Thursday, February 24, 2011

Knit on

Knit on with confidence and hope, through all crises - Elizabeth Zimmerman

Thuja socks in Paton's Jet. For my brother for Xmas.

It's not exactly what I had planned to knit next but the wool was in its own plastic bag, at the top of my stash and I knew exactly what it was going to be - the perfect yarn to grab when fleeing a city devastated by an earthquake.

Our family and friends are all safe and accounted for- many, like us, have fled to safer places.

My thoughts are with those who are missing loved ones, and with the crews who are working day and night to search for survivors. I find it hard to express in words how distressing it is to see our beloved city in ruins. My mind is filled with a million 'what ifs'.

I am thankful I am now a stay-at-home mum. When the quake hit, my 3yo was literally across the road at kindy, my other daughters one block away with their Dad at school. We were all together quickly. In years past I worked in the CBD. I still dont know if past colleagues made it out or not out of the multistorey building in Hereford St.

I don't know if/when we will be returning home. Our suburb is one of the worst hit areas this time and while 75% of the city has power, our house still does not. No water or sewerage. Our street in broken pieces and covered in silt.

While we wait for safer times, we're trying to keep the children busy - doing normal things and keeping them from the worst images.

And as for me, I'm knitting of course. EZ was right - it is good for the troubled spirit.


  1. I'm so glad to hear you're safe-I'm thinking of all you chch'ers. The images on tv are terrible but I feel like it's unfair that we can turn it off when people are living through every terrible moment waiting for news of the missing.

    I'm sorry to hear about your street.

  2. You sound ok - safe and secure and fortunate - even if the fall out for you and your city will be with you all for a long time. Keep on knitting.

  3. I'm so glad you are all ok and have somewhere to stay. It's devastating seeing it on the tv, brings me to tears each time, so can't imagine how you must feel. I hope you don't get too much bad news over the next days/weeks, and that things go back to "normal" as quick for you all as possible. Hugs.

  4. I'm so sorry to hear this. Im glad that your family is safe. What a scary experience for sure. Im thinking of you.

  5. *hugs* Again, I'm so, so glad to know you're safe and sound. I'm glad knitting is helping to keep you somewhat sane through all of this. I can't begin to imagine what you (all of you down there) are going through right now.

    You're in my prayers, sweets.

  6. I'm so glad you and your family are ok. If you get a chance check your Ravelry messages. Stay safe. Kiwicanuck