First of all, THANK YOU for your enthusiastic participation in the It’s A Stitch-Up giveaway. We had 631 entries across the various platforms in less than 48 hours! Winners* have been notified, and prizes are on their way. Huge thanks to Suzie at It’s A Stitch-Up for offering such generous prizes.
And whilst all that was going on, I finished knitting a thing. It came out reasonably non-dreadfully, given that I made it up as I went along with pretty much zero planning. (I don’t do planning.)
I realize that I’m in a minority here, when it comes to (not) planning. There are people who plan ahead so effectively that they could tell you what they’ve having for dinner a week next Thursday. These people genuinely terrify me. And then… there are people like me. Dinner? Next Thursday? I’ll start thinking about that next Thursday… at about dinnertime.
I’m not a planner. I’m a WingItAndSeeWhatHappens-er. (A winger?) In life, this is a mixed blessing. Planners are ready-prepped for all eight different ways that a situation might pan out. Wingers’ lives, meanwhile, are full of surprises, both good and bad. Plus, we have a lot more time to knit, whilst all the planners are busy planning.
Some time ago, my parents very generously gave me a rocking chair that they’d owned for nigh-on half a century. It’s painted brown because the 1970s happened, but it’s otherwise lovely, and one day (I don’t know when because I’m not a planner) I’ll paint it a less excremental colour. Its cushions were plain and cream-coloured, which doesn’t really work in our sitting room. Also, I don’t do ‘plain’. So I began to ponder…
And then, on one of our Stylecraft Blogstars’ weekends, we were introduced to the then-new cakes of Stylecraft Batik Swirl. Maybe this stuff could be useful for the rocking chair?
I doodled in my stranded knitting notebook, and I looked at the yarn, and I looked at the cushions, and I began to knit. And knit. And knit. I had two cakes of Batik Swirl in the same colourway, so I worked my motif over and over again using both of them, and let the yarn’s colour changes tell their own story.
This blog post would have been brought to you a lot sooner, but for a while I wasn’t sure whether my idea was working, so I tried to show it who was boss by shoving it in the corner and ignoring it for several months. In hindsight, I’m not sure that this achieved quite as much as I’d hoped.
The chair has two cushions, a simple rectangle propped upright against the back, and a neatly curving shaped pad on the seat. For the latter, I properly winged it, working decreases to – hopefully – match the curve of the cushion. Normally, such overambition would lead to a great opportunity for a blog post about everything going wrong, but d’you know what? In this case, things worked out rather well. I’m almost pleased with the result cushion-wise, but deeply disappointed blog-wise.
Now, I realize that most of you won’t happen to be needing cushions of these exact dimensions, so I’m not going to publish the pattern. HOWEVER, the motif has worked out well so I’m knitting some conventional cushion-covers and will write up the pattern shortly.
* Giveaway winners, as selected randomly using random.org: stephlambourne1 (Instagram entry), Stevie (blog entry), Lisa V Helsing (Facebook entry), susanjaneknits (Instagram entry), Janet Donaldson (Facebook entry), and Mary Roane (Facebook entry).