yesterday, kat asked me and Cob to meet her for lunch. there was a small group of folks who wanted to give us "something." i wasn't allowed to know what it was, or even who constituted the group. i dutifully showed up, snarfed down a pizza while knitter after knitter joined our group and Kat leaned casually against a large-ish box. all of these women are good friends of mine and had apparently been conspiring since May (since MAY, people!) to produce what has to be the most beautiful baby blanket ever made.
14 friends, 16 blocks of love. all individually knitted by women of amazing skill by themselves, much less joined in force to produce Baby's first blanket.
there is no way i could detail every square, but here is a sample of their collective handiwork.
by Maria, felted slipper knitter extraordinaire:
by Dorte Dissing, who's been knitting since she was a kid and (gasp!) can do it without a pattern:
by Kat, who i think i taught to knit about 8 years ago, and whom i now call when i have questions:
by Hope, who taught ME to knit 12 or 13 years ago (and whose method of teaching i still use when i teach now):
and the whole thing -- already doing its job keeping Baby warm and wrapped in stitched love.
a huge purple thanks to Cara, Dorte, Barton, Dea, Kat, Nicole, Maria, Theresa, Ruth, Normie, Charms, Kalin, Hope, and Lynn. i would say that such a project means more than i can say, but i'm guessing that each and every one of you know just EXACTLY what this means to me.