Summer Shenanigans- Crochet Rope Basket

Hello there! It’s really been quite a long time since I popped by here. Everything is fine, the summer holidays have meant a bit of a slow down over here at Shirley Rainbow HQ. I’m busy behind the scenes though!

I thought I’d share a bit of a blog round up of summer shenanigans so here goes part one… Crochet Rope Basket

This was a bit of a hit on Instagram the other day, which took me by surprise! It was a really simple, and quick, make which I made up as I went along. I’d seen some similar baskets on Pinterest which were made with much chunkier rope. I had a left over ball of Bobbiny Rope from when I made my Half Moon Bag earlier this year, and I wondered if I’d be able to achieve the same kind of results with it.

The pink yarn is one I bought in Hobbycraft. I can’t remember the name of it though! It is an acrylic yarn which has a rainbow coloured cotton yarn twisted in, and it’s a DK yarn. Any similar yarn would work though, and I used a 3.5mm hook for a tight tension.

I made a chain loop of 3 chains and then 6 dc into the loop. Then I caught the Bobbiny yarn and crocheted over it, making 2 dc into each dc from the previous round.

I continued working in a spiral, increasing evenly as I went along, but I didn’t count any stitches, I just kept making sure the circle was smooth around the outside. Counting from the middle there are 9 ‘rounds’. The last round is worked with only 1dc in each stitch around.

I then did a round working only into the back loops to start the side of the basket.

The sides of the basket are worked by doing 1dc into each dc of the previous round. There are 16 rounds in total for the sides.

At the end of the 16th round I cut the bobbiny rope and folded it back, I crocheted 6dc over the folded bit to secure the end.

I then turned the basket and worked another dc round just using the pink yarn. The top of the sides are folded over to give more structure.

And that’s it! A super quick and even though I say so myself, a super cute little basket! Any further questions about how to make this just leave me a comment, thank you.

As you can see I’ve still got a little bit more rope left so I’ll be making another basket very soon! I’m going to be addicted!

Teresa x


September Catch Up

Hello everyone, especially new followers! I’m sharing a quick catch up on some projects I’ve finished recently. It’s nice to feel that my WIP (work in progress) pile is getting slightly smaller!

First up is my Ripple Cushion, made using Stylecraft Special DK. I’ll share the details of how I made it soon, it was a fairly straightforward cushion cover. Its looking very cozy on my sofa now.

I sent off some more handstitched badges to the Victoria Walker Boutique.

I’ve had this crewel work flower kit on the go for about two years, and finally got it finished. It’s hanging over my craft desk now, I’m really happy with how it turned out. I liked embroidering with wool, I’m planning on buying some more wool to do a few more bits. 

It was my Grandma’s 80th Birthday on Friday, and I made a little embroidered hoop art as part of her gift. I used some DMC lights metallic embroidery thread for some more texture, I was impressed by how easy it was to use in comparison to metallic threads I’ve used in the past! My Grandma is an accomplished embroiderer, and used to knit and dress make too. She made some gorgeous cross stitched pictures for my children when they were born, which are in pride of place on their bedroom walls. My Grandma has always encouraged me to be creative too; one of the best things she told me was that ‘fabric doesn’t go off’, I think I might get some of my fabric hoarding genes from her! It was lovely to see her and my family for her birthday. 

I’ve been crocheting stars again. I really like these colours together. That’s two recent makes that have involved orange. We are all back into school routine now and I’m adjusting to the busier timetable and earlier mornings. I’m going to have lots of fun doing my own thing every morning; I’m going to try and go swimming, and I’m hopefully going to borrow my friends dog to go for some walks too, as well as lots of sewing and crochet time! I’m really not that good at relaxing! However this weekend is special- I’m off to the Handmade Fair at Hampton Court! 

Teresa xx

A quick catch up

I’m back after an unplanned blogging break! June was a very busy month at home- it’s both of my children’s birthdays, my mums birthday and my wedding anniversary, plus my husband went on holiday, we had several birthday parties from school and three fancy dress non uniform days…. Yikes! However I now have an unexpected lull in the the school run- we have chicken pox in the house! So while I’m trying to call the school I thought I’d finish a quick blog post.

I was busy in the first week of June making an order of badges for the Victoria Walker Boutique in Farsley, Leeds. My badges are available in store only.  I’m hoping to make some more badges like this for my own shop on Folksy. I did manage to pop a couple of handstitched Apple Badges in my Folksy shop too, a cute gift to say thank you to a special teacher. I was really pleased when Folksy selected them as part of their Gifts for Teachers Guide.

I’ve also added to my ‘With Love’ jewellery collection on Folksy, there are now three necklaces and a pair of dangly earrings, all featuring hand cut wool felt hearts that are hand stitched onto a wool felt back ground. All the jewellery comes presented in little Kraft card boxes, so it’s ready to wear, or be given to someone special. 

I’ve been doing a little bit of Christmas making too- so far I’ve made a new teddy bear tree decoration as they have been very popular before. Choosing some colours and sketching a few designs of new Christmas items is my next job! I’m feeling bizarrely organised. 

Right, time to clear the kitchen table for chicken pox distraction craft time…
Teresa xx

Easter Holiday Fun

The Easter holidays are over and much fun was had by all… Although I’m glad to be back in the school routine today! We had a few day trips out and spent some time with our families, and got to meet my brand new nephew. I hope he will like his amigurumi rattle when he is bigger. 

We did some giant weaving at the Nottingham Contemporary Art Gallery.

We enjoyed a brisk walk at Attenborough Nature Reserve, and I tried to get my children excited by the signs of Spring coming, however they were more interested in the trains going by. 

In between days out I have tried to have a sort out of all my craft stuff. I don’t think I was quite brutal enough in getting rid of stuff but it definitely looks tidier. 
I finished my Granny Triangle Shawl which has been in my work basket for some months now, unfinished, as I wasn’t sure what to do with it. I bought Simply Crochet magazine as a treat a couple of weeks ago, and the flower brooch kit that came with it got me thinking- the colours in it would look great for my shawl’s border! I ordered the yarn to finish it, and tah dah! I now have a super snugly shawl/scarf, just in time for summer…! I’m sure this rather chilly spring weather will mean I get some use out of it. I’ve used Drops Karisma in Light Olive (main colour), Forest Green, Medium Pink, Dark Old Pink and Wine Red. Drops Karisma is 100% Wool, it’s nice and soft with just the right amount of scratchiness. I’ve found a pattern for some fingerless gloves I think I’ll make using the left over yarn. 

For the rest of April I’m going to concentrate on finishing all the rest of my projects currently on the go. No more new projects until they are all done! Let’s see how well I get on with that…

Teresa X