For a small thing where the edges are going to be on show, I found there could be a big difference in appearance depending on the cast-on method used.
Just out of interest, this is a buttercup flower, cast on using the thumb method.
This is exactly the same pattern (from Nicky Epstein's knitted flower book), but made with a cable cast on.
I'm thinking of using this as an edging for the cushion, not all the way round but maybe on the two vertical edges. Not sure yet how that will look but we'll see.
Do you have a favourite baking recipe you come back to again and again? This week's baking was something I've made many times before, rock buns made using Jane Brocket's recipe. The taste is a wonderful combination of lemon and nutmeg.