What better project for using yarn from your collection! What better project for trying new stitches! What better project for exploring color, texture and just a teeny bit of seaming! What better project for a beginner! What better project for any weight yarn you want to use! What better project!!
We love pillows! Love them! They make great gifts – decorative pillows for just about anywhere! We can go utilitarian with big, plumpy versions for watching TV on the floor. We can make elegant pillows for presenting wedding rings at the ceremony. We can make little pillows that hang on the door knobs of baby rooms to remind folks that someone is sleeping. We can make pillows for gifts, giveaways and grandmas! What better project!
There are over 3800 pillow patterns to knit and/or crochet on Ravelry – and that’s not counting what you can design on your own! And the part I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE is that you can buy a pillow form! Whoever invented that should get a medal and a free meal anywhere she goes. Yes, I believe it is a woman who created the pillow form. No more batting or lumpy stuffing! And there are so many great shapes and sizes – not to mention that you can use your 50% off coupon from You-Know-Who’s store and get them pretty inexpensively.
The photo above is for the Savvy & Textured Pillows designed by Leigh Radford for the Imperial Stock Ranch yarn company. This may look familiar to you – The Artful Yarn provided this pattern to hundreds of yarn shoppers during last year’s Yarn Discovery Tour. If you have this pattern, pull it out! Or you can purchase the pattern right now on Ravelry. Pick one of these pillows and get knitting – they knit up quickly, look amazing and you can use any worsted weight yarn. Or make them smaller and use a sport weight yarn – - or fingering! It doesn’t matter what you use. Or . . . find a great pattern on Ravelry and try it out.
If you want a little more challenge, you can download this free Kaffe Fassett pattern, Madras Cushion, from Rowan’s website. It’s my new favorite idea for a future project – just LOVE all this color and geometric design!!!
Yarns We Love: Imperial Stock Ranch Columbia is one of my all-time favorite yarns. It’s soft yet textured. Feels real. Comes in beautiful nature-inspired colors. And it holds it’s shape wonderfully. We have color cards and some yarn in stock now. Shepherd’s Wool is also just so great for anything you want to knit. We also like the look of Classic Elite’s Majestic Tweed, which would be stunning as well!
What’s next? As we have shared with you in previous posts, this project gives you the chance to experiment with textured stitches, try some easier construction techniques, knit with colors that are different for you, try different fiber blends to learn about their characteristics. Also, here’s your chance to experiment with (drum roll!) embellishment! Buttons, tassels, ribbons, braids, embroidery! Ahh! The options are endless and gives that crazy art kid inside of you the chance to shine, breathe and thrill. Go for it!
After-the-Post Post: Received the latest issue of Creative Knitting mag this week. Guess what? The entire issue focuses on portable, easier, great-looking projects to knit all summer long. Hmmm . . . what a great idea!