My mum is the hardest person in the world to buy presents for. She’s a simple soul and has her set likes and
many dislikes. All of the usual “mum” gifts aren’t for her:
Cut flowers – she thinks once they’re cut they’re already dying
Perfume – gives her headache
Spa treatments – she doesn’t like being “pulled about”
Coffee/tea/alcohol – she doesn’t drink any of them
Lunch out – she’s a very fussy eater (only really likes plain meat and potatoes type food).
So you see, birthdays, Christmases and Mother’s Days are a tricky business. With her birthday looming towards the end of September and zero ideas, I did what any sane person would do – I asked Twitter.
Someone came up with the genius idea of a “meal in a basket”. That way I could pick out her favourite foods and she could cook herself a meal that she’d definitely enjoy. Brilliant!
So I settled on a melon starter; a main of steak, potatoes, and fried onions; and profiteroles for afters. With Coca Cola to wash it down and a box of After Eights to finish off. These are all things I know she likes & will enjoy, without too much cooking or washing up. I bought the fresh ingredients the day before and put them in the basket at the last minute.
The basket. What to do. I wanted something she could use again so it didn’t take a huge leap for me to decide to crochet a basket for her. But I only had a week to make it, in between the school run and the rampaging toddler. I searched Ravelry for a free pattern and came up with this Bob Wilson one. I already had some chunky acrylic yarn in my stash that was far too scratchy to use for clothes.
I think the colours are perfect for my mum and I added an improvised flower for decoration. It sort of matches a shawl I made for her last Mother’s Day too:
She loved it! There’s something so special about giving someone a gift that you made yourself. And now my sister wants one for Christmas!