Tuesday, May 16, 2006

The Birthday Basket

Jeff's Raffinesse Birthday Basket
basket photos by Audrey Tawa Burbank
It was Jeff’s birthday a few weeks ago and I wanted to make him something. It is challenging knitting and/or crocheting a small gift for a guy…especially a guy with a wife that is an excellent knitter (Audrey).

I was looking thru my stash for inspiration. It’s Spring…too hot for a scarf or a hat. I don’t think that Jeffrey uses potholders too often. Audrey knits washcloths all the time. I wasn’t quite up to knitting a pair of socks. Then, I came upon a smaller bin filled with this interesting yarn called “Raffinesse” that I acquired years ago from a Stitches From The Heart donation.

Raffinesse was made by Muench Yarns (it has been discontinued). It is 45% cotton, 35% polyethylene and 20% rayon. It has a sheen to it and looks somewhat like raffia, but it’s softer and more pliable. I would call it sport or DK weight. Perfect for a little basket!

So, I took out my “D” crochet hook and just started crocheting a tight square motif for the bottom of the basket. For the sides, I abandoned making corners and just crocheted in the round, changing colors a bit. I think it turned out kinda’ primitive and cool-lookin’.

The Birthday Basket sits on Jeff’s dresser for his loose change. I must experiment more with this Raffinesse.



At 10:25 PM PDT, Blogger mj said...

LOVED the little basket. I bought a pattern about a month ago for felted baskets and you've got me chomping at the bit to start.
Yes, Nordstrom has some really amazing bags ... but I like yours better.
See you Thursday?

At 12:50 PM PDT, Anonymous Dishcloth Gal said...

Hey Ell, thanks for the props! Jeff indeed loves his Raffinesse basket. Too bad they don't make that stuff anymore. See you at tomorrow night's gala.

At 3:12 PM PDT, Blogger ~drew emborsky~ said...

What a fantastic gift!! Good job!!

At 3:30 PM PDT, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

Thanks for the compliments everyone. I must make some more of these little baskets!

Sorry, Kids...I won't be at SnB tomorrow night. We're going with Audrey and Jeff (B-Day Basket Boy) to the Central Library Dinner honoring Norman Mailer!

At 4:18 PM PDT, Blogger MonkeyGurrrrrl said...

Love the basket - esp. the colors. Very beach/retro/cool. Like you.


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