So here is the final finished basket and, yes, I am now happy with the way it looks.
It is perfect for some of my many works-in-progress (well, who doesn’t have half a dozen things on the go at any one time?) or just for storing wool.
I came across a version of this basket here http://crochetincolor.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/ombre-basket-pattern.html and just HAD to have a go myself. As mentioned in my previous post, I decided to embellish the less-than-invisible seam with crocheted flowers topped off by a butterfly.
It certainly is easier on the eye than the plastic carrier bag that was formerly home to my mobile works-in-progress and will look a whole lot prettier sat by my feet next to the sofa.
Now all I have to do is convince the puppy that chasing her round the lounge with a rapidly-unravelling ball of wool in her mouth is NOT the fun it seems to be.