I have been meaning to purchase a Fair Trade Basket made in Africa for a couple of years now. Unfortunately, they have always seemed very expensive for something I am concerned I will just push around. When The Spinning Box had their limited edition baskets filled with fiber, I fell in love with this version. It is even roomier than I thought, and while my first photo is poorly done, the vivid colors on the inside cannot be mistaken. All of this is before taking into consideration that it was filled past the brim with fiber and a couple of other goodies.
This basket was in celebration of the holiday originating in India called Holi. My understanding is that it is a celebration of color and joy, which this basket certainly represents. Bundled with the basket is also a set of videos intended to demonstrate ways of making the spinning box into a cohesive unit. I am still working my way through them, I do not know if it is because I am watching them on an Apple device or if my internet is just not very compatible with the server the videos are hosted on but for me they lag quite a bit.
The variety of fibers is quite remarkable, from Targhee, Merino blends, and Lincoln to name a few.
I am hoping that I can spin these two targhee rovings well enough for a pair of socks! There are enough Merino fibers that I believe I can blend them into a decent sized project, depending on how they want to spin. If I have the patience to draft them into laceweight I might be able to knit a shawl, if they want to be thicker perhaps some leg/arm warmers, maybe I can weave something with them. No matter what they become, the colors are guaranteed to shine.
As you can see pictured above there was a wide variety of merino!
There are a few other little batches of fiber that I have to figure out what I want to do with them, if I can manage to get 110 yards of 2 ply out of a breed then I should be able to knit some wrist/ankle warmers which might be fun. I have the skein for my first attempt at knitting the pattern ready to be balled up so that is also on the agenda.
There was also a wand of some sort, pictured upper left, and a pendant containing an elephant (not pictured) included. I am very excited, and rejuvinated, by all of this color and opportunity to experiment. One last interesting feature is that apparently the basket can be wetted and reshaped if it should become deformed.
Was this basket expensive, Yes it really was. However I could have easily spent that much just for the basket, so I know that the hours of enjoyment that the fibers are going to bring me are certainly a bonus. I am trying to think of the best use of the basket, right now it is holding all of the merino blends so that I can carry them around into different light and decide how I want to put them together. Perhaps I can use it to display finished skeins for color inspiration. Until next time!