elisabeth andrée

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basket, bowls and glue


hello and welcome!

the snowball made of yarn leftovers is now a basket with a neon edge. 

crochet basket with neon edge

sometimes i amaze myself with the fact that i forget to think. i had the basket when it was finished, washed and then i used fabric softener. it was nice and soft, including the side, which obviously remained lying flat. 


to solve this, i have a mixture made ​​of water-soluble glue/children’s glue and sugar water and applied it onto the basket. now the basket is firm enough to function as fruit bowl/basket and in december i can fill it with baubles. the material feels a bit like a straw basket.


variegated yarn

earlier this week, i admired the work of haafner and she asked whether or not you like variegated yarn. this is an ongoing subject on the ‘interwebs’ i have the impression and it seems a majority don’t love this kind of yarn. 


to my opinion variegated is nice as long as it is not ‘into your face’. a part of the melange blanket (photo below) is a scarf that i made years ago and then i did nothing with it, because it is too much for me.

melange blanket and variegated yarn

but over the years i have learned to appreciate variegated yarn and have used it for projects regularly.

for this pouf, for example, and for the small grannies i used variegated yarn but have the yarn cut into pieces and made small balls of it. that way i can keep control over the colors. 


sometimes variegated yarn consists of such soft tones they don’t really stand out like the yarn of this scarf. and if you work with multiple threads of different colors, you create your own variegated yarn as in this round rug.
i like to combine variegated yarn with single colored yarn, i can well appreciate the effect of it.


but sometimes things go a little wrong and then i am unable to imagine a project for the yarn i have. it was a small child who said to me that the yarn was beautiful and i thought then i like to make something for a little girl’s room. that became the storage bag and while i was crocheting it reminded ​​me a bit of a fish tank, hence the fish.


because i came yarn deficit for the melange (patchwork) blanket i bought some new, you guessed it, variegated yarn. you see it on the photo above, the smaller square. and also this time i cut it into pieces and made smaller balls​​. 


from another part of the yarn i made this container


and from the dark parts i hooked small bowls


and a cover for a tiny glass jar with plant cuttings. it’s on the windowsill in a cold place and if the temperature is going to drop i prevent with this ‘sweater’ the cuttings will get cold feet roots 😉



i wonder how you get inspired by your yarn, let me know in a comment if you like?

that is it for this week, hope you will celebrate your weekend and it would be great to see you next week!

thanks for visiting!


9 thoughts on “basket, bowls and glue

  1. What lovely bowls Elisabeth!
    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  2. As always lots of really lovely projects. Did you use pva glue for the basket? I have one that is pretty floppy, maybe I’ll try it.

    Bimbi x

  3. Thanks for the tip about the glue. I use spray starch on mine which makes them firmer and stand up straighter but still soft.

  4. I like what you made out of your ‘snowball’!
    Looks interesting.

    I agree with you about variegated yarn. It all depends on the color combination and what you make out of it.
    The container turned out very well.

  5. Loving this variegated yarn, I am always a bit nervous about buying it but you have convinced me to try.

  6. I am glad you managed to make your basket tough again 🙂 It is very pretty and looks good with the touch of green yarn. Your small bowls are adorable especially the one keeping your little plants feet warm 🙂

    I am not really a fan of variegated yarn, unless it has colours that are beautiful and aren’t too random and in your face 🙂

  7. I like variegated yarn in the right project. Plain vanilla socks can look fab, as can children’s jumpers/cardigans. On adults it’s a bit trickier and I prefer more subtle colour changes. For crochet I tend to prefer solid coloured yarns but then maybe changing colour every row or something to make the finished item more colourful.

    Your basket looks great, I like the more open stitch pattern in the middle. The little pot sweaters are very sweet 🙂

  8. Lovely baskets you have made !!:)
    I too use variegated yarn with plain colors. Variegated yarn is not good for doilies. It is good for something plain where the pattern is not important or delicate.

  9. love the tiny bowls….so sweet !!!!!
    About variegated yarn…..I’m still not a huge fan, but I try to use it as an experiment, to look at the result! Anyway, thank you for the tips about this kind of yarn!!!
    Happy weekend, xxxxx Ale