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  • ha, but do you knit for the sheer pleasure of it, or for your work to be admired?
    your cushion will be beautiful either way, of course, and much much admired and loved.

  • What is a blogphone?

  • you need to do both sides, even if side 2 is just striped in the same yarn colour. Every cushion needs 2 sides, to ward against red wine and loose women :-).

  • I think the Chartres masons were unionized. Hence all that overtime carving flowers that can’t be seen.
    The other thing I’ll throw into the heady run-up to Decision 2004: Piano Bench Cushion is that when I was in my LYS the other day, I saw some knitted cushions that had quite obviously been professionally finished by an upholsterer. The backs were upholstery fabric, quite stiff and sturdy and brocadey, WITH ZIPPERS so you could remove the covers for cleaning. I cannot describe to you how much this classed up the whole knitted cushion concept. They were beautiful, and the upholstery backs really gave them extra oomph. So I’m saying, this is an Important Piano Bench Cushion. It deserves the very best. The zipper will take care of the red wine and loose women, in that you can dry clean your cover anytime anything untoward happens during Christmas Carols or whatever.
    That’s my opinion. Go knit something else. You have done well, my child. xoxoxox Kay

  • I agree with Kay, go for the professionally finished, replete with zipper, fabric backed cushion. Your knitted cover is so lovely and a fabric backing will ensure it will last to be handed down to many generations of Big Daddy’s spawn 🙂

  • I’m with Kay. The cushion top looks beautiful, it should be shown to its best advantage. I’ve never (yet) had anything professionally finished for me, but the idea is appealing, and frankly, though I’ve been making clothes since I was a kid, upholstery scares me. Of course, this advice comes from someone who’s child practices piano sitting on an old end table 🙂

  • I bought the wrong book. I would love to have that big dot pattern. Can you give me more book details. Readers digest compendium of Knitting Stitches? Is it? I understand and respect copywrite laws. thank you for your great humour and inspiring knitting. nancy

  • My mother made beautiful, intricate needlepoint pillows which she always had professionally assembled. The pros usually backed and welted them with a sturdy velveteen fabric. The pillows last forever, or until my dog chewed on one of them – only the welting, which was replaced – maybe should have replaced the dog. Barbara

  • I think you would be quite in keeping with the ethos of medieval stonecarvers by knitting a different pillow for a different part of the room. Carrying the theme, attention to detail everywhere you turn even though you don’t notice it at first, that sort of thing.
    And who’s to say your house ain’t Chartres? We recently had an art dealer stop by our home who very kindly referred to it as “art nouveau” in style. Looking at the socks in the corner and the comic books on the coffee table, I think it was a kind, artsy French way to say “the lived-in look”…

  • really, truly, ann….the big daddy piano cushion is much too Xtraordinary for the purpose of sitting upon. ….ah, well… hey, does anyone scotchguard these days? horrors….but, do go the zipper route… besides, you’ll always be able to replace the inner foam pad, due to bottom lumpiness!

  • Definitely the dungaree route – that way when anybody does actually go to sit on it you can make them turn it over so as not to sit on your hours of work ! It looks great Ann … and if you do feel like knitting a second side, the colours would look fab in my sitting room with my rug – and we do have a piano stool, no piano but we have a stool !

  • Marie–A blogphone is the dreaded combination of a cell phone, Palm Pilot, and wireless Internet. You can sit in traffic chuckling at hilarious emails, or stalwartly surf on even if the power’s out. I’m not sure it can be called progress.
    Ben–You have raised the cosmic question of all time: Why Do We Knit? Way too trippy to contemplate. I’ll just keep knitting.
    And Polly–I should have known you’d vote for the two-sider. Now that I have seen you knit in person, a two-sided cushion is a blink for you. A day or two of frolic!
    And finally–a zipper! I’ve been secretly wishing I could just pack my cushion top into a bag, hand it to Mr. Robinson the upholsterer to the gods in Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee, and say, “Could you, uh, make something out of this?” Thank you all for pointing me in the proper direction. Now I get to go hunt for upholstery fabric. Yippy! More time for garter-stitch scarves!

  • I so rarely comment, but when labyrinth knitting comes up, even in a passing hmm-could-be-interesting kind of way, I feel as if it is my god given duty to step in. DON’T DO IT, Ann! For god’s sake, I was right about Kay’s psychedelic afghan, and I’m right about this, too. Professional finish gets my vote. Thanks for always allowing me a voice!

  • Oooo, Ann I want a blocking board like yours. Details, please?

  • Nathania—Ann had her LYS, My Threaded Bliss, special order her ‘Space Board Ultra-Blocker’ (or whatever it’s called). But I’ve seen it offered in catalogs such as ‘Patternworks’, which has a website.
    I, too, am mightily impressed at how very professional Ann’s knitting looks when it is laid out on this thing with lots of pins sticking out of it. It is just the extra boost my curling knitting needs. xoxoxoxo Kay

  • Cheryl–Oh. All. Right. You’re prolly right. Labyrinth knitting may be one of those forever-out-of-reach fantasies of mine. Thank you for talking me down from the bell tower.
    Can’t SOMEbody come up with some actual use for labyrinth knitting?