How old is eleven? Not too old to receive a Kitty basket!
The idea for this basket came about a while back, when my niece M.’s birthday was still quite far off. I was crocheting a roundish basket with fabric yarn, and when I looked at the shape, or rather, when I felt the shape in my hands, I found myself thinking: If only this were in white… And had ears and whiskers… You see where I’m getting to.
But when M.’s birthday was nearing, I stopped to wonder for a moment – is eleven still okay for this? You know, eleven – old enough to babysit the neighbors’ kids, and understand a lot of things, and make beautiful drawings and handicrafts, and help around the house…
The answer I gave myself: Of course!
I made a white, roundish basket, then made ears, and eyes, and whiskers, and a little bow. It was such fun to make, and fun to give! And judging from M.’s response, I think I got the answer right.
Probably, not a moment too soon…
Some Tips for Making a Kitty Basket:
The basket was crocheted in yarn under single crochet stitch (a favorite stitch with me), using a size 10 hook and white fabric yarn. The basket was formed by crocheting in a spiral.
The ears were crocheted separately and stitched on with fabric yarn (at just the right angle…)
The eyes and nose are cut from felt, and sewn on (you could probably paste them on with glue).
The whiskers were stitched onto the basket (each whisker is a single, jumbo-size stitch), and the thread is an old glasses cord.
The bow is made from a scrap of fabric yarn.