I know, it’s been a long time coming. I promised to show you what I ended up doing with those long felted strings of finger knitting I made back in October. Well here it is. So my carpal tunnel in my wrists right now is so bad I can’t actually do real knitting for longer than ten minutes before my fingers go completely numb. I’m getting massage therapy for it and it’s helping, but the road to recovery is slow. As a result of this, I still haven’t finished the Atlas blanket that I was making for Krystopf and Atlas for their wedding. I needed a sort of stop-gap present to keep them appeased (not that they even care) until I was ready to present them with the real thing.
After I felted that one ball of finger knit merino wool, I went on to do five more; in total, I had two black strings, two maroon strings, and two olive green strings. The Pie actually finger knit one of the green strings all by himself, grumbling and complaining the whole time.
Then I felted each one by chucking it in the washing machine — and then the dryer if it was needed. The green ones felted differently from the rest, despite being the same wool — so there was a longer string of green than anything else.
I tied each matching string to its partner and rolled it up in a giant ball.
Then I braided them all together. This took a very, very long time, because I kept having to move the balls around while I was braiding. I found it was easier to keep the balls from rolling all over the place and unraveling if I put them in saved produce bags from the grocery store.
Finally I had a huge thick braid. The idea is to coil it all together, like so. This would be the bottom of the basket. Then sew the braid to itself, like you would a braided rug, or that doily I made last year.
When I got enough of a base going, I started to loop the braid on top of itself, to form the sides of the basket.
I kept the basket relatively narrow, not letting it get too wide (though that would be neat, too), and so I was left with a lot more braid once I’d gotten the basket to a size I liked. I just tied it off and sewed it down and that was that.
And that leftover green string? I actually finger knit the felted finger knit, forming this tight little braid, the perfect length for a handle Tada!
I sewed that into the top of the basket and now we’re good to go!