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March 17, 2007

From Susan — Wow!

Filed under: Back Story — lv2knit @ 10:55 am

Miracles come in all sorts of strange and unusual packages!     

Kim is a window dresser for a local department store — which shall go un-named because it has changed hands and names so frequently the last few years that none of the locals even know what to call it!!   She is a wonderful knitter whom I met when she took some of my classes at Amazing Threads.  I enjoyed her company so much I asked her to come to our knitting group, and luckily for us, she has been a fairly regular regular ever since.  We also share our interest in Grey’s Anatomy — she is the one who lamented Meredith’s [unlikely] revival a couple of weeks ago. 

Anyway, Kim told me that she had a gift for both Sally and me — it was something we had mentioned on our blog; something that we really wanted.   I couldn’t think of a thing we had talked about  — had I mentioned a tapestry needle, pincushion, measuring tape?  How about a special type of knitting needle or maybe a particular yarn?  No, it had to be something we had both wanted.  Hmmmmm, I racked my brains, but couldn’t come up with a thing.  Well, Kim certainly did:


Click here for picture.  And another.

Oh my god — do you believe it?  I am still in absolute shock and was as giddy as a young child at Christmas when she hauled them out of her car.  Honestly, I never would have guessed this in a million years, because who would expect such a cool and fabulous gift?

My headless “friend” came in and joined us for coffee at Panera’s — she’s a very cheap date.  We got a few stares from some of the patrons and she actually got hit on by the manager (he is a little odd, though).  I am thrilled, Kim, and can’t thank you enough.  You rock!

FYI: The sweater pictured is an Elsebeth Lavold design featured in Knitters’ Magazine (Fall, 1999, I believe).  I made it out of GGH Mulberry Silk, 50% merino, 50% silk in Color Sage.   It was a total labor of love — in other words, I loved the making of it but rarely wear it. 


Conversation with Husband this morning:

Me: I have laryngitis.

Him: WHAT?

Me: I have laryngitis.

Him: WHAT?

Me: I have laryngitis.

Him: WHA-A-??, Oh.

From Sally: I can’t adequately express my shock and gratitude over this gift. When Susan said Kim was giving us something, I couldn’t imagine why — much less what.

I can’t wait to get my mannequin. I do plan on giving her/it a name, but it’s like naming a puppy. I won’t know what name to choose until she/it arrives.

I don’t live in Minnesota or go to Susan’s knitting group — so it is doubly sweet that she thought to include me.



  1. What a fantastic and thoughtful gift! I very much enjoy my dress form. Will she have a name?

    Comment by Karen B. — March 17, 2007 @ 11:26 am

  2. How wonderful! I see you’re putting it to good use already 😉 When will Sally get hers?

    And did he send you back to bed after promising to take care of the chores?

    Comment by Marina — March 17, 2007 @ 12:52 pm

  3. Wonderful gift! Wow! and as far as husbands go sounds as if yours and mine went to the same school!

    Comment by Michelle — March 17, 2007 @ 12:53 pm

  4. What a wonderful gift! During my last bout of laryngitis, I had to have my secretary call those clients who insisted on calling me, to tell them that I would email them, if only they would leave their email addresses.

    Comment by AuntieAnn — March 17, 2007 @ 1:42 pm

  5. wow what a speical gift. Can you adjust them size wise? Is your husband into basketball? March madness has hit mine .

    Comment by katomliz — March 17, 2007 @ 3:56 pm

  6. Welcome to the two NEW Rainey sisters 😉 A little more air-headed than the first two, but very attractive!

    Comment by Pam — March 17, 2007 @ 5:21 pm

  7. From Susan — Pam is sweet to say the two newest sisters are less air headed, but the jury is still out! I, too, will name mine, but the name will spring forth — it can’t be forced. The height can be adjusted but not the girth. I tried a few sweaters on her and some fit better than others. It is really nice for seeing how the back fits — shoulders and neckline.

    PS — no March madness here, just the everyday variety! 😉

    Comment by lv2knit — March 17, 2007 @ 8:53 pm

  8. Well colour me green with envy! What a cool gift.

    Comment by Gale — March 18, 2007 @ 5:41 am

  9. Hey Guys- Wow! That’s a fantastic gift!
    I told you about my male and female forms, Fred and Ginger. I was having a little too much
    fun with them.
    And a bonus: when you need a model, they’re always available, and don’t give you any attitude.

    Comment by Lorraine — March 18, 2007 @ 11:11 am

  10. What I wouldn’t do for one of those! That’s such a thoughtful gift.

    Comment by Melanie — March 18, 2007 @ 1:24 pm

  11. Awesome gift. And awesome sweater – nice not to have your new friend totally naked.

    Comment by Kim — March 19, 2007 @ 7:42 pm

  12. What a wonderful and thoughtful gift. I think of them as a gift for the rest of us, too, and we will appreciate them everytime you use them. Hope you’re feeling better, Susan, and perhaps we’ll see you Wed. evening.

    Comment by Julie — March 20, 2007 @ 9:38 am

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