Brief Digression

Posted in Uncategorized by tchemgrrl on September 17, 2013

Sorry folks, disjointed sadness ahead.

A craft friend passed away two weeks ago. Craft friends are a little funny–there are ways you get to know them, and ways that you don’t. Ruth was an incredibly generous maker of things; she was usually knitting, spinning, or quilting something for her kids or friends or distant relations, or doing finishing work for various people who would pop out of the woodwork. She didn’t keep much knitting for herself because she ran warm; even in the winter she’d be wearing a light shell. She recommended a book on tape series that I thoroughly enjoyed. She preferred teals and purples. She would always be the one to offer to help to hold a skein or untangle a yarn barf. On the other hand, I never laid eyes on her husband until the funeral. I had only the vaguest sense of where in town she lived. A bunch of the things I think of as friendship (at least, the college student and 20-something versions of it), we didn’t share.

She made me a crib quilt when Theo was born. Of course she did. Bright cheerful blocks, warm but breathable and not too stiff, just the right size to move from baby cover to kid lap blanket. The quilting follows the blocks in erratic zigzags. I spent a lot of time looking at it draped over the crib in the dim predawn light while nursing, half-dozing, half-thinking about its construction.

It’s been getting cooler around here (frost last night!), and, thinking of her in hospice, I pulled her quilt out of the closet a few weeks ago. Not close friends, but craft friends. She wanted to keep everyone she knew warm and cozy and cheerful, and spent much of her too-short life working on that. There’s not much better way of showing love. The best way I can show my love right back is to keep letting her do that work, and thinking of her. I think her quilt is going to get a lot of use this winter.



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  1. Mary said, on September 17, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Lovely tribute, T.

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