Monday, 2 May 2016

A Tablet Case and Bank Holiday Fun

This is Steve's Sleeve, a pretty stylish little tablet case from Wool and the Gang who, a weeks ago, very kindly sent me a kit to try out. While I'd heard of Wool and the Gang I hadn't bought any of their products before so I was intrigued. 

The kit was well stocked with all the materials you needed for the case plus hook, darning needle and pattern, which I have to say was very well written and easy to follow (although it is written in US terms so be aware of that).

The whole case was easy to make, just rows of double crochet stitches worked in a spiral until you reach the desired size, and it required more of my concentration to stitch the leather flap onto the back of the case than it did to crochet. 

The blanket stitch is not hard, but I wanted my stitches to look as even as possible, not easy with the thick yarn.

This is the finished sleeve. I really like the simplicity of both the pattern and the design; no flowers, no pompoms, no embellishments - although you could easily add some if you wanted to - just the texture of the yarn and leather and the solid blocks of colour. I like the way it's not aimed at women or men, but is just a really useful thing to have.

Little details are there in the small metal tag provided, which is kind of half stitch marker half safety pin. 

It's a cosy home for a tablet and we use it all the time. Things are endlessly dropped in this house and not always by the children, so the cover is useful.

I know I said I liked how unisex the design was, but it occurred to me that this would be a great gift if you really wanted to crochet something for a man or teenage boy, and I think it would be well received. 

Thanks for the kit Wool and the Gang, I really enjoyed making this. 

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Thank you all for your kind comments on my last Colour Collaborative post. I will try to respond to the questions soon. I hope you've had a nice bank holiday weekend? Ours has been alright - it's swung between relaxing and productive, lazy and busy, grumpy and happy, wet and dry. Saturday morning the four of us went to Chichester with nothing more urgent on our list than to go to Waterstones and get a coffee, and we did all that plus I had the biggest, most delicious apple doughnut I've ever eaten. It was about the size of my hand. In the afternoon my parents came and picked up Bella and Angus leaving John and I child free for a few hours to decorate. It was a nice afternoon - we played music, there was barbecue pulled pork chuntering away in the slow cooker, we didn't have to tell anyone to stop bickering. The children were returned to us at bedtime, fed and watered, and with a parcel of cakes my mum had baked that afternoon too. 

On Sunday we wanted to visit the Portsmouth Rural and Seaside Show in down Southsea. The sun was shining and we decided to go out early and treat ourselves to breakfast first at a favourite place down on the seafront. Well, the whole morning was almost derailed by the shocking and devastating discovery that they have taken their Eggy Bread off the menu and replaced it with a bagel with peanut butter and banana. I mean seriously, why would you do that? Their Eggy Bread (French Toast to my American friends) was the sweetest, gooiest, fluffiest thing you ever tasted and we'd all been talking about it in the car on the way there and saying how we were missing our weekend breakfasts at home and how we were looking forward to it. Oh my goodness. Angus actually cried when he realised it wasn't on the menu. John looked sad and ordered a Full English but I could tell his heart wasn't in it. Bella stoically chose something different. I ordered Eggs Royale and it was sublime I have to say, with homemade hollandaise sauce, so good. But gosh it was stressful. This is what happens when you don't have a kitchen! Food gets blown out of all proportion. Anyway, it all looked up from then on and we had a lovely morning pottering around the seafront and watching Sheep Dog Trials and Shire Horse Displays and the like. We spent the afternoon decorating, again, then went to my parents' for dinner in the evening. They have really looked after us this weekend, what with childcare and feeding us and just generally being brilliant and supportive. 

Today, I...wait for it...did some more painting. We're almost there with the decorating now, but the kitchen is still very much a work in progress (no worktops or cooker or flooring) and I have lots of photos to show you. I'll do another kitchen update soon. Have a lovely week you lovely people!


  1. Oh dear, such egg based disappointment. It's such a let down when you are looking forward to something in particular and then you can't have it, no matter what that thing is.
    We went down to that event a couple of years ago, Souhtsea are pretty good at big events.
    Lisa x

  2. Changes in life, even menu changes can be so disheartening and disruptive, can't they. I'm glad that your bank holiday has been happy for the most part, though :) Our sky is mostly blue today and I planted some purple petunias this morning, celebrating the sunny warm day. Happy painting and decorating progress, Gillian! xx

  3. I like the tablet cover, it's really nice. How fun to get a free kit to try. Obviously, you are an excellent representative for the crochet world. I'm sorry the egg dish didn't work out, how disappointing. I hope your kitchen is back to normal soon. It sounds like you miss it a lot. I'm glad you had a nice bank holiday, it sounds like a good mix of family time, work and play.

  4. I hope you marched Angus up to the counter and showed them his sad little tear-stained face. If so they will have it back on the menu for next time I am sure. The rural and seaside show sounds great, glad you all had a nice day out together. And well done on all the decorating, you're working so hard on your lovely new home. I hope the kitchen is coming on well. Brilliant tablet cover, beautifully made by the way, you always do such an amazingly professional job. Wishing you a good week. CJ xx

  5. Maybe if there a lots of teary young ones and grumpy older ones, the menu will be changed back? Sounds like a very busy and productive weekend. The tablet case is really different with crochet and leather. I like, (though I don't own a tablet), and so well made. Have a good week and take care.

  6. Sounds like you need to petition for the return of the eggy bread! I don't have a tablet but if I did, that would be just the cover for it. We're decorating the stairs and landing at the moment and I'm high on the smell of white gloss. Happy painting. xx

  7. Whenever we go down to Emsworth we go the cake shop and have apple doughnuts and we look forward to that all the way there. In fact I feel a trip coming on soon.

  8. The tablet case looks nice, I like its simplicity.
    Your Bank Holiday weekend sounds good! I did some more clearing up after my "Big Switch" when I wasn't out to enjoy the sunshine (nearly all of Saturday).
    Love the picture of Angus throwing a stone - at first glance, it looks like an illustration from a 1950s holiday brochure.

  9. Our iPad just got dropped and has now a corner of the screen broken. Should have kept it in a sleeve. Yours is nice, I like the simplicity of it. It is a shame eggy bread was taken off the menu at your favourite breakfast place. It is such a simple and beautiful dish, it is difficult to understand why they no longer make it. Maybe Angus could write them a brief note to express his disappointment. Have a lovely week. x

  10. Beautiful and so different and colorful. Lovely

  11. The Eggy Bread withdrawal would have completely devastated me too, it's one of my favourite things and has been since I was little. My auntie used to make it for me but she used to cut it up into fingers, so in our house it's called Eggy Fingers. Have a great week, hope you make good strides with the kitchen xx

  12. That tablet case looks wonderful. I love the color and that clean, simple look!

  13. That is one stylish case. Food can be stressful when you are used to it being organised and a real part of your everyday life. Hang in there... Jo x

  14. Aagh, so frustrating when they do things like that!! If you're in Portsmouth again the feed café is amazing. It's on gunwharf quays under the railway bridge. They do the most amazing eggy bread topped with bacon and maple syrup! The crochet case is so neat and would definitely be a great man gift😃

  15. Ohhh how disappointing there was no eggy bread. Nothing else will do when you look forward to favourite food. Love the simple stylishness of the tablet cover.

  16. Hey Gillian,
    Just catching up here. S sorry t see you say goodbye to the collaborative posts. They are a monthly highlight of mine. Our bank holiday sounded similar to yours, minus the painting. I have been watching your kitchen progress with great interest, and a touch of envy ;)
    Have a lovely week.
    Leanne xx

  17. Why do restaurants do that? I think we all find, they sometimes do and it's always our favourites they've hoofed off!
    i think the tablet case is very stylish and smart.

  18. Even with a fully functioning kitchen there would have been uproar and disappointment at the withdrawal of eggy-bread! Though a face-size apple doughnut may help a little... Love the crochet case, they produce such dreamy patterns and kits


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