What on earth is a paddle cushion, I hear you ask.
Well, many years ago I owned a beautiful handknitted alpaca skirt, which unfortunately got damaged. The main intarsia panel, however, was unaffected, so I turned it into a large cushion for my sofa cos it was far too pretty to throw out. I liked that cushion.
UNfortunately its also Branny’s favourite cushion, and in the past three years he paddled it to death, it now has more holes than knitting. He’s got big paws, has Branny, and is an enthusiastic paddler.
Around christmas I was doing a big hand washing session of all my cashmere and alpaca, and decided that two cashmere jumpers and two cashmere cardigans – including my favourite red one – were beyond redemption due to Branny holes and inkstains, so i set them aside for future play. Last week I machine washed them, thus shrinking them to half thier original size (and, rather irritatingly, eradicating the offending inkstain to boot), and yesterday I chopped them into little bits and played with them.
Ok, so I might still be on a bit of a jubilee kick, but I think this may be my favourite as its rather striking. I was originally going to give it away, but…
This one is probably my least favourite, but Gareth says its very nice “for a girl” (He said that quite scornfully). THe buttons are swarovski ones that someone sent him by accident and didn’t want back, and the pink thing on the middle flower was a pendant I found at the gym – hark at me using found objects, eh?
This one was different on the front and back and I think I like them equally.
It looks a bit ruckled along the top because I had to borrow a pad from one of Gareth’s cushions as this is a little bigger than the other two and I didn’t have a spare one the right size – so I Just pinned it in place for the pic.
And in other news I am beginning to fear that if my idiot cat gets any more undignified he will morph into a dog