Spinning Wheel Basket

My new-to-me Ashford Traditional spinning wheel requires the use of an orifice hook, which is not a necessity with my vintage Louet hand-painted wheel. I also have learned that I need to oil my wheels far more often than I had been doing and this has made such a difference in the way both wheels spin! But to have these tiny tools handy for their frequent use was getting complicated. Our dear cat Milo thinks anything long and skinny on the floor is a snake or something to bat around with his paws. Setting them on a chair or table meant that I had to go looking for them whenever I needed them.

A couple of spinning friends of mine have these cute little baskets that hang from the maiden upright at the front of their wheels. Perfect spot to grab the orifice hook, wheel oil and even a Wraps Per Inch measuring tool. I set about trying to find a way to make my own basket.

I could certainly have bought a small wicker basket. But I really wanted to make my own thing. I did see a Free pattern on Ravelry for a beautiful knitted-then-felted basket specifically for a spinning wheel . But I wanted the bottom and sides of the basket to be sturdy and for the orifice hook not to get caught on the felted fabric. Hmmm…

After a bit of pantry-raiding and idea-casting, here’s what I made! I hope you like it, whether you are a spinner or a knitter or you just want something cute to hang and be useful in so many ways. I’m sharing the pattern and directions with you here so that you can make one too!

Happy Spinning & Knitting!

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Spinning Wheel Basket

By Jennifer Edwards

Materials

Size 3 dpns 

Fingering/sport weight handspun yarn 

Yarn needle

Drink mix plastic box cut at 4” tall or desired height

one or two 1/8” Satin ribbons, cut approx. 18” long

Directions

Cast on 12 sts.

Starting with a knit row, Work in Stockinette stitch for 24 rows.

On next knit row, k12, and do not turn, pick up and knit 16 sts evenly across side (Pick up 2 for every 3 rows) , pick up and knit 12 across cast on edge and then pick up and knit 16 sts along final edge. ( 56 sts total)

Place all sts on 4 dpns. Place marker at beg of round.

Begin with Garter stitch rounds (knit a round, Purl a round) 2x .

On next Knit round, decrease one stitch at each corner with K2tog. (4 sts decreased…total of 52 sts. 

Continue knitting in stockinette for four rounds and then garter stitch for four rounds, changing colors as desired and alternating between stockinette and garter until piece is 1/2” from top. (The cover works best if you stretch it up a bit so that it fits more snugly around the plastic container.)

Work in garter for 6 rounds. Then work in Stockinette for 5 rounds . Bind off.  (Note: I did not weave in the ends from changing colors due to the plastic liner covering all of that. But you can weave in any ends you like.)

Using a sharp pointy knife or awl, Poke holes into the plastic box you have cut to desired height , 1/2” from top of plastic box . Fold the top of your knitted cover over the box top with the final stockinette portion turned down over the edge. Starting at one of the corners and Using yarn needle and 1/8” ribbon, secure the top of the knitted cover by sewing through the plastic and the knitting. Make sure to secure the bind off edge inside of the box also as you sew. When you’ve made it back around to the corner, tie ribbons in a bow.

Using same needles, Work a four stitch I-cord for desired length of basket handle. Mine was 5” and has stretched out a little bit already. Bind off.

Using yarn needle, stitch ends of I-cord to corners on opposite sides of box. 

Hang basket onto your spinning wheel. If needed, stitch the last end of I-cord after hanging the basket where you want it to be. Fill basket with spinning wheel oil, wpi tool, orifice hook, etc.

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Buried!

GenevieveBuried

As if it weren’t enough to have an Art Show to prepare for, Genevieve has also dived, head first, into SEVERAL knitting and crochet projects! Add to that the drawcumenting of her days, the cooking for family, the shuttling children here and there, the everyday goings on of small town living…and she’s waving her white flag! “Uncle!”

Lucy, her cat, doesn’t seem to be too worried about her though! In fact, truth be told, she’s sitting under that mound happily working at whatever her hands need to be doing at any given moment. Well, maybe there’s the odd groan of frustration from time to time. But in case she is scarce around blogland in the coming weeks, you’ll know why! :0

How Now Brown Sweater?

Genevieve has begun to knit a new sweater…one of her own designs that is sure to be lovely IF ONLY she can push through the many yards of Brownness!

Read more about it here!

Tah-Dah!

Hmmm…not sure the spelling is right on this! Ha! Ha! But oh well! Fun to draw anyways and you get the point, I think:)

Genevieve is showing off her latest knitted booties.  These are made from a pattern by Susan B. Anderson whose blogs,  I Just Want to Knit and  Spud & Chloe, are wonderful for those who like to knit.  There are tons of free patterns on these blogs, of which this one, titled Page 81 Booties is found in the left-hand margin on this blog.  The really cool thing about these booties, is that they’re made of only two little squares!  (Susan uses three squares for added stiffness, but I didn’t feel mine needed that.)  They involve a simple fold or two, sewing them together, and then embellishing with whatever you’d like on top.  Genevieve is already on to her second pair of them…you never know when you need a pair for a gift!

AND…Genevieve also wonders what you’ve been up to lately…any “ta(h)-dah’s” for you?  Wouldn’t it be fun if we started a chain reaction of Ta(h)-Dah’s across the blogosphere ?  If you post a “ta(h)-dah”, send me a link to it…I’d surely love to cheer along with you!

Drawn2Knit

It’s of some interest, when life goes on full tilt, to notice what we’re drawn to.  In the  midst of so many epic events of late, I pulled out yarn and needles.  An inexplicable desire to see and feel lovely colors flow through my fingers, to watch them become something, and to hear the click click of bamboo needles.  Lucy, Genevieve’s cat, was very jealous of lap time.  But I didn’t get to sit for very long.  Just a few minutes of knitting was all I needed.  Then stuff it in my purse, dash to the next thing, and when I had a moment to sit, click click again.

Now that things are slowing down a wee bit, I hope to get back to drawing more, keep on knitting and crocheting, and maybe even pet Lucy some.

Bienvenue à Tous!

Welcome All!  Genevieve is so glad you’ve popped in for a visit! You can read more about her in the category titled, Genevieve. But to give you a brief bio:  She’s an american who fancies herself to be french. She loves tea, flowers, birds, and trees. She wants to be present in all she does. To help her “just be!”, she loves to draw, paint, write, sing and play music, knit and crochet. At the end of it all, she just likes to sit and listen…the world is teaming with life, if she’ll only be still and listen for it!

**She is incredibly excited to share with you her 1st children’s book titled Genevieve and the Kite! Click here to read about the making of this sweet book.  To get a copy for yourself or a friend, CLICK HERE! This will give you links to three channels through which to purchase my book. 😉

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