One of my favorite crochet books is Simple Crochet by Erica Knight (it's in my sidebar under "Favorite Crafting Books") Her designs are easy and uncomplicated but produced from unusual fibers that really emphasize texture. One of the fibers she uses is jute and I've been wanting to try it out and make a basket. It's not very comfortable to work with, obviously scratchy, but not too bad for a small project. The basket is my design - just single crochet worked in the round. I filled it with our latest rock collecting finds - the black rocks are obsidian!