My fellow blogger, Salpal1, made some curtains and I commented on the travel theme. Mr. Aitch and I just got a new GPS and I thought a travel-themed fabric would be great to sew up a case for it. So Salpal sent me some of her leftover fabric.
I loved the names of the states but wait…
…no West Virginia!
That just can’t be.
So using fabric markers and some rubber stamps, I altered the one side (sorry Oklahoma) to get at least one West (by God) Virginia on the cover.
I measured the size of the GPS and added an inch to each side so it would be easier to get in and out, added a zipper, lining, doubled the fusible batting for protection and called it done.The back…
The inside…Then I decided to make another cover/case for the window attachment and cord and have it large enough so everything would fit inside for when we want to remove it all from the car and keep everything all together. I adapted the size of this pattern and made it a bit smaller. I didn’t have enough of the Route 66 Fabric so I pieced together some complementary fabric to make it large enough.
Um, one side.
Inside with just the attachments.
All included.Ready to go.
Thank you, Salpal, for the fabric scraps. I love it and had fun making it.
I have tried to get up the courage to knit a shawl. One to wrap around my shoulders when a sweater is too warm. Or around my neck under a coat when a heavy scarf is too bulky.
The Spindrift Shawl by Helen Stewart is the perfect fit. (Her website is here.) Crescent shape, a little bit of lace, one skein…what’s not to love? I bought some Zauberball sock yarn earlier in the summer so I cast on for this project sometime in the middle of October.
The pattern is great and includes stitch counts at the end of each row. After starting, ripping, and restarting several times, I added a lifeline as I kept losing or dropping a stitch. You can see those in the picture below. They will be removed once the knitting is completed and before blocking.
The first 4-10 stitches at the beginning and end of each row requires a bit of concentration but after a while it’s easy enough for TV knitting.
I thought this colorway, Bunte Gasse 2310, was mostly blues, greens and a bit of yellow but it’s got some red in there as well. It will do but was not what I expected.
It’s taking me about 20 minutes to knit one row as the rows get longer the more stitches I have to knit. Mr. Aitch and I have a few trips planned and if I can get him to drive, I can knit!
Buds and Blossoms caught my eye. Substituting Knit Picks Fingering weight Stroll for the recommended Tongue River Sport weight yarn seemed doable to use up some of my yarn stash. Black for the main color and red for the accent.
Everything was working out fairly well until I really looked at my progress.
I used my chart keeper and still missed a part of the color work.
A section with three red stitches should be there.
How could this happen? Well, Mr. Aitch and I don’t have regular TV but we do stream old shows and movies through our TV. I have a very hard time sitting with idle hands so I knit.
Obviously paying more attention to what was on the screen than what my hands were doing got me in this mess.
Working from a chart using more than one color of yarn requires more concentration than a two-row pattern using one color per row.
I’ve lost that loving feeling with this project. It’s hibernating until I decide whether to fix it or start over.