Ruth and Margeret
Saturday April 14th 2012, 10:17 pm
Filed under: Food,Friends,LYS

Ruth and her friend Margaret drove two hours each way from beyond Sacramento to come here for a visit, something we had long hoped and planned for. Ruth is the friend who gave me her treadmill. (Here–read way down in the comments for the huge surprise she gave me at the end of the post, and then here. I’ve used it very nearly every day since.)

The moment I laid eyes on Margaret I exclaimed, Oh of course! I’d met her many times at Stitches West over the years with Ruth. Ruth brought me dark chocolate, Margaret gifted me with some Avon goodies, lovely of both of them and the start of a wonderful day.

After chatting, knitting (well, they did, my projects were both ones that command attention), and lunch with Richard joining in, we went off to Purlescence.

There was a table set up for people to offer up stash yarn they didn’t want and for others to take it. I’d had no idea.

Ruth found two skeins of a lovely heathered gray and asked me, wondering, Aren’t these handspun?

Sure looked like it to me. I told her I thought it looked like it had some silk in there, too.

She hadn’t known and she hadn’t brought anything and she left them there. But they were soft and quite pretty and she kept wishing and going back to them.

There were plenty of people in the store but nobody took them, so at last, when it was time for us to go, she picked them up again.

I asked Sandi if she knew who had spun those. Her face lit up and she said that she had, about ten years ago, that they were merino and silk and had just sat there in her stash unused. She wanted them to go to someone who would actually create something with them.

Oh, I’ll knit it! Ruth assured her, clearly thrilled.

So now it wasn’t just nice yarn, it was a gift from the heart from Sandi, and as I mentioned to Ruth later, those two skeins had sat there all day and nobody else had claimed them. (And I knew several people in there who would have loved the colorway.) This was for you all along.

We got back to my house, I opened my freezer, and they headed towards home with a chocolate torte and a blue-ice pack in Ruth’s insulated bag that she just happened to have in her car. I’d been telling her for two years that if she ever came to my house I was going to give her a torte.

And I sent her home with a box of Kara coconut cream, which for me is available locally, so that she could experiment with it for her friend, who, like our younger daughter, is allergic to dairy. A box of that and dark chocolate gets you a good ganache; the larger box, you’ve got enought to make my chocolate torte recipe, which makes two. The coconut cream substitutes straight across for extra-heavy cream and it can sit on a shelf.

Unless someone really enthusiastic about it gets their hands on it and uses it all up.

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No coincidences. I’m glad you had a great visit and Ruth got a special treat – or three… 😉

Comment by Channon 04.15.12 @ 6:05 am

Please don’t forget to post pictures of what Ruth knits with that homespun! Before, during and after would be nice–even just a link.

Comment by LynnM 04.15.12 @ 7:49 am

what Lynn said!

wonderful that you had a great visit!!

Comment by Bev 04.15.12 @ 9:52 am

It was a wonderful day, made all the better perhaps, because of how long-delayed it was. Thanks for everything!

Comment by Ruth 04.15.12 @ 5:53 pm

After Oscar gets his job, I hope to surprise him with your chocolate torte. Or if not surprise him, at least treat him to it. We can get the coconut cream locally :-}
It has been a hard week for him, two possible jobs fell through with no new ones on the horizon.

Comment by Diana Troldahl 04.17.12 @ 6:52 pm

Clearly, that yarn was meant for Ruth. It was nice of you to arrange the blind date. 🙂

Comment by twinsetellen 04.24.12 @ 8:00 pm

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