It’s the month of October and Diana Carscaddon’s basket fills the page in the Cottage Girl’s annual calendar.
Photo (I believe) was taken by Kathy Cosgrove, who also has a birthday this month. Libra’s are the best!
Q: What is the name of this basket and how did you come up with this design?
Eric: I named it the Full Twist. Well, it really was a simpler and smaller version of one of my more intricate exhibit baskets.
Q: Have you taught this basket and if not, are you going to teach it?
Eric: Yes, I have taught the “full twist” basket before.
Q: What would a half-twist look like? If someone got tired of making all those little twisty things they could just stop and call it a Half Twist?
Eric: Well, you are sort of onto something here. Students weren’t too fond of making all those twists as they completed the rows and worked their way up. I myself enjoy doing them. But I decided not to do any full twist type baskets in my workshops.
Q: How do you feel beating your wife and preventing her from being 4-0 in our Brady Gaga Fantasy Football League?
Eric: How do I feel about it? Ah, I always had a hard time playing my wife in our league. It’s the worst part of the year. But what am I supposed to do, tank? If it’s any consolation, I would rather you win the whole championship before me.
(Well, I would have had a nicely paved road if you didn’t beat me last week.)
Q: What aggravated you this week?
Eric: I just saw the new appointment card from our dentist and you scheduled it for the day of my birthday?
I did? Sorry. It didn’t even dawn on me.
Well, that really aggravated me that you think a good birthday gift would be going to the dentist.
In my defense, I sort of didn’t pay attention because she said “6 months’ and I knew I would be canceling it anyway because you find going to the dentist once a year too much.
When Eric finishes a basket, and he comes to show me, I like to ‘tease’ and say “when can I bedazzle it?”
His customary response is “Not funny.”
But finally, I was able to bedazzle his classic Cottage Handbag. Well, technically, not truly bedazzle. Just an “accent” which is also, most importantly and the best selling point, functional.
After Eric made his Classic Cottage Handbag, he gave it to me to use. And if you know me, you’re aware that I’m not very dainty, even if I’m carrying a well-crafted creation such as this.
When we sat down, which happened to be in a quaint restaurant on Nantucket, I knocked over my handbag, and out came all the contents onto the table and some hitting the floor.
Women know this happens if you don’t have an enclosure. So I convinced Eric that he needed a latch of some sort that would not detract from the integrity of his basket. The only direction I gave was that a wooden vertical peg in the shape of an oversized sewing needle would be perfect.
A few hours later, he walked in with the cutest little wooden peg where I then could, yup, Bedazzle!! Well, again, not really. I made various options and we finally settled on a simple strand of very small beads mixed with glass ones that gave it a little sparkle.The beads are attached to the side and hold the peg in place when not in use. When the lid comes down, simply place the peg back in and it’s safely closed.
It works perfectly and when the lights are dim, it really sparkles.