Cindy Warner Knight
I have been interested in baskets for about 40 years. I married a farmer in 1989 and would look at the hanging baling twine that came off the bales of hay and decided there must be a use for it. I loved the colors, the pale orange and the sage green of the twine hanging on every available hook in the barn and it was waiting to be reused. I got a book on basket making and made many baskets out of that twine. In another book it showed how to make a basket from equisetum, horsetail, and I made baskets out of that. I retired in 2012, and I had been bothered by all the plastic bags, so I taught myself how to coil plastic bags around my old friend, baling twine (I had saved the twine). While looking up how to make plastic baskets, I came across rolled newspaper basket making, and pine needle baskets. I have taught myself many of the stitches used in pine needle basketry. I have been making both plastic, paper, and corded baskets in earnest since 2015. The craft gives me great joy and excitement. (My husband calls it obsession).