Sunday, June 16, 2013
Fiber friends are the best!
Yesterday I was blessed, not just by the Sabbath, which is a big weekly blessing, but also with a visit from a dear friend. Is it strange to call someone a dear friend if you've never met before? Until yesterday, Sue and I have only been friends online, first through Ravelry, then via emails and blog comments. But like penpals of old, a friendship was formed across the miles. When we became friends IRL (in real life), as with all other IRL friends I've met through blogging (like Tammy, Tina, Sara, Deb, Sharon, Laura, Shelly, Denise, Shannon, Karla and more), the connection was instant, the conversation easy, and the things we have in common – beyond the obvious that first brought us together – many.
Sue contacted me late last year about fine Shetland fleeces, reserved Sarai's fleece, and then asked about getting her neck wool, too. When she learned that I don't usually save the trashy neck wool because of time and space, she asked if she could have it for the cost of shipping. I told her she could have ALL the neck wool if she cared to clean it!
Sue had hoped to come for shearing, but that didn't work out. Then she learned she would be in Eugene in June for a family function, and a visit to Boulderneigh was planned – for yesterday. I just wish it could have been for longer than an afternoon and evening. I think the dogs wished so, too; they instantly took to her. I should have gotten a photo of Dozer inviting his chunky self into her lap; or her helping me lead horses out to pasture; or her meeting any one of the sheep (we pet all but Annabelle); or her looking through her many bags (13!) of fleece. Even better would have been a photo of both of us wrestling all that fleece into one box and getting it taped securely closed, so it didn't explode in her sister's car during the trip home to California! Sadly, there are no photos of Sue or the two of us to commemorate the occasion. I guess that means we'll have to get together again – right, Sue?
Just writing about Sue's visit is making me feel all warm and fuzzy inside; the relational equivalent of the fiber that first drew us together. Fiber and friends . . . fiber friends . . . how my life has been blessed by the combination! If only so many of my friends didn't live so far away. Move north, Sue; move north! (And move west, Beth; move west! :-)
Still smiling at . . .