my mom taught me to weave baskets when i was in college. i have a few of the baskets i made around my apartment, generally simple round, square or rectangle bottomed with a handle. i though it was pretty fun, but then again, i just used her materials (did not buy them and did not have to store those big things of reed). i did make some tiny freehand ones which were fun. my mom taught herself and now holds classes for her friends in her garage.
have you made the basket that has the old time potato masher as the handle? you like weave the reed through the masher thingy. they are pretty cute, my mom made me one for my birthday.