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May 23, 2007


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Your post makes perfect sense. There is so much beauty and strangness as well as sadness at the end of a good life; you gave your friend a wonderful gift (not only little Bagaduce, but your time and your caring), and what wonderful tributes you've made to her here. She clearly was a very special woman, and was blessed to have equally special friends. I'm so sorry for her loss.


I was very sorry to hear of Deborah's passing. For over 15 years I spun without knowing another soul who was a spinner except for the writers that I found in the pages of Spin-Off which I would re-read until the magazines were ragged. I would glean little bits of personality from their articles, and I began to think of these writers as my "spinning friends". Deborah Pulliam was one of these friends. Your posts are eloquent and tender. Deborah was fortunate to count you among her friends. And I'm sure she understood all the significance of the gift of the Alpaca Rabbit. Thank you Deb for sharing with us.


Beautifully written, and it speaks to me on so many levels. I had a friend in a coma that I visited once a week for eight months. I brought a small knitted sheep to her room to watch over her. When I knew it was the last time I was going to see her, I felt impressed to turn the sheep to look out the window and towards the Light beyond the confines of that room I'd come to know so well.

Blessings on you for taking such good care of such a good person.


Deb, I'm so sorry for your (our) loss. I didn't know her but have read some of her articles. I, too, love historical knitting and also fun things not related to history.

An alpaca rabbit is perfect. You did all the right things in a situation that could not really be right at all. Loss is never easy. Please be gentle with yourself.

At your suggestion, I stopped, drank some tea, finished an afterthought heel (a historical technique with self-striping modern sockyarn) and read on about your friend and your friendship. In honor of your friend.

Thanks for the "time out" on a cleaning (work-at-home) day.

Hugs, LynnH


I'm a friend of the other Deb's, and I was emailed about your blog and I'm so grateful. I think the albaca bunny Bagaduce was a beautiful thing to have given her. I am really ejoying reading the comments that others have made about my high school pal, Deb Pulliam -- it warms my heart to know she was loved by so many others. Your links to her Spin-off articles are also appreciated.
Janet Fry Schneider

Deborah Robson

Thanks so much to everyone for your comments. Writing about Deb P has helped me cope with the fact that she's gone (which it's true that I still don't quite believe). What a wonderful, widespread net of community is connected to her life. Experiencing that is indeed a pleasure in the midst of all this. I've met a lot of fantastic people, in person and through the internet, in the past couple of weeks. Deb

mary alice baker

Deb must have cherished the alpaca bunny and the love and thought behind him. I was stunned to read of her passing when I checked the Nutmeg spinning guild's site just now. I took workshops with her at the Dec. meeting and she was looking forward to the possibility of attending a conference in England this summer. Too quickly. What a loss to the fiber world. Thank you for sharing an insight into just how great a loss. I will spend time this evening spinning and knitting in her honor-socks from romney in energized singles. I think Deb would approve!

Linda Cunningham

I bailed out of most of the knitting and spinning lists I was on after my mother died 18 months ago -- in doing that, I missed everything about Deb.

We had a good e-friendship about spinning and knitting socks, doing Masters degrees (we started at the same time), and silly things we always wanted to spin, dye, or knit, but never got to.

There are no words to describe my pain at her passing, but I will create something for a show I'm in next month -- a spun and knit breast.

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