The Perfect Pincushion
Today’s quick blog post (before we see another rep) is all about pincushions. Yes, pincushions — those squishy things you stick your pins and needles into for safe keeping. I recently visited my sister and got a chance to see her workshop where she makes her amazing bags (coming soon to Archipelago in Rockland — I wish I could show you how gorgeous they are). While picking my way between the rolls of leather and fabric, I happened to notice that the floor was littered with pins! For my sake and hers, I’ve decided that she needs a pincushion. It’s going to be knitted, and it needs to be cute/fun/pretty so that it makes her smile when she uses it. To Ravelry!
I’m a sucker for traditional nostalgic designs, so this little tomato designed by Gari Lynn caught my eye right away. I remember seeing fabric versions of these by the sewing machines of my friends’ mothers and grandmothers. Pattern available here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/heirloom—tomato-pin-cushion
Since my sister shares my slightly kooky sense of humor, I was considering this adorable (but slightly grim) voodoo doll pincushion by Amanda Berry. Perhaps it would come in handy for those days where the sewing machine spits oil onto an almost finished bag, or when an order of leather gets lost in the mail? http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/voodoo-doll-3
But my favorite pincushion so far is the cactus. What a perfectly adorable item! There are several on Ravelry, some tall, some short, some knit in chunky yarn, some with flowers… The tiny terra cotta pot is a great touch. I especially love how the pins add to the cactus-y appearance, though it looks fine on its own, too. I really think that my sister needs one of these, and it seems like a super quick knit. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/pin-cushion-cactus
Do you have a favorite pincushion at home?