The best gifts either make you laugh or cry and the birthday gift from Shelley made me laugh out loud. She really got me with this one. Shelley and I have known each other a good long time. Needlepoint brought us together and we also discovered we both liked to knit. Shelley has better taste in clothing than anyone I know. She has great style and confidence. It's always fun to see what she's wearing as it's sure to be fabulous. Years ago I gave her a T-shirt that said, "Every Morning I Wake Up and Thank God for My Unique Ability to Accessorize!" Another thing I really enjoy about Shelley is her sense of humor.
We were chatting a few days ago about when we learned to knit, which for both of us was a church function at around the age of 8. Neither of us took to knitting back then, but we remember that one of the patterns we used was for a pair of slippers. I do not remember ever finishing my project, but Shelley said she made a pair or two. Friday night she stayed up late and knit a pair for me! (What a grrl won't do for a laugh.) When I opened the box we both broke out in roaring laughter…the whole restaurant must have thought we were crazy. I've been wearing the slippers around the house the last few days and they have been warm and fun. How cool! How crazy! How ridiculously lovely! Thank you Shelley. They bring a smile to my face every time I put them on.
One of the most sublime gifts I've ever received came with the card I told you about on Monday. You must have read Norma's post about meeting up with Ruby and Judy and looking through Ruby's gorgeous handwoven scarves. I looked with longing at several of the scarves Norma showed in her pictures. Judy also took a picture of the Ruby and Norma "in action" and the scarf on the table just jumped out at me. All the scarves were as beautiful as jewels. I never suspected the reason for the meet up was to find a gift for moi! When I opened the package and pulled out this scarf I nearly burst into tears. It is so elegant, so beautiful, and so thoughtful. I love it Ruby. I love it Norma. I'll be wearing it throughout the year as a lovely accessory.
Look at the colors in the warp and fringe, as well as the sheen and the intricate pattern Ruby wove into the fabric. This is such a lovely work of wearable art. Ruby designed the pattern and calls it "Reverberations", a name that perfectly exemplifies the handwoven fabric. The warp (the jewel toned fringe) is Tencel and the lilac ground is merino/silk. It's one of the most beautiful gifts I've ever received.
There is no doubt in my mind I have the best friends anywhere. Thank you everyone for making my birthday week so special.