Sunday, May 24, 2009

Repaired laundry basket

The handles broke on the laundry basket--all the handles--a long, long time ago. Duct tape had served--served it best--but that wasn't good enough. We didn't want to put such a huge hunk of plastic into the trash. There had to be a way.

So Paul cut the broken top of the basket off, and drilled three holes every place it was solid, as you see in the photo above.

Then I made some "tshirt yarn" according to Polka Dot Pineapple's excellent tutorial on how to make a ball of "yarn" out of worn out tshirts.

Then I started crocheting:
(I'm sitting on our bed, and the cover, by the way, was crocheted by my grandmother. Yes. I'm sitting on it. We use our things.)

After a row of single-crochet (the American term) around the top with a size J hook, I then started another sc round, making a chain where each handle used to be. Then, I did another row of sc over that. It took two tshirts:
The basket lost a little structural integrity (it squishes a bit easier), but it works really well. The handles are comfortable and stretchy, yet strong. And the loss of stiffness isn't really a problem--the new, crocheted top of the basket is very soft, so the basket with the laundry can be squished under one arm.

(All photos by Paul. Thank you, Paul!)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Purse body

It's huge! And I have very little yarn left, so I'm not sure what I'll do about handles. Timson thinks it's very cozy.

The current plan is to felt it a little, to make it smaller & denser, but not too much--I don't want to lose all the cable detail. Then I'll sew a liner in, and sew the sides together. And then figure out what to do about handles. Oh, and a zipper. And maybe some pockets in the liner.

Here it is all folded up--there's a button hole on the front flap:
I'll need a button!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Birthday presents

From Paul! I originally wanted the bulky, purple yarn for a bolero, the Carie Cropped Flare-Sleeve Cardigan (Spencer Jacket) by Stefanie Japel (in Fitted Knits), but I couldn't get the gauge to come right.

So plan B is the Aran Pocketbook by Edie Eckman (in Bags, a Knitter's dozen), which I'll try to felt--the ruler is 12"/30cm, near the bottom of the purse, and I'm now working on the back: