I'm not dead yet.
I have been miserably under the weather for the past week. Too miserable even to knit. That's sayin' something.
But, I'm dragging myself out of my sick-bed to say hello, and remember the last days of my recent escape.
Here, for example, was my farewell view of the ocean.
She was much feistier on our way out.
We went from Longboat Key to Atlanta, where we visited my delightful an beautiful cousin, whom I'll call Nurse Potter. She's now a nurse, but used to be a potter extraordinaire. Here, for example, is one of the pots she made during her former career.
I think it's very cool.
Nurse Potter is the woman I credit with bringing me to knitting. I had all but given up on being able to knit, after an unsuccessful encounter with an intarsia sweater using mohair and some silky kind of ribbon (likely rayon) when I was far too new a knitter. Nurse Potter had just finished a scarf, and lent me her needles and the leftover yarn to try my hand again. Next thing I knew.... I was knitting like a crazy person.
Nurse Potter's having a rough time these days, and I left firm in the knowledge that I needed to knit her a shawl. (more on that in a minute).
Our next stop was Nashville, where we visited the Parthenon
My companion took much better pictures...when her blog has them up, I'll try to come back and linkity.
Inside... the statue of Athena is .... HUGE!
I know, you can SAY that something is over 40 feet tall, but that's not quite the same as standing in front of it and experiencing the height. She's amazing.
I particularly liked that even though she's a maiden goddess, she's not rail thin. She's got heft to her arms, and a bit of a belly.
I took dozens of pictures. I can't begin to choose which ones to share. I thought I'd give you all a virtual tour of the Parthenon. That was my plan. But I'm not sure I'm good enough. My photography certainly isn't. So, I'm copping out, and going to the next step in our Nashville adventure,
The Haus of Yarn
I took lots of pictures here too... they all look a bit like that -- yarn everywhere!
I'm sure you won't be a bit surprised to learn that I brought some of it home. But all of the yarn in question was bought with Nurse Potter in mind. I bought some Misti Alpaca lace-weight and some Crystal Palace Mini Mochi.
That was pretty much the end of my functionality. I was felled by the upper respiratory fug. Luckily, that was the end of our planned trip. We drove home.
We drove through Kentucky... and didn't see any rolling fields with white rail fences enclosing beautiful grazing horses... we saw this.
Construction... and rain. Lots of rain.
I've slept since then. Pretty much non-stop. But I have started Nurse Potter's shawl... I'll get pictures tomorrow.