It's difficult to get into this class so I was thrilled for the opportunity to learn a little about baskets used by the pre-park residents of the Smokies. Each park volunteer/student in the class got the opportunity to make their very own berry basket. I've wanted to learn how to make baskets since practically forever so this was a golden opportunity. Cindy, a fellow volunteer, taught the class and helped everyone master the basics of constructing a simple basket. She was awesome!
Besides learning a valuable skill, today provided a much-needed opportunity to let go of everything I've been stressing about and just enjoy life for a few hours. It was a superb Christmas present that I'm sure park personnel had no idea they were giving me. My current sock knitting project has already taken up residence in my new basket. I'm pretty sure there will be more handmade baskets in my future. Maybe being a basket case isn't such a bad thing after all?