A Squishy Basket of Delight

A few years ago, I was in a skirt making phase (which I never quite left to be honest) and the lure of an “Empty the bolt” sale got to me. This is a sale my local fabric chain store holds where they give you a discount if you buy the entire rest of the bolt of fabric. I bought some sunshiny yellow flowery fabric. I say “some”, it was about 6 meters. Which I used entirely in a double-circle skirt. The skirt was… terrible. The fabric was too stiff to really be happy in a double-circle skirt. I wore it once and then put it away to “fix” later. By the time I got around to fixing it, I’d gone right off the fabric. The colours I still loved, but the design did look like toilet curtains. It’s been hanging around for ages, so this weekend I decided to use up the fabric and make a basket.

This is going to be a long post with lots of pictures, so I’ll show you the finished item first. The rest is a tutorial of sorts – these baskets are really easy to make and I’d love for you to have a go. You only need to know 2 crochet stitches – chain and single crochet. Finished Basket

It’s deliciously squishy, you should know this right up front. Mine is quite roomy, but this “pattern” (I really do use that term loosely) is completely adaptable to whatever size or depth you want. It’s one of those nifty things where you can follow the tutorial and end up with something utterly different and totally yours.

Ready? Then let us away.
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Temperature Scarf: April

Good news everyone! I’ve completely solved the “Random increases” problem I have. I’ve replaced it with random decreases.  Let’s pretend it was deliberate, to mark the shorter days of Autumn…

April Scarf

The photo makes the decreases look more drastic than they really are, but they’re still pretty obvious. Oh well, I tend to be a bit of a wonky person anyway so it’s no skin off my nose. Look in the middle! Our first “under 15” day of the year – exciting!

I’m running out of surfaces to stretch the whole thing out on for a photo. Today’s picture comes to you from the garden bench. By December I may need a basketball court.

Scarf To April I’m sure by the end of May it will be wide again. It’s just how I roll.

In other news, the Bottle Gardens are doing quite well – the Baby’s Tears are both growing cheerfully. One of the maiden hair ferns needed a repot as the string wasn’t touching the potting mix and the whole thing was drying out. It’s happier now I’ve added more string.