New Projects – crocheting

This has been an odd few weeks for me, but I have been pulling projects out of my sewing room and working on them one by one. This week I finished two smaller projects.

Project one:

Basket made from sheets
Basket made from sheets

This is a basket I made out of a ripped up sheet. Here’s basically what I did:

1) Got a ripped up sheet (my sister’s dog nicely assisted this process by ripping the sheet one day and thus I inherited ripped sheets) I used a queen sized fitted and queen sized top sheet to make this basket.

2) Further ripped the sheet (I started a 3/4 inch cut at one end of the sheet then ripped until I had about 1/4 inch of unripped sheet at the other end. I then cut a start another 3/4 inch from the bottom end and ripped back up to within 1/4 inch of the top. This way I did not have to tie lots of small strings together. It made one really long string. Here is a website that explains my method better with pictures. Here is another website that explains the same thing in a slightly different way. Except where I accidentally ripped to far or where the original rip caused weakness in “string.” When I did need to tie two strings together, I used the slip knot method. I think this website explains it better than I can, and this website has pictures of the slip knot method.)

3) Crocheted a circle (I started with a chain of eight. The picture doesn’t show it well, but my circles commonly look like soft octagons because I start with chains of eight. I have found a chain of five or six often looks more round. I formed my chain of eight into a circle and then created eight single crochets around the circle. As of the first round I spiraled the project adding eight stitches every round to keep the circle expanding. — if you really wanted an octagon you’d need to add the extra stitches at the eight corners. I eyeball it and if I feel like a corner is getting to tight or undefined, I’d make three stitches in the corner instead of two. — Here’s a blog of someone who actually does make circles and soft octagons.)

4) When the circle was big enough, I kept crocheting but stopped adding extra stitches. This made the sides.

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5) For handles, I used a button hole stitch. (I got to where I wanted the handle to start and instead of making a crochet in the next stitch, I made a  chain long enough for my hand then stretched it along the basket and attached it at the appropriate spot.  Then on the next round when I got to the chain, I counted the skipped stitches below the handle and made that many single crochets across the “handle” area. Every round after that was like all the rows before the handle: single crochet in every single crochet. Here’s a website that explains it better.) My basket actually has four handles.

6) Gave it to my sister.

 

Project 2: the rope bowl

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This is my second project I finished. My sister read somewhere that a person could crochet around rope to make a basket. I only had a very small amount of laundry line and knew I would not be able to make a basket, so I made a bowl. This bowl is made from laundry line and purple crochet thread. The holes in the sides are actually handles.  Below is a picture of the bowl without the top turned down. I literally just crocheted in an oval around a piece of rope until I used the buttonhole concept to make the handles. Here is a website with a tutorial on crocheting around a rope. I did not start with a base chain, but I think it would have made my start a little easier if I had.

What I am enjoying about this little rope bowl is how easy it is to shape. Here’s a few pictures of different shapes I made with the same bowl.

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Great Things at the Local Library

I’ve always liked my local library. I use the Mid-continent Public Library. When I was kid, I used the Raytown branch, but now my main branch is the north Blue Springs one.

As a kid, I grew up searching the short stacks for Dr. Suess and Diana Wayne Jones books. I still remember the first time I checked out my first book from the adult section.

When I started getting research projects in middle school and high school, the library helped with books, magazines, and online databases.

When school turned into long drives to and from college for laundry visits, the library allowed me to download audiobooks I could listen to on the road.

Last year, my family took a local vacation. The library had an area program. It was a walking tour of the Arts District. We got our exercise and learned some interesting history.

One library feature I want to try is the genealogy center. I keep driving by it, but with a last name like Ross, I figure I will need a good starting point.

So what spawned this blog post is an upcoming event at Trails West branch. Jim Butcher will be giving a talk, and some of my local writers group will be meeting me there.