Friday, January 13, 2012

Copenhagen and Cashmere

No excuses, it's been a while.

I am currently working on Yvonne Eijkenduijn's wonderful Copenhagen pillow ,which is a free design for Red Heart & Debbie Stoller's Stitch Nation Yarn. I really, REALLY love Debbie's yarn and have said so on so many occasions. 

The pattern is super easy and a quick crochet. It calls for attaching the squares as you go and I have to confess that I've never tried that. Well I'm here to say that I will never do it any other way from here on. I started this pillow top on Wednesday of this week and the crochet work is now done and it is only Friday morning of the same week. Awesome!
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Needs a good blocking.

Look at all of those loose ends...good TV watching task.
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The pattern directs you to sew the finished top to a pillow which is a very quick finish in deed but I stumbled upon the pillow back made out of thrifted sweaters tutorial on the Attic 24 site and really want to try this as I love the slip cover effect of the removable cover.

I have been collecting cashmere sweaters to use in crafting for a while now and had just the right colors for this pillow. Unfortunately, after I felted them they seem a bit small, especially given the fact the top is going to stretch out a bit when I block it. SO, I am going to TRY to do a patchwork back, made out of the dark pink and turquoise sweaters. Fingers crossed. Will upload pictures if this
is succesful.
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And while I was studying my felted cashmere sweater stash and given the fact that it is cold here today, I was struck by inspiration. A cashmere cowl!! Using the light pink cowl neck, which was still plenty big after the felting, I cut the collar from the sweater.
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Then I carefully trimmed the rough edges. DONE!! Because this sweater is felted there's nothng else to do. I suppose I could have cut the neck off pre-felting or perhaps I could crochet a decorative lacy edge using the chain stitching along the edge as my foundation,but why bother? It's cold today and I'm going to wear it "as is".
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TGIF y'all!

5 comments:

  1. Somebody pinch me I think I am dreaming, you've updated your blog! Yay. I love reading your posts. I love your pillow. It's beautiful. Of course if I had that many ends to sew I'd be kicking back a keg or something. Goodness, that's a lot of ends! I love her yarn, too. I can only use the super wash as her other yarns itch me to death, but the super wash is perfect! Have a wonderful day and weekend, too. :) KnittingBelle

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  2. OH, and the cowl is such a great idea. I love the color. :)


    Knittingbelle

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  3. what a wonderful idea for a cowl! awesome! and i just love the colors of the pillow! i can't wait to see it finished! great job! where's the end-weaving gnomes when we need them!?

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  4. I just love the colours you've chosen for the crochet. It's great to find something that grows quickly isn't it. Now it's made me want to get 'hooking' again (such a nice thing to sit and do in front of a winter fire).

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  5. Oh, I love that pillow! You chose wonderful colors.

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