OK. I admit it….my resolve has failed me and I got bored with the flower blanket. It has been put away, pending winter.
I’m a bad, naughty knitter and a bad, delinquent blogger 🙁
It’s my sister’s fault really….she went and had a birthday right when I was struggling to apply myself – she distracted me….
The gift I had in mind for her was knitted so I had to stop with the blanket to make sure it was finished in time…. didn’t I??
So what did I make Carol for her birthday?
There’s a story here….
Once upon a time, in a long lost century, around an era some might call “1992” , my big sister bought knitting kit from Good Housekeeping Magazine. It was by a company called Knitwits (who I can’s find a trace of now).
It was for a lovely bobbly, lacy cushion cover. The pattern doesn’t specify the yarn but I suspect strongly that it was Rowan Handknit cotton. Carol decided the best way to complete this kit was to ask her little sister to knit it up for her! I happily obliged and the cushion has adorned Carol’s livingroom ever since. Still looking like new…
…and I stupidly don’t have a picture of it!
About 6 years ago I made another version of this cushion (I got pictures this time!!) in fabulous Rowan Chenile Chunky. This version was beloved by Thug before it even got off the needles. It has become his personal cushion and a favourite snoozing spot.
Hmmm – Can’t see the pattern there can you?? Kinda obscured by the ginger lard-boy…
and this… (I apologise for the matted, fur encrusted tatty nature of this cushion. It does get washed regularly when I can prise it out from Thug’s paws)
(I apologise for the matted, fur encrusted tatty nature of this cushion. It does get washed regularly when I can prise it out from Thug’s paws)
I tell you – those bobbles, especially with chenille, are a bitch – I had “bobble finger” by the end of this cutie.
So what of Carol’s birthday present? I knew Carol was hankering after a new cushion cover for her living room and was sure I had the perfect colour yarn in stash….
This is what I came up with…
And I learnt a useful trick about bobbles too!
A good thing because this cushion has 234 of them!
You know how you do a bobble -(k,p,k,p into a stitch to make 4 stitches, knit back and forth on those 4 stitches a few times the decrease back to 1 stitch and carry on.)- That involves a heck of a lot of turning your work around – it wastes time and involves flailing limbs, tangled balls of yarn and, if knitting on the train as I planned to do, ticked off commuters. 😯
I thought I’d try my hand at backwards knitting for the purl rowls of the bobbles (backwards knitting is where you don’t turn the work at the end of a knit row but work from left to right with the right side facing you).
I’m not very even when I backwards knit but what the hey – it’s in a bble – eho’ll see? It worked like a charm and made the dreadded “bobble rows” much easier to handle. It also had the advantage of not causing and loss of eyeballs to my fellow commuters!
So did Carol like her birthday gift?
Well yes – she loved it, but only after I’d convinced her it wasn”t a rather eclectic hat!
|Completed Knit Report|
|Pattern:||Knitwits Good& Housekeeping pattern|
|Yarn:||Rowan Chenile (lilac), Sirdar pure cotton (green) and the original in Rowan HK cotton (I think)|
|Washing and Wearing:||Goes on forever – even with a fat ginger cat mauling it daily|
|Knit It Again???:||Yes, 3 knitted – I’m sure to repeat it.|
|Other Postings Relating To This One:||None|