Happy Sunday! I’ve had a different type of Sunday today, it’s my Mum’s birthday today, so we’ve been out doing fun things, celebrating, eating far too much cake (me, not her so much) and visiting our fave yarn shop of course on the way home from lunch! I’ve been making one of her presents all week and finally got it finished last night *whew*
What is it about a deadline? For the last few weeks I’ve been struggling to find something to make, having inspiration issues, and as soon as I get involved with something that must be made by Sunday at 10am before we leave for lunch, I’m inspired to make a million different things! Even the sock that has grown at an average of 2cms/week in the last month suddenly became the most irresistable project in the history of sock knitting!
I decided to make something out of all the skeins of handspun lying around my lounge… the lounge is starting to look like a very messy yarn shop and I needed to intervene! As many of the skeins were 20-40gms they weren’t substantial enough for lots of small projects, so I decided to knit a cushion cover with them. It was a very fun project, until I decided to make it a present for my Mum. Then deadline-dread kicked in, but even after that it was still fun, and I warn you, it’s very er…. handmade and rustic rather than perfection in knitting form, but of all the gifts I gave my Mum this morning, it seemed to be her favourite which is nice. Warm fuzzies. Mum loves handmade things. I guess it doesn’t wear off even when your kid is 30.
I finished this cushion so late in the game I didn’t even get time to take it’s picture…. I wrapped it in tissue, stuffed it in a bag, gave it to Mum and immediately took it back to take it’s picture outside in Mum and Dad’s wintery garden.
So if you look closely at the stripes (if the brightness doesn’t burn your retinas!!!) you can see Fire Cracker and the Herbaliser, plus my very first effort, the purple the buttons are sewn onto and some more Mum plied for me to “get it off her bobbins”…
On the back are Agent Orange and Call Girl, plus more of the Herbaliser and other bits Mum spun…
The cushion insert is from the second hand shop, and the buttons are the coolest handmade buttons ever made which I bought from the person who made them and was having a destash… they’re clay! I seriously LOVE these buttons!
So it is a handmade, upcycled extravaganza! KB loved it too and wanted me to make her a vest like it… I’ve still got lots of Mum’s handspun and can’t stop spinning my own, so who knows… maybe she’ll show up on here soon enough with a handspun v-neck vest.
I had such fun reading through the comments you left on my last post about knitting/hooking-related disasters, I hope you didn’t mind me having a giggle at your doll-sized cardigans, bed-sized cot-blankets and teeny-tiny shawls! So thank you for sharing! My scarf, while beautiful is about to meet it’s death… I’m rabbiting it… the reason? Pilling.
Yes. I’ve never had anything pill on me before, but a week of wear (and how much wear and tear does a scarf really get?!) has left it pilled, and I decided that instead of trashing $44 worth of lovely yarn, I’ll rabbit it and knit it into a baby something-or-other as a gift because baby stuff gets grown out of before it gets worn out. (I presume) Better to be recycled than live stuffed at the back of my closet!
As well as your lovely comments, I had another amazing surprise on Friday morning via Ravelry… the lovely Sarah left a comment about her shawl frustrations, so of course I went to visit her blog to see this shawl, and fell totally in love with the pattern, told Sarah, and the next morning found in my Ravelry message box a copy of the pattern Sarah had sent me as a gift!
How blessed did I feel at that moment!? Thank you soooooooooooooooooooooo much Sarah, you have no idea how much your generosity meant to me! The pattern link is HERE and I’m sure you’ll understand why I love it! Sarah’s lovely blog Crafts from the Cwtch is well worth a visit too if you’re not one of her devoted followers already! She is making a particularly beautiful granny square blanket right now, which makes me want to get my granny on whenever I see it, so make sure you pop over and say hello and soak up her good vibes!
OK then! I’m off… I can’t decide what to do, spin my latest fleece which I can’t wait to tell you about? Carry on with the project I started the minute I finished the handspun cushion. or start one of the two others I’m dying to begin?! Lucky I’m on mid-trimester break now so I can fit it all in (although it’s only a pretend break, there are still miles of essays to write!).
Wishing you a wonderful Monday,
Lots of love from Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX