I told you I'd post on Wednesday evening, and here it is.
You've all been wonderful, and I would love to send something like this to each and every one of you. But I can't. 'Cause there's only one. So here is the winner of the Grand Prize: yarns, needles, and all sorts of stuff designed to keep a knitter happy --
Let me close with a final round of gratitude. I've known for a long time that knitters are some of the most generous souls out there. We clothe our loved ones, and pass along the wish for warmth and comfort with every finished object. Even when it's for ourselves. We often forget ourselves in the mass of UFOs. Y'all have taken time out during the busiest part of the year to pitch in for a total stranger, using some of the jewels of your stash to do so. (I know. I've seen 'em!) Many of you have enclosed notes and other gifts to make Maggie's days a bit cheerier. I've packed the boxes and smiled, and had tears in my eyes when I've heard her overwhelmed response on the phone. I've gotten to know so many new people -- and strengthened ties to those I already knew -- and I'm proud to have your acquaintance.
My fondest wishes go out to all of you during this holiday season for health and happiness. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.