March 2021 roundup

The big news this month is…drumroll…I have finished the Tetrapak dog!

tetrapak dog 4tetrapak dog 5

Any suggestions of what to call him or her? πŸ™‚

I also tried a variation on a theme, making a circular coiled pot with a lid based on my previous tortoise vessels. Because the peaks resemble limpet shells, I’ve called this a limpet pot.

limpet pot 1limpet pot 2limpet pot 3

Another construction I’ve been involved in was a bike shed in the front garden. This was not particularly creative – I just mention it because it took a lot of time and effort this month! The very heavy shed arrived in bits and had to be pieced together on a concrete base that we had previously laid.

Much huffing, puffing, and swearing ensued, not to mention a couple of broken drill bits. I also ended up falling into wet concrete at one point – and the local wildlife were determined to leave their marks too!

But now the shed is up, and I am able to get into the house without squeezing past a couple of bikes and associated paraphernalia. We just need to plant a fast-growing shrub to cover up the unattractive exterior.

bike shed

With restrictions on lockdown slowly lifting, our two-year basketry course at City Lit is due to resume in mid-April, more than a year since it stopped. I’m really looking forward to being back in the classroom, especially now that I’ve had my first coronavirus vaccination.

We are going to be starting on twining, so I thought I might try to get ahead a bit and started on a new experiment. This is very much a Work In Progress! πŸ˜‰

twined wip

Hopefully this will be more presentable next month.

In the meantime, I wish you all a happy Easter.


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12 thoughts on “March 2021 roundup”

  1. Hi, This is probably not the question you might be looking for… Where did you get your shed? And what size is it? I am looking very hard for a shed for my dye stuff- cannot find one that the depth is small enough to buy. Custom cost $$$.

    Thanks and much appreciation for your wonderful posts.

    Suzanne Watzman

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  2. I just love the puppy whatever their name is! And sympathise with squeezing past bikes! But beware….if there is a bike sized space, another one…or two…may arrive to fill it…. and the bike shed may just not be big enough! 😊

    1. Ha! The bike shed is supposed to be large enough for three bikes. There are only two in there, but with various gardening tools and other stuff as well there’s definitely not room for another one! πŸ™‚

  3. Kim I just love Tetra as soon as I saw her (to me it is a she) and you’ve even managed to give definition to her ears too. Then I read the comments & saw ano has suggested the same name!

    Love your limpet basket – you really are getting so proficient at these, complete with the surprise inside. I like your colour choice too.

    Your tangle of twine also holds a secret because looking deep into it’s depths there lurk more of your 5-pointed stars….can I assume πŸ€ͺ you are connecting them all together?

    Kudos to you for the DIY & thank you for making me chuckle….you didn’t show the butt print! πŸ˜‚

    1. Two nominations for Tetra now, so that could clinch it. πŸ™‚

      Good guess on the tangled twining – you’ve been following me too long!

      Fortunately, there is no photo of me lying in the concrete, or of the butt print. I’m the one who takes photos, so there are always pics of ESP labouring away and it looks as if I didn’t do anything! If ESP had fallen into the concrete you can bet the first thing I would have done is taken a photo. πŸ˜‰

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