Holiday handwork

I can’t do without sewing, even for 10 days.

So I’ve been casting about for a project to take with me. I considered some very simple crochet (which is all I’m capable of), making more dishcloths and face washers, and I may still take some cotton yarn and a hook with me, but I wanted something a bit more, well, creative. I debated taking Anemone, but I need more space for hand quilting than the interior of the caravan allows. My Dahlia tapestry? Nah, not in the mood… Plus I don’t have the right kind of chair in the caravan to work comfortably with the frame.

Where I left it in March…

So, it’s time to pick up where I left off in March. I’ll be taking the Days Gone By hexie quilt I’m make for Days for Girls.  It’s a decent size now, so I’ll make big sections to add to the main one once I’ve done some laying out to make sure there’s no visual clashing. A few photos on my phone will keep things on track, and when I go back to the Saturday sewing sessions on my return, I’ll have some respectable progress to show. It would be nice to have another couple of rows done, at least.

The handy thing is that everything I need fits into a small work basket, so it’ll stow away neatly in the caravan. It’ll be good to get back to hand sewing again. Even after the months of work on the Anemone quilt, I miss the peaceful rhythm of hand stitching.

I won’t even mind if it rains while we’re away…

52 thoughts on “Holiday handwork

  1. happy hexie stitching and have a lovely holiday. Stay safe

    • katechiconi says:

      I think it’s going to be busy on the road; Queensland just opened its borders to other states and all the grey nomads are rushing north for some winter sunshine! However, we’ve been booked for months, so at least our camping slot is safe 🙂

  2. Safe travels. I hope the weather is fine, and you have the best of all worlds, sewing, sightseeing and r&r.

    • katechiconi says:

      You know, even if the weather isn’t that great, we’ll have fun. Mouse may object to walkies in the rain on personal grooming grounds, but he’ll have to suck it up 😉 Looking forward to the gourmet visits, though, especially the cheese!

  3. magpiesue says:

    I hope you have a peaceful, fully enjoyable trip with lots of relaxation. ❤

  4. Happy holidays and keep us updated on the travels. Wish we could meet up like the last time … especially as I love Cairns so much. I’ll live vicariously through you 😍 Hopefully this restrictions lift soon … another 5 weeks to go !!! Fingers crossed 🤞 it levels or there will be further restrictions 😓

  5. claire93 says:

    hand-stitching hexies is the perfect portable project when while you’re on Holiday. Hope you have fun and that the Mouse also enjoys his travels.

  6. Lovely plan. I also need something for hands to do to complete the heart’s desire to be making something. I usually bring mindless sock-knitting.

  7. Marty K says:

    Such a beautiful quilt! Will be excited to see what you’ve made while on holiday. You’ve inspired me to do a little hand-stitching to make some more facemasks (still trying to find a pattern that works for my big ol’ head 🤣).

    Hope you have a fabulous holiday and that Mouse is a verygoodboi during your travels.

    • katechiconi says:

      I also have a big head, and have found that the man-size mask I linked to in an earlier post fits snugly around my moon-face! Mouse is looking forward to the trip. He travels well, sleeping most of the way, and loves his caravan bed and the new smells and sights at each caravan park.

  8. Dayphoto says:

    Have a very lovely holiday!

  9. Relaxing stitching and a relaxing holiday. What more could a girl want. Have fun.

  10. kymlucas says:

    Scrubbies are easy to crochet, but not as gorgeous as your quilt.
    https://www.joann.com/red-heart-scrubby-yarn/zprd_14147623a.html is the yarn I use though, in case you’re ever interested. Great little gifts too. Enjoy your trip!

    • katechiconi says:

      I generally make simple 7 or 8 inch squares of 100% cotton yarn, bordered with a contrasting colour. I can use them either as facecloths or dishcloths, and they stand up really well to laundering. It’s the kind of thing you can do without thinking while you talk or listen.

      • kymlucas says:

        Same with these. Just made with different yarn. Can be machine washed and have accidentally dried on occasion. If I crochet, I only do very basic stuff so it’s a relaxing endeavour. I like both scrubbies and the wash/dish cloths. Was making afghans in winter and donating to hospice, shelters, etc., but covid ended that. I have a pile now and will have to find somewhere else to donate.

      • katechiconi says:

        I hope you find a destination for all your lovely warm blankets. Not sure I understand why you can’t donate any more; the virus doesn’t stick to textile/fabric surfaces for more than a couple of days and not at all after laundering.

      • kymlucas says:

        I know. I think I need to research more. I was donating to hospice, but they closed the residential part of our local one, which was a travesty. Gorgeous building built with donations, they became part of a regional one, and three or so years later are closed. Similar to local hospitals – they all became part of big organizations, which closed many services in the name of efficiency. You can’t have a baby in my county any more, unless you do so at home, and good luck getting any kind of midwife or medical professional there! Then, you pay dearly for the service even with insurance.

        Sorry. That was a bit of a rant.

      • katechiconi says:

        Sounds like the rant is fully, fully justified. I loath the way that healthcare has become big business, instead of a federal government responsibility towards its citizens.

  11. kathyreeves says:

    Enjoy your holiday, and happy stitching!

  12. anne54 says:

    Perfect choice, Kate. (I am very envious that you can take to the open road. I will be with you in spirit!)

  13. nanacathy2 says:

    Hoping you have lovely weather and good company and don’t need your crafts- but by the same token look forward to seeing more of the hexies.

    • katechiconi says:

      I can sew even if the weather is good; we’ve promised ourselves at least one day when we don’t pile into the car and go somewhere, a real rest. Mouse will wonder what’s going on, but so long as I give him plenty of walkies we’ll be fine. I hope to come back with both hexie progress AND some great memories.

  14. Jule says:

    Happy holidays 🙂

  15. Sharon says:

    Enjoy your holiday 🙂

  16. We shall look forward to hearing from Mouse – he has been rather quiet of late. It must feel great to be able to go away for a while and taking your own home with you is perfect at the moment. Enjoy your trip, the new foods and your gentle hand sewing.

  17. Amanda says:

    Have a lovely time away. It’s nice stitching place memories into things.

  18. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    Enjoy your holiday ! Love those hexie colors !

  19. cedar51 says:

    adding my good thoughts for you and family having a relaxing time away…

    • katechiconi says:

      Thank you! It’s going to be fun; we’re returning to places familiar to us, but which Mouse hasn’t yet encountered. I’m looking forward to seeing what he thinks!

  20. rutigt says:

    Remember not to mislay this one 🙂

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