I found this pattern on Lion Brand Yarns' web site. It is a free pattern and most importantly, it claimed to be easy and fast. I have finally admitted to myself that at my experience level of knitting, I must pass the cables, intricate patterns and needlework by, for easier patterns, so that I don't get so frustrated and that I can actually have some finished knit pieces from all of my time and effort. I do have a "someday" knitting file with all of the more difficult patterns I find that I fall in love with.
A little someone even enjoys my color choice. I don't typically enjoy an acrylic yarn, even a blend like this one, but it was on a big sale at Joanne's and I still am not quite at the point where I want to invest in nicer yarn, as I still expect every knitting project I start to go terribly wrong and haven't quite brought myself to be able to tear out an entire work. I feel I must somehow turn a project with a mistake into something else to save it, so to speak. Save it from what, I am not sure-my own failure perhaps?!?
I have been meaning to make a bunch of pillows for our couch, to replace the huge, unsightly back cushions that came with it. I have been meaning to do this for oh, about 5 months now. Something as simple as pillows seems to always fall to the bottom of the projects list, though it would be an easy and satisfying endeavor. Maybe I just needed some Amy Butler delight to get me into gear. Here is one delicious large pillow, finished. I wanted to make some piping, but I am so in love with this fabric that I thought it could stand on it's own with no distractions.
We put the tree up this weekend too, I just wanted to look at those twinkly little lights as long as possible and am in the mood for the holidays this year. Alas, we decided to dig an artificial (ick, did I just whisper that!?!) tree out of our shed from event props past, to save ourselves many calls to poison control in the coming months. Ava eats literally anything she can get in her mouth and I really don't have the stamina to "Sweetily Big Swig" fish hook (from a family story of my Dad's) each green balsam needle out of her mouth, as they fall off the tree. I will put some real balsam tree branches in a container of water for the smell. Maybe next year we can return to a real tree?!?
I chose a blue and orange theme this year to go with the new living room colors-a little different and most of the decorations I scavenged from my stash. Woodland creatures, owls, birds. twig nests and some of my clay mushrooms adorn the 6 foot tree, at least the decorations feel natural!
And to close out the weekend, it snowed last night! Ava was so delighted to put her face to the sky and feel the snow on her little cheeks. She exclaimed, "Woooow!" when we brought her outside. Wow. I share her sense of wonder at this time of year too.