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!

Needs a good blocking.

Look at all of those loose ends...good TV watching task.

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.

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.

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".

TGIF y'all!


  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

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


  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!?

  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).

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