Monday, April 17, 2006

Last Minute Knitted Gift

The Girl made an offhand remark last week - "I bet you could knit an Easter Basket." I had been tossing around the idea, but hadn't seriously considered it because of the P-sock knitting marathon I'm enduring. I did a half-hearted Google search, and didn't come up with much that wasn't huge or not really a basket. Finally I found something I could work with, that was smallish, and didn't use a large amount of yarn (I wanted to work from the stash).

Ready to be delivered!

Pattern: Felted Easter Basket from Knitting-Warehouse.comm
Needles: Sz 10.5 US Clover Bamboo DPNs
Yarn: Knitpicks Wool of the Andes in Cherry Blossom (just over 1 skein), and Knitpicks Merino Style Daffodil (just over 1 skein) - both from the stash!
Started: Sunday April 16 at 11 am. Finished, felted and dried by 5 pm! It helped that it was 97 degrees yesterday! I'm doing all of my felting in the summer from now on!
Mods: I used size 10.5 needles instead of the 11's called for, because I didn't have size 11 DPNs. I also didn't do the applied I-cord edging as I was running out of time. I don't think it affects the finished object.
Thoughts: Really turned out surprisingly well, considering I used two different gauge yarns. I think it's cute! I will make more of these in the future.

I came home to an easter egg in the mail for me! But what was inside (besides chocolate, of course!)?

A hoopster sheepy! The lovely Kat sent us a thank you gift for participating in her March Madness pool! Thanks Kat - I love the sheep, though I am concerned that my husband is going to steal it - he's very enamoured with it!

Another Kat is having a contest (and y'all know I can't resist those!) - tell her five places other than your house or a knitting store where you have knit.

1. While hiking last summer.
2. Around the campfire.
3. At the pool.
4. On many airplanes.
5. On the subway in Boston.

And, because I also can't resist the memes - this one currently making rounds in blogland.

Do a Wikipedia search of your birthdate, minus the year; list three interesting events, three people who were born, and three people who died on that day.

1. 1858 - U.S. President James Buchanan inaugurates the new transatlantic telegraph cable cable by exchanging greetings with Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. However, a weak signal will force a shutdown of the service in a few weeks.
2. 1920 - Ray Chapman of the Cleveland Indians is hit in the head by a fastball thrown by Carl Mays of the New York Yankees, and dies early the next day. To date, Chapman is the only player to die from injuries sustained in a Major League Baseball game.
3. 1930 - The first color sound cartoon, called Fiddlesticks, is made by Ub Iwerks.

1. 1920 - Charles Bukowski, American poet (d. 1994)
2. 1958 - Madonna, American singer and actress
3. 1888 - T. E. Lawrence, English writer and soldier (d. 1935)

1. 1948 - Babe Ruth, baseball player (b. 1895)
2. 1949 - Margaret Mitchell, American novelist (b. 1900)
3. 1938 - Robert Johnson, American singer and guitarist (b. 1911)
4. 1956 - Bela Lugosi, Hungarian actor (b. 1882)
5. 1977 - Elvis Presley, American singer and actor (b. 1935)
(Sorry, couldn't limit myself to three on that one!).

What about you?


  1. campfires seem to be a popular place. I'll have to remember my knitting when I go to yosemite.

  2. I love the easter basket. The colors are perfect for spring.

    Oh, and thanks for the prize, I got it in the mail today.

  3. I love the Easter basket!! I can't believe you whipped it up so fast, too- not to mention the fact that you felted it the same day!! Your bunny is just the cutest, too! Your necklace turned out super cute, too. So perfect for Project Spectrum. I love the little sheep!! Hope you had a wonderful Easter... take care, Jenn! :-)

  4. 97 degrees already?!? Craziness. But a fabulous basket.