Once again i’m in my fav local cafe, Laveli Bakery. Decaf skinny flat white. Almond croissant. Undoes any good of the skinny or the decaf. Note to self – must find out how they take the caffeine out of coffee and tea. Anyone know?
So me and one of bestest buds, Claire, have a little birthday present packed. We always make each other something. I met Claire whilst we were both doing our Design and Technology PCGEs, my focus on Food Tech and hers on Textiles. We both went to work in our respective fields in secondary schools, however Claire is now off to join the world of Further Education and teach in a college! Fashion and retail, no more pre pubescent tweenies! Any way she’s a very clever lady and works part time doing sewing classes at the fabulous haberdashery shop Guthrie & Ghani, http://www.guthrie-ghani.co.uk/, yes owned and run by the ever so lovely Lauren Guthrie, Great British Sewing Bee Finalist! It’s a fab shop, and fantastic for the Birmingham area, we so needed one (yes I do live in London now, but I love a trip back to the homeland and every time me and mum make a little visit there, soooo lovely to look and imagine projects!).
So Claire’s birthday was July just gone. Hawaiian themed party at Cherry Reds in Birmingham city centre, http://www.cherryreds.com/index.html. It was pretty close to the wedding so I needed it to something relatively easy and quick, but that still had impact.
For ages on Pinterest I had been coveting a hanging crochet basket and stretchy, chunky, jersey yarn. (Find me at www.pinterest.com/jenniewren1983)
I’d also seen the same idea on blog I dip in and out of, Lutter Idyl, it might not be in English be I love her style, so simple and effective, not over done or over the top. http://www.lutteridyl.dk/
After a bit of searching I managed to find the pattern for the above basket, http://www.bekkibjarnoll.com/2012/09/hngekurv-opskrift.html, however Google translate i’m afraid is not that good. More work was needed.Good old Pinterest lead me to an English translation, http://dwellerinalittlehollow.wordpress.com/2013/04/14/the-infamous-hanging-basket-crochet-pattern-in-english/.
I found the basket worked up really quickly, I used a Hooked Zpagetti yarn which I brought from Wool Warehouse (http://www.woolwarehouse.co.uk/hoooked-zpagetti-dark-green-10-darkgreen10-1000g) with a size 10 hook. It was quite heavy work, definitely made my fingers ache! And to be honest i’m not great at patterns that spiral up, it requires keeping count, I really need to start using some safety pins to mark my first stitch. Anyway it turned out okish, I wasn’t too please with the round joins, but thats due to work needed on my part, and I couldn’t quite grasp how to do the handle as per the photo…. As you can see from my poor photo it looked ok…
But I have to say once Claire had done her effortless styling on it and ‘stuffed’ a load of scarves in it looked great 🙂 I even now have one on order 🙂
Happy weekend everyone x
Next Sunday – The Handmade Fair….. http://www.thehandmadefair.com/