s pup on the Skookum Dog Camp Mat
Photo submitted by Cynthia
“Two bags for the three-month journey in Japan.”
Photo by @houraisan_kaguya
Jennifer and her Small Cafe Bag with what looks like a lovely morning.
Photo submitted by Jennifer
“Note taking by the river.”
Photo by @jennifermcmahonwrites
“With my little princess.”
Photo by @kinglamleehk
“Part Where and part Wow…
My small travel tray had been biding its time as a drawer organizer until recently being granted wings. I’d read the words and seen the snaps but now I say on my own — What a simple and super helpful TB item! Love love love it. Bits and bobs were gathered together in my backpack while enroute and now it sits on my desk with charger hooha, vitamins, meds, lip balm, a nano pouch with earphones, and a stack of temporary tattoos that I brought to give away. Awesome…”
Photo posted to the forums by KmK
“Instead of me carrying the Sidekick and him the SCB, my hubby used the S25 for all our stuff including space for some shopping. On the streets in Shanghai. Waiting for Xinjiang lamb skewers. Buying pomegranate juice at a roadside stall (I did not drink any, not going to risk my life for this) at Fuzhou Rd.”
Photos posted to the forums by panda2mama
“A sunny day at the capital with my new travel cubelet.”
Photo posted to the forums by sboussios
psvenndex and his Synapse 19 at the Grand Canyon
Photo submitted by psvenndex
“S25 arrives in Innere Stadt Vienna …”
Photo posted to the forums by GrussGott
“My a href=”https://www.tombihn.com/products/small-cafe-bag”>Small Cafe Bag at a café (okay, Starbucks, but still…)”
Photo posted to the forums by chaimonkey
Here are a few of the photos you’ve shared with us last week! Thanks!
“Working on YingYang Kitty socks with the kitty.”
Photo by @whiskey__chick
“First snow of Autumn 2017 on my hill. Captured during the “sunrise” walk at Pleasant Pine Plantation. It started snowing immediately after I got up. I usually carry my Tom Bihn “Brain Bag” backpack when I go on these early morning hikes. I bought this pack off of eBay several weeks ago. Bihn, based in Seattle, produces high-quality, high-durability, thoughtfully designed premium luggage.”
Photo by @walt.atwood
“I probably could have fit a few more skeins of yarn than the 8 I bought. They did stay nice and dry while walking to and from bus stops in the rain.”
“Loving this merino yarn in methanol blue from Mad Tosh purchased at Uncommon Threads.”
Photo by @ryanludman
“It’s going to be another good weekend with Timmy and The Nics.”
Photo by @meggrollstation
“Morning latte with the Mars Red Travel Cubelet. :)”
“A beautiful day for a dog park with my pups. Travel cubelet for my personal stuff like a wallet, phone and keys, and packing cube shoulder bag for my doggies.”
Photo by @lifeisshort_liveitup
“Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong.”
Photo by @kinglamleehk
“When your friends think like you do – travel light.”
Photo by @hatmaker4
“Yes, I really did fit all this into the Luminary.”
Photo by @brendabethman
“Ready for a super-duper chill B-Roll session.”
Photo by @wigideaboxoc
Hike on the north island of New Zealand in Tongariro National Park.
Photo by @bettierides
Alexander and his Aeronaut 30 Packing Cube Backpack in Prague.
Photo submitted by Alexander
“Here’s my fully packed A30 on the Shinkansen between Kanazawa and Karuizawa. It fits very neatly in the luggage rack.”
“My Luminary arrived just in time for the Bitter and Twisted beer festival in the old Maitland Gaol, with a photo opportunity at the new Newcastle Interchange train station. The slim profile of the bag is great for getting around festivals and was the perfect size for the day. The only problem I have with the Luminary is that I now want it in 20L.”
“I took my son for a walk today with my wife, he is only 10 weeks old and we found a rainbow.
My Side Effect was great for all I needed on this little adventure.“
“My family (3 adults, 3 teens) is heading off for an 8-day trip today, and the attached pic is the luggage we brought. We look like a Tom Bihn annex store, haha. I am Team New Nordic, my niece is Team Navy,etc…
(Looking at the pic, it’s amazing to think it all started with me and my sister ordering a Co-pilot for me and an S19 for her. What can I say? We LOVE the thought and care your company provides, from design to manufacturing to customer service!)”
Photo by TB customer dot and kiko
“Here’s my new SA on the way to work. Love the color.”
“Got my first shipment today, it’s all fabulous. Here’s my three year old son demonstrating some new uses for the travel tray.”
Photo by TB customer Meera from Brisbane and Sebastian (age 3)
“Shop bag at the beach.”
“DLBPs took a friend and I to the Kongobuji Temple complex in Koyasan, the Nembutsu-ji Temple at Adashino and a host of other places in Japan last month.”
“At Lujiazui in Shanghai, facing the Huangpu river. It was a blue sky sunny day.”
“Took my new S25 through the new Singapore Changi Terminal 4. It contains all my stuff for my 15-day trip to Shanghai. The SK containing my EDC stuff. The LSB contains a cake, gift for a friend. Hubby is carrying the SCB. He likes the size.
Once I got to the hotel, I took out most of the stuff from the S25, keeping my water bottle and other stuff I want to bring with me. Hooked the SK inside the S25 using 2 carabiners.
The bags transiting in Hong Kong.”
“Monarch PCSB with SE inside, waiting at the clinic on Saturday for the boys’ flu shot :)”
Here are a few photos you’ve shared with us this recently! Thank you!
“Oh yeah. New TOM BIHN travel cubelet fits perfectly on the side of my Parental Unit. It now has all my personal effects so I can easily take just that little bag when I go out sans kiddos. Bliss!”
Photo by @sparrowlight
“My husband and I are massive fans and own the Aeronaut 45 and the Synapse backpack.
My gorgeous family added to my TB collection with your new Makers Bag, yarn stuff sacks, tool wrap and some clear pouches for my recent birthday. I LOVE THEM!!! The Makers Bag is outstanding, so many pockets, wide self supporting base, and I love the grab handle on the bag. Thank you so much for creating such a brilliant craft bag.
Better than that though, my Makers Bag has doubled as my travel hand bag for the 5-day work trip I’m on. Between that and my Aeronaut, I’m all set. All conference material fits in the full width pocket inside, my purse and phone are tucked in pockets, drink bottle in a pocket. Lap top and note paper in the main compartment.”
Photo by TB customer Skye in Australia
“Thanks for the corgi pin @tracertron.”
Photo by @sethygrams
“Island and grass travel cubelets arrived today. I’m looking forward to discovering all the possibilities.”
Photo by @purple_sage66
“After lots of business travel this year, in Thailand for a break.
We checked one large wheeled suitcase but carried on a Black Halcyon/Iberian S25 and Navy Cordura Ristretto 11. The Ristretto in particular is the perfect day bag for either touristy bits and pieces or for the occasional laptop and iPad carry to do a bit of ‘online stuff’.”
“A month-old S19 in the lab before workday starts. The red is muted, not too bright, yet easy to see when I’m on my bike.”
“My daughter is carrying a small Shop Bag with her swim gear backpack style.”
“On the way home, one navy Yeoman is missing in this picture.”
“The ultimate Dad bag even has a balloon holder.”
“Using my Packing Cube backpack during my walk in Tokyo, Japan. Picture was taken at Blue Bottle Coffee, Aoyama. I have many other pictures, stay tuned for my upcoming review about the TriStar combined with the Packing Cube Backpack :)”
“Lakeside, with Breezee, Bihn & pals, on a gorgeous Autumn day.”
Photo by @cjh_ny54
“Every six weeks I spend 5 days in Silicon Valley to visit my employer’s mothership (Google). The Pilot / TriStar combo is the best ever, going strong for over a year now! Lots of TB sub-organizers inside of course. :-)”
Jenny and Joe are the photographers behind some of the (awesome) photos of our bags. We asked them to write about a trip they took to New Zealand in a guest post for our blog. – Darcy
The gentle lapping of the waves was lulling me to sleep. Joe was outside, manning a camera that was pointed out towards the water, shutter wide open, capturing a nighttime scene of Elaine Bay in the Marlborough Sounds of New Zealand’s south island. The stars twinkled brightly and left arcs of light as proof of their existence inside the camera. The International Space Station and a satellite floated past, leaving long straight trails. Lights from the small commercial harbor glittered and reflected their power off the surface of the water. The white painted pier which had been balancing on rickety, spindly legs twenty feet above the water when we had finished dinner hours earlier was now at the exact correct height. The pull of the moon had played its trick and it stuck out magnificently into the still, dark water, the white of its rails reflecting the dark of the sky.
It was our third night of what would be two weeks of sleeping in a van and driving around New Zealand. So far, so good. We hadn’t wrecked the van nor driven, too much, on the wrong side of the road. New Zealanders insist on driving on the opposite side of the road and in order to, well, not die, we had to do the same. That part wasn’t too hard, but let’s not talk about the roundabout I took on the wrong side. The real challenging part was shifting the old manual transmission van with your left hand as the driver’s seat was on the right. That and not turning on the windshield wipers when you meant to hit the turn signal, those controls on the steering column were opposite. Let’s just say it was a learning process.
Our van had come with a name, Vince to be exact. Named after Vincent van Gogh, the sides, front and back were all covered in murals paying homage to the Dutch master’s paintings: tulips and sunflowers on one side, starry night on the other. We knew what we were getting into, driving a mural around the countryside. After extensive camper van research we settled on this company because their vans would fit Joe, who is a tall 6 foot 4 and likes to sleep taller. Would it have just been easier to sleep in a tent for two weeks? Yes and no. We could have been more fuel efficient in a smaller vehicle and there is nothing like a sleeping under the stars with only a thin layer of nylon between you and the heavens, but the majority of campsites in NZ don’t allow tents, camper vans only. And some don’t even allow the type of camper van we had because it wasn’t tricked-out with an onboard toilet. It’s all about being self-contained. So we settled on the middle ground and were extremely glad we did. We soon felt at home in Vince, our trusty steed for over 2,000 km.
Here are some photos from our trip:
And no trip to New Zealand would be complete without doing something “Lord of the Rings” related. And so we went to Edoras, home of the horse lords. Here, Joe is standing pretty much where the Golden Hall stood when they filmed the second movie. As with everything in NZ, it was absolutely stunning, if not a tad bit windy.
Finally, I would be remiss if I failed to mention that en route to New Zealand we stopped over in Tasmania, Australia. A close family friend is studying there and since we were in the relative neighborhood, we figured we should see her too!
We’re Joe and Jenny. Among the many hats (& bags!) that we wear are those of photographers for TOM BIHN. Pacific Northwest natives, we both moved to Seattle for college and never left — except for traveling, of course! When we’re not behind the camera, we have a lot of fun outdoors hiking, skiing and gardening. You can see more of our work at joenicholsonphotos.com and jenniferbuchananphotography.com. Joe’s Instagram handle is @jnichpix.
Be sure to read Part One of Jenn’s trip report, which details how and what she packed.
After finding out my husband would be in southern California for work, we decided to take advantage of having a paid flight and make it our vacation for the year. We did a cross-country road trip to the Pacific Northwest last year and fell in love with the Pacific Coast, so driving Highway 1 seemed like the best way to take in as much as possible in our 10 days. Normally, I would have planned our stops better but some unforeseen house problems at home (that nearly cancelled our trip) tied up all of my free time until the night before I was scheduled to fly out. Let’s just say, thank goodness for the chatty gent sitting next to me on the plane, who happened to have a fierce love for his home state!
First Stop: San Diego, California
Drinks: Champagne cocktails at Cody’s La Jolla.
Eats: The Cottage in La Jolla and Bistro D’Asia in Coronado.
Sights: We spent the better part of a day walking around Coronado. The homes are stunning and the Hotel del Coronado should not be missed—its architecture and beachfront make it a beautiful setting!
Second Stop: Ojai, California
Stay: There are some amazing Airbnbs here; however, Ojai Rancho Inn is fantastic with its own bar and pool with a relaxed vibe.
Eats: Everything at Hip Vegan Café was amazing, and being able to order anything on the menu doesn’t happen often for me.
Drinks: The Ojai Beverage Co. is a triple threat of bar, liquor store, and restaurant. Chris loved their fish tacos, which were highly recommended.
Sights/Activities: Bart’s Books, an open-air bookshop. The Ojai Certified Farmers’ Market on Sundays is potentially the best market I’ve ever been to—you can’t beat the variety! Last but not least, all the thrift stores!!!
Third Stop: Morro Bay, California
Drinks: Presqu’ile Winery is actually half way between Ojai and Morro Bay. My knowledge of anything wine-related is pretty much non-existent (craft beer is another story) but I loved their Sauvignon Blanc. The view was pretty lovely as well!
Coffee: Top Dog Coffee Bar. Can’t go wrong with a coffee shop that also has beer on tap! It’s inland a few blocks from the bay, which is probably why it felt more like a local spot.
Eats: Shine Café, another vegan spot, with kombucha on tap! Fish and chips from Giovanni’s was a recommendation from our Airbnb host that Chris was pretty happy with.
Sights/Activities: Morro Rock is the main draw of this fishing town turned vacation spot. We took a morning stroll through the Elfin Forest; the views of the bay here were some of my favorite at this stop. Once again, thrifting scene!
Fourth(ish) Stop: Big Sur, California
We didn’t actually spend the night anywhere in Big Sur but it highly deserves its own mention. We stretched a 3-hour drive into an 8-hour day with all our stopping to take in the views.
Fifth Stop: Monterey, California
Eats: Crêpes of Brittany has delicious food but for me it was their almond milk chai—the best I’ve ever had!
Drinks: Alvarado Street Brewery—Chris liked their Citraveza so much he flew home a 4-pack. Their rotational sour didn’t disappoint either!
Sixth Stop: San Francisco, California
Drinks: 21st Amendment Brewing Co. is among my top favorite breweries and they serve their Hell or High Watermelon with a slice of watermelon. It’s perfection, especially after hoofing it around the city. Hi Dive is a fun hole in the wall if you’re on your way to AT&T Park for a game. And last but not least, margaritas from Mijita’s in the Ferry Building Marketplace.
Eats: We went to an Eat Drink SF event our first night in the city. You’ll pay a fee to get in and then have unlimited food, wine, and mixed drinks. The restaurants showcased some of their most popular dishes; unfortunately for me, that meant a lot of meat…so I ate some of the produce displayed throughout the venue and got my money’s worth from the beverages. It was still a blast and Chris was able to sample some of the best places and dishes from around the city. Sausalito Bakery and Café was a great brunch stop after taking the ferry across the bay.
Sights/Attractions: Pier 39 for the sea lions! I was a sucker for those guys the whole trip! We also took ferry rides around the bay. We weren’t able to do an Alcatraz tour so that was as close as we got. We’ll definitely be doing a tour during our next visit.
Light packing has always been a bit of a stretch or wishful thinking for me. I used to lean towards a “more = better prepared” philosophy instead of “planning = better prepared.” However, in the last couple of years we’ve begun to pare down our belongings and expenses and concentrate on things that really make us happy. The freedom to travel and experience as much as we can started to make its way up our priority list.
With a 10-day trip up Highway 1 on the horizon, I knew I wanted an Aeronaut, but I was extremely unsure which of the two sizes I needed. I was flying by myself for the first time in nearly 15 years…and I’m not a fan of flying, not to mention the hassle and cost of checking a bag, or the risk of losing said bag. I wanted to be able to pack for the whole trip in a carry-on. Ideally, I hoped to fit everything in the Aeronaut 30 but I ordered an Aeronaut 45 too as a potential contender in case my newfound packing skills didn’t turn out to be so good.
A couple of weeks before the trip, I started to check the weather for each of our stops and plan my packing accordingly. The day the bags showed up, I pulled out the items on my packing list and put them in a pile. I wasn’t at all confident that I could make everything fit in just a carry-on. However, I had read that multiple other travelers had had the same doubts until they tried organizing all their stuff in packing cubes. Before I threw in the towel, I had to see for myself if cubes could work for me. I’m happy to say they do! The only things I ended up not packing were things I never had on my list to begin with, the things I grabbed in a panic “just in case.”
My entire packing list for a 10-day trip up the Pacific Coast Highway included:
- 6 bottoms: 2 pairs of jeans, 1 pair of chinos, 2 pairs of shorts, and 1 pair of leggings
- 3 dresses
- 9 tops: 4 tees, 3 button ups, 2 tanks
- 1 sweater
- 1 jacket
- 3 pairs of shoes: sandals, clogs, and Keds (I did end up buying a pair of Sanuks on the trip)
- 2 sleep shirts
- 3 pairs of socks
- 5 pairs of underwear
- 3 bras
- 1 bikini
- Toiletries: deodorant, toothbrush, concealer, blush, razor, face oil, and a hair tie
- Other: sunglasses, phone charger, canteen, 2 stainless sporks, a cloth napkin, 2 cloth bags, headphones, camera and lens, Turkish towel, watch, iPad and charger, a foldable purse, and 3 books
I was able to fit everything above in the Aeronaut 30 and the Night Flight Travel Duffel. I wore my bulkiest items on the days that I flew to save space and I carried my jacket. I also found it helpful to clip my Klean Kanteen to the Aeronaut’s sternum strap when I carried it as a backpack.
Packing lessons learned on this trip:
Don’t do any wishful thinking with regards to weather. Being from the Midwest, I felt like even coastal California would be warm. With the exception of the first four nights of the trip in San Diego and Ojai, I was cooler than I would have preferred. I could have done without one or two of those dresses, a pair of shorts, and sleep shirts in exchange for another sweater and a pair of sweatpants.
Pack everything in the same order. I used three packing cubes for the Aeronaut: one for bottoms, another for tops and dresses, and one of the smaller ones for sleepwear and underwear. Early on, I got in the habit of putting the cube with bottoms in the main compartment first, and then the cube with my tops. It took the guesswork out of which cube I needed when reaching for something.
Keep toiletries to a minimum. I used one 3D Organizer Cube for everything I needed. I also tried to forego as much as possible, meaning no toothpaste (sorry if that’s gross, but 10 days of brushing with water only won’t kill anyone), nothing for hair styling, and bare bones for makeup (frees up time to do other things, plus we could all stand to love ourselves a little bit more these days sans face paint).
Use a duffel as a personal item. I used the Night Flight as my personal item on flight days and packed my regular purse in the Aeronaut. I used one of the end pockets of the duffel to hold my regular purse items. Once I reached my final destination I transferred my wallet, phone, and canteen back into my purse. This was the best way for me to take my regular purse—along with everything else—while sticking to the 2 bag carry-on rule.
Be sure to read the rest of Jenn’s trip report here!
We posted a very early heads-up on our March 1st, 2019 (roughly 6%) price increase in the Forums along with news of Shop Bags in 210d ballistic nylon.
Ben Brooks has published a review of Nik’s Minimalist Wallets and @everydaycommentary posted about his every day carry step up (hint: it includes a Minimalist Wallet!)
Our 2018 Holiday Schedule is up. Check it out for important shipping deadlines and our holiday hours. P.S. Our Seattle Factory Showroom will be open the rare Saturday on December 8th from 10:00am until 2:00pm Pacific Time.
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