Monday, July 14, 2008

Jack of all Trades

First, the background -
Needle + Thread + Felt Squares +13 Hours in the Car =
Katie Gets Crafty

When we began our road trip and I started these finger puppets, I could not, for the LIFE of me, figure out how to seal the edges - what's referred to as an "overcast stitch." After 30 minutes of failed attempts and frustration, I gave up.

Jack noticed (so, it's not hard to notice when I'm frustrated) and asked what was wrong. I showed him an example of "impossible stitch." He glanced at it and responded, "When we pull over I'll show you how to do it."


Sure enough, at the next stop he took the needle, thread & felt and, on the FIRST attempt, demonstrated a perfect overcast stitch.


I asked him where he learned it (and what else he'd been keeping from me), and he said, "This is the same stitch we used when we made apple potholders in Mrs. Moses' class. Don't you remember? You were there."

Mrs. Moses was our SECOND GRADE teacher.
No, I have no memory of apple potholders, let alone the stitch we used.
Sometimes, I think it would be nice to be Jack.


Aileen said...

He totally reminds me of dad in that he just naturally knows how to do almost anything. Yep-you married a genius! The puppets are too cute!!!

james said...

thats really really funny.
thoose finger puppets are cool.

Jeannie said...

How incredibly fun (and kinda romantic) that you share so many childhood memories together... or in this case forgotten ones! Cute, cute, cute puppets! I'd love to see them when you get back.

Svancara Family said...

ok, that is really funny! i have a dress that needs to be altered, can he help me out in that department?

Leslie said...

Wow. Is Jack available to give sewing lessons? I'm decidedly uncrafty and while Ben does have finger puppets, they are from Ikea and they're just a little bit creepy. Yours, however, are super cute.

quesetescapa said...

1. I can't believe you are making these puppets and
2. That truly is amazing that he remembers from that far back. Hope your girls get that memory!

Maryann said...

I love this stroy!!!! What a great guy.

Katie and Jeff said...

Um, I don't mean to embarass him but am I the only one who remembers the doll he sewed for you before he left on his mission I think? Sorry Jack :)

Courtney Vance said...

I can't believe you don't remember that Katie. Where you really in the same second grade class together?

Ingrid said...

Very cute puppets! Love that you are still learning knew things about eachother. Great to see you guys today-makes me look forward to coming home at the end of the summer.

Loralie said...

i didn't know that you and jack went that far back together! when did you first meet? i mean, 2nd grade, that is amazing!

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