What the World Needs Now (Is a Piano Bench Cushion)
August 25, 2004
Well, the tribe has spoken, and the choice for Side One of Big Daddy’s Piano Bench Cushion is:
This is a slip stitch pattern, which means that I’m knitting only one color per row, yet it creates this illusion that there’s more going on. Berrry clever. If you ever want to do color work without actually doing any color work, slip stitch patterns are the way to go.
Doing a slip stitch pattern using Euroflax linen yarn means that you get a puckery fabric. Slipping stitches demands a lot of a stitch: in this pattern the slipped stitch carries over six rows of stockinette, so by the time the slipped stitch is knitted again, it’s stretching pretty far. In a wool yarn, this would not be a problem–bouncy, resilient wool can handle a lot of abuse. In this case, the linen is not stretching a bit, so the result is Extreme Texture. Kind of a seersuckery deal, see? I like it, but wonder how it will block out. My swatch flattened considerably, but it was small.
This pattern also creates THE curliest fabric ever. I’m counting on the cushion and corner ties to make this thing behave. That and the endless bottoms that will be sitting on it.
Speaking of music, that’s our good friend Mr. Burt Bacharach holding down the knitting. He’s modeling the latest sweater from his 1989 collection, The Burt Bacharach Anthology. He seems to be influenced by Sasha Kagan, or the early Kim Hargreaves.
Still debating what to do on the backside of this cushion. All these dots have me craving something larger scaled.
Went to the Haus of Yarn the other day swearing not to buy a thing and of course ended up with
Fiesta Kokopelli, a worsted 60% mohair/40% wool that is the lurvliest handyed stuff. As you know, I’m always loving yarns that are allegedly one color but kind of veer off the chart. Not variegated, but monogated.
Has anybody made anything with this? Kay, I know even a picture of a wool/mohair blend is giving you hives–sorry.
What does Kokopelli mean? Well, go have a look.