Florence. You’ve (possibly) visited the city, you’ve seen the photos, now knit the cushion! But more on that in a minute.
Here in southern Britain, it’s been raining since… well actually I can’t remember when this wretched rain began. Last month? Last decade? The Pleistocene epoch? Who knows.
The landscape is grey and soggy. Gazing out of the window is not an uplifting experience, unless you’re inspired by sludge. Every time I go for a run, I’m not so much running as dancing, in a vain attempt to dodge the deepest of the puddles and the slidiest of the mud. This probably looks silly, but I don’t suppose anyone is watching since everyone sensible is hunkered down indoors, staking their claim to the comfy end of the sofa.
So yes, everything is grey. And whilst grey can look marvellous as a backdrop to flashes of bright colour, it’s not so appealing when it’s paired with… more grey. I’m reading Kassia St Claire’s The Secret Lives Of Colour at the moment, and even she says disappointingly little about shades of grey.
All this is a long-winded way of explaining that I NEED SOME COLOUR! Thank goodness for knitting, eh?
Remember those cushion covers I designed for our rocking chair? Of course you do, because it’s not as though you’ve got a million other things clamouring for your attention at this time of year. (What on earth d’you mean, you’re busy?!)
I’ve adapted the pattern to fit standard square cushion pads (36cm/14″) and have written it up for you. The pattern is called Florence. The name came about after some of you (OK, TWO of you lovely people, which in blogger-speak translates as WOW U GUYZ, EVERYONE HAS BEEN MESSAGING ME ABOUT THIS) said that the rocking chair cushions reminded you of the bargello designs that are traditionally worked in needlepoint. Hmm, I thought, you’ve got a point. You’ve definitely got a point. (Pun = annoying and unintended.) So I’ve named this cushion Florence, because that’s where bargello originated. Thank you for the name inspiration. The problem is that I now want to knit a lot more bargello-style motifs.
The pattern is available for a small fee via Ravelry. It’s worked in two contrasting colourways of Stylecraft Dreamcatcher, which might just be the most beautifully colourful yarn ever. And because this is the traditional season of wanton excess, I added a chunky tassel (in Stylecraft Special DK) at each corner.
To join in the colourful yarny fun, Ravelry members can order the pattern HERE, and since it’s Christmas and I’ve just realized that I haven’t even sent you a Christmas card yet (sorry!) I’m offering a 20% discount from now until 5th January 2020. To claim your gift, enter the code FESTIVE at the checkout. Enjoy.
Anyway, enough of that. I’m British and thus am legally obliged to talk mostly about the weather. So IS IT EVER GOING TO STOP RAINING?!