The granny square blanket was inspired by a pattern I saw at www.purlbee.com. I adapted it to the request of my daughter (she picked the colors.) I don't see the pattern on their site anymore but they are offering a class, and there is a picture of the original one there.
The yarn basket was inspired by one of my favorite crochetters "Attic24". Again I adapted the pattern to match my own taste (I got bored just making single crochets) and the smaller yarn basket was born out of a request by my mother for...you guessed it...a SMALLer basket :)
Both are perfect for holding more yarn.