Dinner tonight is a chicken tortilla soup recipe from Table for Two. (http://www.tablefortwoblog.com/crockpot-chicken-tortilla-soup/) It is a favorite. I only included one small chicken breast, and I substituted a can of beans for the rest of the protein and the peppers (which I forgot to pick up). Still really satisfying.
I finished my basket over the weekend while watching Paddington for the first time with the boys. The littlest one hid behind the couch and watched for awhile- he didn't care if that bear had a cute hat and accent- it was still a bear!
I enjoyed working on the basket's woven bottom in the evenings this week. I figured out the warping using the following link; this website is also really inspiring with it's weavings off the loom. http://heartsongstudio2.blogspot.com/2013/11/warping-knifty-knitter-loom-for-weaving.html
So I went from my starter peg across the loom, crossed it over the midline and took it around the peg to the left of the starter peg, went straight across again, and crossed the midline again, until the loom was full. I then cut the working yarn and tied a double knot to secure it.
Then, I cut a piece of working yarn, threaded it through my tapestry needle with help from my hook, and began weaving over and under each two strands of yarn. Smaller pieces were easier to work with, and as I finished each piece, I double-knotted the next and left the ends topside, which became the bottom of the basket.
After weaving to the side, I left the working piece at the starter peg and tied my working yarn skein to it. I added another skein of yarn at the starter peg, held the two together, and began knitting in the e-wrap style. This stitched the woven bottom to the basket.
Finally, after I stitched to the desired height, I cast off using the method for a flat panel. I always have to look this part up after finishing a scarf, and this site has a good tutorial with photos. (http://loomknittingblog.blogspot.com/2008/02/flat-bind-off-method.html)
You're working with two pegs at a time. The first time you begin the bind off, you will wrap both pegs and yarn over to keep the working yarn moving across the panel. The remainder of the piece, you will only wrap the second peg with the working yarn and yarn over. Looping peg two over peg one and pulling the yarn over effectively braids the first peg into the piece, and at the end the finish is nice and flat.
Since it was a flat-panel finish, the back of my basket didn't totally connect at the top. I took my working yarn, hooked it into the other side, and knotted it to finish.
And I'm pleased with how it turned out! This would not be worth it just for a gift container, but it stands much better when empty than the simpler style I used for the boys' Easter sacks. And I loved looking at decorative weavings while I was figuring out my structure, so I'll have to delve deeper into that! (Coasters, wall hangings, armchair covers ....!)