Cauli Le Chat

Cauli Le Chat
Cauli Le Chat, MPL Roving Reporter

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

On Being a Basket Case (Dream Weaver's Siren Song)

Fans of Gary Wright's 1976 #1 hit Dream Weaver were probably not thinking of basket weaving, but perhaps they should have been.  Back in college (when this song was on the charts), the Lady With the Red Hair remembers that easy courses were generically called "basket weaving classes," supposedly because arts and crafts were not sufficiently challenging and unworthy of higher education.  That, if you will pardon my French, is a charge de poo cheval. Anyone who has tried to weave a reed basket knows that it is tougher than the hide of a stickerpig [see note at bottom]. Art in any form takes real talent and practice to develop the skills, so all you smarty pantses (it's a real idiomatic expression--you can look it up!) out there had better straighten up before doughy midsections get clawed, big-time.  These four-pawed retractables aren't landing gear!

Even though basket weaving requires dexterity, patience, and attention, people patrons can, with a little practice, become quite adept at making these creative wonders. But only a rabid, frothing scooterbandit [see note at bottom] would attempt it without proper guidance and instruction.  Consequently, my library offers beginners' basket weaving classes, taught by the fine folks at Baskets From Junior's Farm.

On March 12 (1:00-4:00 p.m.) and March 16 (6:00-9:00 p.m.) in the MPL Community Room, if you pre-register, you can learn to make a basket like this. (Each date is a separate class, so you would only sign-up for one date.)  Cost is $10 per participant.

Class sizes are limited to six persons, so you should register faster than a scurrydog [see note at bottom].  Visit our web site and click calendar on the left-side menu to register online, or call (317) 831-7323 and ask for Meghan (whom I call Programma Mama).  If you have questions about the class, email -- type "MPL Basket Class" in the subject line.

You may well ask about the really cool logo designed by local artist Brian Mills, whom I call Drawer Dude.  Well, let's not keep you in suspense.


That is just so way cool.  Betcha'd like one for yourself.

Who is this Junior of Junior's Farm fame?  You've seen him before, but a fellow this cute deserves a repeat performance.

Junior starred in an MPL Book Trailer, which we reprise below.

Basket supplies will be provided at the class.  Learn this truly enjoyable hobby that will teach you a talent that you may parlay to practical purpose.  Think of the great gifts you can make for family and friends!  Think of how many kitty treats (for moi, of course) you can store in baskets that you yourself have woven.  It boggles the imagination.  Time for a nap.

Dream Weaving Authentic Archaeological Artifacts (If You Bury Them, They Will Be Worth a Fortune in a Thousand Years),

Cauli Le Chat
MPL Roving Reporter
Basketeering News Bureau

Notes at Bottom (at Scowl-Face's insistence, although I'm sure you know exactly what I meant):




Le Cheval

Mr. Ed, the Talking Cheval


  1. Cauli,

    Technically, a stickerpig's hide would be sharp, but not necessarily tough.

  2. Scowl-Face,

    You're off the clock, editor. Go to bed, old man!


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