A ticklish problem

Do you remember my sofa? You know, the one that I decided to make new covers for… by crocheting them:

crochet cushion covers

crochet cushion covers

Well, I’ve noticed a problem recently… crochet cushion covers aren’t feather-proof. Yes, yes, I know it sounds obvious, but it wasn’t something that I had thought would be an issue, because I assumed that the cushion inners would not leak feathers. How wrong I was. We have feathery dogs, feathery clothes, a feathery carpet… It was bad enough that the chickens were moulting, without the sofa joining in too!

Sam - devourer of zips

Sam – devourer of zips

So, this weekend I decided to do something about it. The only things wrong with the original (feather-proof) plain covers were some fading and the fact that Sam had eaten the zips. Yes, that’s right, we have a dog that eats zip fasteners… you get used to always hanging your waterproof coat up, but it’s reasonably difficult to ensure that cushions are always out of reach of a determined pup. Anyway, on reflection, I decided that the old covers could be used as an extra layer under the new crochet ones. The fading wouldn’t matter and they wouldn’t need zips because they wouldn’t need to be removable.

My new weapon

My new weapon

The only thing I needed to make the job easier was a stitch-ripper so that I could take the zips out fairly quickly. An investment of £2 yielded one of these and I spent a couple of hours yesterday extracting the chewed zips. I only managed to stab myself once, and I didn’t draw much blood. The covers were washed overnight and are drying now… so I should soon have cushions that don’t moult!

Whilst I was in a mood for taking things apart yesterday, I also frogged the Portland wool neck-warmer. Now I need to decide on a nice simple, loose crochet stitch to use with this yarn. Any suggestions most welcome.

And now, as the rain and hail alternate outside, I’m going to settle down with a big mug of tea, some biscuits and my knitting and watch a dvd… what a glorious way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

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  1. Ann Pole

     /  November 21, 2015

    Yup, my mum & dads pillows used to leak feathers..

  2. Hope you enjoyed your afternoon. I was knitting and watched War Horse.

  3. Gosh I just adore those crochet cushions – every time I see them my heart goes ‘bump’ 🙂 It must be love!! ❤ If you want a really quick and easy knit stitch for your scarf do the buttonhole stitch. [yo k2tog all the way and just k the next row. Tep.] It comes out really light and airy and very pretty, I made three neck warmers last winter this way. 🙂

  4. ‘Tep’ is correctly ‘Rep’ 🙂

  5. That is the most sheepish and guilty dog face I have seen in a long time… Do you think it’s some sort of dietary deficiency, or simple doggedness?

    • She’s part terrier and part sheepdog, so we think it’s just naughtiness… The strange thing is that it’s only small pieces of metal that she chews (she likes press-studs too) but she never touches fabric or yarn or even larger metal objects like knitting needles. Possibly she is just bonkers 😉

  6. With a face that makes you melt it’s a wonder she’s even capable of being so cheeky. Zips – that’s definitely a strange one. 😉

  7. Crochet cushion covers I realised are not very friendly in more ways than one. They look beautiful when they are new but with use, the cushions do not maintain shape, I dont know why it is. First time heard of dogs eating zips 😉

    • They are a bit saggy, but I think that the extra layer is going to solve that issue. She is the only dog I have ever met with such an obsession – it’s very strange.

  8. A great way to have spent an afternoon with our recent weather Jan.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx


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