Thursday, October 1, 2009

My Creative Space.


If you scroll down through the pictures at the bottom of this post you'll see that my creative space this week has been full of school holiday drawing, screen printing, softies and sewing.

But when the little lovelies are in bed at night I have been making these baskets.

I love the shape and that they are so practical. They are also really quick to make. Bren really loves them too, which is unusual for crochet, and has asked me to make him one as a garlic display at farmers' markets.

The white one was made out of 100% cotton kitchen string. It changes colour half way down where one ball finished and I started a new one.

The green one is crocheted from 100% wool and came in this package from Jodie.

My plan is to crochet another really big one that will hold and display my wool stash. I'm not sure what I'll crochet it out of yet but it needs to be something that will hold it's shape. Any suggestions?

The basket pattern, as well as the pink vase I have just started are from this lovely book. uncommon crochet by Julie Armstrong Holetz is one of those rare books that inspire me to make every single pattern in it, except maybe the crochet sushi. It has beautiful ideas, great photos and easy to follow instructions. What more could a gal ask for?

At this stage I should probably warn you that I have signed up for Blogtoberfest this year. This involves all sorts of festivities with the main part being a blog post a day for the month of October. Being relatively new to blogging, I have no idea where this will lead me or if I need another 'have to' in my life, or if in fact I have enough to say, but I have signed my name on the dotted line and am ready for the ride........

For lots more creative spaces check out Kootoyoo's blog.

See you tomorrow.

32 comments:

  1. Great baskets...I have made something similar but wayyyy smaller...I might have to give those a try sometime.

    Looking forward to blogtoberfest it will be fun!!

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  2. Oh I want to make a basket... Love them and you are right they have about 7 gerspillion uses!

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  3. Well I'm glad you joined in. I love those baskets. Absolutely sensational.

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  4. The baskets are gorgeous and I can see why Bren wants one for his garlic. They will look sensational displayed in one.

    And thanks for the headsup on the book. I'd might see if I can find it somewhere...

    Glad to see you have joined in on the Blogtober festivities. It should be fun!

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  5. those baskets are magic!! They would be fantastic to collect the eggs!!

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  6. *sigh* I wish I could knit.

    I love love love those basket's.

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  7. They look brilliant! You beat to the punch... I was going to buy some twine this week do attempt some baskets myself... there must be something in the air!

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  8. Those baskets are ACE!!!
    Well done for joining Blogtoberfest!!
    I simply can't find the time.
    See you next week?
    Andi :-)

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  9. Such great baskets.

    That book looks like a winner. Might have to hunt it down. . .then learn how to crochet something other than dish scrubbers!

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  10. What a fabulous creative space! Those baskets are absolutely fantastic!! Thanks so much for the book reference - I just have to learn how to do this - I love them! :) K

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  11. Yes, sigh, I wish I could crochet. Your baskets are absolutely fabulous, very rustic looking.

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  12. Your baskets look amazing Kate. I think a strong cotton would be great for holding its shape or perhaps some kitchen twine. It makes me want to learn how to crochet too. The Oct blogtoberfest posting sounds great, although I dont think I would have interesting things to show for everyday, but I am sure you have lots with your wonderful crafts and your farm too. I think a basket for holding the garlic would be great, and perhaps a little sign attached too.

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  13. Great baskets - they sound like they're fairly quick to make (being a non crocheter...I really must try!)? And good luck with blogtoberfest!
    And I LOVE your screenprinting and the resulting softie below - they're a very inspiring couple of posts.

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  14. fabulous baskets Kate! hmmm...our bread would look great displayed in one of those..:) says me that has no idea about crochet.
    yay for blogtoberfest, lets see how we go ♥
    love the softie aswell, cute!

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  15. fab baskets...i bought this book too when traveling last year, but have not made anything yet. First i need to improve the crochet skills..LOL...good luck with the Blogtoberfest..:)

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  16. I love the baskets Kate they are very useful and I have a pattern ready to make something very similar but a bit smaller. That book does look fantastic too and I'm just about to pop on over to Amazon to see if I can find it :O)

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  17. They are so beautiful, just gorgeous and how handy, for anything!

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  18. Your school holidays have been fun, fun, fun Kate. But I wouldn't be surprised if you are looking forward to a break when the girls go back to school.

    The baskets are gorgeous, and I love that they even got the seal of approval from Mr.

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  19. I love love love the crochet baskets! I could use a few of them around my house for storage. I simply must have that pattern....which book store did you buy the book from?

    I love your creative space!

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  20. Good luck with the everyday blogging! And suggestions... how about a big hexagon shape or something with different shaped sides like a big opening flower? Okay, clearly you can tell I have NEVER knitted or crocheted in my life so I'm probably saying something like 'just whip up a Chanel jacket, easy!' Love the baskets, they are cuteness personified.

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  21. I wonder if our library has that book? I want some of those baskets. Goodness, you are a bad influence on me, aren't you?! You are fueling my want for chickens and now encouraging me to partake in more craft.... I like it....

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  22. The baskets are absolutely stunning Kate, really beautiful!! I love the colours you've used as well.

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  23. Oh Kate !!! I LOVE these baskets really love them. I may have to investigate this blogtoberfest further I think.

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  24. Baskets are great! How perfect...looks fabulous with yarn in them but I can imagine how beautifully they would suit a garlic display - love it!

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  25. Love those baskets! I am just now trying to get back into crochet after a 3 year leave, great inspiration!

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  26. i love your baskets too...could you crochet with hemp twine or something a bit stiff so they hold their shape? perfect for garlic and eggs and so much more :-)

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  27. Your baskets look fabulous & how wonderful to have a book that just makes you want to make.

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  28. Love the baskets! I'm going to have make some of these too.
    I'm happy to have found your blog, I've been following the other one for a little while & I'm glad to now discover your crafty side too.
    Have a great weekend.
    Kitty

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  29. REALLY like those baskets! And I'm pleased that so many of the blogs I read are signing up for Blogtoberfest, it means there aren't quite so many new ones to get through!!!

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  30. I am LOVING those baskets! so many wonderful uses and totally origanl. Perhaps I sj=hould dust off the old crochet hook, My nanna taught me 100 years ago, but erm not sure if I have the skills anymore.

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  31. You're really inspiring me to learn crochet! I love those baskets! What was that you said about having to many "have to"s? I have to many "to do"s :D I'm afraid that if I take up crochet/knitting that I will become an obsessive yarn hoarder (it would have to compete with my insane fabric hoarding tendencies...)

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  32. great baskets, I think I've have to see if I remember how to crochet...

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