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I have been working so hard on getting this set up and working it all out, that I haven't actually had a lot of time to think about what I wanted to post today. Then I realised, if was obvious of course. I should post about my crafting! There seems to have been little crafting here lately, but there has been a lot going on behind the scenes. I have some works in progress and some finished things to share with you.
1. A spring time wreath.
At the moment this is very much a work in progress.
Using a Styrofoam flat backed wreath form I am in the process of crocheting a piece to cover it. At the moment it looks like a short and oddly striped and coloured scarf. It is pinned to the wreath here so that I can check how much more I need to do - not too much left!
Once it is all done I will do a bit of a tutorial post on this for you. The daffodils started out with the intention of being for my March Mantel, but they have been sidetracked at the moment into this project. I will make some more though as they are really easy to do and I have ideas for different coloured ones.
My inspiration for this project is the wreath below which is in Issue 28 of Simply Crochet magazine.
1 and a half. A little tiny bunny also from Simply Crochet. I am contemplating a string of these for Easter, but I have other ideas for Easter too. It could be a hard decision. Isn't he a cutie though. I thought he might make a nice brooch perhaps.
2. In line handle basket.
I am calling this my In Line Handle Basket - because the handles are in the basket - you will see a different sort of handle in a moment and see what I mean about the difference. It is made with Lily Sugar n Cream. I stitched it all in UK Trebles on a 4mm hook, stitching into the space between stitches as I worked round.
The finished basket is about 7 inches across and 6 inches tall. It is quite floppy as I used a single strand of yarn. If it was worked in two strands I think it would be quite sturdy. This yarn is good to work with I think, it isn't smooth and silky, but I would not expect that from a cotton yarn and I do like the matt finish it has.
I have some yarn left over so I will probably make a small bowl with that.
3. It was a basket and now it is a bag. Or is it a basket??
This basket (as it started out being) was worked using Patons 100% Cotton 4ply - Nougart (01715). I was given 8 balls of this yarn. Being 4ply it is quite thin yarn I used three strands at once. This time I worked in UK DC and used a 5mm hook. The yarn turned out not to be all 4 ply though and there was one ball of DK. So I used that the make a very long thin piece for the handles which I then sewed on to the basket going right around the bottom - as you can see below. The finished basket/bag is about 9 inches across and 9 inches high as well.
I have to say that I am not sure if I like this or not. At the moment it is hanging around and occasionally as things stuffed into it, but mainly it is stuffed into the bottom of my basket. I don't know what I am going to do with it. I cannot seem to give it away either!
The actual yarn is great, it is a mercerized cotton and does not split at all. It does make for a slightly shiny finish to the yarn, in a good way, but if you want something more matt, this would not be the yarn to use.
4. Another basket!
After my experiment above, I had four balls of the 4ply yarn left, so I am working this basket, again in UK DC using a 5mm hook using four strands. It is also about 9 inches across. It is somewhat stiffer than the first one. We will see what happens! I will not be adding strappy handles that is for sure!
5. Shirt Quilt.
I have finally started working some more on my shirt quilt. I repined the layers together and decided that I would tie it rather than quilt. I wish somewhat that I had quilted it, but it is too big for me to machine quilt and I think that I would have had about as much difficulty hand quilting as I am having with the tying. It is about a quarter of the way there and then I still have to bind it.
I do like the way that it makes it look puffy. It reminds me of an old fashioned eiderdown.
That is it, my five things for this week! As and when I finish everything up I will of course share it with you and I will have the tutorial for making the wreath as well.
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I hope that you all have a great weekend!