Where do you live RadishRose? I spent a lot of my adult life in Georgia and Alabama where long-needle pines are everywhere, but I didn't know how to make baskets back then. The good thing about Western Washington is that, when you DO find trees with long needles, you don't have to worry about poisonous bugs or snakes hiding among the needles, so gathering them is safe! I enjoy dying the needles so I can make colorful baskets.
I'm way up on the east coast, opposite from you, Nana, in CT. I hear our weather is similar. Yipes, lol I never thought of critters coming in with the needles, I would run!