Thursday, June 28, 2007

Shawl Survives Freak Accident

Chicago, IL–An unfinished lace shawl has survived a terrifying encounter with uncooked oatmeal and is resting comfortably says the shawl's creator, Franklin Habit. Habit, a resident of the north side, was present when the unusual combination of uncooked oats and silk-cashmere laceweight yarn caused an explosion on board a Red Line subway car during the morning commute.

Neither Habit nor the other passengers were injured, though they all looked pretty funny.

Round the edge
Doing Fine. The exploding shawl at home in Lakeview.
A full recovery is expected. (Reuters/AP)


The shawl was given immediate attention and is now confirmed to be oatmeal-free and unharmed. Reclining on a cushion in Habit's living room during a photo session, it offered words of gratitude and reassurance to all those who had expressed concern for its well being.

"Your good wishes mean so much. I'm feel great, I'm still on schedule for completion, and I'm glad it wasn't a Thermos full of coffee or a juice box," said the shawl.

70 comments:

anne marie in philly said...

I'm first - yea!

glad to hear you will make a complete recovery, you beautiful shawl.

PS - get your creator (a god, no doubt) to take a full body shot as soon as you feel better.

now why can't there be more of you in the world and waaaaay less of paris hilton?

inquiring minds wanna know...

Saisquoi said...

That shawl corner is simply gorgeous. I am in love.

GreenOtter said...

Oh my GOD, I'm so glad for you that it was just uncooked oatmeal. I can't even imagine...the possibilities.....I need to go have some coffee. It looks lovely, can't wait to see it finished.

anneonymousone said...

I'm still snickering over this sentence: "As though Quaker had set off a dirty bomb on the CTA."

You would be a terrific mainstream journalist, except that you have too good a vocabulary, too many scruples in the way, too much concern for what matters, and too many functioning brain cells. (You couldn't do TV, either. You're far too handsome.)

Other than that...

Lisa said...

OMG - Thank all the clooective gods that the shawl was not harmed in the incident!

It is always such a treat to read your postings. You are so very gifted in so many areas.....

Carol said...

Oh dear, we even anthropomorphize our knitted items.

That is one spec-f*cking-tacular shawl, my friend.

You should be very proud.

Cherice said...

The corner of the shawl is gorgeous, I imagine the whole shawl must be overwhelmingly beautiful. So glad to hear the shawl survived it's oatmeal bath (I hear that bathing in oatmeal is soothing and calming).

Kali said...

That amazing shawl is tangible proof that you are coordinated, persistent, creative, nimble-fingered, and catless. I simply cannot see that pin-out surviving cats. Unless you do it on the wall?

Glorious and with love an adventure in every stitch. Lucky baby.

Pink said...

Stunningly spectacularly swoon-worthily gorgeous!

Gwen said...

Good thing it wasn't steel cut oatmeal. Actual injuries among passengers might have happened! I can see the closest medical clinic inundated with 'birdshot' wounds. "I was just sitting there, and then, out of nowhere, there was this flash of white and I got all these stinging shots to the side of my neck and face! Ow! That hurts! I'm gonna sue!"

(or maybe not)

I'm happy to hear that you, the shawl, are recovering well from that traumatic incident.

shell said...

whew, glad it is okay - and looking beautiful while it recovers!

Luise said...

We should all look as incredible when we recuperate! You have one unbelievable shawl and one unbelievably lucky niece.

Nancy said...

Popping out of lurk mode to agree with the others - that is one gorgeous piece of knitting! And I'm so happy it survived the el with only the Oatmeal Incident. Could have been much, much worse!

Bravo!

MonicaPDX said...

The crowning touch of the entire thing for me? The addition of "Reuters/AP". In my head, I'm on the floor screaming with laughter fit to make the welkin ring. (So as not to scare the neighbors, outside I'm just having fits of mad giggling.) Ohhh, god...

Beautiful shawl corner. *sigh*

Anonymous said...

The shawl is absolutely stunning! More pics PLEASE!!! Your oatmeal vs shawl & metro passengers encounter was hysterical. I also thought the "cereal killer" reader comment was great too!

First time commenting and I LOVE reading your blog. Keep up the awesome writing and knitting posts.

Mo

Rosi G. said...

Preciosa!! Maravillosa! I love it!

Liz said...

Oh man that is going to look so amazing. Shame on you for the sneaky glimpses, but then I shouldn't complain since these allow for the full appreciation of the details!

Home stretch!

AuntyNin said...

Now that you've shown us how gorgeous the shawl is, I'm even more relieved that the EL incident only involved uncooked oatmeal.

It could have been soooo much worse.

Tomme said...

O, loveliest of shawls, would that I, at my most humble, were as lovely as thou even after a cascade of oatmeal hast rained down across thy fair countenance.

lorraine said...

Your shawl is lovely, Franklin. I can't wait to see it with the baby.

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Rachel said...

What a relief :)
Beautiful work of art!

Anonymous said...

Aw, you were just making sure people got their fiber fix. In more ways than one. Beautiful, beautiful shawl. Sue F.

Elizabeth Green Musselman said...

"Uncooked Oatmeal was always such a quiet fellow," said a neighbor, who requested that her name not be published. "I never thought he'd go and doing something like this."

Twilight said...

Oh thank goodness. Reading the blended fibers posts was a little nerve wracking. I kept thinking "Is the shawl ok?" "Is the shawl ok?"

It looks gorgeous!

amy said...

that's a beautiful shawl. and you are just too funny. thank you for the laugh. (I'm relieved the shawl/oatmeal episode can, in fact, be a laughing matter and not a food-borne disaster of epic proportions.)

Marcy said...

You're a little late, Franklin. The story has already hit the wire services and the major news outlets. I saw it early this morning on CNN.com.

ted said...

Have Barbara Walters and Larry King phoned for interviews yet?

StarSpry said...

The shawl is beautiful! I'm so glad it's ok after yesterday's explosion! :)

Marlena said...

So says the shawl's publicist. I read something entirely different in the Enquirer involving something with a sheep wearing sunglasses, a bonfire, Bacchus and an oat field.

I think you should ship that shawl out before it gets into any more trouble!

Elizabeth said...

Gorgeous! What a lucky baby.

Sneaksleep said...

Oh admit it, you just wanted to make a dramatic entrance on that train! Like father like shawl.

muoriska said...

:) You know how to write and knit. Thanks a lot. You have made my day , so many times.

Kaisa said...

Get well wishes from a faroeshawl that had a similar experience with a coffe mug on the train....only a small speck left after good care. But still a UFO

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear that the shawl is fine and recovering. It does sound like the midmorning, meal #2, was a bust though.

I find that on my Red Line here in Boston, that these things do not faze anyone, they are very nice about "crocheting with 2 needles". Liza the Blogless

KnitNana said...

OMG. Gorgeous. Happy Stars that there was no water around to mix with the oatmeal.
(((hugs)))

David said...

Brilliant. The shawl looks really grand as well.

Eve said...

Glad to hear the shawl is doing fine, we were all worried there ;)

Oh! Jo showed me the pictures you took of Sara, you have some talent. And now that I have heard so much about you I hope to meet you, so if the 1000 knitters project bringd you to CA let me know

Sister Sue said...

I see the pine trees! I see the pine trees!!!!

Knitting Painter Woman said...

So glad that the shawl had adequate health insurance, and a low deductible. Emergency room visits can sometimes push unsuspecting citizens into bankruptcy or stash forfeiture. Remember to vote for the party most likely to increase health and support project completion.

Riin said...

Oooh... Aaaah... (Who needs fireworks when there's a shawl to admire?)

caitlin said...

it's beautiful, franklin. i can't believe i'm only 42 to tell you so.

Anonymous said...

a juice box? holy cr@p! bite your tongue. after all. "speak of the devil, and he will come." happened to the lady next to me in 2001, on a metra train from river forest to ogilvie downtown. grape. i had a few no-longer-very-moist towelettes to offer her, but she had a sticky, purple morning. ook. be afraid.

-thorn

Terri said...

Glad the oats didn't do anymore than frighten the shawl. All jokes aside, that is a lovely piece of work. I am sure it will become an heirloom in your family, and be cherished for many generations to come.

Heddy said...

I just discovered your blog a week or so ago ... and am so happy to know that the shawl is recouperating at home. Things like this make you remember how easy it is to lose the ones you love -- thank God you were with Shawl when it happened! I know that after hearing your story, I will be giving my WIPs all a big hug tonight before bed and I called home to tell them I loved them when I first heard about the near miss you had!!

Anonymous said...

Wow!

Do I remember you saying there would be words in this shawl? Are they hiding? No matter, the lace speaks for itself.

rosesmama

Yvonne said...

Stunning. Absolutely gorgeous. Thank God it wasn't coffee. I just spilled that on my keyboard, and it wasn't as happy an outcome.

Fredda said...

The shawl is exquisite! I've been knitting longer that you've been alive and have never even attempted something that lovely (on teeny needles with thread-like yarn).

About the oatmeal...a chocolate bar would not have cause such drama. Health nut!!!

Kristen said...

Oooooooo--aaaaaaahhhhh! Much more thrilling than 4th of July Fireworks!

Pearls Mother said...

Was it your personal oatmeal
or a strangers breakfast?

You know that the shawl will be subjected nto far worse by your gorgeous neice and it will survive!
Lindy

Guro said...

It is beautiful! Still on blocking pins, but off the needles. I look forward to seeing it in all it's freedom!
Oatmeal huh... You american knitters run into all kinds of trouble!

thomasina said...

Could have been so much worse! Occasionally when I'm running late I take my cooked porridge on the bus.

marie in florida said...

Mercy; that is one beautiful edging!!
btw; someone over on Ravelry asked "who's Delores?" she has been introduced.

Yvonne said...

Franklin, that is just gorgeous. What, may I ask, yarn are you using?? (If you've posted about it previously, I'm sorry to say that I've missed it.) I am just awed by the beauty of your creation.

Tracey, in MI said...

shawl-tease.


(looks beautiful oatmeal or not;)

Nancy said...

Is it an accident that when I went to Amazon and brought up The Man of Property to see what you'd been reading, an ad for McCann's steel-cut oats appeared at the bottom of the page?

Barbara-Kay said...

Homeland Security will be relieved! Thank goodness all those months' work were preserved!

Carry on.

MaryB said...

Yooowwwzaaaa!! What a gorgeous shawl. I am in awe of your talent. You definitely get a gold star for this one. MaryB

Lynn in Tucson said...

Franklin, having just swatched for my first lace project, I have a completely new appreciation for your labor of love. It's stunning.

sahara said...

When I clicked on your blog, and saw the first post, my heart started to palpitate; then I scrolled down and relaxed. Whew! I'm glad you don't carry liquids in your bag.

The knit gods are giving you a warning, Franklin. Please baby, put your shawl in a separate plastic bag. If not, then slow down, and save your running for your workout.

I'm gonna pray for your shawl's continued safety, until you finish, because it is museum quality lacework.

MollyBeees said...

Glad to hear you and your shawl are fine even though reading about the incident made me snort coffee out my nose! Quaker dirty bomb! Snort!

roggey said...

*whew* I was hoping it had all come out fine in the end - what a tease you are...showing just enough to entice us, but not indulge us.

Carson said...

I believe the expression is:
"LOL".
Oh and btw, the lace..well I'm just in awe, it's amazing.

catsmum said...

take this as a warning and get Franklin to put you in a nice clean pillowcase or something. Not plastic. we wouldn't want you to sweat ... or suffocate.
I'm just glad the accident didn't include the yoghurt that goes with said oats.

KathyMarie said...

I'm so glad the shawl was just dusted, and not a victim of coffee sprawl. It's looking fantastic!

Linda said...

It could have been much worse. I have a strange fantasy about the shawl trying to return to the outer Islands of Scotland, home of beautiful laceknitting. Undisciplined piece of wool.

Jess said...

Wow, the shawl is looking fantastic! I got a good laugh out of the oatmeal incident, so glad that nobody was injured.

I Knit London said...

breathtaking shawl FH! I'm committed to a Christening Shawl for my neice/nephew - I'd love to know where you got the pattern.

Carol said...

It's a very lovely shawl. It would be a shame had it been damaged from the accident.

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