Thursday May 10, 2012 | 02:59 PM

Crafts and cycling aren't often referred to in the same sentence. For good reason.

You don't, for example, ever want to be caught knitting a pair of mittens while pedaling along on the Eastern Trail. That would be considered extremely dangerous. And you'd look like an idiot.

But those who consider both crafting and biking among their talents might be interested in combining the two at Space Gallery's Bike Tool Bag Workshop on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Any cyclist knows that a tool bag is a necessity. So why not have a super cool one you made yourself? You'll learn how to make one that can hang from your top tube, your handle bars or your seat.

Sewing machines, and all materials (even reflective tape!) will be provided. You can also bring anything you'd like to decorate your bag and make it really one of a kind. And, bring along your bike if you want to make sure to get the perfect fit.

The workshop is part of Space's month-long celebration of Bike Month and it costs $20. Buy your ticket here.

Another cool event coming up next Saturday, May 19, is the Tired Press' visit to the farmers market at Deering Oaks Park. The Tired Press is a mobile printmaking studio that's really a bike outfitted with a small relief press. See it in action from 9 a.m. to noon.

Also be sure to stop in at Space to view the current exhibit, "Seek Alt. Routes: Recording Bicycle-Powered Experiences." It's a participant-generated show and it hangs all month. Check out Avery Yale Kamila's story about the exhibit here.

About the Author

Karen Beaudoin lives in Portland and is the web editor for PressHerald.com.

Her Pedal On blog offers info, events and advice for people who love their bikes more than, well ... almost anything.

Get in touch at kbeaudoin@mainetoday.com

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