Starting with my own Things was logical. The last two Things are still working on their garter stitch dogs, but Thing Two did complete a crocheted project.
It was supposed to be a scarf. A blue scarf. Thing Two was very into blue.
She obediently hooked row after row of single crochet, measuring the scarf at the end of every row. At some point, she stopped and calculated just how much longer it would take to get an entire scarf, and instead continuing on with the endless blue, she whacked a bright red few rows onto the end, cheerfully tied the extra yarn in granny knots and, without bothering with the silly practice of the weaving in of ends, presented it to me.
I told her it was wonderful. Then, thankfully, she informed what it was before I had to think of a way to ask without asking.
"It's a book holder, Mommy!"
And so it remained for years on my bedside table, patiently holding my books for me. (Now it does duty beneath a basket of yarn, its unwoven ends hanging cheerfully over the shelf edge. I am nothing if not sentimental.)
While this should be enough to satisfy any crocheter, it obviously just whetted my corrupt others gene's appetite. So, yes, I have progressed to the corruption of other people's children (Hey, you're talking about a person who has a basket solely filled with fun, variegated yarns and clear, colored plastic hooks and kid sized needles, like some benign version of that kid-tempting, cookie-housed old lady).
What I didn't expect in return for running up the fiber bills in friends' households was this:
(Please pretend there is a photo of a wonderful bookmark, done in the calm blues of the sea, with accompanying hand-made card, also beautifully created. Because there will be such a photo as soon as find the cord which connects my camera to my computer...)
(Well, the cord wasn't found, but a new card reader was purchased :))
The card said this:
I wanted to thank you so much for teaching me the beautiful art of corruption. Because of you, I now have a lovely hobby and the power to create amazing things out of yarn. You are an awesome teacher.
P.S. The bookmark you receive is my first finished project.
You expect to receive firsts from your own Things. But from other people's?
Hey, Friend of Thing Two? You just gave me so much more than I gave to you. Thanks, chica. :)