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Archive for May 5th, 2004

A Happy Boy

Wednesday, May 5th, 2004

Today I had 18 knitting kidz. One was new. It was a little brother of a girl who comes all the time. He was officially too young but had been begging to come along and she told me how upset he was. I told her that once we got everyone else going, he could come along and we’d see how he did.

Well, little R did just fine. He lucked out because I had very few questions from other kids. I must have spent at least 20 minutes holding his hands while we knit together, and said our little poem. They just love that poem!

He had to stop knitting whenever someone else had a question, he was not quite on automatic pilot yet, but that is typical of a 5-yr-old. I think he’ll get it, because he really wants to do it. The 5 yr old I talked about on Saturday also had a slow start and you should just see how she is doing! She has about 4″ of her summer top knitted already. Since last week. A five-year-old child! What an inspiration these kids are to me. They are so motivated!

He finished about 3″ of a wristband (five stitches on size 10 needles, very loose stitches). He took his knitting home. This could be a problem because he really wasn’t quite ready, but I couldn’t tell him no, he was sort of clutching it as a prize and ready to go home. He has a handful of older sisters to try and rescue him.

He’s left handed, but nobody said anything to me until he was already learning a rhythm. I learned my lesson with another very young one who was a leftie, that changing to left handed knitting in the middle of a lesson means they switch back and forth and make a mess. So all I did was change the hand he used to wrap the yarn with. Sort of a “Throwing” version of continental knitting. It worked for him. One part is probably harder than it should be if I had him truly knitting left handed, but I couldn’t take the chance that he’d get confused.

Brian is still working like crazy on the new album, and I’m getting sort of crazed and happy and high from the whole thing. I’m very excited about the two concerts we’ll be singing this weekend. Here’s part of what I sent in an email to friends today… if you are in the area, we’d love to have you join us….

The Fabulous Heftones, Brian and Lynn, would like to invite you to our upcoming performances.

We have two out-of-town shows this week! If you can’t come, but know someone in the area who may enjoy our music, please feel free to pass along the information.

— Friday, May 7
Folk Music Society of Midland, MI,
Grace A. Dow Memorial Library Auditorium 8:00 pm
(Opening for Hoolie, sea shanties and fabulous voices) –

— Saturday, May 8
Banjorama! (Flint Banjo Club)
St. John’s Parish Hall, 450 Dayton Street, Davison, MI –
Doors open 5:30 – Show starts 7:00 p.m. –

— Saturday, June 12
Altu’s Ethiopian Cuisine (no cover) as members of the
Abbott Brothers band. 6:30 – 8:30pm
1312 Michigan Ave., East Lansing, MI – 517/333-6295

— Saturday, June 26
Altu’s Ethiopian Cuisine as the
Fabulous Heftones. 6:308:30pm
(see above for details)

Brian and Lynn, The Fabulous Heftones