Thursday, September 04, 2008

a frankghan, plus one

We, the people of West Hollywood Stitch 'n Bitch, have been working on a top secret project that can finally be revealed.

Mary Jo, me, Natalie, and Ellen

When Frank was diagnosed with cancer, we wanted to do something, and Natalie, whom Ellen affectionately calls our cruise director, came up with the idea that we should knit/crochet squares for an afghan for him.

Ellen is the queen of crochet, so she was in charge of collecting and joining all the squares and making the blanket uniform. One Sunday, a few of us went over to Ellen's to help with the joining. Each of us had to join a certain number of squares before Ellen would allow us to eat lunch. She runs a tight ship!

Even though we WeHo SnB folk are a talkative, blogging bunch, no one leaked our doings to Frank. When Natalie and I presented him with the gift today, it was touching and lovely to witness his surprise. (Frank, I wish you a thousand more kindnesses.)

The response to make squares for Frank had been so overwhelming that we wound up with enough leftover to make a blanket for Oliver, Frank's baby, too. Remember Oliver? When we saw him today, our jaws dropped over how much he's grown. He's full of energy, and so adorable you want to eat him up. He also likes to kiss, which pretty much amounts to him opening his mouth and mushing it into your face. Natalie said she hadn't had a kiss that good in years.

I think Oliver likes his blankie, and he was very hospitable to me and Natalie.

This is my favorite shot of the day:

Frank said that of the five senses, Oliver is a fool for taste. He tries to put everything into his mouth. True to form, after his daddy said it, Oliver got himself a good sampling of the door handle.

These are the squares I contributed.

13 comments:

Adrienne said...

ahhhhhhhhhh adorable little one!!!

Anonymous said...

Ooooooo*Mmmmmmmm*Gggggggg!
The Afghan is sooooooo beautiful, I can't get enough of it. You ladies are truly wonderful, I bet Frank bawled his eyes out! I know I would.

I am vexed again to see you holding Oliver while I just get to look. Isn't he totally adorable? Love the pictures.
Oliver and Afghan, a *sense sational* combination.

Anonymous said...

Forgot to sign....again...but you must know it's me by now, right?
Always a mouthful...

LOL
Heather

yaiAnn said...

Awwww, what a cutie!

Nik said...

that was so super nice of you guys. Wow.

Elbee said...

That is just lovely! I love it! What a wonderful gift. And that baby is freakin' cute!

Frank said...

Darn, my first comment didn't get accepted...

Anyway, thanks so much for being the delivery person on such a beautifully stitched loveliness.

Oh, and six senses?! I don't think he's realized he has five other senses!

Deborah said...

I hope this doesn't sound dumb but this thing allowing me to visit people's lives and homes and towns and to peer into crafty indulgences and join in the smiles and see the dinners and, and alladat, is all such a dream that I, as a former technology geek, did not imagine possible. I so adored your pictures!

Ellen Bloom said...

Yayyy!!! Frank and Oliver liked the afghans! Thanks so much for being the messenger of good!

Christie said...

How wonderful of you all! What a beautiful gift!

msaims said...

what a great prezzie!! you look lovely in that top by the way.

Orchidophile said...

What a wonderful gift!

Goodness, that baby is so cute!!!

golden star said...

Oliver is going to be a real heart breaker!