Up to no good

Thank you for the lovely comments on the scarf! 🙂 My brother in law seems to like it too. (He’d better like it! 🙂 )

Here’s something else I’ve been up to…

Work basket

The inspiration for this basket came from the cover of this issue of Cotton Time (the cute basket at bottom left corner, only I made mine bigger) and this fabric basket from the Crafter’s Companion book. I’m so very happy with this, it’s like a combination of my favourite fabrics of the moment.

Dimensions: 11 inches tall, 10 inches diameter. It’s big enough to carry all my knitting WIPs (well, the ones in active rotation anyway), so that they’re not all over the living room. Hubby is also pleased with this basket, he’s particularly enthusiastic about being able to find a place to sit again 😉

Sides and bottom fortified by Timtex. No more floppy sides this time!

It has a drawstring top…

Drawstring top

… and lots of pockets on the inside. For needles, notions, etc.



Leah says:

What a lovely AND practical basket – perfect!

Belinda says:

It looks great Claudine, love all the pockets inside. A place for everything!!!

Sarah says:

Fantastic Claudine!

Donna says:

What a wonderful creation! Well done!

Kristie says:

Gorgeous!(And where o where did you get timex from? I can’t find it!)

claudine says:

I got the timtex from Quilt Fabric Delights, link here. It’s an Adelaide-based online store, and shipping is quite reasonable. She’s got lots of nice fabrics too 🙂

isel says:

Beyond adorable! Love the Hello Kitty touch. 😀

MJ says:

Cool bag, Claudine! It makes sense to have all the knitting accessories on the outside and the yarn in the middle. And you have impeccable sewing skills.

Sue says:

What a fantastic bag, and I love all the pockets and the drawstring top too. What a neat way to keep all your UFO’s in one place, at least for the time being.

leslie says:

wow, i *love* it. what a brilliant idea!

Such a great little notions pouch! I love it!

Sil says:

What a clever basket you made! Nice work. Timtex usually kicks my *ss, so kudos for making it pretty.

Jade says:

What a cute basket! I saw a larger version in a japanese craft book, which they used to store toys. Oh no! Now I want to make one of these, too….and I’ve got too many projects on the go.

Maritza says:

Great job! I love it!

joanna says:

*Beautiful* bag. I just wandered over from whip up. Your blog is so inspiring. Not sure how it is that I haven’t come across it before. Anyway, I’ve bloglined you and will be back! 🙂

Betty Sue says:

Where in Australia can I get TimTex? I’ve been struggling along with ordinary iron-on interfacing, and it just doesn’t cut it.

Stickchick says:

OOH my goodness!! What a wonderful adaptation!! I’ve been thinking of something similar, but you’ve put my ideas to shame!!!

Margo says:

I LOVE that!! It’s fantastic, I so want one!

Sandra says:

You are sooooo talented!

Stephanie says:

That is a great bag! I’m sure you could find many uses for it, from art to gardening, if you were absorbed by something else besides knitting! :o)

Wow Claudine! It’s my first ‘surf’ in ages and you’ve been so busy! The cable scarf is just great!! Gotta go make one for me! 🙂 Sharon

corrie says:

gorgeous claudine! just gorgeous!!!! that is a clever way I could use my charm squares!!!!


chris says:

fantastic job! i wish i could sew or operate a sewing machine so that i could make myself one of those… sigh…

Jessica says:

Awesome. I love the cowgirl Hello Kitty.

corrie says:

hi there
glad you like my shop!!! I’ve just ordered the new patterns today and they will be here in 2 weeks.I’m giving free postage to my blogger friends so I’ll let you know when they’ve arrived! I’ve already had 4 orders for the frenchy bag so had to go and order more!


shannon says:

oh my gosh! i have that issue of cottontime and i have been trying to make the very same bag. i am having such a hard time with it, i keep ripping it apart and starting over. you did a beautiful job, i love it.

Cindy says:

Oh my I think this bag is cool. You are very talented!

sharon says:

Love it!
Any chance of a tutorial on your version?

clara says:

i love it. i too, have little bags of projects all over the house. It would be great to sew some dividers in to separate different projects, too!

Robin says:

I just love this bag. I am new to your site and I love what I see. Since I am such a beginner at sewing, I was wondering if you would give a few instructions and “what not to do”. I live in the United States, so could you give a suggestion for a good alternative to Timetex?

Aniza says:

I love this boxbag. It’s really practical and pretty too.

Oh you’r a mistress of sewing. Compliment for you bags!

Diana says:


the knitting bag is really great i was wondering if they are for sale?


patricia says:

where can I get a pattern for this really cool craft. I have seen them also where the top is crocheted. ANy patterns for that?


Hope says:

AMAZING! Simply beautiful!
Are you making these for sale?
I’d LOVE to purchase one!

Briana says:

This is sooo awesome! I plan on making one for my own knitting stuff but I also plan on making one a bit bigger and changing the pockets to use for a diaper caddy that lil finger can’t get into!

Joan says:

Looking at it, I keep thinking it is about the same proportions as a 5 gal bucket available at the local home remodeling place…. so long as you weren’t expecting to carry it about with you. Haven’t quite figured out how to get the pretty fabric all around, but it might just be a matter of time and scrunching up my face the right way……