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Goodnight Irene!

This has got to be the most stressed-filled week we’ve had in 10 years!  First the earthquake, an unusual event in New York at best, but rather nerve-wracking coming up so close to the 10th anniversary of 9/11.  And then, the ever-more-dire anticipation of Irene, the hurricane of the century.  Yes, we had lots of advance warning, and yes, the City was prepared and ready, but really….

I think last night was the worst.  Lidlady and I spent the better part of 2 days battening down the hatches — laying in emergency supplies and food; hunting down flashlights, batteries and bungee cords; pulling in all the outside stuff and securing everything else; packing our “go” bags (!) — and then what?  Remembering the images of Katrina, and thinking about the six cats, and what if the windows blow out and we start to take on water in the house?  So, planning a move upstairs and preparing for hunkering down against a rising tide.   Hours of waiting, listening to the grim newscasts, wishing we could either project ourselves 24 hours into the future when it would all be over or else somehow putting ourselves into an oblivious state where we could sleep through it all.

As I write this, we have come through everything just fine, safe and dry.  And I sincerely wish and hope the same for all the Library knitters, especially those who live in New Jersey and Long Island.

And, as for the hours of waiting… may I just say that there is nothing more calming than a healthy dose of fiber fumes?  Knitting!  The simple, calming regularity of just plain stockinette stitches can do wonders for the nerves, calming the mind and slowing down the heart rate.  Here is a picture of what I will henceforth think of as my “hurricane sweater” although it is actually the “Out of the Shell Turtleneck” from Top Down Sweaters: Knit to Fit from Top to Bottom, by Doreen L. Marquart.

picture of sweater
Knitting -- it's better than drugs

Independence Day

July 3 — The newly-named “Fiesta Sweater” is done!  Just in time to celebrate  the holiday, though far too warm to wear right now.  Only one really bad mishap along the way (what the Knitmores might call a “when knitting attacks!” moment, or what Abby and Ben at Knit Knit Cafe might dub a “bitter cup”).  Clearly I need much more practice in picking up stitches.  My lack of mad skillz in this area didn’t matter so much for the sleeves, when I not only did NOT pick up the requisite number of stitches around the armhole, I didn’t even get the same number of stitches on each sleeve!  Did this faze yours truly?  No, I wasn’t planning to do decreases along the length of the sleeves anyway, so I calculated the number of stitches I would need for the lacy scalloped edge (13 stitches x 8 repeats), kept the sleeve that had closest to that number, started the other sleeeve over, and sneaked in a couple of extra stitches to add up to the required number on each.  After that it was, as they say, a piece o’ cake!  Many thanks to my knitting buddy, the estimable Lidlady, for the tip about figuring out what I’d need at the end and working backwards.

But wait — my tale of woe and my gratitude to Lidlady do not end there.  Somewhere during the body knitting I had tried on the sweater to test length, and the neckhole was perfectly fine.  However, my decided lack of aforementioned skill hit with a vengeance at the end.  I did the neckline pickups, finished the edging, and confidently slipped the sweater on over my head… only to have it stay there.  AAARGH!  My lovely sweater was now a hat.  Thankfully, Lidlady was kind enough to do the picking up for me.  So now I have a finished sweater, all that awaits is blocking.

picture of finished sweater pictre of lace edging