Friday, June 19, 2009

THIS is what I'm going to do!

Okay, so I'm bummin' around on the blogs today, and hit up one of my local faves, Shelterrific, and they linked to this great idea, called a Puff, over at this hyper-cute blog called "Pickles," (why didn't I think of that cute name?)

Here's what it looks like:

I have a TON (literally, it's so heavy I have two bankers boxes full) of inherited yarn from various sources. And I have been thinking about what to do with it all. I love to knit but I don't want 20 million scarves, and let's be honest, although I'm sure I can knit lots of patterns, I'm never going to finish anything that is more complex than knit 2, pearl 1, so this is a perf project for me!

I am so excited to get started, because this is a project that would yield a product useful in all seasons! I can see these as extra seating in the house, and if Emily and I ever get our crap together and actually create our Morrocan lounge, these would be a great addition, in various colors. Also, if we do outdoor movie night at my place, we can bring these out on the big Mexico blankets and they'll be the perfect pillow/seat!

But, I'm getting ahead of myself, as I don't know how long this will take to actually knit. And I have to source the duvets to go inside, so that's an additional expense, although maybe I can find some at a thirft store and wash them. They can be ugly as sin, afterall, they'll be covered up!

Here's the directions:

What we used:

Eskimo, 18 balls (Or yarn suitable for US #13 needles)Acrylic yarn would probably be a really good alternative, as it´s a piece of furnitureUS #19 circular needles2 cheap duves (feather and down)

How we did it:

Cast on 35 stitches using three threads.Knit the garter stitch until you´ve knitted all the balls, and there is just enough yarn left to asseble the stool.

You now have ONE rectangular piece.Cast off loosely. Assemble the short sides (35 stitch side) as neatly as you can.Assemble the first long side. This is supposed to be the top or the bottom of the stool. Put the needle through the end stitch of every second row and tighten, tighten, tighten! Repeat on the rows in between and tighten until there is no whole in the middle. Stuff the duves into the stool. We tried to make a ball of the duves before we stuffed it.Assemble the other end in the same manner as the first.And there you go! Your first knitted furniture perhaps?


  1. How does one end up being on the receiving end of all that yarn? The pouf is a fantabulous idea. Can't wait to see the finished project. Oh and BTW, I've moved, my blog that is. Just thought I'd let you know. Ciao for now.

  2. have you started this yet? It looks really cool! (I would love one of these but I know I would only start it and then have a half finished enormous poof sitting in the back of my tiny closet)

  3. kat mom, i have not started this yet, no, but Rachel and I were talking about it last night, during the commercials while watching The Bachelorette (seriously, WES?! yuck)

    But we're going to take all my yarn, divide it into good color combos, then decide how many we think we can make.

    Then head to the Seattle bins for cheap duvets to fill them with.

    If you're a good Kat mom, you might get one as a combined birthday/christmahannakuwanzika present.