On pause

Suzie Blackman
Sunday, 28 August 2011

All my crafting endevours were abruptly halted on Friday when I had a bad accident. I’ve got a few minor injuries and one more serious; my left forearm is broken in three places. I spent eight hours in A&E having the bones manipulated back into place and cast in traction, twice. This is an experience I hope I never have to repeat. The last set of x-rays showed everything correctly aligned and the great news is that they’re hopeful for a full recovery without surgery. The ambulance crew, Whitechapel A&E doctors, nurses and orthopaedic surgeon (who set my arm the second time) were all amazing. Likewise my friends and family who are making a horrible time much easier.

Being stuck at home, ill, is never the most fun. Knitting normally cheers me up through the nastiest of illnesses, but while I’m one-handed this is impossible. It’s all the more frustrating because I was working on a beautiful project that I hope will be my next pattern. Since it won’t be ready for a while, I’ll give you a sneak preview.

Hexagon cushion or stool cover

Hexagon cushion / stool cover


This is a cover for an IKEA SOLSTA PÄLLBO footstool, but the pattern would also work as a square cushion cover. It is designed to turn a low cost piece of furniture into luxury item.

It is worked in modular hexagons (and partial hexagons) in Noro Silk Garden yarn, I’ve used shade 204.

I was really enjoying developing this pattern, Noro yarns are so much fun to work with. I’m leaving it unpacked to give me something to look forward to when I get better.

The author

Suzie Blackman

The dyer, designer, photographer, creative technologist and maker-of-things behind It's a Stitch Up. She lives in East London in a home filled with colour, fluff and house plants.


  1. mooncalf says:

    Oh my God. You poor thing. It sounds really bad. Goodness. I hope it all starts to feel better soon and that you’re back to being two-handed as soon as possible.

  2. Shuriu says:

    Oh, I’m so sorry to hear that! I love seeing what you’re up to with all your textile work. Hope you are doing much, much better now.

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