Close Call

It’s incredibly smoky at our house from the forest fire bonanza that is ripping through our community. To escape to fresher air, we’ve taken daily outings ocean-ward to spare little Reed’s precious lungs from hazardous air quality. I have been taking my Waterlily tee with me for car knitting, having finally figured out I can knit and drive without hurling if I don’t look down too much and stick to stockinette in the round. I don’t go fast, but it is something. I have been using car knitting to mitigate the subsequent loss of my sacred naptime knitting that has been impacted by these awkwardly timed toddler adventures and inevitable car snoozes. A summer of car knitting has added up, and I am almost ready to start on the sleeves and yoke.

Thrilling indeed.

To the point.

Yesterday we are on one such Smoke Avoidance Mission. We are an hour into traipsing across a very picturesque giant sand dune on the way to the ocean when my dear, sweet husband looks up and announces he forgot to lock the truck. The very same truck parked smack dab in front of the very large sign that says LOCK YOUR VEHICLES. DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES IN YOUR VEHICLE. YOU HAVE  BEEN WARNED. IF YOU LEAVE ANYTHING IN YOUR CAR, YOU ARE ROYALLY SCREWED.

 Okay, it didn’t say exactly that. But pretty close.

We do a quick run through of what has been left in the car. Cash. Husband’s wallet. (I carefully read the sign and chose to lug my 500-pound clutch with me in the daypack, to the regret of my neck muscles. Just saying.) A cell phone.

My knitting.

Now, I couldn’t say this out loud as my dear, sweet husband never would have understood and quite frankly would have been irritated at me for even fretting over something so silly. Especially when there was so much more of real value to be lost. I mean, cash is cash.

For the next two hours, all I could think of was my knitting. Months of knitting time. Left in the unlocked car. Granted, it was in a plain white cotton knitting bag with nothing else. Not the most enticing bounty for a burglary. But I feared they would grab the bag first and look later.

There I was on the beach. Thinking: Beautiful waves. Look at the birds. My kid is so cute. Is that a seal? Oh my God, my knitting! Smile for the camera. The air smells so nice. Oh my God, my knitting. This is so great. We should come here more often. Oh my God, my knitting.

I may have even said a small prayer.

Okay, a big prayer.

I braced for the worst, rationalizing in advance how I didn’t really love the project anyway. I have decided linen yarn just isn’t my thing. If it were stolen, I told myself, I could start over with different yarn and perhaps be happier in the end.

Maybe this was fate. I was supposed to have my knitting stolen.

Scratch that. No one should ever have their knitting stolen, fate or otherwise. Never. Ever.

The Great Knitting Gods must be with me because we returned to our truck to find it unharmed. All intact. Nothing gone. Not even my knitting.

Linking up with Ginny’s Yarn Along and reading Dietland.


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  • Reply Joy August 26, 2015 at 5:56 am

    I love your blog title. 😉

    It seems like the whole west coast is on fire by the way the media portrays it, and yet here on the east coast we’ve had a really cool, sometimes rainy summer, which is so weird for us. I’d gladly hand it back to you all and endure our hot humid August summer days if it meant the west coast got some good rain!

    The knitting is beautiful. I outright chuckled reading your account of the potential knitting being stolen…it IS priceless. So much love and time goes into these things.

  • Reply Lilly's Mom August 26, 2015 at 8:40 am

    You kept me in suspense reading this post but thank goodness your items were still safe in your car – especially your knitting. It looks like you live in a beautiful part of the country with the tall pine trees. I live in southern California and after five years, I’m still adjusting to this part of the country versus my home state of Washington. Your knitting project looks like a fun knit. Have a great day and I hope that you and your family are safe from the wild fires.

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life August 28, 2015 at 4:12 pm

      Southern Cali is. A big change from Washington. But just think how much warmer you must be in winter.

  • Reply Amanda Dymacek August 26, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Hi! This is the first time I’ve found your blog! Lovely place! Glad it all came good in the end, and no, husbands just don’t understand. 🙂

  • Reply Louise August 26, 2015 at 9:34 am

    Glad to hear everything was safe, especially the knitting! The beach looks beautiful. The fires sound horrible.

  • Reply laura August 26, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    So glad everything was safe, but especially the knitting. That would of been too sad!!! Hope the smoke and fires die out soon.

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life August 28, 2015 at 4:11 pm

      Thanks Laura. I think the fires are predicted to continue until it starts to rain in October. A whole ‘ other month!

  • Reply Misty Cottage Crafts August 26, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    You had me worried there for a minute!

  • Reply iknead2knit August 26, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    Oh my! So glad it all turned out well. Beautiful boy, beautiful beach. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply nanacathy2 August 27, 2015 at 12:54 am

    Oh I so understand. Others take their projects on holiday with them. I couldn’t possibly do that, suppose my suitcase went missing? Glad all is well. Hope the air clears soon too

  • Reply pumpkin sunrise August 27, 2015 at 5:41 am

    I hope the smoke and the threat leaves your community soon. I take for granted my fresh air here….so much we never really think about until it’s at risk!! I am glad you still have your knitting which is beautiful by the way.

  • Reply knittedblissjc August 27, 2015 at 10:29 am

    whoa, that must have been a scary moment, I’m so glad that everything was still in your truck, especially your knitting! Smoke avoidance sounds like a scary thing, glad you guys are okay.

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