Since we are not able to store anything not useable, I have taken to creating special pillowcases to celebrate the areas we have visited. This way I have a memory of the place and get to do some sewing along the way.
This is a lot of fun for many reasons. The local quilt shops always seem to have some special themed fabric just for their area and it's a great excuse to pop into one of them. Yeah...right...like I need an excuse.
I found this funky alligator fabric while in Alabama and just had to make a pillowcase to remember our trip to Florida and the deep south.
I also discovered some more cool fabric, but I can't show a photo of this yet as it's a gift for someone when I get back.
I've also started to attempt more knitting. There is a very easy pattern for dishrags where you don't have to think much, and I like to work on these while he's driving. This way I can have my hands busy and still enjoy the passing scenery. I will teach this to my granddaughters this summer when we are back in Minnesota if they would like to learn.
I stumbled across a crochet basics class at Joanne's while in Nashville and learned how to do some basic stitches. I did a little of this in a prior life, but it's been several decades and I can't remember.
This is the piece I did in class using single crochet, double crochet, half double crochet and treble crochet. It has no practical use other than for learning the stitches.
Then I played around with some chunky fuzzy yarn and tried to remember how to do Granny Squares.
It was fun, but I still prefer the knitting - it just seems easier to figure out where you're at. Here is a dishrag I did and then did the same project with bigger needles and the thicker yarn. A bit of a size difference, huh? Not sure what I'll do with it, but it could make a nice cat blanket...it's always about the cats.
Long Live the Crafty Queen