Saturday, March 15, 2008

Beware the Ides of March

Excuse the lateness of this post, but I got rather caught up in the weather today. Atlanta got it repeatedly, as many of you may have heard on the news. Me and mine are just fine here, but I live less than a mile from the damage path of the tornado, and the whole area is just a mess. There is no hopping in the car to go down the street right now as many of them are barricaded because of fallen trees or debris. I was not totally unprepared for this level of French Toast Emergency, however. Eggs are always plentiful here, and we had milk and bread, so I didn't have to rush to the store. I went to visit HappyGoth, who lives a few blocks from some of the worst damage, and I had to take a roundabout route to get there and back. While I was there we had a lovely midafternoon hail storm.
Thankfully this was noisier than it was dangerous, but it was unnerving all the same.

And although not much knitting got done today, I have been knitting. I am somewhere near row 55 of Lyra (here's the Ravelry pattern link), but I am not feeling the love.

My camera is not capable of reproducing this shade of indigo. Remotely. So we give you electric blue Lyra instead. The biggest problem with this (and I'm afraid with a great many Nieblings) is that I found out I hate knitting that hex mesh background. I'm just not a double yarnover every two seconds kind of girl.

I am, however, a vintage lace gloves kind of girl in a big way (link to Ravelry). I had scads of Laci left over from Irtfa'a, and I came across this free pattern and it all clicked. I had seen this pattern a long time ago and never really gave it a second thought at the time, but thanks to Ravelry I ran across it again, and seeing everyone elses' gloves in all different colors gave me the idea to make a pair to match my shawl. Me all matchy, that's a first - you can ask anyone who knows me. Here is the first one in progress in all its splendiferousness.

Spiffy, no? I will be one bad ass matching mofo.

Last but not least, let me thank everyone who read my last post to the end (bless you all) and left a comment. Although I didn't mention it at the time, the occasion of the contest was that that was my hundredth post. And because I felt like it.

I am very grateful for all your comments. From where I sit here atop the Mount Olympus of Chickendom, it was tough to pick a favorite. But I think the following snippet sums up what I feel is at the heart of the knitblogging experience:

"I think it's the thought that there might just be someone out there who understands about any achievements in knitting, and won't just dismiss them with a kindly-meant (but disheartening!) "very nice dear (now run along & play)" kind of comment ..."

Mary Lou, of Odd Ball Knitting, you are the winner! Email me at chickengoddessATmindspringDOTcom with your address and the book will be winging its way to you first thing.

And to Dave, Rabbitch (I do read you, you know, you have made me truly scared to check my referral stats), ESC, HappyGoth, Amy, Turtlegirl, JP, Turbochic, Deb, kmkat, PurlyKay, Megan, Toni, Lyle and even Artemis (dude, you don't even knit. What would you have done with the book? ;) I thank you, thank you for reading my blog and making my 100th post special. I have a little something for you all, and if you'll email me with your addresses I'd like to send you each a thank you. Even Artemis.

Really, I'm just collecting them so I can stalk you. Or maybe send you chickens. You won't know, will you, until it's too late...;)


TURBOchic said...

I am a HUGE fan of electric blue, so I was actually very disappointed to read that Lyra is actually indigo. Although, after viewing such an intricate lace pattern, I think electric blue would be a great dissapointment. Indigo will look much better.

p.s. Eeekkk! Rabbitch reads your blog?! I cower in your famous fan base.

p.p.s I will soooooo take chickens much to my husbands chagrin.

J.P. said...

I was wondering about you last night, as I was watching the Alabama basketball game. I am glad that everything is ok!

Mary-Lou said...

oooh how lovely! - I was just enjoying reading about your electric blue Lyra (a pattern which I own, but terrifies me so much that I doubt if I will ever attempt to knit it!), when I spotted ny own name - a scary kind of 'come on DOWN!' moment (must have seen too many TV game shows in my youth). Snail mail address winging it's way to you across the ether ... thank you so much!

Gotta Knit! said...

Send chickens!

Glad you, hubby and the chicks are ok. We got hail here to but didn't even think about taking a picture!

Rabbitch said...

Would that be a live or a dead chicken?

toni in florida said...

Am I the only dork who couldn't find your email addy on the home page? Probably. Sigh.

Thanks for linking to my blog in your post. You can email me at cupcakencorset (at) gmail (dot) com.

And congrats on your 100th post. I'm still about 40 away from that... and a week from my 1st blogiversary.

Thanks again!

Happygoth said...

Dude, my hands look bluer and bluer each time I look at that photo. I don't remember them being that cold, or maybe they're blue like that all the time...

fleegle said...

Your Lyra is lovely no matter what color it is in real life. And I love your mitts!

Thanks for your offer, but Lester has plenty of backup--we hired some chipmunks and a derelict squirrel.

Went camel-riding yesterday in Cartersville. Amazing what you can find in North Georgia.

theyarnwhisperer said...

I love the yarn you are using for your gloves. What kind is it? Is the pattern maddening to follow? Anytime I've tried to knit from some of the older patterns such as that one, I've found it difficult to follow and eventually just given up. I'm a big fan of gloves (even though I have yet to finish a pair, but it is one of my life's goals)

evilsciencechick said...

It's the freakin' ides of APRIL now, girl. WHERE IS A NEW POST???

toni in florida said...

Did the ides of march get you??

Anonymous said...

I am sooooo behind in my bloglines reading -- I only click on the blogs with more than 3 unread posts at this point. So sorry to be so late. Glad you had a rewarding blogversary! I don't see an email addy for you on your blog (I'm running late right now so it is entirely possible that I looked too quickly and missed it) -- you can contact me at kmkatt at [rhymes with wahoo] dot com.