Thursday, January 21, 2010

The loss of a crafty friend

We lost our dear friend and next door neighbor, Dottie on Wednesday morning. Above is a photo of her from when I taught her to crochet in 2008. We met in 2006 when we moved to this house. We moved in September and by December she had invited us to her and her husband's home for their annual Christmas party. It had been a neighbor tradition for some 30 years.

Dottie had a fabulous craft/sewing room with an awesome view of the River. She was a great quilter and gave Chickee sewing lessons. She helped Chickee make the above quilt and the little purse below. Dottie made a quilted purse that I keep out all the time full of crochet hooks and notions. Oh, Chickee doesn't want me to show them, she wants to make her own post for Dottie on her blog, which is at

I have posted about Chickee's sewing projects in previous posts, you'll find them under the label "teaching crochet"

Here's the previous post of 2008 when I taught Dottie and other neighbors to crochet. here

Dottie was a wife, mother, Christian. She was also a senior champion trick water skier. :) She and her husband, Ron, went to the Costa Rica rain forest in the 2008 to go zip-cording through the jungle. She was an inspiration in many ways.


Tracie said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Ellen. She sounds like she was a wonderful woman who has left an amazing legacy.

Crochet Friends of Stamford said...

I'm so sorry! Sounds like she was a wonderful lady. I hope your great memories of her are somewhat of a comfort in days to come. What a nice legacy she left in teaching others. I hope Chickee continues the sewing she learned - that is a wonderful skill to have in your craft arsenal!! I wish I had been able to learn quilting from my grandmother - she made the most amazing quilts and every single stitch was made by hand!! She didn't even own a machine!

Have a great day! I will start a scarf to donate to the clothing drive at Princess' school today to honor your friend. :o) Haley

Susan said...

Happy Rainy Day!!!

I'm sorry to hear about your neighbor passing away... It sounds as thought she was very active and fun.


Barbara said...

I'm so sorry you lost such a dear friend, neighbor and inspiration. It sounds as though she left behind a truly great legacy and will be remembered for years to come.

Kimberly said...

Ellen, I'm so sad for you.... I would love to have a neighbor like that.

What a wonderful tribute to your friend.

Ghost said...

She sounds like a very special person. I am sorry to hear that she is no longer with you.