Sunday, 5 October 2008

Crochet basket

This little basket was made last night with the giant ball of carpet wool that was mentioned a few posts back. It is about six inches in diameter and four inches tall, a useful size for keeping things in........ I hoped that it would be stiff and strong, but despite being washed in very hot water and dried in the clothes dryer, it did not shrink or stiffen up - if anything it stretched a bit and became a trifle softer. I shall have to find some way of making it more functional - perhaps some strong starch? The other things I made with this coarse woollen yarn were a series of long thick crochet cords - with the intention of using them in the garden to tie up tall annuals or tomatoes or other leggy things. I think it should work, they will be environmentally friendly and hopefully last outside for a season.



4 comments:

Marcie said...

how about a 'string bag' for the shopping?

paulahewitt said...

what a cute little basket - i too would have thought that it would be quite stiff - strange isnt it. garden ties sound like a good idea, and I like the string bag idea too - i like the tweedy grey colour of the wool.

averyclaire said...

You are very inventive to see the usefulness and beauty of the big old ball of grey wool yarn! Love the basket...very useful.

Mary-anne said...

try PVA diluted with water - about 3/4 glue 1/4 water. Used to stiffen hessian for dried flower arrangements when I taught primary school art and it worked well