Yarn-project baskets also bring me no great joy. But, I notice designers employing a basket of yarn as a creative visual tool now and it is growing on me. Usually, I hid the basket in a closet. It was a little too grandma/old school/country kitten for a city girl. Maybe you know what I mean?
Now I am contemplating leaving a basket out because project bags have come such a long way. A colorful array of these taffeta bags in a sleek basket would be a neat touch by the couch (There are enough colors to have them coordinated to the project. Is my OCD showing?):