Anyway, I digress.
Someone I've known for a long time, since we met when working many years ago together at Rosie's, is Carol. As a matter of fact, I saw the very first yarn she ever dyed and made into a scarf for a fundraiser at her kids' school. Now of course she is a famous yarn dyer and knitting designer, and knitters all over the place know who she is. We don't get to see each other all that often, but we are in touch a lot, and trade insults all of the time on Facebook. Even if she was only an everyday knitter like I am, I would love her, because she is hilarious, caring, and shares a lot of the same social and political views that I do.
While I was recuperating from surgery, she posted a few pictures of square she had cut out to make a quilt, mentioning that she was making it for someone special. The squares were so pretty, and some quite whimsical. I've seen her quilts in pictures before, so I knew it would look amazing once it was finished. I was also jealous of the person who would be receiving it. A week or so later, she posted that it was in the mail to the recipient, and I thought "Oh that lucky person."
Never, ever, ever, did it even cross my mind that the person she was making the quilt for would be ME! But a few days later, a nice, cushy package arrived. The return address was Carol's, but I still didn't expect to find a quilt inside. But I opened it up, and there was one of the best quilts I'd ever seen, and she had chosen fabrics that seemed to be made for me.
I've tried on more than one occasion to photograph all or parts of it, without any kind of success. You can get the idea of it, but I have a dinky little digital camera and no real skills, so the things I wanted to be able to show you, I just could not capture no matter how much I tried.
Carol has been nice enough to grant me permission to use the photos she took and published on her blog when she wrote about making the quilt. So now, you can see what it really looks like. Take a look:
Cut out squares
Arranging the squares
Look at the variety!
Folded quilt with awesome turquoise binding
I still cannot believe that someone made me a quilt - and as you can see, it's not a teeny tiny one, it's quilt-sized! And as if that was not enough, she also enclosed a skein of her Black Bunny Fiber yarn and a hat pattern* - I mean it when I say that I was pretty overwhelmed by the contents of the package. I see the quilt every single day, and it makes me smile, and feel so happy that I have a loving friend like Carol. Everyone should be so lucky, you know?
But please don't tell her I've gotten all grateful and mushy here, because that might just ruin the whole relationship ... ;-)
*I will show you the yarn and hat pattern once I have rearranged my stash and it is safe. Right now, the patterns and yarns are tucked deep into a closet, since the Koodle has recently decided that destroying both is the most fun thing on earth.