The kittens were friendly and cute beyond words. We also fed sheep and patted donkeys, noshed bacon sandwiches and ate the chocolatiest-ever chocolate cake. The knitting group was the best bit though. Nic and Jane were so welcoming, helpful and chatty.
I was a bit lost for words. I remember that it arrived on a day when new-motherhood was hard. Receiving a surprise parcel and opening it to find that there were people in the world who thought enough of me to knit 65,000 stitches into a blanket for my baby was a powerful way to lift my day.
When I got home from Stepney I remembered that after receiving the parcel, I'd been given access to the Yahoo messages group that the Liberty Knitters had used to co-ordinate blanket-making activities. I found the messages online still, and the final one, dated 14 September 2004, was a thank you copied in from an email from me, so that all the girls who had made squares could read it:
Not quite lost for words - but 'Wow' was all I could manage first thing this morning. I received a large parcel, and inside was one of the most wonderful presents I've ever received... a baby blanket, beautifully knitted and lined by the Liberty group. I am so touched, I can't tell you. Whoever thought of it is genius, because I can't think of anything that I could treasure more.
I have been a little down over the last few days. I love my baby more than I can describe, and he was very much wished for, yet still being a new mum is hard. This morning's present has made me feel supported and loved, and I can't thank you enough for that.