I have been doing the Marie Kondo thing and ripping apart the house. It’s an on-going process that’s been lasting months. The Marie Kondo method of cleaning involves looking at an object and asking yourself, does it bring me joy? If the object does then it stays in the keep pile, if not then it gets discarded/donated. I have a lot of craft supplies squirrelled away. I’d say 98% of it brings me joy but it takes up a lot of room. The only way I’m going to get rid of this stuff is to use it up, this is where the puff pillows come in.
What to do with dozens of balls of dollar store, made in China, knock off fun fur? I’ve had this yarn sitting in my stash for probably 8-9 years. I bought it to make hats, scarves or something for the grandkids. It suddenly occurred to me that I could make pillows out of them and give them away for Christmas. Surely the kids will like furry colourful pillows? Regardless the stash pile is dwindling somewhat, everybody gets a pillow (insert evil laugh – whaa haha).
Each pillow was knit on a 6.5 mm 24” cable needle. The square pillows had a cast-on of about 80 stitches and took 8 balls of yarn. They fit an ikea 20” pillow insert and although the finished tube isn’t 20” square , it stretches to fit the pillow no problem. I cast on 100 stitches for the 16” x 26” pillow and knit 10 balls of yarn because that’s all I had in those colours. I probably could have knit another four balls of yarn to make it fit better but I had to go with what I had but the resulting pillow is pretty tight.
Nice mindless knitting in the round and the finished pillows do look awesome. Whether the grandkids like them is another story but I guess if the pillow doesn’t Bring them joy they can always donate them.