Sunday, September 16, 2012

Zinnia Pillow Cover

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Again with the scraps.  Wait, I just thought of this:  I don’t know why they don’t sell little teeny balls of worsted weight yarn in a whole bunch of colors, like 25 yards of everything (I know I’d buy those by the bagful)--somebody, quick, jump on this idea, and then send me the link to your etsy shop--but I am in the happy position of having made so many blankets that I have a lot of scraps, in lots of colors.  I once thought I should probably use those up, since they were adding up fast and it was making me feel bad, but now I know how lovely, how really creatively wonderful it is to have a generous palette like that at my disposal.  (I’m serious, I think this is a great business idea.  Little balls of yarn, scraps for sale. Take it, it’s yours!)
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So, the zinnia pillow cover (pattern here).  I didn’t know whether it would be a pillow cover or a blanket or a bag or what, until I reached 25 squares and sort of felt like I was over the whole thing and my wrists hurt, which is what happens when you do almost the entire project in one day while listening to an audiobook of Anna Karenina (can you believe I’ve never read that?  I know, I can’t either!) and by the time I’d decided that I both love and hate Vronsky, which actually isn’t much of a decision, but he’s a charming cad, isn’t he, I was just ready to be done with it—the zinnia pillow cover, that is, and it (I knew it would) looks just like zinnias.  Gorgeous summer flower, I miss you already. 

48 comments:

  1. Muito linda, parece um jardim florido.
    Parabéns.

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  2. love your pillow!! Lion Brand sells bonbons - 8 small amounts of yarn in one packet! http://www.lionbrand.com/yarns/bonbons.html so they got your idea! I've never bought any yet though!

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  3. Lovely lovely pillow case. I wish I had the time to do a project in a day and be done with it. Not in my world. I can dream though.... maybe one day!

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  4. The teeny tiny balls of yarn idea is fantastic. I'd be broke in no time, that's for sure. Your pillow is fantastic. It looks like just the thing to snuggle up with on a dreary day. With a good book, of course. :)

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  5. Great pillow Kristen! I like that pretty blue color separating the flowers. Your yarn stash must be a gold mine!
    I made 3 of those little flowers for my sampler blanket,(they are fun) but I can't imagine making 25 at once!
    Love the fuzzy throw on the chair too!

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  6. It's so so pretty!! You have got so many pretty colors! Maybe you should put together packs of scrap yarn, I can just imagine how great they would be, you always use such great colors.

    I still have not read that book, I always hear it's one you should read!

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  7. Your pillow is so "bello"!!!!
    love, xxx Alessandra

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  8. i love it kristen, it's so beautiful! you are so clever.

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  9. I love it, it's so pretty! Someone needs to grab your great idea and sell lots of small scraps! I would by them! Shari

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  10. So pretty... I love it and the best part will be that every time you see it you will think of summer :)

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  11. Absolutely beautiful, the colours are all mine too! Well done!

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  12. Good idea for a business! Lovely pillow also. I went to see Anna Karenina at the cinema last week. Good film but a bit weird. Half of it is acted out onstage. I've never read the book but want to now. Audio books are a great idea, I can still crochet then like you! xxx

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  13. Lovely!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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  14. How perfectly it tones with you chair....not sure selling scraps would work, everyone has plenty of those!!

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  15. You are right about selling scraps of multi colour yarn. So often I feel the need of them but can't afford to buy 9 colours of new yarn just to get a couple of yards to make a stripe, make a flower etc. I love the colours in your cushion, it is really beautiful!

    I have read Anna Karenina. Anna annoys me because she is so wimpy, she acts in a way that jeopardizes all she has yet is unable to understand how or why things have changed and the options she has. She is far from being a trail-blazer and to be honest I found her a bit of a limp lettuce. She doesn't seem to care for her son much either. Just herself really! I agree with you about Vronsky.
    Sara

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    1. Re: Anna, soooo true! I find I am way more interested in the doings of Kitty and Levin, despite all the "look at the beautiful fields full of happy peasants" bits that go with their story.

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  16. Good morning Kristen,
    Your pillow top is so pretty! I know what you mean about the yarn scraps. Brilliant idea! I crochet alot with thread, Aunt Lydias etc. I use alot of colors for some projects and was tired of having to buy a large ball of a certain color for just a few rounds of a project. So while visiting the local WallyWorld I found a package of J&P Coates embroidery floss in 105 different colors for about $12.00.
    What a deal and such a great variety of colors. It crochets up nicely. Finding something like this in a yarn procduct would be awesome. A very profitable venture if someone had the notion. Have a lovely day, penny x

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  17. Beautiful pillow, my arms hurt from too much garter stitch on my never ending sweater. I confess never to have read that book either, I know my education is lacking!
    have a great week,
    Meredith

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  18. Very-very nice autumn combination of colors! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  19. very pretty , love the colors you used !

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  20. Not a bad idea at all Kristen....food for thought!

    Gorgeous cushion-like a 3D effect the way those flower petals lay.

    Keep well

    Amanda :-)

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  21. Pick Up Sticks has 65 yard balls of wool yarn for sale-they are called small balls:) I love them for knitting stuffed animals or Christmas ornaments, etc. They have great colors too. I really love your cushion cover-beautiful!

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    1. Oooh, thank you! I'm off now to have a browse! :)

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  22. Oh, your cover pillow is sooo lovely! Have a nice time, Jolana

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  23. It's beautiful, Kristen! everything you do is beautiful ... I love flowers! Congratulations for your work!

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  24. Oh my goodness, Kristen! That beautiful pillow couldn't be one iota sweeter or more beautiful if it had to be!! Gotta give that a go too.. and one small confession: didn't make a skirt this weekend. I know, bad girl, but I did come back and take a look at yours NUMEROUS times... thanks for sharing. :-)

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    1. Thank you so much! When the skirt bug bites, it bites hard. :)

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  25. What a wonderful way to spend the day. Your pillow is beautiful. Have a lovely week. Ali x

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  26. Such a pretty pillow and a clever way to use up a bunch of scraps!

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  27. It's a great looking cushion! I had to go and have a look at the pattern...

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  28. Gorgeous! I love the zinnia pattern and the colours you've used are lovely!

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  29. Love it Kristen! The colors are perfect for zinnias. My favorite flower!

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  30. I LOVE it - you've pretty much inspired me to have a go too - it's just delicious!

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  31. Beautiful and such a brilliant way to use up scraps, x

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  32. Lovely colors! I especially like the ribbed join between the squares. Have a great weekend. Tammy

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  33. Your cushion is a thing of true beauty! I can't believe how fast you are madam - it's incredible. The pattern is stunning - I absolutely love it. I've been away from my computer this week and am having a nice cup of tea and a blog catch up now. I can't believe how busy you've been in a week or so - I just spotted another post so I'm off to see that one now.

    Have a fab weekend,
    Leah
    xx

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  34. thanks for sharing..

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  35. Love the colors you chose!!

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