I can totally explain my lack of posting in the last few months. I was in Egypt for the summer and before that it was Ramadan and I had assignments that were due and all of that. There was practically very little making or doing.
We played tourists this summer. We took our daughter to see the pyramids, the museum and a Nile boat ride at night.
They are even more magical at night.
The only thing I worked on was this cardigan, in my defense I cast this in June, knit to the sleeve section then ripped it all back because I wasn’t feeling happy with where it was going. I really need to up my game on this so I can start knitting my own stuff.
I have been taking a yoga class. I used to just carry my mat into class but, hey, if you can make a yoga bag, you make a yoga bag. I used this tutorial as a jumping point. I had this read pleather that has some texture to it, but it is still soft and supple enough to be easy to sew. The handles were also in my stash. Even the red and white striped lining fabric, the elastic and the magnetic snaps were all available at home. I lined my bag because, I don’t like seeing raw edges in a bag. I used a normal sewing machine needle and a teflon foot. It probably took an hour and a half from start to finish.
After successfully sewing the yoga bag, I wanted to experiment some more with faux leather. This is actually more bronzish in real life but it is much thicker and tougher than the red stuff. The bag size is perfect for my every day stuff; wallet, keys, sunglasses and my iPad. I also add the key thingy so I can clip my keys into it instead of having to fish for them in my bag.
Last but definitely not least, I read Nimona. It is a great graphic novel by Noelle Stevenson, you can read the first three chapters online and the book is available as a Kindle book. She writes a beautiful story of a young woman, who is strong, multidimensional and vulnerable but without the stereotypical fluff. Definitely worth a look at.