Conservatory Stash Busting

Do you remember how we painted the Conservatory a striking shade of green?

Well, we’ve now put some furniture and plants in there and created a favourite snoozing spot for Mewsley!

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Do you like the cushion on the chair behind Mewsley? It was bought on a whim from Ikea.

Here’s a better look (right way up too!!)..

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We really wish we’d bought a second one we liked it so much but they have discontinued it – Bah!!

There was only one thing for it – Knit a matching cushion!

First I gathered all my likely green and yellow stash wools together in a big heap…

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Then I had a couple of disastrous attempts at randomly combining them – You can laugh at these attemps if you like – I did :D

The random stripe disaster…

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Then the random colour blocks using the Ten Stitch Blanket pattern.

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This is a clever pattern that spirals out from the centre. The problem was my attempt at random colour blocks! Looked like something a very old beginner knitter might do to use up oddments…

The pattern is better suited to random dye yarns and when done properly, looks like this…

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So enough of laughing at my failures…what did I choose?

I’ve always gasped with amazement at the beautiful Afghans designed by Pat Ashforth and Steve Plummer of Woolly Thoughts.

I was thrilled to see their Double Vision Afghan technique as a Cushion.

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The cushion uses 4 colours and blends them in all possible combinations (with yarn doubled) to give the 16 squares.

I chose my 4 colours and some ancient black mohair (left over from a long dead 1984, cropped mohair jumper) and got carried away….

What do you think so far? I really trying to mirror the colours and proportions of the Ikea cushion…

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I am so pleased I can’t wait to finish!

Of course, that is just one side…

I like having the back of a cushion different so I’m knitting diagonally (so I can easily get the right size) and repeating 4 rows of each of the 10 possible colour combinations.

Like this so far…

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Hopefully, this will be finished a bit quicker than Halcyon….

…which has taken a shamefully long time to knit….watch this space for an update….

6 Responses

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  1. Helen
    Helen July 12, 2010 at 3:38 pm |

    That’s looking great, I could be inspired – my conservatory is being rebuilt in the near future. Glad to see that your chairs quickly become cat beds too – I’m planning three chairs, so I can always get a seat….

  2. CraftyCripple
    CraftyCripple July 12, 2010 at 3:49 pm |

    What a great concept. I think the result will only enhance your inspirational cushion.

  3. Ben
    Ben July 12, 2010 at 10:13 pm |

    Hey that’s a pretty nice conservatory!

  4. josiekitten
    josiekitten July 13, 2010 at 5:47 pm |

    It’s amazing how different 4 colours can look in different combinations! It looks fabulous, and will go really well with your other cushion. Love the conservatory btw.

  5. claire
    claire July 14, 2010 at 4:23 am |

    i Like the one with multicolors.. looks great!

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