lily + libby

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

 These two have been long distance friends for about 8 years.
And, we owe it all to knitting.  After all, I met Amanda through our knitting blogs and shortly after, we realized that we each had a daughter the same age.  (Actually, only 5 days apart!) So, we started them out as pen pals and with social media, they have kept their friendship growing.
We are filled with gratitude that the France family drove 3.5 hours to meet us.  Meeting Amanda was one of the highlights of my trip to England.  And I owe it all to this passion that we both share.  Knitting.  Isn't it amazing.  Lives woven together just like our projects.  I will never underestimate the power of knitting.
Lily started knitting when she was young and is amazing.  Not only does she knit, but she also designs and publishes her patterns.   (Of course, she knit her fabulous sweater!)
The rest of this post will be in Libby's words.  As I asked her to write a little something just like she did when she was 9.
 At the end of our United Kingdom journey, my stepdad asked us all what was the most life changing thing we experienced that week. I, without a doubt in my mind, said finally meeting Lily! Lily and I first started to get to know each other when we were only 9 through writing letters back and forth; we were pen pals. And after eight years of being in touch over letters and social media, we got the perfect opportunity to meet. I was beyond excited when I found out Amanda and Lily we're going to make a visit to where we were staying in the UK. Lily and I instantly clicked and it felt like we had been best friends for years. She has such a sweet disposition and I felt like we could talk about anything together. My mom, Amanda, Lily, and I sat for three hours just talking about absolutely anything, and it was SO fun! We also had to take some pictures, of course. 
By the end of the day, Lily and I were already planning our next visit to each other! We were both so sad when we had to say goodbye, because it truly felt like saying goodbye to a longtime best friend. BUT, not goodbye for long because we are definitely going to visit each other within this next year! I think it's so amazing for both Lily and I to be able to say that we have a bestie in another country. So, to say the least, finally meeting Lily was my absolute favorite part of the trip, and more than I even imagined! She and her mother are such wonderful people and Im so glad my mom and I could finally get to know them. Never would have thought pen pals would come this far! 

xoxoxo Libby

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16 comments

  1. You guys are the best! We'd have driven double the hours to get to meet you. Truly loved every minute of our time together.

    I see these girls at each others weddings, I really do. :)

    ps have you been perching around and utilising your 'brew fairy'? :)

    xx

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  2. i love this story - this is an amazingly special friendship! my french pen pal, rose, and i met when i was 16. we went back and forth to each other's homes during the summers, alternating years. i spent my 21st birthday with her family. she was in my wedding. :)

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  3. Oh this is so very special with such a beautiful ending but it's actually a continuation. How fun!!!!!!!! Dear and truly a gift in friendship no matter how far apart.

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  4. oh wow, what a great adventure, and what a wonderful story of friendship, both for your daughter and for you! Looks like you both have found some great lifelong friends.

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  5. What a priceless experience. Super awesome.

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  6. Love, love, love this post. I have been reading Lily's blog for years and now that I know she and Libby are friends it makes it even better. It's funny how the internet, blogging, Ravelry all make the world smaller and you get to know people. Meeting them in person makes it even better. I'm heading down to Vero Beach tomorrow for a long weekend - I think of you every time I visit there as I know it is part of your life too.

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  7. Knitting is an amazing weaver of friendships. So tickled to see the four of you together!

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  8. Love.
    Knitting lives together - knitting rules!

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  9. Oh, this is such a fantastic story! I loved reading it and hope they have many meet ups and adventures in the future!

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  10. This is so sweet!
    And Lily's patterns are fabulous!

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  11. BEAUTIFUL story! And lovely ladies.

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  12. Beautiful young women and beautiful moms! What a nice story!

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  13. It never ceases to amaze me how knitting has opened a whole new world for me. Looks like an amazing time!

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  14. This is so lovely...such a great story that all revolves around knitting! You are right...never underestimate the power of knitting :)

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