My cousin Saja lives in Tennessee and gave me a commission before Christmas. She wanted a couple of baskets that she could use for her knitting. They had to be bigger than my usual baskets and have a loop to pull the yarn through. The loop was to prevent the yarn from tangling. I have done other loops before, as a decorative swoosh, and I liked the idea of doing some for a specific purpose.
Even though Saja had specific design elements, she left the colors and other details up to me.
I started by cutting some fabric that I thought went together well in strips. I stirred a pile of strips with my fingers until I could see that I would like the final outcome.
Then I started assembling the first basket. I chose blues and greens that reminded me of the ocean on a sunny day. We both grew up in California and spent many happy days running along sandy beaches and playing in the surf.
To finish off the first basket and provide a loop for yarn, I made an "S" with the tail of the basket. I just happened to have a silver "J" and included that in the center of the final swirl to represent her name. Saja is named after my grandmother and SHE was named after her aunts. Two of her aunts were Sarah and Jane. The first two letters of their names became Saja.
The second basket is in shades of pink. This is in honor of Saja and my sister (her cousin) Rosalind and their battle with breast cancer. Happily, Saja beat her cancer and sadly, Roz did not. I left a bigger loop in case she uses some fat, nubby yarn. Then I added some BLING , cause Saja likes her some shiny!
I sent her a picture of the finished products of her commissions She says she likes them and wondered if I would mail them or hold them hostage for her to come and get them. I like that idea.
Come for a visit, Saja and get these baskets! We'll visit a local yarn shop and an acquaintance that is raising llamas for wool. Sounds like spring break is covered!