I couldn’t resist. Although I usually dry my willow before using it, I just had to make a basket with the fresh willow I harvested last week.
The other day my in-laws joined us for lunch and Elise asked me if I had a basket to serve the garlic bread in. My mom-in-law laughed. “Does Trina have a basket?” She repeated the sentence, giving all of us the chance to appreciate the humor in such a ridiculous question. 🙂 Of course I have a basket! But wait! – I realized that I did not yet have a nice bowl-shaped serving basket. That was all the excuse I needed…
I started weaving when the kids went down for their afternoon naps on Monday, and got both baskets nearly complete by dinner. I finished the decorative edge on the second one while dinner was cooking last night. My thumbs are rather sore, as they always are after I spend a day weaving, but it is a good pain. 🙂
They will experience some shrinkage as they dry, but the weave should be tight enough for the basket to remain sturdy. They fit perfectly inside each other, and are calling for me to bake some muffins to nestle inside of them.