I finished my yoga mat bag.  (By the way, I love when I find a pattern I want to knit that turns out to be in a book that I’ve had for ages!)

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(Sorry for the distracting extras in the photos…)

Unfelted, it was the size of a small sleeping bag!

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I like the way it came out, though the strap is probably a few inches too long.  The bag itself may be a little big (I haven’t used it yet).  If so, I may re-felt it a bit more.

This is going to be felted so it needs to be knitted extra looooonnnngggg.

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Believe it or not, I’ve still got about 10 more inches to go before decreasing for the bottom.  There’s also a 40-inch strap to be knit.  But I love it so far and can’t wait to see how it felts up.

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I made a pair of what the Knitmore Girls would refer to as “vanilla socks.”  If the yarn looks familiar, it’s because I loved the Stricken Smitten that I got in the Cookie A Sock Club awhile back so much that I scoured Ravelry for another skein and bought one from a Raveler who wanted to unload.  Yes, it’s even the exact same color.  I don’t care — the yarn is so wonderfully soft and surprisingly durable.  I just wanted another pair.  Next up: a felted yoga mat bag!

So I wanted to make this wrap and I wanted to use bulky yarn because I was trying to copy something I saw my yoga teacher wear.  That mobius cast-on is trickier than it looks, especially when you’re casting on a lot of stitches, and I sort of guestimated how many stitches to cast on given my substitution.  Using this method, you can’t really tell whether you’ve gotten it right until you bind off.  Meanwhile, as I was knitting, I was thinking, “Would you really wear a wrap?!  I mean, your yoga teacher can pull off anything, but you? Not so sure.”  Well, lo and behold, when I bound off, I realized I had a cowl rather than a wrap and I LOVE it!  I had actually been queuing/favoriting a bunch of cowls on Ravelry so I ended up happy in the end.

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In other news, this is the first time in about seven years that I did not go to Stitches.  We arrived home late last night from the mountains after being gone for a week and I just couldn’t make it happen.  I mostly wanted to go to see my favorite podcasters (the 2KnitLitChicks, the Knitmore Girls, Stash & Burn, Never Not Knitting and designer Tot Toppers), particularly since I still have a large gift certificate from Imagiknit and didn’t need to buy anything.  Next year!

I’m in my forties.  I probably shouldn’t be wearing leg warmers.  But after attending a yoga retreat last month, I got inspired and couldn’t help myself.

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I used one ball of Plymouth Encore and this pattern.  I cast on 44 stitches.

 

So my kids’ school is so cool and hip that we had a yarn-bombing of the middle school library last night.  It was awesome.  Here are some photos:

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It was fun — and I can’t wait to hear what the kids thought when they arrived this morning.  In other news, I did, indeed, ditch the socks with errors:

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And, in fact, I ditched the yarn altogether, selling that ball to another Raveler. After the yarn bombing swatches, I turned to a pair of leg warmers (yes, leg warmers — I’m having a mid-life crisis):

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I hope I can pull these off.  (My ‘tween daughter has already insisted that I cannot.)

 

So I acquired some super-hard-to-get Lollipop Yarn from a kind, destashing Raveler.  I knit this far, trying to ignore two mistakes that I made early on…

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The mistakes aren’t visible in the photo but, believe me, they’re there (on the underside).  So I’m putting this away for a few days while I decide whether, since I only wear hand-knit socks around the house, it really matters all that much that there are mistakes.  At the same time, I spent mucho dinero on this yarn — I want to feel good about the socks they become.  So we’ll see.  In the meantime, I’m working up a quickie hat for my yoga teacher as a thank you for the amazing retreat she hosted this weekend.  Also, my kids’  school is having its very own campus yarn bombing in a few weeks and I’ll be knitting up some swatches for that.  In the meantime, what do you think — frog or keep this two-thirds-complete sock?  Also, forgive me for being a bit of a dolt, but is there a trick — other than cutting up your yarn — to keeping even stripes in self-striping yarn on the heel/gusset?

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