I’ve been knitting, sewing and taking loads of photos this summer, but have struggled to find the inspiration to write about any of it. Perhaps it’s down to my tendency to over think, but every time I open my laptop at the moment, my ideas vanish into a muddled…mess. I won’t claim to have a massive following here, but people have started asking when my next post is coming (you flatter me…), so this autumn, I’m going to work on toning up my blogging muscle, starting with my backlog of summer projects that have been lingering in the wings.
Around this time last year, my aunt (and godmother) asked if I could please save the date for a big ‘do’ to celebrate her and my uncles 25th wedding anniversary. There’s a pretty strong crafting strain in our family DNA; my grandma embroiders, my aunt is a very accomplished dressmaker, me and my sisters knit, sew, embroider, weave….
So, I immediately started looking for ideas for an anniversary present to make them, but what on earth do you give to a couple that they will both like??
An anniversary cushion…!
Ok, not the most wildly exciting idea, but I was really struck by this pattern with its lovely intertwining tree motif, and it’s something they can hopefully both enjoy having on their sofa. I chose silver-grey Cascade 220 (for a silver anniversary…) held double to make a big 18 x 18 inch cushion. The pattern recommends using a yarn with a bit of acrylic, but I hate acrylic and I know Cascade wears really well so…
I started it way in advance, but it turned out to be a surprisingly quick knit, only taking a week or so. I worked it entirely in the round to save on sewing up (more details on my ravelry project page).
The pattern included instructions for one-row buttonholes, which are MUCH better than the usual way – neater, less prone to stretching out of shape, and no weird gaps! I finished it off with some lovely teal buttons, and a slightly too big feather cushion pad…
It was ready by the end of June, and it finally made its way to Belgium a few weeks ago (taking up at least half of my suitcase…).
They seemed to like it!