The kindness of people I will probably never meet

One of the things which has gladdened my heart since joining the blogosphere is the generosity of this community. Comments are full of empathy and encouragement, practical tips, information and answers to questions. There are posts which are tutorials, links to other blogs or ‘how to’ videos, suggestions of places to visit or books to read. I see small gifts sent and received by fellow bloggers and others for many reasons and none. I have learned so much and come to realise that if I need to know something or have a dilemma I only have to ask and I can tap into a huge collective experience and wisdom. I never thought that writing about my simple life in this rural backwater would result in my having wonderful friends all over the world.

A while back I made a comment on Jeans blog ( about her hand spun and dyed yarn. The result was a parcel in the post. Inside were 4 hanks of her yarn, each beautifully labelled wih its composition and the dye used.

Aren’t those colours gorgeous? The brown one is dyed with lichen (Purmelia Saxatilis) and smells of woods which Jean says will never fade. And you all know I am a woodland lover! I am taking my time deciding what to use them for – they are very precious so it has to be something special.

Jean’s blog has taught me a lot about Japanese textile art and design and also about weaving, which I had a go at once as a teenager on a simple table loom belonging to my Mother’s eldest sister. As a possible use of her gift I have bought myself a 5 inch pin loom from Etsy (Treneyn Crafts – a husband and wife team who sell stuff to do with wool) and am learning to use it.

My first square is rather wibbly wobbly but I hope to improve!

Tucked in with the yarn was an extra gift – one of the pebbles decorated by her Daughter-in-law. It sits on my desk as a paperweight and as a reminder of the love there is in the world.

So a big thank you to Jean but also to all of you for being the lovely, kind, caring, generous people you are.


15 thoughts on “The kindness of people I will probably never meet

  1. trumblesmum March 3, 2022 / 12:49 pm

    What a lovely gift. The yarn colours are so pretty and the decorated pebble has such a great shape and design.
    I must look up Jean’s blog as I love needle work of all types and am drawn to some of the Japanese styles, their decorative approach to make do and mend fascinates me.
    The little loom is a great size. I’ve not seen one so small and it is over 60 years since my days on weaving on a card loom in school.
    Hope you are drier on your land than we are here – we could grow rice on these wet fields if the climate happened to be warmer!
    Best wishes,

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    • Going Batty in Wales March 3, 2022 / 1:59 pm

      I hope you enjoy Jean’s blog as much as I do.


  2. Laurie Graves March 3, 2022 / 3:20 pm

    Oh, nice! What a great way to start the day. The yarn is beautiful, so is the paperweight. I, too, have been the beneficiary of gifts from blogging friends. Wonderful! Even though I don’t do needle crafts, I will be checking out Jean’s blog.

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    • Going Batty in Wales March 4, 2022 / 10:52 am

      Sharing love always makes life seem better! And whilst our leaders sem bent on destroying the planet and everyone on it for their own aggrandisement it seems important to celebate the goodness of ordinary folk.

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  3. onesmallstitch March 3, 2022 / 7:09 pm

    wow! thank you for the lovely mention. I too appreciate the folks I’ve met via the blogging world and so many new lessons learned. It has been a big factor in maintaining my sanity during these troubled times. Hope you have fun with the mini loom, years ago I made book bags for the grandchildren with wool scraps and then felted the bags and even topped dyed them to get a more even colour. Stitched together they make interesting scarves.

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    • Going Batty in Wales March 4, 2022 / 10:54 am

      I am enjoying experimenting with the loom using scrap yarn. It seems quite likely that the results will end up on one of Mrs Snail’s chairs as another example of what can be made from bits. Whether I use it for your yarn remains to be seen – the hanks are whispering to me but I can’t quite hear them yet!


  4. cedar51 March 3, 2022 / 8:02 pm

    I too have many friends via my blog/s, along with friends from now defunct email groups. Some actually live in NZ but in cities away from my region. But of whom I’ve never met.

    What I love besides the comradeship is learning about “them, life, country, city, hobbies etc”. And I hope I return that to them.

    Thanks for reminding me…of this gift via this here gadget…

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    • Going Batty in Wales March 4, 2022 / 10:56 am

      I am blessed with many friends who I can meet in person but as you point out the ones from further afield expand my horizons. The internet has its uses!

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    • Going Batty in Wales March 4, 2022 / 10:57 am

      Which must be soon!


  5. nanacathy2 March 4, 2022 / 12:38 pm

    What a lovely gift and such colours. Good luck with the weaving, it looks fun.

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    • Going Batty in Wales March 5, 2022 / 8:27 am

      I am enjoying it so far but have a few other projects on the go (as usual!) so I am using it as a reward for finishing something else.


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