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Longtime readers will remember the story, but for the casual reader or the new visitor to this blog, when my friend Kristen spent a year in Moscow doing research for her dissertation, she needed warm hands and I sent her some thrummed mittens that I knit. She sent me, among other things, this lovely orange Russian yarn. It is cobweb-weight wool, the kind that is used to knit the famous Orenburg shawls. Kristen has long since been back to the U.S. now, back in Pittsburgh where first she procrastinated on (but not really), and then she recently obtained, her Ph.D.
I bought the pattern for the Faux Russian Stole (in the book A Gathering of Lace) years ago at a sheep & wool festival in Upstate New York, but I am just not much of a lace knitter, and it sat undone for years. So finally this spring I called upon our ever-energetic, ever-talented and giving curmudgeon Cookie in California, who knitted this gorgeous shawl for me in practically no time flat -- and she held the super-skinny yarn TRIPLED in order to do it.
This blog has brought me no end of wondrously warm friendship stories. I met both of these friends through the blog. Wait, did I say "met"? Though Cookie has done many, many lovely things for me and we have a very close relationship, we still have not yet met in person. But now I have this sunshiny orange token of warmth from around the globe.
I am a rich, rich woman indeed.
Thank you, Cookie and Kristen!