Now that I’ve finally uploaded the pictures, I can show you another FO.
Before my YTT (yoga teacher training) began I suddenly came to the conclusion that I needed a new mat. My old ones were showing their age and I figured it was time to invest in something not only stable and cushy, but kind to the environment. After much looking around for something that fit the bill and was a reasonable cost, I saw a post on Twitter that LotusPad had just got in a couple of blue mats. If that isn’t the universe saying “Hello! This is your mat!” I don’t know what would be.
So I ordered my mat and I couldn’t be happier. It is so light weight yet so cushy that I don’t really need a blanket under my knees in poses like Anjaneyasana. It rolls out nicely and the texture makes me feel secure, even when things get a bit sweaty (and by a bit I mean OMG I’m dripping!). I love this mat! In fact, I love it so much I decided to knit it a sweater!
The main reason for this is that this mat is made of natural rubber which will begin to degrade if exposed to direct sunlight (which is a wonderful thing for being environmentally sound, but not so much when you want it to have a long life for its intended purpose!). I like to leave my mat in the car when possible, so I needed something to wrap it in that would protect it from the sun
and all the crap in our cars. So I decided to make my own felted bag.
I flew completely by the seat of my pants on this one. I used leftovers from this sweater and this one and decided that I would cast on 200 stitches and just knit in garter stitch, throwing in a button hole every now and then and changing colors at will. As people saw me knitting on this, they thought I was making a blanket, and with good reason!
It was kind of huge!
That’s me standing behind it pre-felting. And remember, I’m nearly 6 feet tall!
When I felt like I’d knit far enough I folded it in half across the length, sewed it up that way and then across the bottom and threw it in the washer for what felt like many, many, many, many, MANY cycles. Eventually it felted enough to be as light proof as possible and still big enough around to fit a mat inside. I had also planned to leave some room to throw in a towel or maybe a change of clothes too.
When it dried I discovered it was WAY too long, almost twice as long as the mat. No matter. It’s felt! I just cut off some of the top, made new holes for the tie closure (which I made by braiding a long length of some of the still remaining yarn) sewed on my shoulder strap (which I knit much the same as the rest of the bag only going back and forth on far fewer stitches) and it was done!
It may not be the prettiest thing in the world, but it certainly gets the job done! I actually received many complements on it the first night I took it to the studio.
A some point I’d like to take the swatch that I felted before the bag as a test and make a pocket out of it to hold my small class notebook, maybe with a needle felted OM symbol on it. For now though my new mat is cozy, protected from light and travels easily from place to place.
Sometimes it’s really good to be a knitter!
ETA: Please see Katy’s comment on this post. I was mistaken about the rubber content of the mat although it is still biodegradable. Thanks Katy!