Pre-Op Update

Just a quick update to let you know that I am having surgery on Wednesday so I won’t be blogging (or sewing or biking) for a while. A health problem that has plagued me for at least twelve years will finally fixed once and for all (I hope), and I am looking forward to it.

I am also looking forward to some down time. I was told that the recovery is usually 4-6 weeks; I am taking 3.5. I don’t know how I will feel but hope I’ll be up and moving around enough to get *some* sewing done. The doctor looked a bit horrified when I said I usually bike to work so I am not allowed to do that for at least four weeks. Honestly, I haven’t biked much lately, due to weather, schedule or just plain not feeling like it. But after four weeks of not moving much, i know I’ll be anxious to get back in the saddle.

I failed in my plan to eat super healthy and do yoga every day in preparation for the surgery, so I am not going into it as strong as I’d envisioned. I guess I will focus on the recovery period to get my health mojo back. I know, I’ll pretend I am at a health spa, with a regular routine of veggies and yoga!

I will be back before you know it though! Until then, Happy Spring!

Reflective Yoga Mat Bag

I’ve started taking a yoga class at my gym, rather than my home DVDs, and although they gym offers mats for the class, I decided, after an unpleasant experience with a particularly fragrant mat, that I do need to drag one of my mats in with me. It’s sort of a drag, because the class is after work, so that means I will now have to bike to work on Mondays with my gym clothes in one pannier, my lunch and miscellaneous stuff in the other, and now a yoga mat.

But that’s when the idea struck – a yoga mat bag with reflective trim!

T-shirt by Eleanor Grosch (check out her Giro collection – want!)

The fabric I’ve had since I worked in Australia in 1997 – I’ve never known what to do with it. I love it, and love the way it works on this project.

Aboriginal print fabric from Australia

Because I just free-formed this pattern, I didn’t guess-timate my measurements perfectly, so the drawstring doesn’t quite close at the top. I need to make it a bit longer next time.

So close… but not quite…

Nevertheless, I’m pretty excited about it. It took me about an hour to make, which means others would be faster. I can already think of how fun this would be with different color combinations and prints and so on.

But next up are two more projects – one is altering a blazer I just bought, the other is making a skirt from a pattern. I’m not sure which to tackle first, but I can’t wait to get started!

Soon to be my Starry Starry Night skirt