The cushions won…

Yup, almost a whole month since my last post a pretty much all I have to show for it is an exhausted demeanor and a sofa full of cushions. I’m afraid I went for the (very) easy option as my brain seems to have gone away altogether. Everything is feeling like hard work at the moment. I have actually cut out a pair of pj’s but they aren’t coming together at any rate at all. So please admire the cushions.


Ok? They don’t all live on that sofa all of the time but I grouped them for the photo.

I have also managed to finish the EZKAL from Kates blog. You might remember from my last post that this has ended up too wide across the front neckline for me (picture here) so I needed to pull the knitting back to just above where I joined the sleeves on. I have to confess that I left this for a ridiculous amount of time as I simply didn’t have the brainpower to handle what needed to be done. When I eventually DID get around to it the task was nowhere near as difficult as I anticipated.

Using pattern cutting, and previous knitting, knowledge I decided I needed to reduce the stitches low in the raglan shaping to take the excess away from the point above the bust. Not hard, I just increased the decrease rate to every row rather than alternates until I had reduced by the number of stitches to reduce the neck appropriately. I wanted the neckline to be a little away from the neck ( more boat rather than a little round jewel neckline) so tried the jumper on a couple of times to get the position about right. It is probably still a little higher than I really wanted it but I wasn’t prepared to pull down again.

I’m pretty happy with this frankly ridiculous garment, and I know I will wear it a lot. I would have preferred not to have the camel colour as the ribs and by my face but it was the colour with the largest quantity available so hey ho. It is longer than I expected which is odd since I was using the same measurements that I used for the pink alpaca sweater but I’m happy. It is also a bit bigger than expected too – maybe using the acrylic made my gauge a little ‘off’ – but over all I can’t say I’m upset about that. I have to say thank you to Kate for introducing me to the Elizabeth Zimmerman system of knitting as I’m really enjoying her methods.

I’m on a promise to make another of these for my daughter now and hopefully it will take less time than this one. There’s a reasonable amount of decent tv at present so once I have set up it should be a good mindless knit.

Hopefully I will manage to achieve more in September than I have in the past few months but I’m making no promises. I hope you’re achieving more than I am. It wouldn’t be difficult 😦



32 Comments on “The cushions won…”

  1. Roxane says:

    Excellent save on the EZ sweater—it is so annoying to have to do things like that. And I like the cushions. And remember, none of these activities are required, so we can just be glad whenever we finish anything!

    • Kim says:

      Thanks Roxane , I hadn’t considered it that way. It’s really easy to be hard on yourself and it’s good to be reminded to lighten up.

  2. Leah says:

    I can’t even manage to knit a decent scarf, so actually making a sweater (and ripping out and re-doing) is very, very far beyond what I can fathom. Well done!

    Love the cushions! The swoopy floral pattern is perfect with the geometrics of the sofa. Perfect colour match, too!

    Don’t you hate those days/weeks when everything feels like an ordeal? Sometimes, just putting one foot in front of the other is accomplishment enough!

    • Kim says:

      You are so right that some days everything seems too hard. Awful!
      Thanks for your kind comments about my efforts – and I confess it seemed like effort too 😉.

  3. erk knitting’s not for me. Well done on having the patience, your brain can’t be ALL gone lol

  4. Anne W says:

    Love the jumper!

  5. I love the colours. Nicely done! 😍 I can’t knit, my joints are fussy, so I am always impressed when I see lovely work!

  6. tialys says:

    Wow! You do some really scary knitting – I wouldn’t even countenance trying to alter something I’d already knit up. Looks great though.
    You can always tell it’s coming up for autumn in the U.K. ‘cos the telly starts improving massively. Are you watching Bodyguard?
    Love the cushions by the way and the grouping is just right, you should leave them all on one sofa.
    Also love the new (?) haircut.

    • Kim says:

      Thankfully the Zimmerman method of knitting is incredibly alteration friendly. Not a massive amount of instructions but a great system once you get used to her ways.
      I am watching Bodyguard! Very enjoyable. I’m catching up on Keeping Faith too. Lots of knitting time 😂.
      My hair has been cut fairly recently but it was having a day where it just wouldn’t lie flat. Or stand up sensibly. Glad you liked it .

  7. Frustrating to have to rip so much out. Congratulations on finishing it! Mine’s still languishing…I made a mistake with the colours and I can’t bring myself to undo it.

  8. fabrickated says:

    It looks really nice KIm – you did a great job. Thanks for participating in the knit along. I especially like the way the stripes sort of go square around the upper chest. I wear mine a lot because they bring colour into an outfit, but in a lazy kind of way. I love the EZ method, but now I am going to try something different.

    • Kim says:

      I’ve enjoyed her methods too and must thank you for introducing me to her books. There are another couple of styles I want to try – and my daughter has shown interest in two others – so I’m going to be with her for a while yet.

  9. sewruth says:

    Wearing or sitting on – it’s always a dilemma. Not to worry though, you did a beautiful job on those cushions regardless.
    As to your jumper, I’m so impressed and if you are concerned about the colour towards your face you can always wrap a fine silk (hand made of course) scarfe around the neckline. I’m still knitting my striped Ez, so you win!!

  10. mrsmole says:

    Love the cushions and the sweater. You know a sweater with some good ease is perfect for layering over a cotton shirt when needed. The colors are so rich and eye-catching! Knitting time is meditative and self-calming and re-charging…don’t we all need that? If I ever finish with brides, I may have to return to knitting simple things to keep my hands busy.

    • Kim says:

      Thanks Mrs Mole – I love my new cushions, and the weather is swiftly becoming cooler and very autumnal. That jumper is going to see some heavy use 😉

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  12. Fadanista says:

    Just found this lurking in my email, so sorry for the tardy comment. I love all your cushions and they look very “House and Garden” on your sofa. The jumper though is next level – just gorgeous!

  13. Carolyn says:

    Wow! Your sweater is absolutely stunning! I love it, totally!

  14. wybrow1966 says:

    Love the cushions – particularly festive in colour! As for knitting – I admire anyone who can knit!

  15. Tia Dia says:

    I LOVE those cushions. And how happy they look all together on the sofa, even if they don’t live there.

    I can totally see why you love your not-ridiculous sweater. The colour combination is so cheery, imho. It would make me happy to wear, too.

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