10-stitch Pillow Ta-Da!

I finally finished this!!  Hooray!  I had finished knitting the top quite awhile ago and it has been sitting in the mending pile for all this time.

Front of the 10-stitch pillow.

Front of the 10-stitch pillow.

I blogged about it’s beginning here.  One of the reasons it took me so long to finish is because I couldn’t figure out what to do for the back.  Should it be as colorful as the front?  Should I do some sort of patchwork?  Did I want to put a zipper in there?  I tried out so many things that just didn’t quite look right that I was beginning to give up.  Today I went back into the sewing studio and started pulling out fabric and something clicked!IMG_3390

I decided on this white on white fabric (really it’s off-white) and a simple velcro closure.IMG_3391

And I LOVE it!  Having something so simple and plain really complements and shows off the vibrancy of the front.  I’m so glad I didn’t give up!  Now I can’t wait for the kids to come home to tell me what they think!

10 Stitch Pillow Top

There are so many of these 10-Stitch projects going on right now in blog-land that I decided it was time to try my hand at it too!

10-stitch pillow top.

10-stitch pillow top.

This is the 10-stitch blanket pattern by Frankie Brown.  I know that I don’t have the staying power to complete another blanket right now, so after a couple of more rounds this will be turned into a pillow.  You can never have too many pillow, right?

Dyeing with food coloring.

Dyeing with food coloring.

I am also trying out a new-to-me yarn dyeing method.  I made three different dye baths with food color – hopefully it turns out nicely and I can do it with my students next week during weaving camp.

Lemon cucumbers and blackberries.

Lemon cucumbers and blackberries.

New bounty from my garden!!  The blackberries are already history, but we still have a couple of the lemon cucumbers left.  Fresh fruit and vegetables from the garden taste so yummy!!