Last summer I was poking around on the internet, looking for someone who might be blogging about rug hooking. There I found Island Sweet and Shawn O'Hagan. I loved the simplicity and sensitivivity of her daily posts, and before long, I had gone back to the beginning and read her entire blog history.
Then I started wishing we could be friends. I just new we should be. I finally screwed up my courage and wrote her an introduction, sending a photo. Before long, she answered. We've been building our friendship since. When I opened our little Etsy shop, she was right there, helping me with all sorts of things it might have taken me a long time to figure out (if ever).
That was the beginning and now we are building our friendship, long distance, a little at a time. I hope one day I can visit her in her home of Newfoundland. I hope one day she can visit me in New Mexico. Things sometime happen if you dream about them long enough.
I recently did a trade with Shawn, and in return, two of the most wonderful, hand knitted, shawls came my way. One of them went to another loving home before I could take a photo...and this is the one I kept, just my colors, knitted with yarns made from her hands, and so soft it's like a child's security blanket.
I am truly blessed to have made such great friends through the internet.