Sunday, February 19, 2012

Crochet Baskets

Liz at Crochet in Color has caused me to be a bit obsessed this weekend.  Yes, I blame it all on you Liz.  She has made this amazing crochet basket and posted the directions last Wednesday.  I told her I was going to get busy on it right away, and I wasn't kidding.  I modified my baskets a bit, but followed Liz's amazing directions for most of the pattern.

Do you want to see?

 Please follow the directions if you do not want your basket to be all wonky like mine.  I wasn't sure how much yarn I had, or how much the basket would need, so I did not do the crochet into the back loop rounds. 

 I also did not put on the handles, which Liz did, and they are very nice.  I sort of free formed my basket just for fun.  I added the flowers because my joining isn't the best.  There I confessed!  I think I really need to work on how I join a row.  So I covered the join area with leaves and flowers.

I used Lamb's Pride Bulky, two strands held together for the basket, using a L hook.  The leaves and flowers are single strand Lamb's Pride using a J hook.  All this yarn I had on hand, so it was very fun to use a bit of stash yarn.  Actually I hate to say my stash is getting pretty low. Shocking isn't it?

 The flowers my son sent me are open and so beautiful.  I keep taking pictures of them because I want to remember his kindness.

Actually I was looking at them last night as my son and I were having a texting argument.  He wanted to stay out til 2:00 AM, I thought 1 was totally sufficient.  Apparently I am ,"suffocating" him and, "treating him like a child".  You bet I am.  He was home at 12:45 and gave me a big hug this morning, so he can't be that mad.

Special thanks for all your wonderful comments on my blue vest.  I really like it and feel a bit artsy in it.  But there is always that nagging doubt in the back of your mind when you make something.  Is it really good?  Does it look a bit cheesy and does it scream 70's crochet?  Will a picture of me in this vest show up on What Not To Wear?  You see what I'm saying don't you?



Your vest is realy nice, so stop that.

I HAVE TO make a few of these baskets; what a great idea and they`re so pretty!


Liz said...

Oh Meredith, I love these baskets. You Have been busy. You did a great job with these. And so creative with the flowers. Thanks so much for sharing them. My joins are not the neatest either. I'm making one now without the seam.

I love that vest. It does not look cheesy and you will not be on one of those "what not to crochet" Hahaha. I worry about that sometimes too:D

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Grateful4Crochet said...

I Love your baskets, and the modifications- those flowers are adorable and really make them!!
That is exactly what I always do- use buttons or flowers to cover the flaws!!
And those flowers are so lovely!!

Nana Go-Go said...

Your 'vest' is perfect and the most important thing is, you really like it so no need for such doubts. Your Alstromeria are so beautiful...yaay to thoughtful sons!Off to make a basket now....just what I needed,a new project!Have a good week, Meredith.

Annaboo said...

I love your little, cute baskets!!
That's so weird, because I've been making small crochet baskets this week too! Those flowers on yours are inspired. Might borrow this idea!

Babajeza said...

I love your baskets. The colours are beautiful together. Have a good week.

Dee said...

Your baskets are adorable!

As for your son --- Sometimes it's real hard to be the mom. But, you are a great mom. That's why you got flowers!

Susanne said...

If there is a word to describe your little baskets it would be "spiffy" and I think I will have to make a few of those spiffy little baskets myself, lol. Isn't it fun to just goof around and do a fun project, and isn't it fun to have it turn out cute! If you tweeked the pattern to make it more of your own version then that is all good and well. One never knows if they can make an improvement, or something entirely new. I say, just have fun!!!
The flowers your son gave you are lovely, what a thoughtful young man.
(((HUGS))) Susanne :)

Rose Red said...

Your baskets look great - I think the flowers and leaves are a great addition.

delia hornbook said...

Being a mum is so difficult sometimes bless him and you. Loving your basket covers there so pretty and with the added flowers so girly. You did great with them. Your sons flowers are lovely enjoy them while you can. dee x

Petunia Pill said...

I quite LIKE the flowers! Therefore, I think it's a GOOD THING that you didn't like your joins! I think I need to figure out a better way to do it also! Let me know if you find the secret to it! Love the colors you used for these two delights! Hugs, Annette

T's Daily Treasures said...

ha-ha! I do know what you are saying! But your vest is definitely not cheesy!

Love your baskets. I was just thinking I need to work with two strands of yarn so that my baskets will be a bit stiffer -- most of the yarn we get here is very thin. I haven't embellished any yet so that will be next on my list of all the things I want to do. :)

Yikes, if your son thinks you are suffocating him, he would think I was putting him in a straitjacket and allowing no movement at all. Both my boys (16-1/2 and 13-1/2) have to be in bed on school nites by 9:15-9:30 pm. And my oldest son has to be in on the weekends by 9 pm, although it sometimes winds up being 9:30 or 10 pm. I'm not staying up half the night waiting for him and can't go to bed unless I know he is home. We are definitely not night owls around here.

Have a great week. Tammy

Emily said...

Lovely baskets - I feel there may be a hole in my life that can only be filled by one of these lovelies - I need to get hooking immediately!
Emily x

Teresa said...

Isn't it funny how these things come in waves? I've seen crochet baskets all over the place (and am struggling not to drop everything to try making some too) and the owls and the ripple afghans... They are gorgeous! I love them :) And your blue vest :)

kathy b said...

No way, that blue vest is is not screaming 70s crochet.
Keep up the close eye and love for your son....

and I LOVE the crocheted yarn cute

by Teresa said...

Meredith.. wow.. 2 baskets! Perfect yarn storage, and for fruit too. I'm so jealous of your pool.. green in fact. And you look like a model in your vest.. I could only wish to be as thin and pretty. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Karen said...

I LOVE the blue vest.

And the little crochet baskets are so adorable! I can think of so many uses for them. They would be great to put a little gift in:) Two gifts in one.

Don't you hate texting arguments? I get so annoyed when I let myself get in the middle of one. I tell my kids that if we need to 'discuss' something, they have to call me. But . . . then I forget and there I am again.

Toni said...

Those are so cute!!!!

Monica said...

Very cute baskets! You're a busy bee, Meredith!
Hugs to you and that handsome, sweet furry boy!:)
Monica and Kim xoxo

Dee said...

Glad you had a good time in Orlando. That Whole Foods is huge compared to ours.

Jane said...

I love your baskets! Those colours are just gorgeous. And I like the sound of a stash getting low... sounds like you need to get out to that yarn store ;)
Jane x