Sunday, April 08, 2007

What are tiskets and taskets anyway?

Would you believe that this fabric:

Became this basket?

Cool huh? I am totally hooked on making these. A woman in my quilting group, Carol, started making them last fall and I've wanted to make one ever since. She gave several demonstrations, but I thought it looked too complicated. Not so! Although it does take quite a bit of prep time, it's worth the effort.

In addition to running around the city looking for the "right" clothesline to make these, I've been rummaging through my fabric stash (and rescuing some from the donation bags) to make more. This is my second version, with handles added.

The stripes remind me of Native American baskets.

If you are interested in making one, there is a book, It's a Wrap, which uses a slightly different technique to wrap the fabric around the rope. This is just the coolest thing!

Oh! Who's that peeking out of the basket?

It must be the Easter Bunny!

I knit him today, from this free pattern from Heartstrings Fiber Arts, using leftover kid mohair held together with some Dolly Maxi on size 6 Brittany Birch needles. The only modification I made to the pattern was in the ear decreases. I followed the instructions for Barbara White's ears and substituted this:

4) K2tog, K3
5) K2tog, P1, K1
6) SSK, K1
7) P2tog

My bunny is a bit chubby and has no tail yet because I haven't decided which method I prefer. This is what he looked like before I stuffed and sewed him up. Bunny vivisection! It reminded me of high school science classes. Thankfully no guts and no formaldehyde smell. Mr. Strange doesn't like my bunny because he doesn't have any eyes, but he always says that when I make eyeless critters.

That's OK, I love him anyway. Look what he made for me! A design board for my sewing room! Ignore the outlet on the wall. I have to. What a dumb place to put an outlet! What can I say? The house came that way. Someday, maybe I'll have it moved. Someday far far in the future. I can't stand the idea of messing up my room.

The frame is made from old yardsticks (my idea), but look which one he chose to put at the top:

He also framed and hung this sweet vintage print for me, which I received as a gift from my friend Linda this past Christmas:

My sweetie! He's done some great things to help make this my favorite room ever!

OH! I mentioned that I had fabric to donate. To be exact, I have 2 large trash bags full of cotton fabric scraps, one bag of other fabrics, craft yarn, Styrofoam balls and other miscellaneous crafting items that I would like to donate to a school or crafting program for children in need. If you know of an organization in the greater Portland, Maine area that could use this sort of thing, please e-mail me (upper right sidebar under the "About Me" box). I was going to donate it to the Salvation Army craft sale coming up in May, but decided that I would rather it go to kids who need it rather than to the closet of another crafter who doesn't!

I hope you all had a great Easter!


Loriticajane said...

Love those bowls! They look completely addictive too! =) I have seen that bunny floating around on some blogs and thought he was too cute. I think I am going to have to break down and make one. It is just too cute.

Can you BELIEVE the snow from last Wednesday? Gads, I drove home from work on Wednesday night shaking my head in disbelief. I am so ready for Spring!.

Have a great week!

Lisa said...

I may have to see if my library has that book. I love those bowls!
Cute bunny too!

Chrissy said...

The bunny is adorable! I love the baskets. Now I have to make one! Or more ;)

Lori said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my basket. I can't wait to bring it home and put it right in the middle of my kitchen so everyone can she what a talented person you are. YOU THE BEST!!!!

Lisa said...

Love the bunny and basket. I just knitting a square to make the same bunny! I will have to sew mine up now because I can't wait to see how cute it will look.

Love the two baskets you made.

Charlie said...

Your design board is great! Kudos to Mr. Strange! And yes, I agree, your bowls are nice and the bunny is super cute. You are one busy bee!

( I'm typing this 'Together in Electric Dreams' by The Human League just came on my iPod...brings me back to our days at Cony!)

I tried Googling tisket and tasket but only came up with the song. I really want to know what they mean, if anything. It's the kind of thing that will keep me awake at night!

And because of you I'm seriously thinking about taking a knitting workshop (there is a shop near me that sells stuff made by artists that offers classes) though I'm nervous that I'm too impatient and that my thumbs are too large.

Anonymous said...

I love your felt bunny doily/table topper!