I see a trend here.
For the archives -
Far left: A JCPenney purchase of two years ago. I liked it so much that I bought it in a metallic one as well. My cohorts in crime (Kristy and Barb) also bought it in purple and pink. Friend Betty bought it in a metallic as well.
Center Front: My first Namaste bag purchased maybe three years ago. I bought it because I wanted to be able to carry my knitting in one side of it. In the beginning, I wasn't too crazy about it. It kep slipping off my shoulder and felt just way too big. It went to the closet for a period of time out, where it came back last winter. I found I liked the big ness of it. I could put a small project in it and files to bring home from work. It cut down on the amount of bags I had to carry in and out of work. When Spring came, I put it into the closet in favor of one of my many Vera Bradley Bowler bags. Namaste #1 will come out again in the Fall.
Center Back: Namaste #2 purchased two years ago at Stitches Midwest. I bought it on a whim on they way out of the Thursday night market. I hadn't bought anything all night long and felt that I "needed" it. This one never quite lived up to my expectations yet. It's heavy. I tried carrying for work, but it just seemed big and awkward. I may try it again, but not anytime soon....I even tried to sell it on Ravelry.
Far right: The newest purchase bought sight unseen after seeing it advertised and blogged about all over the place. My Jordana Paige. I kind of sort of like this one. But it is not an every day bag for me. It would be great when I go somewhere that I don't want to haul purse and knitting, like long days at hospitals visit or one day trip. When I pack it with everything I like to take, it's a little heavy. The strap that comes over was a little awkward for me when shopping. But, I have not totally given up on this one, because like Namaste #1, it may take me just a bit to get used to it.
If you can' derive from the pics and the rambling, I am always searching for the perfect purse/bag/tote. The quest goes on as long as it is the right color!