It's been awhile since my last update. Sorry about that--this yoga challenge is really kicking my butt. I'm doing 90 minutes of hot yoga 5 times a week for 30 days, which comes out to 22 classes and a total of 33 hours of yoga this month. Yikes! I'm halfway through week 4 right now and have 5 more classes left until I finish the challenge.
I didn't weigh or measure myself before I started but my pants are all fitting looser, I have some abdominal definition, and some serious guns going on. Not only that, but I feel more awake in the morning and more cheerful during the day (yes, working out all the time is making me more cheerful)! I know this sounds like a plug for Hart Yoga (okay, it is a little bit), but I am loving this! I thought I would get so sick of the bikram sequence, but I look forward to each class and the opportunity for improvement in each posture.
If you've never tried bikram or other hot yoga, seriously give it a try. It'll be hot, you'll feel nauseous, and you definitely won't be able to do the full expression of every posture, but that is one of the things I love about it--there is always room for improvement, always something to keep you coming back. Try it three times and I swear you'll love it!
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Now some knitting. These have been finished for a while, but here they are, the Mary Jane slippers:
The pattern was so, so easy. You just need to know how to pick up stitches from knitted fabric. There's an awesome tutorial for applied i-cord included with the pattern and it's almost worth making the slippers just for that tutorial. The pattern can be found here. I've been wearing mine a lot lately. I even tossed out the old, ill-fitting slippers I had before, yay!
And now a finished object I am super excited about: the Pas de Valse Cardigan:
The pattern is by Marnie MacLean and can be found on the Twist Collective's site here. The pattern is a little expensive, but it is totally worth the money--it is so well written. I thought I would get bored with all the stockinette, but there is enough shaping throughout that I was interested the whole time and blew through it in two weeks--that's a lot for ~1100 yards of sock-weight yarn!
The best part: there are absolutely no seams. None. The only sewing you have to do is weaving in the ends and grafting the rest of the shawl collar. That's it. If I were to do it again, I would probably have knit the sleeves from the cuff up and then sewn the cap into the shoulder because I just didn't get as nice a seam by picking up stitches from the shoulder, but I am still VERY happy with the way it came out. I can definitely see this becoming one of my favorite cardigans. Well done, Marnie, well done. She's got some other lovely patterns at her website, here.
Next time, I'll have a very long overdue Etsy update. I've had some new products ready for a while, but haven't gotten around to photographing them yet. I promise I will get my act together and get the new things posted. Stay tuned!