Cathy, who created and runs the Loblolly Garden for kids at Clark Park, is a seriously crafty lady. Each time we go, on most Tuesdays, she’s got some nifty thing she is up to. She knits. She makes mice and ltitle acorns for the kids. She sells at the Farmer’s Market, too.
She gets old wooden bowls from the thrift store and sands them and down and down until all the old varnish is gone and she can oil it and use it safely and make it new.
This last time she made little wool balls out of tennis balls. She cuts a slit and puts a bell inside.
She gets this pure fuzzy wool and—I’m not even sure how to explain it— wraps different pieces around the ball and then—what’s the word?—massages the wool onto the ball with soapy water. And the wool kind of shrinks into it.
The adults were taking a while to get it. One mom said “Cathy, this just isn’t working!”
I kept trying and Cathy was correcting me. Azita was begging to try. So I gave it to her and Cathy kept saying “Good job Azita! You are a natural. Just like that!” and things to that effect because Azita just got it. She is good with her hands.
This lady should document all the little things she knows how to do so they can be passed down. I hope we know her when Azita is a teenager and she is still showing her different things– different arts that are lost on the rest of us.