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Topic: BEST PILLOW EVER.  (Read 4331 times)
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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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Kimbabwe
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2006 04:34:51 PM »

Agreed: this pillow ROCKS! What a cool idea.
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rowlly
« 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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mignonne
« 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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mrs. warhol
« 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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