Ava and Donna
Thursday September 20th 2012, 11:02 pm
Filed under: "Wrapped in Comfort",Friends,LYS

I was knitting away at Purlescence tonight, chatting with friends, and about a half hour into it Ava was standing behind me and got my attention.


She lives in Colorado. I’d totally forgotten she was going to be teaching a class here tomorrow; she’s shop-owner Sandi’s former mother-in-law and still Mom and friend forever. And she was to be teaching the class with–I mentioned as she and I talked that I would *so* love to meet–

–She’s in the back, Ava told me.

I exclaimed loudly, jumping: DONNA DRUCHUNAS was my TECH EDITOR for my BOOK!!! as I leaped to my feet to go back there along with one very happy Ava.

They’d been neighbors and knitting friends together where they live. (Donna just moved away last month, though.)

Donna greeted me with the hug I had so much for so long wanted to give her. We had long promised someday we would meet. We worked so much together via email on Wrapped; I told Ava, as we all chuckled, that at one point on the write-up of the how-to-knit-lace section at the front of the book, she’d emailed, puzzled, Do you really *do* that?

Me: Wait. Do you really do it that way?

Yes, we did. And her way and mine both work just fine. We had quite a laugh over that, six years ago and then tonight, all three of us.

Donna did a ton of work on that section. Those visuals? Hers. The charts that I cannot write nor work from due to a brain injury? She wrote them. There was a listserv for designers pre-Ravelry and she went on that list and proclaimed to the world of professionals in the knitting industry that she had never before tech-edited a book with zero errors in the instructions. Mine was the first. And then she told everybody they had to have that book.

I cannot begin to tell you how much I owe her. And I finally got to meet her. I am in awe of her, and I finally got to tell her thank you in person!

And to see Ava Coleman again, after her health struggles and mine since the last time we saw each other in person. She’s a generous, gentle woman I aspire to be more like.

Wow. What an incredible day. And it’s my mother-in-law’s birthday: celebrations all around!

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And you didn’t even mention Donna’s wonderful sense of humor. I got to take a class with her several years ago, and yes, I learned a lot, but mostly I remember laughing!

(This also gives me renewed hope that you and I will meet someday, after all of our talk of it!)

Comment by twinsetellen 09.21.12 @ 5:49 am

You travel in high society!

Comment by Sherry in Idaho 09.21.12 @ 6:06 am

how awesome — I’m so happy for you to get to have that hug!!

Comment by Bev 09.21.12 @ 8:19 am

Zero errors in the instructions? Incredible! And it’s always so good to meet up with old friends!

Comment by Don Meyer 09.21.12 @ 8:48 am

I love unexpected meets like that! They are the best!

Comment by Jody 09.21.12 @ 11:42 am

I am so happy for all of you! 🙂

Those times should be bottled up, of knitted, so that they can help make it through harder periods…

Comment by Suzanne from Montreal 09.21.12 @ 12:53 pm

Loved reading about Donna. So glad you got to meet her.
Yay for hugging editors.

Comment by RobinM 09.22.12 @ 10:59 am

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