Monday, April 16, 2007

Belated Easter post

Things have been so crazy the last 3 weeks that I'm still catching up with all of the knitting-related updates!
Here is the felted Easter basket that I knit as a hostess gift for my mom. It has 3 little chick soaps from Avon and was intended to be a soap dish for her bathroom. My mom hosts us for every holiday and Easter is the biggest (usually 25-30 people)
This was my first foray into pattern writing modifying/altering. I wanted the look of a woven basket and immediately thought of the ballband warshrag from Mason-Dixon Knitting and thought it was exactly what I wanted. A little math and a few modifications on the fly and Presto-Change-0 ~ we have a felted basket! Now, I really had hoped that it would shrink more vertically. I got the idea for this basket in my head about a week too late. If I had thought of this idea sooner, Round 2 would have made the basket about half the height before gifting it. I am working on Round 2 now for next year. I'll let you know how it goes!
The Knitty-Gritty:
Felted Easter Basket by Me
Yarn: Plymouth Galway Worsted in colors 89 (purple) & 601 (blue multi)
Needles: Sz. 11 (8.0 mm) X 16" bamboo circular by Clover
Finished size: Didn't measure (oops!)
Modifications Improvements: Not bad for my first attempt at creating my own pattern! I had to do some math and a whole lot of reminding myself that this thing was going to be felted, but overall it went pretty well!


Anne said...

Oh that's just adorable! I can't wait to see how the second, shorter version turns out but great job on adopting their pattern to your own idea for a project! It looks great :)

Dipsy said...

What a truly lovely basket this is - perfect for Easter, and I love the colours you've been using! Great job - and I can't wait to see the second version too!