So it's just as well that I had enrolled in a community college workshop on basket weaving even before that friend of mine lectured me, and indeed she was pleased when I told her that that was coming up. A special kind of café leisure, perhaps.
Today was the first of two days. Apart from the fact that we are having the class in the entrance area of the building where people are coming and going, it's drafty and and noisy and about as cheerful as in a train station waiting room of the 1950s it's been fun and interesting. And exhausting. I never imagined that making a basket requires so much strength. Here are a few pictures of what I am making:
|The circular bottom|
|Temporarily you do need a lot of room!|
|This is the current state of my basket as it will be put under plastic over night.|
We're a fast lot - the master basketeer said he doesn't usually have people who put in the second layer on the first day (which is the darker upper part on my basket here). Now I am wondering whether I will be finished too early - or should I add a third layer before closing it off? It's going to be a basket for my knitting.