When my grandmother moved out of her house and into a nursing home a few years ago, we had to find homes for a lot of her extra belongings. She was never much of a knitter – she much preferred golf, tennis and bridge – but she had a small craft stash that included nine balls of cream yarn.
The yarn is pure wool, but it is a little too rough to wear on the skin. My friends and I guessed that it must be at least 20 years old, based on the ball band and its price.
My first thought was to knit a cable cushion cover, but I decided to crochet one instead; I knit a lot but I do not use my crochet skills as often. When I crochet, I really enjoy it, so I do not know why I do it so rarely.
I chose a pattern called ‘Harlekinpuder’ by Danish designer Jeanette Bøgelund Bentzen. I think it is simple but rather chic.
The pattern suggests making the back of the cushion with fabric and adding a zipper. I thought I might have enough yarn to crochet the back, and I did – I even have one ball left.
I made the back simply in two pieces and added buttonholes. I chose the buttons before crocheting the buttonholes to ensure they were the right size.
Something that was not apparent when I was crocheting it was a slight variation in the colour of the yarn. I think it might be the age of the wool. All the ball bands had the same dye lot, and only one had lost its band. The colour variation only shows up in photographs and is not noticeable when the cushion sits on the sofa, so I am not worried by it at all.
Apart from the yarn, I kept a few other things, including Granny’s button jars. Recently, I sorted through the jars and decided which buttons to keep and which buttons to give away for others to enjoy. I found some treasures in those jars.
As for Granny, she is still going well!