Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Something new

I decided to try one of many things I have pinned in Pinterest. I found this really cute little crochet basket and thought I would give it a go. The pattern, which can be found HERE, calls for an extra chunky yarn and a size 8 hook.

Now I have done very little crochet in my life so it took a while and a good bit of ripping out and redoing to get this one going. In the spirit of trying to use or get rid of stash, I dug through my yarn and found this one which was just marked as scarf yarn.

As some of you know I have recently been spinning my own yarn and have therefore needed to learn how to find out the weigh of yarn (ie is it DK, worsted, bulky etc). I discovered that this one was 8 wraps per inch (wpi) which is a bulky weight. The pattern calls for two strands of extra bulky in order for the basket to be stable but I thought I would give this one a go as I had it already.

Once I figured out what I was doing and how to work properly in the round this was actually quite fun to do, if a little hard on the hands as I was working with two strands. I think it came out quite well, though I am sure an experienced crocheter would see the all mistakes I am fairly sure I made.

Here in my basket you can see some of the skeins I have of my hand spun and plied yarn. I did add on a couple of rows before the handles to make mine a little deeper and I changed the way I started mine as well to make it a little easier for me but all in all I think it looks quite good.

One other thing, here is a notebook that I decorated a few years ago using some craft papers and toppers. As I have a LARGE number of notebooks already I would like to send this to a new home. If you are interested in adopting this A5 size lined journal please say in a comment on this post. If more than one person is interested I will draw a random recipient.


  1. I love the basket, it turned out great! As long as you love it, it doesn't matter about mistakes. Mistakes add character. i like the thought of using up some your stash to create a spot to store more of your stash. Ha!
    That journal is awesome! I love journals and have several throughout my house, but none of them are quite so pretty. Pick me, pick me!

  2. Your basket looks great to me! Very useful. The notebook is so pretty but I was lucky to receive a RAK from you recently so I will pass this time.

  3. That basket looks brilliant! I didn't realise it was crocheted until I was reading through, well done you!!

    Oh my word...the notebook is gorgeous!!! Both me and my daughter are notebookholics and can rarely resist buying them. I would LOVE the chance to win please. What a gorgeous giveaway. xx

  4. I love the notebook, but have won a lot recently so please don't include me. Your basket looks fantastic, a perfect way to showcase your gorgeous yarn! Really very pretty xxx

  5. I think I have the crochet basket pinned to one of my Pinterest boards too! Seeing yours has made me think that I might try it - yours looks great. Love your journal cover it looks very professional, please add my name to your drawing.Thanks!

  6. Congrats on the great basket finish. I would love a chance to win the gorgeous journal.


  7. I haven't crocheted in years, your adorable basket makes me want to try! Thanks for link. I would love a chance to win your beautiful journal!

  8. Your little crochet basket is really cute, well done!

  9. your basket is so cute..i love it so much.
    and the journal is so lovely :)
    hugs x

  10. Ohhh I've been willing to make one of these baskets for so long! Good job :)


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