Unexpected Collection

Digital Camera

These are eleven of my baskets. I didn’t realize how many I have, and how many of them I use almost every day. Until I needed a basket to put cookies in. I started poking around until I found the right one, a small picnic basket with two handles.

There’s my blue fiber project basket, three egg baskets, two harvest baskets, and three storage baskets. Those are just the ones in this picture. It amuses me to see so many, and I really do use them all the time.

My blue fiber basket has 3 spindles and a couple of spinning wheel bobbins in it, as well as some spun yarn and fiber. it’s my ‘grab and go’ for any time I’m going to join friends at a spin-in. Under the shallow harvest basket on the right is my folded laundry basket. Yet, the clothes get folded in front of the TV and put into that little blue basket before they go into drawers.

Women have been making and using baskets for at least 12 millennia. That’s 12,000 years we know of, since most baskets are made of wood and fibers, there’s not much left after a few thousand years to go by. I’ll bet the craft is much older than that. Gatherers need baskets like hunters need sharp points.

I’ve made baskets from plastic shopping bags, t-shirts cut into strips and strips of brown paper. Not the kind of materials that last forever, but common recyclable materials. I stopped making the plastic ones because there’s a nasty powder that gets on my hands and up my nose. I don’t like snorting plastic dust. It makes me feel sick.

T-shirts, on the other hand, appear to be much friendlier to the body. There are dozens of t-shirts around the house that need to be recycled into something. I cut them into 1 inch strips, with a bit of thought I can make one continuous strip of t-shirt material out of the tube part of the shirt.

It’s time for me to go, gotta deliver those cookies.


Baskets – Old and New

Yarn on chair

Sheltland yarn, freshly plied this morning.

Learning to spin has cluttered my (already cluttered) house with odd bits of yarn, fiber, more yarn and spinning gizmos – all fragile and all requiring storage.

Currently, I’m struggling to find places to put all this stuff where it won’t get dirty — or (heaven forbid) LOST.

Care to guess how it’s going?


Yeah, just like that.

So I’ve been diving into the dregs of Hobbies Past to figure out a solution.

Eh, well – that’s another pain in the tush.

I purchased two beautiful ‘valet cases’ which are really paper boxes with hinged lids pretending to be suitcases. One holds cut up plastic bags for the ‘bag of bags’ project.

The other – bits of yarn and fiber in baggies. Odds and ends and the braided Marino and Alpaca that I’m holding onto for fear of ruining.

There’s a little wicker basket for the bobbins. A BIG wicker basket for carrying stuff to class.

A round basket for ‘WIP’ (works in progress) sits on my work table. (So I can’t work there anymore. Is any of this starting to sound familiar? LOL)

THEN I bought a sewing chest – which isn’t full yet, but I’m sure I’ll get enough stuff stuffed in it soon. It’s black with age – so I spray it with Scotts Liquid Gold when I dust it.

Scotts has this really cool effect – it returns black wood to it’s original color – if you use enough of it. I’ve got a lovely sewing box that was also black when I bought it. Now it’s a lovely cherry color, with every grain visible.

I’ve also got a small metal waste basket that I put my fiber in while I’m spinning. Or my yarn when I’m knitting. It’s high enough the balls of yarn don’t fly out.

I’ve got a yarn bowl on layaway.

The upside to all of this is cleaning out my office closet. I have to make space in there and this is a GREAT excuse to excerise my ‘urge to purge.’

Since that only happens once a year, I’ve got to take advantage.

So now I’m off to clear out a drawer for my jumbo bobbin and flyer. I’ve got a plastic drawer to label so I can find it.

There’s always the danger of losing anything I put away. Out of sight and out of mind.

Stay tuned!