Nevertheless, two and a half weeks ago I invited Andy to come to the stitch 'n' bitch at R Public House and taught him how to start his ginormous project. He caught on quickly. Singers usually do, I find. He really enjoyed crocheting too, even when his project was in its infancy and didn't really look like much. I again cautioned him that a blanket for a tall man was a lofty first project, but his enthusiasm would not be thwarted.
That night, when he got home, he stayed up and did a second row. Then he would text me every couple of days saying, "This is really fun!" "I just finished another skein!" "It's up to my waist now!" He was -- dare I say it -- hooked!
Saturday night Andy sent me this picture.
His progress amazed me! Yesterday afternoon he texted me to tell me that his blanket came up to his chin. At 11:00 pm he texted me to report that his blanket reached his nose. Although he had told me that he was going to make only his blanket -- "one and done," he had claimed -- I had a feeling he was going to be a crocheting man. I asked him what his next project was going to be. He said he had a pregnant colleague and wanted to make her a baby blanket. (!!)
I sent him this picture of my current baby blanket project and told him I could teach him the pattern.
The following is a transcript of our texting conversation.
ANDY: Oooooh!!! That's cool!!!
ME: It's just doubles and chains. You've got to count a lot for the first two rows, but after that, it's a cakewalk.
ANDY: Hmmmmmm. I can count!
ME: Yeah, but you're a musician -- you can only count to four!!
ANDY: Sometimes 6
ME: I count 6 in three -- sometimes two.
ME: The starting chain is 129, then you've got to count twos, threes, and fives (??!??) for the first row!!!
ANDY: Eek. That's a lot of meter changes.
ME: It's jazz, baby!!
At 1:49 am, Andy sent me this picture. Jazz, baby!!
So that's the news for now. Lyric has a performance of "Tosca" tonight which is going to keep me from Rogers Park Social, but I'm willing to bet there will still be a gathering of the faithful for stitch 'n' bitch from 7-9. And don't forget Toddler Music Jam at the Common Cup Friday morning at 10:00. Oh! One more thing! Here's a picture of my adorable second cousin Addison (the one who chooses the color of my bangs) at her third birthday party. Photo credit to Colton Loeb.