Nov 022018
 

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A Basket And Some Fridge Magnets

I showed you the first basket I wove with sock yarn in my post – here.

I’d bought two pre drilled, round, basket bases at the same time, together with enough sticks to glue in the holes to make a second basket framework. I wanted to make the 2nd one a bit different looking, but still wanted to use up more of the balls of sock yarn I’d started using for the first basket.

I still wanted to work with four yarns at the same time, so this time I took the two balls of brighter yarn and pulled the yarn from the center and the outside of each to begin weaving them together as a cluster together.

This is what the part with 4 threads of the brighter yarn woven together onto the framework.

Once I came to the end of the two brighter balls of yarn I took the grey balls of yarn and took the end from the outside and the end from the inside of each ball, to give me four ends to tie in and finish weaving to the top of the canes.

This is a closeup of the grey part.

I stopped weaving just a little before the top to allow me to work on the fineals.

I decided this time to do something different for the tops of the canes.

One of my young nephews saved up to buy himself a 3D printer. (More about that in future posts as he wants me to blog about that, with his input, once we get the photos we’ve both taken collected together.) One of the things he’s downloaded and printed out for me are a variety of fridge magnets, and amongst those are different cone type ones with a ball shape on top (Thingiverse Cone Fridge Magnetsby Carsten4P). I reconned that these would make great tops to my basket canes and they come pre designed with a hole in the base to glue in a magnet – which I thought would make them perfect for sticking onto the canes.

I first printed out one of each type in white (that just happened to be the colour of the fillament he had in at the time) and showed them to my mother, together with the basket, for her input on which one I should use.

She liked the one with the straight sides before the taper best. But the cones were slightly too big I thought.

So we printed out a batch of them, at 90% size, this time in black fillament to go with the project.

Once removed off the “raft” I heated up my glue gun.

I half filled the recess in each cone with hot glue and put it on top of a cane, holding it until the glue had cooled and set, which didn’t take long for each one.

Once I’d gone all the way round with the cones I finished weaving the yarn to the top.

To hold the top yarn in place, to stop the small risk of a yarn jumping over the stopper cones, I gently pulled the top yarns down and put a blob of hot glue on the cane.

And then I lifted the yarn back into place so that it stuck firmly to the cane.

And this is what the basket looks like when complete.

Now of course I wasn’t going to let my two test ones in white go to waste, so while my glue gun was still hot I put a blob in each and pushed in a magnet.

And up they went on the fridge.

The pen holder magnet and the two flip-flop ones were previously printed out by my nephew, but as I said in the begining of this post, I’ll be doing a post or two with my nephew about his 3D printing in the future.

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So that’s another creation ready for Christmas.  I’ve now got to collect together a few goodies to put in it.

 

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Basket Woven With Sock Yarn

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Oct 202018
 

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A Basket

In my post of the 12th – here -I told you I was doing a bit of “basket weaving”

Quite some time ago I’d bought a big pack of assorted yarns.  Very reasonably priced as there were only small numbers of each yarn lot left with the seller.  Can’t remember how much I paid or which company I bought them from now.

I’ve used many of the yarns making baby quilts, scarves, etc., but amongst the mixture were some balls of very thin sock yearns.  There was a time I’d have used them for knitting socks as intended, but those days are gone.  That type of work is too fiddly and time consuming for me to think of tackling at the moment.

Then, at sale prices I saw the pre-drilled circular pieces of wood for using as the bases for basket weaving, as well as the sticks to go in the holes.  If I remember rightly enough for this project came to under £3.  I decided that I would use the sock yarn to weave around with, putting 4 strands, 2 of a mixed grey colour and 2 of a mixed brighter colour, together – no way I was going to do it one strand at a time!  I figured mixing the colours would give a nice texture and colour that would be reasonably neutral and fit in with any decour as just a container.

I used two of each of these together for my first attempt.

It produced lots of interesting graduations in colours.

I decided that something needed to be put at the top of each cane, not only to stop the yarn coming off over the top but also to make the top of the canes safer.  So I stopped weaving a few inches from the top to work on the “stopper” fineals.

I decided to cut strips of 260gsm cardstock to 1cm width, put a little glue on one side of each, and wrap round the top of each cane as a sort of paper bead.

After the glue had dried on these, and tgey were very hard I decided to colour them with black acrylic paint. Didn’t matter that some of the paint went down the canes as I was brushing it on the underneath of the paper beads because of course the canes would have more yarn wound to the top before finishing.

I had to wait again fir a bit to allow the paint to dry before finishing the weaving the rest of the way.  I finished by cutting off the yarn a little way from the end, threading on a bodkin needle and knotting the yarn around the top layer a few times before pulling the end down through the weave, out through the side, and cutting the end so it hid away.

This is what it looks like when finished.

The finished item is around 12″ high. I’m going to put a few goodies in it and give it as a sort of hamper for Christmas, but it could be used to hold cotton wool balls in the bathroom, a small wastebasket, or even dried grasses or flowers in front of an empty fire grate in the summer.

I have  second set of basket bottom and canes, so keep an eye out for similar one appearing in a blog post in the next few weeks.

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