Another hour or so worth of work and we have gone from this:
By now I am adding six more needles about every other set of stitches. I can tell just by feel if I need more needles or not. It is important to keep the needles (I think of them as straws) wet/damp and the thread tight. It isn't going to be perfect. I am not looking to make a work of art here just a usable basket but I do admit that I love the look of these and am pleased that I can make them out of pine straw which is free and so plentiful here.