Ross (my Dad) got dragged away from work to rest with the grandchildren.
Easter time has also been family time with a holiday on the East Cape with my parents, brother & niece Nina.
The boys & Nina had a great time, ignoring the cold & splashing, swimming & just doing what kids should do, have a bloody great time!
I have also sewn the knitting germ with 4 year old Nina, she recognised the shrug as being the same pattern as the one I had knit for her & before I knew it I was busy having to knit a version for her baby doll Georgia. Now as any parent will know, & especially those with 4 year old girls, once the decision has been made at this is what she wants there is to be NO deviation from the plan. For a day & a half I had Nina checking, rechecking, cajoling, reminding & needling to make sure I get Georgia's shrug gets done before the holiday is over. I am pleased to say I made the deadline & Georgia's shoulders are now warm for the Winter!
I also cracked on got the cushion completed. Modified from a concept from Mason-Dixon Knitting, I have done a cushion in stocking stitch instead of garter, it's less yarn thirsty & the reverse would never be seen. Below is my version, it's a brilliant stash buster.
Cast on 30 sts (I used 4mm needles & DK yarn)
Work in stocking stst until you have a square swatch.
Change colour – work 12 rows stst – Cast off.
*Rotate your work 90 degrees clockwise
Change colour - Pick up the sts across the cast off edge.
Work 12 Rows stst – Cast off **
Continue to work from * to ** until you have the size desired.
Is worked in straight stripes of 6 rows each. I have chosen to do a two thirds/one third flap with a button closure, but you could just work from one side to the other & place a zipper instead of buttons.
A cushion this size took about 10 balls total. The nice thing is you can use smaller part balls for the stripes at the back & the smaller ‘logs’, so it is one of the best stash busters I have done in a long time.
Adjust your needle size according to your yarn weight.
I used 4mm for DK. I also recommend a 80cm circular needle once the work gets bigger, it makes it easier to work with on your lap.