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A Very Special Shawl

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Subject: RE: A Very Special Shawl
From: katlaughing
Date: 29 Sep 04 - 11:46 PM

Your eloquence and Big Heart leave me near speechless, Mick, full of love and such pleasure in knowing what a kind bunch of folks we have here. Thanks so much for telling us of this and news of Heather. What a family we are...I am still awestruck by it at times.

luvyakat


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Subject: RE: A Very Special Shawl
From: Big Mick
Date: 29 Sep 04 - 11:07 PM

refresh


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Subject: RE: A Very Special Shawl
From: black walnut
Date: 28 Sep 04 - 10:04 AM

Thanks so much, Mick.
~b.w.


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Subject: RE: A Very Special Shawl
From: Big Mick
Date: 27 Sep 04 - 11:01 AM

Originally I was to deliver the "extra" gift to Heather at the memorial concert. For those unaware of what I am speaking, there were a number of financial contributions made to help with the materials needed to make this wonderful shawl of love. But due to being in the hospital, I was not able to make the concert. I held on to it until I went to Toronto to work with Jed and Paul on the new CD. I presented it to Heather privately at one of the gatherings. To say that she was touched deeply is understatement at its best. Our Heather asked that I pass on to all of you her most sincere appreciation. At one point she remarked as to this being exactly why Rick felt so strongly about this community.

As her friend, I would like to add my own thanks to all of you for being the living, breathing, caring community that you are. And special thanks to Mmario and WYSIWIG for taking the lead in this and making it happen.

It is hard for me to characterize for you exactly what I saw in Heather's eyes, but it is safe to say that as she goes through the difficult process of grieving and healing, she is aided by the knowledge that there is a worldwide community of caring individuals pulling for her. I am proud of her and how she is moving ahead.

And Rick, I am sure of it, is very proud too.

All the very best,

Mick Lane


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Subject: RE: A Very Special Shawl
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 13 Jun 04 - 03:26 PM

beautiful

Allison


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Subject: RE: A Very Special Shawl
From: JennyO
Date: 13 Jun 04 - 01:34 PM

It's so wonderful to see her wearing the shawl and smiling.

I've never even met these people and yet I am so moved!

Thank you.

Jenny


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Subject: RE: A Very Special Shawl
From: Ebbie
Date: 13 Jun 04 - 01:32 PM

Wow. What great photos. The stuff of story telling.


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Subject: RE: A Very Special Shawl
From: bbc
Date: 13 Jun 04 - 09:47 AM

Great photos, Tinker. Thanks so much for sharing them!

bbc


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Subject: RE: A Very Special Shawl
From: katlaughing
Date: 12 Jun 04 - 04:58 PM

Thanks, Tink, that's wonderful!


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Subject: RE: A Very Special Shawl
From: wysiwyg
Date: 12 Jun 04 - 04:46 PM

Thanks, Tink.

Now there is just one more secret shawl-related mission to carry out, when Mick is back to traveling nor'ards.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: A Very Special Shawl
From: Carly
Date: 12 Jun 04 - 03:48 PM

Thank you, Tinker!


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Subject: RE: A Very Special Shawl
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 Jun 04 - 02:27 PM

Thank you!


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Subject: RE: A Very Special Shawl
From: Tinker
Date: 12 Jun 04 - 02:03 PM

http://www.mudcat.org/photos/events_page.cfm?file_name_sent=200406rickfieldingtribute&part_sent=6

I had the honor of capturing a couple photos while I was up for the tribute. If you scroll to the bottom of the page, you can see Heather and the shawl.

Thanks everyone it's wonderful.


Tinker


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Subject: RE: A Very Special Shawl
From: wilbyhillbilly
Date: 06 May 04 - 09:51 AM

Well done Leo, it is FANTASTIC.


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Subject: RE: A Very Special Shawl
From: jeffp
Date: 06 May 04 - 09:32 AM

Absolutely beautiful work, my friend.


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Subject: RE: A Very Special Shawl
From: black walnut
Date: 06 May 04 - 08:44 AM

Amen.


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Subject: RE: A Very Special Shawl
From: Ebbie
Date: 25 Apr 04 - 05:47 PM

How beautiful. May Heather find continual comfort in the rich depths of the heart of the shawl.


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Subject: RE: A Very Special Shawl
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 25 Apr 04 - 05:13 PM

Wow! You really did quite a fancy pattern in there. That's an amazing gift, Leo (all meanings intended)!

SRS


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Subject: RE: A Very Special Shawl
From: Megan L
Date: 25 Apr 04 - 04:33 PM

Its beautiful


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Subject: RE: A Very Special Shawl
From: black walnut
Date: 25 Apr 04 - 04:28 PM

Gorgeous, Leo.

~b.w.


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Subject: RE: A Very Special Shawl
From: MMario
Date: 25 Apr 04 - 04:22 PM

The comleted Shawl photos:

just washed and being blocked in evening shadows.

Showing the 'Rose of Scotland' motif in mornign sunlight

wish some other stuff in the shot to show relative size


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Subject: RE: A Very Special Shawl
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 25 Apr 04 - 12:48 AM

It was a pleasure to be able to contribute in a small way to this Mudcat project--but I haven't met Rick or Heather, just appreciated Rick's words in various threads. No thanks is necessary. Credit and kudos to those of you who organized the manufacture of this shawl.

SRS


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Subject: A Shawl Presented
From: wysiwyg
Date: 24 Apr 04 - 11:56 PM

Mmario completed the shawl so quickly (April 16th) that it became possible to do something special with the presentation of it to Heather. I'd like to share just the bare outline of it with all of you who participated.... it's Heather's now and we've assured her she does not need to feel pressured about how and when to respond, but I know folks are wondering what's happened.

Anyway, while it was getting finished, we were consulting various folks on the best way to deliver it. MMario brought the just-completed shawl here Saturday, April 17. By then Big Mick had hooked me up with Paul & Bev Mills, close friends of the Fieldings in Toronto, who a number of people had recommended to present it sensitively to Heather in person.

I visited FedEx first thing Monday AM, the 19th. I packed the shawl in the same bag MMario had brought it in, folded by his hands, and in fact never touched it myself or unfolded it. I can't quite describe the feeling of having it here in my house, and waiting for Fed Ex to open... It just seemed too personal to handle; sacred; solemn.   

Well, with some fancy footwork by FedEx, and wonderfully compassionate help from their local agent (I had never done FedEx and was clueless), we were able to get it to Paul & Bev in time to add to the significance to the gift. Therefore, despite having to cross the border and clear Customs, the shawl reached the Mills' home by noon the next day, Tuesday, April 20.

Paul and Bev presented the shawl to Heather over dinner at their home, that same night-- the night of the first month's anniversary of Rick's passing. Paul described it to me as a very emotional and moving presentation. How could it have been otherwise?


I have assured Paul that we do not need Heather to rush her thanks.... that our part was the making and sending, and she can take her time telling us about it, if ever.... Also, to avoid overwhelming Heather, I suggested Animaterra to represent all the shawl participants for Heather to contact first. A few of you know that an auctioned shawl mysteriously found its way to Animaterra not too long ago, for many of the same reasons Heather's shawl was created. So it all kind of comes full circle.


I would like to add to what Mmario has said, about the way things came together in marvelous ways.... there are a thousand details I could describe by now that indicate to me that this was all supposed to happen just as it did. Everytime I needed any sort of help, it was there, a beat before I needed it.

And I would like to thank you all for the kind words of appreciation you directed to me; but you know, like all of us, I only wish that I could have done so much more, and it has been quite a privilege to be part of YOUR response. It's all of you who deserve thanks-- thanks for getting on board so fast, for saying such wonderfully personal things in this thread, via PMs, and in email. Thanks for reaching out under circumstances when no one knows the right thing to say (because there IS no right thing).

Thanks for offering love and tangible support in the face of the grimness of loss and the depth of mourning.

You did good-- all of you characters. You did real good.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: A Very Special Shawl
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 22 Apr 04 - 12:33 AM

Refresh!


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Subject: RE: A Very Special Shawl
From: Alba
Date: 20 Apr 04 - 07:14 PM

As Allison said Heather. You are still in our Thoughts and will continue to be.
Love, Light and Blessings
Jude


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Subject: RE: A Very Special Shawl
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 20 Apr 04 - 06:33 PM

It's been one month. We're thinking of you, Heather.

Love,
Allison


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Subject: RE: A Very Special Shawl
From: wysiwyg
Date: 20 Apr 04 - 05:21 PM

refresh


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Subject: RE: A Very Special Shawl
From: wysiwyg
Date: 18 Apr 04 - 06:57 PM

Again, there are things happening behind the scenes today and over the next few days that we will be able to share with you soon, or sooner if I have your email.

(looking for right words.....) This is the time now to sort of hold our collective breath and focus our thoughts on the personal meaning each of us attaches to this shawl, which each of us is sending to Heather.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: A Very Special Shawl
From: wysiwyg
Date: 18 Apr 04 - 11:18 AM

Yes. And I've been thinking that a new thread telling the Story of The Shawl may be in order in a little while.

There are some things about how this project (wrong word) came to be that we have not shared yet, shedding more light on the way Mudcat has been here when the need was great. I'm pulling some text together and thinking about someone to edit that, and some of this thread, and some other things, into a piece for a thread or for the Storyteller page.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: A Very Special Shawl
From: MMario
Date: 18 Apr 04 - 10:59 AM

I've asked to have my name removed from the thread title - since the consturction of the shawl is now done - because in truth this is not a "MMario shawl" - it's a Heather shawl, or a Rick shawl - or a mudcat shawl. I'm not sure - I think it will reveal it's nature to Heather -

All *I* know is that I did not make it alone - COULD not have made it alone. And I hope that Heather feels the good wishes and love of the many,many people who contributed.


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Subject: RE: A Very Special MMario Shawl
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 17 Apr 04 - 04:14 PM

Leo, and Susan, thank you for doinng this.

Allison


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Subject: RE: A Very Special MMario Shawl
From: wysiwyg
Date: 17 Apr 04 - 01:12 PM

MMario is here at our house today with the shawl. A few packaging details and it will be underway.

Heather, it's too lovely to capture in a picture. This means that for people to see what they have given you, they will have to see it worn.... I had thought of it as a representation TO you, of Mudcat's care for its own, but that's a major mis-estimation. YOU will be that representative, wearing it.... you see, all the love Rick gave us here is knit right back into it and aimed your way.

So this also means that to let people see what they have given you, you're going to have to come to lots of Mudcat events and be patient when hands can't help but reach to touch it and begin getting to know a woman in such a shawl. It's irresistably, heartbreakingly lovely... the colors and textures gleam.... it's deep in tone and shot through with light, at the same time.

And you will be holding it, very soon.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: A Very Special MMario Shawl
From: wysiwyg
Date: 16 Apr 04 - 08:13 PM

AMAZING things happened today behind the scenes. Thanks, evveryone, especially Big Mick and MMario, and everyone who dropped me a note today.

And I have more pics to share, too, so if you have not yet written I'd like to add your address when I make a group-sent message tomorrow with additional pictures.

Love to you all--

~Susan


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Subject: RE: A Very Special MMario Shawl
From: wysiwyg
Date: 16 Apr 04 - 11:19 AM

MMario took the whole list to get started.

People, I think you already understand, but-- we are making this all up as we go along. Some details could have been planned sooner, with good result.

Some of them are only visible as we run into them. I think it's because we have something wet and salty clogging up our eyes when we work on this, so we don't always see so good. It's one day at a time for us, too.

... I miss Rick so much!

~Susan
offline till evening


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Subject: RE: A Very Special MMario Shawl
From: wysiwyg
Date: 16 Apr 04 - 09:52 AM

Participants:

1. For am emailed pic of the finished piece all laid out, and other important details we can't post, please EMAIL ME.

2. I'm in a crunch here at home-- gig stuff dumped in my lap by the venue for a gig tomorrow night, and I'm sick, too.

3. I need help getting word out via PM on an important matter, to the folks who have not emailed me (or via email if you have folks' addys). If you can help send some PMs for me, please email me for the updated copy to paste, and a list of names.

Thanks,

~Susan
motormice@hotmail.com
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Subject: RE: A Very Special MMario Shawl
From: Áine
Date: 16 Apr 04 - 09:26 AM

Wow!! 'Nuff said. ;-)

Big hogs and snugs to you, MMario!

All the best, Áine


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Subject: RE: A Very Special MMario Shawl
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 16 Apr 04 - 08:47 AM

well - it's washed and blocked - finishing drying now. It's of a size that will work as shawl or afghan (or table cloth for that matter!) - I have pictures of the completed shawl but "we're" not going to post that until Heather actually receives this. Gotta keep a little suspense in this whole thing.

As I said above - I usually "shut down" the brain while knitting or crocheting - that proved impossible on this project - there was just too much processing going on - not with the logistics of the actual knitting - but lots of re-living of various memories and conversations


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Subject: RE: A Very Special MMario Shawl
From: Bill D
Date: 15 Apr 04 - 07:39 PM

oh, wonderful! That is a work of love!


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Subject: RE: A Very Special MMario Shawl
From: MMario
Date: 15 Apr 04 - 06:40 PM

new photo


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Subject: RE: A Very Special MMario Shawl
From: Jeri
Date: 15 Apr 04 - 05:41 PM

"Silk dyed with ONION skins" ...oh, the irony.

MMario, you know I'd like to see it, right?


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Subject: RE: A Very Special MMario Shawl
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Apr 04 - 04:32 PM

Cutting it pretty close! (You can keep that extra piece!)


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Subject: RE: A Very Special MMario Shawl
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 15 Apr 04 - 03:10 PM

BTW - SRS: I had about 12 inches of the variagated left after binding off!

The silk dyed with onion skins from Carly made a nice 2.5 - 3 inch border around the whole thing as well. - had just a teeny bit left of that (from the wound - not the skein) when finished.


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Subject: RE: A Very Special MMario Shawl
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 15 Apr 04 - 02:45 PM

nope - got a good one that doesn't show the secrets that I will be posting

- THEN comes the supersecretnottoberevealedonpainofdeathuntilHeathergetstheshawl photo


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Subject: RE: A Very Special MMario Shawl
From: wysiwyg
Date: 15 Apr 04 - 02:27 PM

Leo, wasn't the next photo going to be the secret one available only via email?

~Susan
motormice@hotmail.com
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Subject: RE: A Very Special MMario Shawl
From: black walnut
Date: 15 Apr 04 - 02:12 PM

Can't wait for the photo....

~b.w.


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Subject: RE: A Very Special MMario Shawl
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 15 Apr 04 - 11:29 AM

it's off the needles - still needs to be washed and blocked.


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Subject: RE: A Very Special MMario Shawl
From: GUEST,MMartio
Date: 15 Apr 04 - 10:54 AM

58 stitches, washing and blocking left to do.


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Subject: RE: A Very Special MMario Shawl
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 15 Apr 04 - 08:32 AM

Done Don! Have a picture of the thing partially off the needles as I work the bind-off around the edge - but b-i-l co-opted the computer last night so will have to try and upload it tonight.


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Subject: RE: A Very Special MMario Shawl
From: DonD
Date: 14 Apr 04 - 04:57 PM

Having finally recovered from a Trojan Horse infection and reformatting the computer , I got back on the 'Cat to dicover Rick's death and to read all of the threads, ending with this one -- with tears in my eyes. I only knew Rick and know all of you only through Mudcat postings, but regardless of Mario's art or skill, this is -- a beautiful thing!
Please find a place for my good thought somewhere out ther on the edge. Thanks.    Don


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Subject: RE: A Very Special MMario Shawl
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 14 Apr 04 - 11:17 AM

please do folks - it's logistics and surprise for heather stuff.

two rows of knitting and a bind off row to go.


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