What I want to know is where the time goes. I remember when I could hardly wait for her to learn how to walk or even to sit up. Now she's weaving and wearing that dang cap that I knit for her a long time ago and she won't take off. She's wearing skirts again, too.
She says there is a "hunk" who sits next to her in algebra.
"A hunk?" I ask.
"Yes. He's a total hunk," she replies.
"How old do you think he is?" I ask.
"Oh, about 11 or 12."
Then, before I burst out about how there is no such thing as a 11 or 12-year old hunk, I remember that there was a so-called "hunk" when I was about her age, as well. His name was Brian Hood and his best friend, Fabio, walked across the hallway to tell me that Brian liked me and offered Brian's bracelet for me to wear. I looked across the hall to Brian who was watching Fabio offering me his bracelet.
I took the bracelet and put it on. Fabio went back across the hall and nodded to Brian. They both looked over at me and smiled.
About a week passed. And then it was time for us to go to the skating rink like we did every Saturday night. Fabio told me that Brian would be there. So, I went. After a few songs, the lights went down low and it was time for Couple's Skate. Brian skated over to me and gestured to me. I took his hand and once we got on the rink, he reached down and flipped on the twinkle lights underneath his skates. We skated around and around. And then the song ended and that was it. I am pretty sure that the song that played was by Electric Light Orchestra and the song was Strange Magic.
A week later (this was 7th grade, same as Girlfriend), I got fed up because my "boyfriend" never spoke to me once, despite the bracelet Fabio gave to me on his behalf.
The day after my disgust, while in the hall waiting to be let into school, I gestured to Fabio to come over. I took Brian's bracelet off and handed it back to Fabio and said, "tell Brian that I'm breaking up with him. Loved the twinkle lights under his skates, but tell him thanks, but no thanks."
Every, single, night before I go to sleep I think of Girlfriend and hope and pray that she won't take any crap, either.
I'm not sure how to teach her how to not take any crap except to help her to feel wonderful and confident.
So, I will not say a word about that hat that she refuses to take off.
But I will tell her how nice this scarf is that she weaved on her new loom. I have been talking a lot about it. She's ambivalent about it, but I'm not. But then again, I'm a crafty gal. She's more of a drawer and a dreamer but at least she has access to this sort of thing.
We used her Ashford Rigid Heddle Loom from Paradise Fibers. It was a dream to use (yes, I weaved this, too. Don't tell her.) We used a 7.5 DPI reed and some cotton for the warp. I'd say the cotton was equivalent to a DK weight. The warp was quite long because I wanted for her to have lots of practice, so I'm guessing that it was at least 90" long. When I warped the loom, I allowed for about 18 warp threads, or whatever you call it! I'm not used to these terms. But, anyway, I threaded it 18 times for the width of this scarf. We used just one skein of yarn, however. It's the Knitterly Things Vesper Sock Yarn in Pure Pumpkin. The resulting scarf is approximately two yards long. (That is, approximately 72".)
BTW: I just noticed that when Girlfriend talks about her girlfriend's boyfriends, when she says the word "boyfriend," she puts them in air quotes. : )
Double BTW: That hat she's wearing is a pattern that I'm going to publish. It's all ready to go but the "sample" is so worn out that I need the time to knit another! Stay tuned!