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Alternative Matrials In Crochet

I was in a builder’s suppliers a couple of weeks ago and came across a spool of Manila twine, I love the scent of Manila and couldn’t resist buying a few meters of it to convert into “something”.

On the way home in the car I remembered my spool of candlewick cotton in my stash and I thought the two would be a happy mix. I also had an eye on my “Crochet Living” workshop coming up and a plan started to take shape.

Manila rope basket crochet in candlewick cotton by Irene LundgaardCrochet Manila Twine & Candlewick Basket
Irene Lundgaard 2013

After a few attempts I ended up making a very plain little bowl, an ideal little basket for holding small one ball projects or perhaps some fine cotton lace work or tea lights or pretty stones or keys or perhaps just to be left out to touch and smell.

One way or another, it’s simple crochet for around the home and I really enjoyed working with these materials, it could be fun to use coloured cotton in sections of a basket or even coloured twine.

Do you ever use alternative materials in your crochet?


The Current Affairs Basket

A good while back I had this notion to crochet another basket in Ístex Álafoss Lopi. I like crochet for it’s sturdy nature. I also like it for being so easily sculpted into shapes and the fact that it will hold it’s shape if worked densely enough is very inspiring. Álafoss Lopi is the most hard-wearing yarn I think I know and the colours are simply just elegant. The hues and tones are just ever so which is a must in a yarn.

Current Affairs Basket
© Irene Lundgaard 2011

This sturdy woolen bowl is worked in a spiral fashion. The dimensions are approximately 30 cm across and some 11 cm high and it is worked tightly in many strands on a size 8 mm hook.

It is a perfect vessel for holding tools and my current wool affairs.