Someone I care about hasn't been feeling very well lately, and I often find my thoughts drifting in their direction... drifting across a thousand miles through snow filled cloud banks and winter afternoons. But no matter how far they drift, my thoughts can't do the one thing I would like to do most... give a hug.
I've been trying to figure out how to send a hug in the mail for a while now. How I could reproduce that warm comforting squeeze that says everything words can't... and then I saw this pile.
A while back our winter sweater storage was raided by that ever-industrious creature: the moth. And, owing to their taste for the finer things in life, they skipped right over the cotton blend pile and went straight for the good stuff... those few precious pieces of baby soft cashmere.
Even after I discovered their gluttony, I couldn't bear to get rid of the sweaters. There was enough good material between the holes that I had to keep it for some future use. I'm glad I did, because I used it to make this...
... a quilted cashmere shrug. Pieced together from cut-up sweater squares, backed with an equally soft scarf that had been looking for a new purpose...
... and finished off with a couple of vintage buttons to make sure the squeeze was just right.
Now I can send a hug right along with all of those drifting thoughts.
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