Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Interlude, with crochet-edged pillow

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Shaun White, you magnificent thing.  I love you, no matter what.  I’ve got to get my hands on one of those patchworky Team USA snowboard coats.  Want, want, want.   Hey, people, how’s it going?  I have been knitting so much my knuckles are totally killing me, and all of it--all of it--is gray, which is getting tedious as far as telling you about it goes.  I feel like you must be sick of my gray phase; it isn’t much to look at, and there’s not much to report, either.  It’s plain, it’s gray.  Yup.  The high levels of grayness do add to my potential for success, though, because I am pretty likely to wear it all when it’s done.   Although, have you seen Lucy’s poncho?  Dang.  That is making me nuts, I love it so much. 

I managed to sew something.

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Sewing doesn’t happen much for me in the winter.  I am kind of a hedonist, and it is just so warm and nice in the other room, beside the fire.  If I close the doorway curtain, it gets so tropical and sultry, I can hardly pry myself out of there.  I did make this pillow cover—ten minutes of measuring, cutting, and sewing, and then two comfy hours of crocheting the edging, guess where?  That’s right.  I’m afraid I have worn a me-shaped groove in one end of the couch.  Well, unless you’re into snowmobiling, that’s how we do winter in my neighborhood.  I make no excuses.  I don’t like to be cold. 

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That’s a (thrifted!) piece of plaid flannel with a crocheted cotton edging.  I sewed the pillow cover first, then blanket-stitched around it, followed by a round of sc, and then a round of simple shells.  What is it about pillows, anyway?  I feel like a new pillow changes everything.  Throw one on a chair and I love the whole room all over again.

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Gah, it’s so cold.  Is the sun shining where you are?  Tell me all about it!  Really, I want to hear.  Tell me about your flowering trees, and crocuses, and short sleeves.  I’ll live vicariously through you. 

38 comments:

  1. Love your pillow. Just the right mix of comfy country and handwork. I would like to tell you about sunshine. Alas, we have rain in the valleys and snow in the mountains (which is good) and it's 47 degrees out but there is zero sun. I am ready for spring!!! The closest I come to snowboarding is the tv even though we live 30 minutes away from 8 different ski resorts. I'm getting too old.

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  2. Feels like a permanent heat wave in Pretoria, South Africa. 32°C at 18:00 yesterday. We sleep under the aircon and eat cold mango for dinner.
    I LOVE you cushion! The checks, the colour, the edge, everything :-)

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  3. Love your pillow too and the quilted USA jackets. We have been having a heatwave here in Adelaide. Five days of +100 F, today it has finally cooled, we are currently raining. Sooo good:-)

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  4. Dying of the heat in Johannesburg, South Africa (only a degree or two cooler than Stel in Pretoria!) - we had smoothies for dinner as it was way too hot to think about solid food. Your cushion is stunning! It looks so warm and comforting - really makes me long for winter!

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  5. I love USA olimpic jacket too...yesterday here in Milan was a sunny day, but today I don't know if it will shine again!
    I hope!

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  6. Sorry, We got snow last weekend and it has not finished melting and they are predicting more tomorrow here in the Tokyo area. Maybe a snow day Nice idea for a pillow edging. The plaid is nice, but the edging moved it up a notch in niceness! :) Helen

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  7. Lovely cushion, and well done on persevering with the grey, it's such a lovely colour. The weather here in England is insane, more rain than ever before, hurrican force winds yesterday, serious flooding and destruction everywhere. Some land has been under water since December. It's all part of the same weather event that is freezing you over the other side of the sea apparently. And we have a whole month's worth of rain due by the weekend. Glad you are staying warm, it does sound cosy in your crocheting room.

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  8. Very fun pillow... I love crochet edging. I put them on everything. On pillows ( lots of the) kitchen towels ( every single one of them) baby blankets ... Whatever you can think of.... It's fun and easy project. Hope you stay warm....

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  9. What a cute pillow - I love the edging! No sunshine to be had here, I'm afraid. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we might get some soon, though - I'm a bit fed up on dullness and rain and wind!
    Carly
    x

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  10. Don't think you can ever have too much grey !
    Kate x

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  11. Hi Kristen, I hate bragging (but never mind that).haha After all you did ask to hear, right? I just returned from two well deserved weeks of vacation in Hawaii. Close your eyes and imagine...80+ degrees everyday. Palm trees swaying in the breeze. Beautifully scented tropical flowers everywhere. A warm sandy beach. Warm ocean waves crashing in. Lovely blue-green waters, colors which I have never seen before. Lounging on the beach in a bathing suit getting a nice tan, sipping Pina Coladas. Maid service and island food to die for! Sea turtles, whales, and ships passing by. Bliss!!! I'm back home to reality now. Snow, below freezing temps, grey and cloudy skies. But, I had my trip, and it will see me through till Spring arrives. Oh Hurry, Hurry!!!! Such a sweet little pillow you made. Oh, I have to tell you that I watched a woman knitting on the beach with the largest pair of needles I have ever seen. (I thought of you) It looked as if she was making a sweater or something. I'm surprised the airlines would allow those to travel with her. They looked like weapons to me. :) Hope your wait for warmer weather is a short one. penny x

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    1. Sob!!! That's what I'm talking about, O Hawaii, how I dream about you. Sounds like the best vacation ever! :)

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  12. There really IS nothing quite like a new pillow - is there?! I love the plaid, and I'm looking forward to a reveal on the grey! :) It was a beautiful sunny day here today, the sun was shining, there was a slight breeze and it was a balmy 26 degrees C (78.8 F). The eldest had swimming lessons, and as the younger 2 and I sat on the picnic rug on the grass beside the pool eating our lunch, it was a chance to pause and breathe, in the rush of all things small people and school, I'll take those moments where I find them. :)
    Sheree

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  13. Sun? Cold? No...we're being flooded out here in the South of England. I seriously think our little island is going to either sink, or float away soon. It's hideous and lives are being ruined.

    On a lighter note - liking the crocheted ruffle very much.

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  14. That is a plum of a cushion. Sorry no warm sunshine here, all roads except one are blocked to our town with flooding so we have to keep driving round, but our house is dry and warm and water is not lapping up the front door so you have to be grateful. Jo x

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  15. I would love to be able to tell you it's short sleeve weather here in Norfolk, England. Sadly, the wind is bitterly cold... though we have sun which is quite warm if you enjoy it through a window! We have blue skies and pretty clouds. We have snowdrops and crocuses. We have more rain than we need, all the usually small and often just muddy culverts are full to the brim with water - but compared to many areas, we are so lucky.
    Love the cushion... and your 'thing' for grey is something I share.

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  16. Very pretty, I am always up for a new cushion or two around the place. I have worn a groove into my spot on the sofa as well!! xx

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  17. Love your pillow - you make it sound so easy!!

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  18. no sun here...in fact, it is pouring down snow as I type

    I change the blankets tossed over every piece of furniture when I want to brighten up a room


    I adore the snowboarding jackets too!! So far, I've not found them for sale :-(

    if it is anything like the year they had the awesome red, white and blue plaid jackets with the jeans-looking pants, they won't be available to the public for purchase...Burton only made the rw&b set for the team and Burton made this year's uniforms as well

    boo

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  19. It is 1 above here in central IL this morning! The first morning it has been above zero in a very long time! I think we're in for some warmer temps next week, 30s & 40s!!!

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  20. Good morning from snowy NYC, Kristen...heavy snow falling, with sleet, rain and more snow to continue the overnight show into Friday morning.

    A marvelous time to have a day off, great radiator action, and lots of knitting on the go. Tea is also in the forecast.

    Your plaid flannel fabric looks wonderful with the contrast cotton crochet edging...your blanket stitching and crocheting is so perfectly even. I am very impressed. I might have eventually try some of that edging crocheting myself.

    xo

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  21. I love your pillow, and your bedroom looks so comfy. I bought yards of flannel on sale last year and it's still sitting there, ignored and waiting to be turned into pajama bottoms or maybe a quilt. I feel guilty every time I move it aside to reach for something else. About 55 degrees here today and cloudy. Rather boring weather compared to you folks in the east. Stay cozy!

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  22. Mmm...peach and brown. So pretty! It's going to be about 68 degrees today in sunny Texas.

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  23. Gorgeous Kristen!! I love the pink with the soft brown check.
    I've been a roll with crochet trimming too, it's quite obsessive isn't it?! I remember you having a stint at it last year or the year before too!
    I planned to move on from pillowcases to cushions (especially now I've seen yours!) and tea-towels, and to adding a trim to t-shirts and tops!
    Looks good with your blanket too.
    Have a good weekend Kristen!
    Gill xx

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  24. What a fab combo! Love the strong check with the sweet pastel trim...I'll swap you some grey UK rain for some *proper* winter weather and snow - I grew up in the Snow Belt of PA, and I swear, I'm colder here in rainy England than I ever was in snowy Pennsylvania! So I'm crocheting by the wood burner, enjoying the same tropical living room as you! Chrissie x

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  25. Wow, Excellent post. Its very beautiful and charming. I think its must be helpful for us. Thanks for your nice post.

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  26. Love your blog Kristen. Yes the sun is shining here in Albany West Australia, and we had a rain shower Wednesday for the first time since November. I have never seen snow and never had a day where I couldn't go outside. It's 9.30 pm, still wearing no sleeves and no shoes. :) Build me a snowman and I'll build you a sandcastle. :) Kelli.

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  27. I really like that pillow! How do you get your hook through the flannel? I do agree that a new pillow can make all the difference. Lucy's poncho rocks! I have said many a time that she is amazing with colour! Stay warm! I'd love to send you pictures of all the spring flowers blooming, alas, I live in Indiana!
    Have a great Valentine's Day!
    Deb

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    1. I sewed a blanket stitch around the edge first, and then hooked the first round of single crochets through that. :)

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  28. I only tell you because you asked: It's about 78 degrees here in coastal San Diego today, which is a bit above normal for this time of year, even for us. The doors are open, a breeze is wafting in, and the dogs are napping in the sun. I must get up soon to water my lemon tree, because it's looking a little parched in this heat. I would love to sit and knit with you in your cozy home! Really!

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  29. Live through me my dear!!! Here in South Africa we've had temps this week of 40+ degrees C, I feel like the skin on my back has permanently melted into the seat of my car and even the water in the swimming pool is too warm to be refreshing!!!! Can't give you images of flowers blooming tho cos in this heat even the plants in my garden look as though they want to dig themselves holes and escape! Enjoy your fire ...... xxx

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  30. Your pillow is gorgeous and those carnations took me all the way back to my middle school days. First flowers I ever got, from my seventh (sixth?) grade boyfriend. Alas, no sunshine in VA. It has snowed and/or rained every day this week, except for yesterday, which was gorgeous. Seems like a cruel joke today, though. My camellia is trying to bloom, so that's something I guess.

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  31. Here in Ontario, we have two feet of snow on the ground. It's cold, cold, cold. I totally get the wanting to stay inside, and I am on the couch wearing a mohair wrap and knitting a cowl. Once the cowl is done, I'm thinking of knitting a blanket!

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  32. Well after days and days of 109-113 degrees - we are back down to pleasant 80degrees in Melbourne Australia. We have had bushfires all around, our gardens are scorched and the grass is burnt and brown. This week we expect some rain and then everything will go back to green! Viva la summer down under!

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  33. What a fun pillow! I love pillows with crochet edgings -- thanks for the reminder to do more of them! Like you, I seem to be wearing a groove in the end of the couch -- it's been a cold, knitty winter. We're finally having beautiful sunshine in the midwest. Just enough to thaw us out before the next arctic blast!

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  34. I love the pillow with the crochet edging! Do you need to have a certain number of single crochets to make the shells come out right, i.e., you don't want to end with half a shell? I'm in Ohio, totally sick of the polar vortex thing. Spring please come soon!

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    1. It probably is the "right" way to do things to count single crochets and make it come out perfectly perfect, but that isn't my way, so I just sc around and then if it's a little off at the end of the round, I just fudge. Skip a sc somewhere, or double up if you have to. :)

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  35. This is SO great! life is made of details, and you know it! I just love it!

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