But back to the blog and last time I was not happy because my car broke down and I missed seeing my family. Well early Monday morning, in the rush hour, I drove slowly, nursing the car round every corner and over every bump, to be repaired. Women drivers tend to have a reputation of not knowing what goes on under the bonnet (hood in USA), but on this occasion I had a very good idea of what was damaged and I was right!! Expensive to repair but it was done in a day and I collected it late Monday afternoon. Having an enforced day at home and missing my regular weekly Nordic walk, I managed to get on with a few crafty things.
Do you remember in the blog about my crocheted Duffel Bag, I mentioned I was making a basket: well it is finished and if I made another it may need some refinements, but I am pleased with the overall effect.
I have worked from three different patterns - the base came from a pattern Hoooked Zpagetti and this gave me the basic pattern. I started with 40 chain using the rug wool and crocheted the base in double crochet (dc) (English terms) and finally when I thought the base was big enough at about 13 inches (33 cms) I worked dc into the back of the loop below so that I could start building the sides. The sides were the same treble clusters from the duffel bag pattern.
|Not entirely satisfied with the base as it is wavy!! Good outside rim though.|
Finally, using the Jolly Chunky Bag pattern from Attic24 I made the scalloped edge and bag handles. The finishing touches were the little flowers from the same website.
So here is my Tah Dah moment -
|Front - A little 'full' round the base, but aren't we all!!|
Oh and by the way, next weekend I shall be having a second go at getting to Cambridge for either lunch or supper.