Sunshine after Clouds

This is the hole Grace made in the couch cushion. Last night we came home from a choir concert and found stuffing scattered across the couch. ARGH. We can’t afford a new couch at this point. Any suggestions on patching or sewing it closed? I have some bitter spray that I guess I need to apply more frequently. And I’m also considering our options for containing her while we’re gone. IMG_5712Here’s the current state of the Hitchhiker. I knit on it all day long I think, including at the concert, and it still seems rather short. I have 31 teeth. We’ll see how far I get with this skein. But this is my first Hitchhiker with fingering weight, and I think it will be my last. It takes FOREVER. This, my friends, is why I like worsted and bulky weight yarns!IMG_5713Now let’s move on to happier things, shall we? Here’s the blocked Take the Crown Cowl. IMG_5714IMG_5715IMG_5716IMG_5717Yep, the pattern kind of gets lost when it’s worn, but I don’t care. I know it’s there, and I love the look regardless.

Finally, I have to share a story on why knitters are so fantastic: last week I got an email from a knitter who’d found one of my felted bags on Ravelry and then she found this blog, and she took the time to email me and tell me how much she liked them both. That’s always a boost, right? Well, then, she ordered the bag! That’s right, a knitter bought one of my knitted bags. How cool is that? When someone could have easily said, “Oh, I could make that myself” but instead thinks your piece is good enough to buy, well, I can’t tell you how good it made me feel. And when she got the bag, she emailed me again to tell me how much she loves it, and now we’ve got this lovely conversation going and I feel like I have a new friend. It’s a lovely reminder to me that compliments are free and easy to give, and often mean so much to the recipient. If you think something is beautiful, say it out loud!

14 thoughts on “Sunshine after Clouds

  1. I’m so sorry about your couch! While I have no advice on how to repair it, I still wanted to give my condolences!! ❤

    The hitchhiker shawl really is deceptive. It looks so simple and beautiful but it takes forever to knit!! I've only knit it once because it was so tedious although truly lovely. 🙂

    How wonderful that you found both a customer and a friend through your Etsy shop!! ❤ Knitters are the best kind of people!!

    • Thanks, condolences are helpful too! I do so love my dogs, but man, she tries my patience at times.
      This is my fourth Hitchhiker but the others were sport or DK and went much faster. Or maybe it’s just because this is my fourth and I’m tired of the pattern! 🙂

  2. I love the new cowl. Oh my goodness. Your poor couch! Honestly the only thing I can think of is a throw blanket. That hitchhiker pattern is monotonous but it looks great.

  3. Ok, so I’m new to your blog and I’m assuming that Grace is a dog and not a child! Our cat uses our sofa as a scratching post all the time. Luckily it has a loose cover so one day we’ll get round to replacing it – the covers not the cat. Only thing I can suggest is turn the cushion over or round if that works with the way it’s made.

    • Lol! Yes, Grace is a black Lab mix who will be two this month. Our other dog is perfect; Grace is always a challenge. Unfortunately the cushions are attached so no turning possible. 😦

  4. What about some “decorative” stitching carefully applied and mostly hidden by a lovely fleece throw?

    As for the hitchhiker, mine was pretty slow in fingering also. I never blocked mine, but I think if you did you would get quite a bit of length out of it (in case you aren’t sure you’ll make it to 42…)

  5. Oh nooo – your poor couch!! I’m afraid I can’t offer you any words of advice on fixing it, other than making a blanket of some sort? Your hitchhiker is looking great so far, I made a similar shawl last year in fingering weight and it was slow progress but very much worth the effort in the end! The cowl looks fab too.

    That’s so nice about your Etsy customer 🙂

  6. So sorry about your couch…I’ve heard that citrus juice, or rubbing a lemon rind on things are supposed to discourage chewing in dogs (haven’t tried it since we are pet-less at this time). Check the fabric departments of your local stores, they might have a piece of upholstery material that would work as a patch or even to glue on?
    It’s so nice to make on-line friends, and I’ve found some craft show friends like that too (although I only see them once a year, if for some reason I miss “their show” they will let me know about it the following year 🙂

    • Hm, that’s interesting, the lemon bit. We have a Bitter Cherry spray that we got from a fancy pet store, and it worked when she was chewing the shingles off the house. I think I just need to apply it more frequently. And it occurred to me that there might be a swatch underneath the cushions that I could repurpose as a patch. I totally agree about the online friends; there’s so many awesome knitting/crafty people all over the world! 🙂

  7. Oh no, your poor couch! Unfortunately I don’t know of anything to keep dogs from chewing, but maybe you can sew a couch cover? That’ll cover the hole, but it’ll cover the rest of the couch as well. If not that, I’d close it up with a whip stitch and just cover it with an afghan or something. 🙂

    Also, loving that cowl! I don’t know anything about the team in represents (not big on sports), but I love the colors together regardless, and the pattern is pretty. 🙂

    • “Sew”?? You think I can sew? 😉 In all seriousness, I did end up remembering a cloth couch cover I bought last year. It’s dark brown like the couch, and I’ve tucked it into the cushions, but it doesn’t stay on very well in the back. Every time the pups jump on it, it slides. But still, it’s the best idea so far, at least until I can make some attempt at sewing/patching the hole. And thanks; I’m not a big sports fan either but I do love our baseball team, and yeah, I just like the colors together too! 🙂

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