What I Didn’t Do on My Summer Vacation
August 9, 2004
Remember when I came home from that trip to the mountains with BALES of stuff I’d knitted, DRIFTS of it, GIANT PILES of huge, ropelike yarn wrought into rectangles and sleeves and trapezoids?
I came home from the beach with this:
Three squares of Euroflax. Not even afghanalong-sized squares, sad to say. Just about killed me to crank even these out. I was way too distracted by Tropical Storm Alex, playing poker with eight year olds, and making sure Low Boy The Unruly Commode didn’t flap on me.
I’m searching for the right pattern for Big Daddy’s Piano Bench Cushion, and I could use some input. The two stitch patterns are from the Reader’s Digest Undigested Ginormous Compendium of Stitch Patterns; the stripes I kind of ripped off from the general Rowan trend toward random stripes.
Here’s what the patterns look like in place on el bench. (I hope this bench appreciates all this heartache I’m pouring on it.)
Big Dot is the easiest slip stitch pattern in the universe, and Dash Dash Dash is equally painless. The Euroflax blocks out to make the smoothsheeniest fabric–I’m loving it. It’s stiff and weird to knit with. I keep wondering how they got that Shroud of Turin put together, what with this odd texture.
I want something really great for this cushion. I’m just not sure these are special enough. I do, however, want to finish this within eight years, so don’t go get that Debbie New book and suggest a 12-color intarsia portrait of Big Daddy or anything.
I’m going to go try some more ideas.
PS I’m thinking of doing different patterns on the two sides, to capture the many moods of–ah, hell, to keep from having to do TWO 15 x 36 pieces in one pattern.