I’ve got a new favorite children’s book! And those of you who know me, know I love books as much as I love yarn!
The book is titled “Extra Yarn” and it is written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen. When I saw it in the library, I had to borrow it. More for me than my kids… hah! It’s about a girl who has a box of yarn and keeps knitting more sweaters (or a hat for the man who doesn’t wear sweaters) for anyone she knows. Then she still has extra yarn so she makes sweaters for all the animals, and then for things that don’t even wear sweaters (like a mailbox!). But she still has extra yarn. Her magic yarn box is then stolen by an archduke who was fond of clothes. But the yarn box was empty! So he tossed it out his window into the ocean below. And it miraculously ends up back at the girl. Who, naturally, keeps knitting sweaters! Isn’t that cute?
Now I’m planning to buy a copy for my home. And it isn’t just me who likes it either. It received a Caldecott Honor, Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, and is a New York Times Bestseller. Yarn, knitting and crocheting are definitely back in style, and I love it!
So, now I need to tell you about the sweater I made for something that didn’t need it. Because it had already had a sweater before. And before that, I’d already made a fabric cover. Lol, guess I like my options.
This is an ottoman that I have in my bedroom. You might remember the Euro pillows that I crocheted for my “pillow headboard.” I had a smallish ball left over from the aqua yarn that I’d used, and I love that color, so I wanted to use it on something cool. I was also trying to bring some colors together in the room, so I figured black and aran would work well.
I used the good ol’ common granny square to do this. I started with black and did five rounds alternating with aran. On the sixth round, I did the aqua. Then I alternated again for five more rounds. And so on. I stopped doing the square when it was at the width I needed (in this case, it was 17 inches or 43 cm). After that, I didn’t do corner increases anymore and it made it three dimensional. I continued until it covered the ottoman.
It looks pretty good (even better in person!) and I love how it looks in my room with my pillows at the opposite wall!
Do you think you would make a “sweater” for an ottoman in your home?