Back in October I gave away a copy of "Planning to Live" via my mailing list. (I do occasional contests limited to members of it and my Facebook page, so if you're not already on one or the other, go for it. :)
That poor book had quite the journey. The winner, who I'll call A since that's her first initial, lives in India and was concerned that the mail wouldn't be reliable, so I sent the book to her friend in the States who was visiting her in December.
It made it there, and A said she wanted to crochet and send back to me a doily in thanks and asked what color I'd like. I crochet myself and I know how long things take, especially little detailed things, but she insisted so I said I'd like purple and I was sure I'd love it.
I just didn't know how much I'd love it.
Look at it! Not much bigger than my hand and yet so amazingly detailed. I can honestly say I've never made anything this gorgeous in all my years of crocheting. I can't decide where to put it, but at the moment it's on my writing desk and my iPhone/music player/time keeper sits on it while I work.
She also sent me a very cute potholder, also hand-crocheted, with a note saying how glad she was to get my book.
By no means do I expect my readers to shower me with gifts (although if anyone's got a spare iPad hanging around... :) but I'm so touched that she took the time to make this and send it along for me.
I get emails saying how much people like my books and I adore them (and turn them into pictures that I use on my screensaver on my writing computer), but there's something about the tangible nature of this that makes me warm and fuzzy every time I see it.
Which I'm off to do right now, because I want to finish editing Cookie this week! Doily power! :)