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.
Have to refine some of these questions to “present day” because these were last week’s questions and Mr. Basketmaker forgot to answer them and then I forgot to nag him about it…
Q: Out comes Sister Gaga because it’s football season! How do you think my team, Cookie Crumblers, are going to do this year? And, how scared are you that you’re playing me this week?
Eric: Ah not very scared at all. But I don’t want to lose because I will be 2-2 and you will be 4-0. Overall you have a great time so far. But since I’m not managing your team, you will crash and burn soon.
(So not nice.)
Q: Last week’s question was “why are we not getting in the car and driving to Pennsylvania?” This week’s refined question is, “How come Uncle Ed and cousin Kerryn are not drive-worthy again?”
Eric: They are drive worthy! It’s circumstance. We just got home driving 1600 miles to Nantucket and then to NH and then to Maine and then back home. Not dragging myself into the car again to go to Pennsylvania.
(Uhm, sort of didn’t answer the question but will let it slide.)
Q: Can you believe how well and how large my luffa harvest is doing?
Eric: Yeah whatever. We’ll see if you actually process and get the sponges.
(I sense a jealous tone.)
Q: I can’t believe how long it is taking to go through, process and organize all your basket photos. Did you realize what a huge task this would be?
Eric: That’s why I never asked you to do it. And I couldn’t do it. Too much work and you’re the pro, not me.
Q: What aggravated you this week?
Eric: That I love Jack White. And I want to go to one of his concerts but they are so expensive. Two weeks ago I found out he is coming to our little town of McMinnville and the tickets are free. Fast forward to today, that event is tonight! Granted, he won’t be performing but he will be periodically onstage because he’s hosting other artists as a special event for his company Third Man Records. I wanted to go!
But we couldn’t just drive to the venue. Instead we would HAVE to be in Nashville and leave on one of the busses heading to our hometown to see the actual concert. I guess we could have driven all the way to Nashville, paid for parking somewhere, got on the bus, drove back to McMinnville then after the show tonight, get back on the bus, drive by our house on the way to Nashville, then get in the car and drive back home. I totaled up the time and it would be about 12 hours. If he was actually singing, I’d probably do it. But this really aggravated me last week and again this week.
(Well we could just drive over there right now and sit at the entrance waiting for a glimpse of Mr. Jack White. We’d be one of those creepy band fans but I’m willing to do it for you!)
Thanks for answering the questions Eric but I have a prediction. Next week’s “aggravation” will be me crushing your team!!!