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Yoga Bag

I have just started to take Yoga classes and have been thinking about the best way to carry my mat to class with me. So far I have it narrowed down to two options, knit or sewn. The first picture is a free downloadable pattern from Amy Butler called the Nigella Yoga Bag. It looks promising and I can tailor it to include a cellphone pocket, and maybe a pocket for bottled water.

The other option is a felted yoga bag from the book Last-Minute Knitted Gifts. I saw a picture of this made out of malabrigo and it was inspiring. Here is a different picture to give you an idea.

Courtesy of Upandatom from Ravelry

I’m really looking forward to making one of these after school ends. I will be graduating with my Bachelors in Business at the end of May. That will give me some time to find my yarn or fabric.
I would love to hear from you on what you would do or have done with a yoga bag!

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Blerg. . .

Today is Monday, December 28 and I have a cold. Cold’s are never any fun. It hit me the day after Christmas and has knocked me down since. Today is the first day I feel well enough to move, but I still can’t talk and am having coughing fits every so often. I’m going to try to take this opportunity to get some sewing done around here. As I said before, I have a few projects that I am working on, so I’ll give you a  now.

This lovely stack of fabrics will become a cute lap quilt featuring Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Ever since childhood, this book has meant loads to me. I love Eric Carle’s children’s books.  And now I can enjoy them forever with this adorable fabric! The caterpillar scattered print is the backing, seeing as I have around 3 yards. I also have the panel and a few go-withs to make something fabulous with. I think, however, that this gorgeous material will be going to my future mother-in-law. It was supposed to be a Christmas gift, but I didn’t get the quilt made up in time. . .

This next stack is Authentic by Sweet Water for Moda. I really like the colors and textures in this collection. The pattern is Paper Back Writer by Abbey Lane, I adore most of their patterns. I think this quilt will look very chic once finished. This one is a store sample, so I probably won’t be keeping it, although it would look good on my couch. . . ^_^

I better get a move on if I want to finish any projects today. I’ll try to post again with some progress shots and some finished projects once I get there. So much to do, so little time. . . anyone have some spare time for sale?

BTW, just on a side note. . . I watched Julie & Julia this weekend. I have to say that was an adorable movie. I really enjoyed every part of it. I do wonder why Julia didn’t like Julie though. . . I often times feel like Julie in that I don’t know who reads this, and if I even have many people looking at my random thoughts and writings. I do know that I have the occasional looker, but do I have any blalkers? By blalker, I mean “blog stalker”. It’s when you religiously re-visit blogs to read up on the latest content. I can tell you that the one blog that I am always a blalker at is Ysolda Teague’s blog about knitting and other great stuff. She lives in Scotland and has several patterns and a couple books out on knitting. Love her stuff, as my blalker’s would know from all the times I have mentioned her in my posts. ^_^ So anyway, all of you blalkers out there, thanks for listening and talk to you soon.

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Long time no post.

It has been a while since my last post. If you count the raffle I guess it hasn’t been too long, but for a substantive post, I feel it is way over due. Anyway, I’m at the coast visiting my aunt this week. I hope to get to the quilt and knit shops up here and get some good beachy pictures to get up here. In the mean time, here is what I have been up to.

I pieced together a store sample from Laura Gunn’s collection. I believe it is called Poppy Fields. I adore the birdcages but am not too crazy about the rest of it. Picture to come if I can ever figure out wordpress for the iPhone. ^_^

I also have some new items in my shop! Project Pyramids. They are perfect for a pair of socks or a hat. The elastic band slips over the wrist and hangs comfortably as you knit. Great to take your knitting with you on the go when walking or to the movies! ^_^ you can see them in my shop melissaskre8tions.etsy.com

I’ll try to get more updates in a timely manner. Lots going on!

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Blogging Block

To those of you who visit my blog as often as I visit other blogs, you may have noticed that it has been a very long time since my last post.  Many reasons come into play here, though I won’t go into them.  So, I will try to get back into my old groove of posting crafty things.  I am in the process of sewing, quilting, knitting, spinning, and scrapbooking.  There are lots of other things that I’m sure you will read about whether you want to or not, but we’ll get to those when we cross that bridge.  Unfortunately, I have no fun pictures to share at this time, but I will be posting more and more often.

I went on vacation with my family to Astoria this past weekend and went to Anna Lena’s quilt shop where I stumbled upon some very gorgeous fabric by Marcus Brothers called Surf & Sand.  It’s so pretty.  I bought a total of 4 1/2 yards, so hopefully I can get a lot of use out of it.

I will try to send more later.  🙂