And the winner is….

Time is over – the yoga bag has found a lucky winner 🙂

Out of the 8 entries, has chosen the lucky 7! And the 7th comment came from Silvia! Congratulations. I hope the bag will serve you well.

yoga bag competitionThank you all for entering the competition, I hope you had a little bit of fun with it even if you did not win this time. Who knows, if I am getting into a Christmassy mood there might be another give away soon 🙂

Scrap Sunday: To be continued… still

As I was still busy with the yoga bags this week, I have only been working on my scrap skirt in the Sewing Club on Friday and a little bit afterwards at home. So far, not so good.

I have to say, it seems to be turning out a little bit different from what I would have wanted. The godets might be too small. And too short. Especially as I haven’t even done the hem yet.


I think I pictured something more A-liny in total but with the godets showing a bit. And I should have done 6 panels instead of 8. I planned 8 as initially I wanted the corduroy lines in the bias, so they meet at the seam and do a bit of a zig zag. But I did not have quite enough fabric to do that and it is such a fine corduroy that it would not have shown anyway. So I cut it straight. And now that central seam looks a bit silly.

Would have been good to make a calico version of this new design. Never mind. I am sure it will not look too bad, just not as I wanted. And I have definitely learned something.

On a brighter note: Don’t forget the yoga bag give away. If you don’t do yoga, don’t worry. The bag doesn’t know that. Just use it as a knitting bag 🙂

Oh and I have also finished the second bag for the introductory offer on etsy. And I have made a few other ones which are already listed in the shop.




The yoga bag story – that project I could not talk about and a give away

“Why is she suddenly making yoga bags? Wasn’t this a knitting blog? What is she talking about?” you might be thinking.

Well, it all started with a request from a friend who has opened his own yoga studio back home. He asked me if I would be interested in making bags which he could sell in his studio. This idea came at the right time. I was just thinking to look for shops in the area who would be interested to sell my (mainly knitted) stuff and I was also considering to expand my range to small make up bags as I would be able to use all those cute printed fabrics creeping out of my fabric boxes.

Now, obviously a yoga bag is not quite the tiny cute make up bag but it was a much more real thing.

So I set to work, went to look for suitable fabrics, made design sketches, asked my friend plenty of practical questions and made a calico bag. I then enthusiastically started to cut out a coated cotton (some of them will be made of coated cotton, some out of normal one) and when I had cut out enough for three bags, I suddenly realised a big mistake in my design: The initial yoga bag had a seam at the bottom of the bag but as you carry it on your bag like a quiver, the bottom of the bag will actually be the exposed side. So in that case, it would be a shame if there was a seam.

I still made one of them up but in the meantime I adjusted my design for the cotton ones and set to work.

If you want to know more about the bags (size, material, process of making one,…, please go to the yoga bag section by clicking on the link in the top menu.

To celebrate the start of this new and exciting adventure, I have several goodies for you.

First of all, I will be giving away the coated cotton one with the back seam.


The fabric itself is waterproof but the seams are not taped or anything. So it will be fine in normal wet weather on your way to your yoga session but it will most likely not keep your yoga mat dry when you were walking through torrential rain for four hours.

Inside, the bag is fully lined and it has a small bag for your phone, keys,… which you can actually remove and take with you (sorry no picture taken)

If you want to enter the competition, please respect the following rules:

1. Everybody who does not live in the same household as me is allowed to enter the competition. (I really do not want my husband to go to his training with this flowery bag).

2. Leave a short comment in the comment box below. This is just to give your name a number.

3. The competition will be open until Wed, 26 November 2014 8am (London time)

4. will then chose the winning number.

5. I will contact the winner by email and inform everybody in a post.

6. And obviously there will be no right of appeal. If you do not trust me or just don’t take part 🙂

For all the others who did not win or are not keen on that particular style, please don’t be sad. I will put my first two other bags in my etsy shop for the introductory price of £15 pounds which will just about cover the cost of the material for one bag.

These will be the introductory offer bags (but please give me a bit of time, I do promise to hurry up – as you can see, for the second one there is still a bit of work to do, not just the listing on etsy 🙂







Wer will mich – looking for a new home

Hello, hello, I am back.

I have gone all quiet since the holidays mainly due to a lack of inspiration…. which also resulted in two rather lukewarm scarf projects. Don’t get me wrong, the patterns are both lovely, I have used beautiful yarn in both cases, but I’ve got the sizing wrong and it is just not quite right for me and my neck. So I am thinking of finding a new home for them. A bit like Edith Klinger’s Wer will mich? for those Austrian readers 🙂

So, first of all, we have a lovely Trillian by Martina Behm – a narrow, slightly asymmetric triangular shawlette with an eyelet border in a luxury silk/merino yarn by Dye For Yarn in green tones. It is about 190cm long and 30cm wide at the widest point.

The problem I have with it is that it is not quite big enough (because I had much less yarn than suggested). Wrapping it around my neck only once, leaves long ends, but wrapping it around twice is not quite possible. Especially as it is asymmetric.


The other lovely shawlette looking for a new home is a Lintilla, again by Martina Behm, again a slightly asymmetric, rather narrow triangle but with ruffles instead of eyelets. I have used a gorgeous bluish green 100% merino wool by Wollmeise but it is as well slightly too short (or too long, depending how often you want to wrap it around your neck). It is about 195cm long and about 26cm wideat the widest point.


So, if you think that you are the right person to take care of one of these (or you know a person who would be able to offer one of them a good home), please leave me a quick comment, explaining why you are the right person and I will be happy to post it to you.

If there is more than one person interested in one of them, will have to decide.

And if you are wondering why I keep knitting too small things: I guess it was a deadly combination of lack of commitment, lack of patience and lack of a good kitchen scale to wait for the right moment to start the end sections 🙂

After such a long break, the start of the new school term is a good time for me to take things more seriously again (I have already, just a bit behind with the posting). I guess I am still a teacher, going from september to september rather than january to january 🙂