Let’s Do It (Let’s Make a Cushion)
July 29, 2004
Old sloths who hang down from twigs do it,
Though the effort is great,
Sweet guinea-pigs do it,
Buy a couple and wait.
–from Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall In Love)
I’m all in a swivet over my imminent Beach Knitting Opportunity. I must make amends for all the pointless knitting of my last trip. What I’m shooting for is Knitting for the Ages, Timeless Knitting, Knitting That Will Be Around At Least A Week After I Finish It.
Here’s what’s on my mind right now: Big Daddy’s piano. As you know, Hubbo’s grandfather Albert passed away a month ago, after 96 years of large living. I have been thinking about him often in the past weeks, trying to figure out how to have as much fun in life as he and his Mary Jane had. Not easy, lemme tell you.
Albert loved to fish. Here he is, circa July 1963. This photograph gave me a ferocious crush on him.
He loved to play the piano, and one of the great tragedies is that I never got to hear him in his prime. Hubbo says he was fantastic–loose, swingy, infectious. The best.
While we were out of town, Big Daddy’s piano landed at our house. It is the piano that played the music at our wedding back in 1990, at Albert and Mary Jane’s house. It was the rainiest day in meterological history, but I mostly remember dancing, and the Cole Porter that came out of this piano. So sophisticated! I think Hubbo and I had as much fun as Mary Jane and Albert, at least on that one night.
My second thought upon seeing the piano in our living room (the first being “Hey! It fits!”) was “Gee, that bench sure could use a cushion.”
I have been wishing for a living room knitting project for some time, but nothing has seemed right for that room. I’m hoping this cushion will feel sort of like the needlepoint cushion you might expect on a piano bench: I’m using US 3’s, and Mason-Dixon Knitting’s Yarn of the Month, Euroflax, so it won’t stretch or sag. It needs to be sturdy enough to withstand the hurricane force of the eight year old refusing to practice.
Linen has a bit of a sheen to it, too, which is nice.
So here we go, back for another foray into upholstery. I’m swatching up pattern stitches at the moment, and surely will need some advice.