Solange just gave one crafty fan the thrill of a lifetime.
The singer, 32, retweeted a series of photos on Tuesday originally posted by Akua Darkwa, in which the 19-year-old full-time student wears a pale yellow short-sleeved sweater she crocheted herself featuring the cover art from Solange’s new album, “When I Get Home.”
When the vocal performance major at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign discovered that one of her favorite musicians had admired her handiwork, she was understandably overwhelmed, tweeting, “SOLANGE RETWEETED MY TWEET!!!!!! Y’ALL CAN’T TELL ME A DAMN THING!!!!!!!!”
“It feels amazing knowing Solange saw it!” Darkwa told Page Six Style. “And now there’s thousands of people in the world who know and love my work. It feels great.”
“Music has been a really big part of my life (hence me being a music major) since about freshman year of high school,” she added. “I’ve been crocheting since I was around 8 or 9. I didn’t start making clothes, however, until my sophomore year of high school.”
This particular top took Darkwa about 12 hours to make over the course of four days. “The process of crocheting is tedious and a bit stressful at times,” she continued, “but finally getting to the end is so rewarding that I don’t think it’s something I’m ever gonna stop doing.” Especially now that her work has gone viral.
And good news for the comment section full of Solange fans clamoring for crocheted tops of their own: “I do have plans to start selling! I’m planning on doing orders in mid-to-late summer,” Darkwa confirmed.