I don't blog much about yoga - it is something I do quietly by myself, especially since I haven't been able to attend classes in the past couple years because of a combination of geography and scheduling. In fact, in most of my 30-odd years of practice, I have practiced alone, relying on books and the occasional video/DVD to share the wisdom of various teachers. I was fortunate to be able to attend classes for a handful of years while I was teaching high school, and my Iyengar-rooted teacher Laurel, helped me fine-tune the accuracy of my body alignment and introduced me to both restorative and yin yoga.... and I am hoping to fit classes in again soon, once my teaching and my early childhood classes are over for the spring. I was excited to find the Namaste yoga mat bag pattern, the third one I have attempted over the years, in hopes of needing to carry my mat off to class soon!
Getting to use my handiwork is not the best part of this project.... the wonderful cables are!
I so thoroughly enjoyed knitting these back-and-forth, intertwining cables as I made my Berroco Suede version of the pattern, which I finished last week.
I even enjoyed mattress stitching it up...thanks, Allison! Bet you are surprised to hear me say that, but I have come to love and appreciate the way that mattress stitching creates an invisible seam up the side.
I was tickled to insert my mat in the bag, stand it on a chair for a photo and realize that the cables looked like hearts nestled inside of each other, marching up the sides in rows... what a perfect image for a bag to take to yoga sessions with me!!
I am still searching for the right re-purposed strap, though I think that if I sewed this utility strap from our camping box in the right place on the bottom of the bag, and in relation to where the fixed end of the buckle is, I could make it work... I still have a few days yet, though, as I haven't found a class with time requirements to match mine... so be thinking of me, practicing quietly at home every morning around 6 AM Pacific Daylight Time.