Saturday, April 26, 2014

Crafting on the road

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. 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's always about the cats.

Long Live the Crafty Queen


  1. love your yarn crafts and neat idea on the pillowcases! :)

    (and i just discovered andrea p. was one of your blogging meet-ups! how neat!)

  2. You are the crafty one! The pillowcase idea is so clever and practical. I never learned how to knit or crochet, and admire those skills, as well as sewing. You are extremely gifted in many areas of the arts. Enjoy your projects, and also your Home Time.

  3. Your thck fuzzy yarn looks like fun. I go between the knitting and the crocheting. I like them both, but the crocheting goes faster for me. I think your idea of the pillow case is super. What a great way to save memories. I like the pattern on your knit square. Very pretty. Pogo is trying to eat the box of tissues that I just opened, so I had better go rescue the tissues. You have a wonderful day, hugs, Edna B.