Sunday, August 28, 2005

Every woman needs battery operated devices!

No, not *those* devices,this is a knitting blog! :)

After spending the last 48 hours without electricity thanks to Ms. Katrina, I have a renewed appreciation for all things battery operated.

Thank you blogger friends, for all the concern for me and my fellow Floridians (The P-Man and I are fine La and Margene)

My power went out about 6pm Thursday night and stayed off til Saturday evening around 9pm. Honestly, I have never been hotter or more miserable in my life!! Last year, some of the outer bands of Jeanne knocked out my power for about 36 hours too but I don't recall being quite this miserable! My fridge/freezer bit the dust a lot sooner this year too...I had to pitch just about everything. Now our thoughts must be with our friends in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi because what was a miserable 48 hours for me and my lil P-Man in a category 1 storm is now a category 4 storm headed their way!!
Edit: Make that a category FIVE!!! storm OMG!! Please send good thoughts!!

Speaking of Pumpkin, this was his first hurricane and he did pretty well. He freaked a bit (as did his mom!) when a giant tree in the courtyard of my complex fell over and crashed into the pool, taking the power lines with it! Otherwise he was his usual easygoing albeit sweltering self. Here's a pic......


He was so listless, he kinda just layed around. He kept sniffing his catnip mousie, like it was his "smelling salts". He would have a good sniff, play for a few seconds and then remember how ^%$^&* hot he was!....I guess all the wet air refreshed his catnip and made it extra potent. Once the A/C came back on he was running all over the house with his mousie, and we had a special dinner of roast chicken (salvaged from the freezer thaw, how fortuitous, hehe)

So what did Fluffy Knitter Deb do for 48 hours? Why she KNIT of course!! During the day while listening to my battery operated radio I knit madly on my Shaped Triangle linen shawl. I'm now on row 183 (of 188!!) As an aside, this linen sheds like crazy, little tiny black hairs are everywhere! Now here I am, no A/C, sweating like you don't wanna know and I'm knitting this shedding black linen shawl.....so after many hours knitting merrily along I look down and I've turned into WOLF WOMAN !! Black, hairy arms from wrist to elbow!! EEK!! I'll spare you the visuals but I did use my battery operated digital camera to take this cool extreme close up of my almost finished shawl, see?


Now even I am not crazy enough to knit a slippery black linen shawl in the dark so by the grace of my battery operated Radio Shack Book Light balanced on my "front porch" (as Wendy would say) at night I finished these:


These are Go With The Flow socks from IK Summer 2005. I knit them with Elann Sock-It-To-Me Colori sock yarn in the Mexicali colorway and a set of 5 Aero #1 (2.25mm) teflon DPNs. This is a wonderful pattern and it makes a unique, stretchy sock that was a very fun knit!
I really love how these came out and I'm doubly excited because a friend and fellow blogger admired them so much when I posted them as WIP a few weeks ago that I got her specs, made the socks a custom fit and I'm sending them to her!! So heads up
Heather, this sock's for you!

Thanks to modern science and battery operated devices, my stint as "Pioneer Knitting Wolf-Woman" wasn't as bad as it could have been! How did those pioneers do it? Wait, wasn't their life expectancy like 35??? Yup, they died of boredom at 35 cause they had no battery operated devices of *any* kind ;)

So today, the sun is shining, the tank is clean* and I truly am a lucky, lucky woman in so many ways!!

*easy movie quote if you have grandchildren, nephews under 4 y/o (I have 2!) or just love sweet, silly movies at any age!

18 comments:

twig said...

Glad you made it through ok and got a lot of knitting done in the process. I find it interesting that cats are so much braver in storms than dogs are. I've been watching the track of the storm since my family lives in the Florida panhandle. So far, they look like they'll escape the worst part of it.

Agnes said...

Really glad to know that you and P-man are okay through the storm. You are right, we now have to pray for people in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi ... it is now expected to be a Category 5!!!

margene said...

It's great to hear that you and P-man are fine. And of course you knit on...thank goddess we have knitting!

Catherine said...

Glad you're okay! My neighborhood did 5 days without 'lectricity after Frances, and boy, it was nasty! Love the Lectricity. What kind of linen is that, shedding that way??

Emma said...

So pleased to see that you and P are o.k.
Hope things get back to normal. Knit pn !

Ada said...

I'm so glad that you and pumpkin are ok. My prayers are out for the people in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi.

Anonymous said...

So glad you're ok, although the picture of the Wolf Woman with hairy black arms is something I could do without! : ) We live in an area of the country where most people don't even have air conditioning, so I can imagine how miserable it must have been with the heat and humidity. Glad things are back to normal! Dorothy (aka Missouri Star)

heather said...

Whew--I'm so happy you and Kitty are good. I was worried about you!
The socks look so pretty! I can't wait to put them on. Thanks so much Debi.
Give the P-Man some snuggles for me.

La said...

Glad to see you "weathered" the storm. Geez, I crack myself up. But seriously, was worried about you, and now I can breathe a sigh of relief.

Susanne said...

Ok, so what movie is it from?
sooo glad you and the p-man are ok..I wouldn't want to test my ability to knit in such conditions and it is unlikely (I HOPE), I will have to!
wip

Christina said...

Glad to hear your okay after the storm. At least you were able to get lots of knitting done right?

Rebekah said...

I have never been through a hurricane, but I always fear them because my grandfather is in Florida, in Sarasota. They fared well this time. Glad your power is back and on and you and P are safe.

Teresa said...

Whew, glad you guys are ok!

snowballinhell said...

Delighted that you an P-man are quite well.

We love that movie at my house, too. My son keeps looking at the neighbor's boat and threatening to go touch the butt.

Sharlene said...

Glad to hear you are safe and sound... and busy too! :)

Barbara said...

Here in Zachary, LA we (hubby, DD and Son-in-law, our 3 cats, and their visiting 2 cats) are all fine. We were without power about 12 hours. Only storm damage was wind driven rain through an attic vent, which ran down my studio window. Will probably have to pull out one panel of drywall and insullation. Expensive but trivial, compared to the rest of the state. Cats played all day, except the visiting 2, who are cooped up in the guest room, and none so happy. Didn't get to knit much, the family wanted to play cards to pass the time. God be praised for his blessings!
Oh, we are 30 miles north of Baton Rouge, 100 miles north of New Orleans.

Knittykim said...

hmmm...I know you gave Regia, I just looked at it and the Secada/Sockotta thing became clear. A "duh" moment.

Anonymous said...

I love the detail of your shawl. Is that bramble stitch? Oh..and I love the socks....perfection as usual ;-)

~Grasshoppa