The Calm After the Storm

Sunday, August 28th, 2011, 11am
East River, High Tide
Williamsburg Waterfront

First, thank you to everyone who wished me a safe hurricane. I hope everyone on the east coast is getting back into the swing of things... or if anything, safe and sound... and of course, managed to salvage their yarn!

Dennis and I were on the border of Zone A (evacuation territory), so just to be safe, we spent the night with friends in Zone C. It's funny how events like these put things into perspective-- for example: Your house is on fire and only have time to pack 3 things. What do you take? Granted, we had fair warning but it's amazing how much you realize what material things matter most.

Maine Souvenir
Big Al's Sale Rack, $.88

This is what my getaway bag(s) consisted of:
  • Sweater project, which I was going to lovingly name Irene... but opted for something more upbeat.
  • 3 skeins of Jumbo Bamboo yarn to start another stranded project (if need be)
  • 2 skeins Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky to start on my dad's sweater
  • Bag of all my knitting needles + tape measure
  • Bag of makeup
  • 6 changes of clothes (all dresses + 1 pair of leggings) -- hey, if I'm going down with a hurricane, I'm going to do so glamorously!
  • Pen & paper-- in case there's something to write home about
  • 2 knitting books (Without Tears & Traditional Fair Isle Knitting)
  • My favorite novel: A Moveable Feast, by Earnest Hemingway
  • Sneakers... just in case Dennis was right
  • Economy-sized bottle of Sauvion Blanc wine (It's going to be a bumpy night!)
  • Canned non perishable protein - tuna, sardines, peanuts and protein bars
As for the rest of my stash, I made sure everything was tucked away safely in something... like a Rubbermaid bin, drawer and closet. I also put some of my favorite FO's in giant Ziploc baggies. Thankfully, when we returned back to the apartment everything was in it's place! *phew!*

If I had to do it all over again, spur of the moment, I'm sure I would have reached for more precious fiber-- like the Handmaiden Sea Silk! OK... here's the list. Desert Island 3... and because you can't just very well save only 3 yarn things, I'm breaking it down into more logical groups:

1. One Grocery Bag for Yarn: Hand Maiden Sea Silk, Mad Tosh Merino Light, KP pallet remnants, Malabrigo, leftover sock yarn
2. Three Knitting Books: Elizabeth Zimmerman's Knitting Without Tears, A Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara Walker, Traditional Fair Isle Knitting by Sheila McGregor
3. Three Tools: Yarn Swift, tape measure, US 6 circular knitting needles

Feel free to make your own list in the comment section! I'd love to read them!

But enough dwelling on worst-case scenarios... there were good things to come out of Irene.

1. A day off from work
Sunday, my office decided that people living outside of the city should stay home, since public transportation was supposed to be down. Even though most of transit was back up and running in the morning, we still got the day off... which I am totally grateful for! I was looking forward to a long quiet and relaxing weekend and needed Irene like a hole in the head. So a day off to just relax on the sofa watching Netflix was just what I needed.

Harpswell Pullover
2. A finished sweater!
In lieu of having the day off, I was able to finish knitting and blocking my sweater. I was going to call it Irene, but opted for something more a more happy memory, like Harpswell... where we stayed in Maine.
3. A finished hat!
Can you believe I cast this thing on last night?! I used the yarn I got from the Alpaca Farm in Maine along with some leftover Frog Tree yarn from my Cladonia shawl. It's for Dennis, who decided that he wanted the zig-zag pattern... I'll have to get a photo of him wearing it later.

Alpaca Hat for Dennis
4. A new friend
Last but not least... our friends who were so kind as to put us up for the night, had a few feline residents to keep us extra company. Murdoch spent most of the evening perched behind me on the sofa, with his arm around my shoulder--- you'd think he was trying to pull a fast one!

Weathering Irene with my new pal, Murdoch!