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skrillaknits
« on: March 11, 2006 04:31:26 PM »

Alright, so I'm a little biased, but I'm so pleased with this:





The green yarn is Misti Baby Alpaca Chunky, #7238 and the yellow trim is Alchemy Lonestar in Gold and Grace (on sale at Webs right now!). The backing fabric is a Kaffe Fassett print, I think. The pattern is Twin Trees from Barbara Walker's Charted Knitting Designs (page 101). I bordered it with seed stitch and the yellow is just a few rounds of single crochet.

I'm most proud of the fact that I made my own pillow form! I found the ones at JoAnn's too large and too pricey so I whipped one up with some muslin and polyfiberfil!

This is my traditional gift for Ben Lee, who I am lucky enough see in concert every few months. The last knitted thing I made for him was slightly less functional, it was a wombat (he's an Aussie). He has a great song called "We're All in This Together" http://www.ben-lee.com/full_page.php?d=lyrics/wereallinthistogether.htm and the trees reminded me of it. I'm sad to see it go, so I'll probably knit a twin pillow!
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« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2006 04:34:51 PM »

Agreed: this pillow ROCKS! What a cool idea.
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« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2006 04:47:34 PM »

Great pillow, and by making your own filler you can get it to the right comfort you like...good idea. By the way I 'm a Ben Lee fan too!  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2006 05:16:52 PM »

Lovely. I love the trees.
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« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2006 06:38:40 PM »

you're right. that is the best pillow ever.
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« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2006 11:50:45 PM »

lovely! just beautiful.
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« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2006 11:03:41 AM »

Wow!  I really love this pillow....I am inspired because this would look fantastic on my couch!
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« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2006 11:07:48 AM »

wow, ben lee is a lucky fellow. that is a lovely gift.
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skrillaknits
« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2006 12:07:52 PM »

Thanks everyone! I have to stress how easy and quick this was--I'm the slowest crafter on the planet and from idea to finish I was done in under a week and that includes many chart-reading screw-ups. It measures about 12"X12" and the sewing was so laidback. It didn't hurt that alpaca is so luscious I never want to put it down.

Me: (sniff) I wish I could quit you...



P.S. My "extremely talented" (read: loser-y) boyfriend just whipped up this creepy little number. I was clumsily trying to illustrate my alpaca lust in MS Paint.
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« Reply #9 on: March 12, 2006 04:22:13 PM »

That is so beautiful! I love the tree motif. Did you make the chart or find it somewhere?
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« Reply #10 on: March 12, 2006 04:46:30 PM »

Ha ha... That picture is hilarious.  I think everything you knit is amazing!  I'm going to make a few of those to match my bedroom color scheme. 
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« Reply #11 on: March 12, 2006 05:19:26 PM »

wow that pillow IS great!

and its even more awesome that its going to ben lee. you're so lucky you get to see him every couple months!
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« Reply #12 on: March 12, 2006 06:03:30 PM »

I love your pillow...awsome job.
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« Reply #13 on: March 12, 2006 07:49:49 PM »

Gorgeous pillow!

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« Reply #14 on: March 12, 2006 08:02:37 PM »

thats a fanatstic pillow !!  Cheesy

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« Reply #15 on: March 12, 2006 08:52:03 PM »

That is so pretty. I wish I had another comment, but that pretty much sums it up.  Smiley

Edit: OK, after looking at the rest of the thread, I have another comment: I want a baby alpaca. Like, now.
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« Reply #16 on: March 12, 2006 10:24:53 PM »

awww  I love love love the twining trees motif.  I really want to put that on something sometime in my life.

I think it's great you're giving the pillow to Ben Lee.  I'm sure he'll love it.
You know, if his little buddy Ben Kweller would ever come back here, I would definitely knit something for him.  I know he's expressed interest in a fan-knitted something before.
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« Reply #17 on: March 13, 2006 12:21:59 AM »

The alpaca is such a beautiful shade of green and it's very complimentary with the pattern.  Fabulous job!

How did you attach the crocheted border to the fabric backing?
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« Reply #18 on: March 13, 2006 01:30:41 PM »

That's great! I love the tree motif!
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skrillaknits
« Reply #19 on: March 17, 2006 07:47:45 AM »

Thanks again, everyone!

How did you attach the crocheted border to the fabric backing?

I had some really strong gold thread that is meant to sew denim jeans and I chose a yarn that matched it. Then I crocheted around the green square, making sure it was a little larger than the pillow form. Then I took my rose fabric, folded about a 1/4 inch over and proceeded to whipstitch the fabric to the crocheted edging. It shows a bit on the fabric side, but I don't mind too much. It makes it look homemade, which is a good thing in my opinion!
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« Reply #20 on: March 17, 2006 10:37:28 AM »

This is the bset pillow ever!
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