The law of Averages

The law of averages dictates that eventually, you must get all results, and I suppose that if you’re going to travel this much, eventually you have to get this result…

but man, does it suck.

I’m here in Toronto, not in Chicago. They cancelled my first flight this morning at 9am, and when they rebooked me on a slightly later flight I went to the airport with no idea what I was in for. I’ve spent 8 full hours at the airport today, as they cancelled flight after flight after flight to O’Hell. O’Hare. I made three full circuits through customs and immigration, I picked up my bags without going anywhere three times. I sat on chairs, waited in lines, struggled through customer service and burned through an entire cell phone battery. There wasn’t even knitting time -and I still didn’t get to Chicago. Rain there. Thunderstorms there…. No planes going there.

I’d tell you the whole story, including the part where Jayme and Amy from Storey publishing and I were ALL on the phone with different agents trying desperately to get a flight to anywhere near anywhere that might work at all. I might even find a way to tell it that was funny, or hysterical or manage to generate a few ha-ha’s out of me weeping in various parts of the airport, but it’s just not funny at all. After all of that, charging around the airport as they cancelled all my flights and then announced that the weather that was closing O’Hare was going to move this way and close Pearson here, and I looked at the board and saw nothing good at all, and as Jayme and Amy and I slowly came to realize that it was already 7:00 in Chicago, with nothing on the horizon at all…. that I wasn’t going to make it, no matter what we did. That I wasn’t going to be late. I wasn’t going to run in at the last minute with a great story…. In that moment, I have to tell you that I lost any shred of something that might have resembled a sense of humour. Turns out that this sort of story is only funny if in the end, you make it to Chicago. Which I didn’t, and it’s not.

I feel just sick. Beyond sick. All those knitters sitting there, waiting for me and I can’t get there. I was, and still am, just furious with frustration, and there isn’t even anything that I can do about it, or anyone that I can blame. Mother nature gave me the finger today, and I can’t apologize enough to all of the knitters who got the shaft, and especially to Trish at Nana’s Knitting Shop, who must have done so much work to get ready for this, only to get rained out. I’m really, really, really sorry. So sorry.

269 thoughts on “The law of Averages

  1. I’m so sorry…though, if it helps you to feel better, those located around the Great Lakes know all about unpredictable weather being stubborn and stopping things….this isn’t your fault.

  2. OH I feel so bad for you – because I know exactly what you went through! I travel a fair amount for work and have seen a dramatic increase in this kind of problem when traveling. So many nights in unexpected locations. The only consolation is you get to knit – right? Look at all those other travelers who have nothing to do why they wait and wait again!
    It is beyond your control. Accept it.

  3. Ugh, I am so sorry for you! What I have learned over the years is, unless there is atomic warfare everywhere else in the world, never never never attempt to fly into or connect through O’Hare! It is purely masochistic! The city may be lovely but the airport…well, that’s another story altogether. Hang tough!

  4. Even though they are surely disappointed, I have no doubt that all the knitters would rather have you safe and sound in Toronto than trying to fly in that storm. I just looked at the weather map and it’s a doozy (and coming our way in Ohio.) Can you say “turbulence”?
    You’ll get to them another day. Knit and breathe. It’s ok.

  5. We were sad for you as well. It’s not your fault, we know. The weather was terrible with sideways rain and a ton of lightning. We made the best of it and continued to knit and meet each other. I personally have never been in a room full of so many knitters nor made so many instant friends in a small amount of time. The joyful knitting spirit was indeed present. We all very much look forward to a rescheduling. Maybe I’ll get to show you my first PAIR of socks instead of just half of the first, which is what I was working on tonight. Please take care. We love you!

  6. Oh Stephanie, I feel for you. Trying your best to get where you’ve committed yourself to be, and still not getting there. It must have been so exhausting. Have a cold one, and get some rest.

  7. My goodness, how utterly awful! I have had some similar traveling disasters but nothing like disappointing adoring fans. But rest assured, all will understand. Don’t be so hard on yourself, in the future you could just step through the portal and be wherever in no time, right πŸ™‚

  8. Oh Stephanie! That’s horrible! I grew up 40 miles southwest of Chicago and let me tell you, the weather there can change on a dime. You can’t help that. I’m sure people were disappointed, but they understand. Hang in there.

  9. So much SAD in the Windy City and the Harlot’s Toronto house:-(
    It’s easy to be patient on April Fool’s with yarn to knit and knowing the Stephanie was on her way to Ann Arbor. But to have to go home without the Harloty Humor – HUGE disappointment. My heart goes out to all.
    Thank you for the wonderful post about the wee humans. It warmed my little motherly heart. BTDT!
    LLLove, Juliet

  10. Bummer. Unfortunately with all that flying you do it was bound to happen. I’m sure the folks who missed out will be disappointed but will understand. You’ll just have to go there twice next time around. Or maybe you can knit them all monkeys!

  11. Oh, Steph… I am so sorry to hear that! I am so glad that you are safe at home but unable to make it, rather than stuck in a random airport and unable to make it… Maybe it is the universe telling you to eat another meal at home and not at a restaurant and to see your family for a moment. All the knitters will show up again for when you reschedule. No one will be mad. Enjoy the time at home.
    Oh, and knit some too…

  12. I suspect all those knitters will forgive you. Mother Nature, maybe not so much. But you? No problem.

  13. Stephanie, they know it’s not your fault. We’re all glad you’re safe. You’ll get into their neck of the woods again soon. πŸ™‚

  14. I’m so sorry. This just sucks for you all!
    The thing to remember, Stephanie, is that, we, your fans… just LOVE you and regardless of a cancellation for any reason… we know that you make every appearance worth it. You never let your audience down.
    It’s disappointing for everyone involved that you didnt make it, but they will all be there next time, just as excited and geared up for even more fun!
    P.S. So, uh, the doughnut… from Portland… was it good?

  15. The only words of comfort I have are that (from experience) having your flight TO O’Hare cancelled is not nearly as bad as having your flight FROM O’Hare cancelled.
    Lousy about cancelling your event, though.

  16. I wish there was something I could say to make you feel better (or all those knitters waiting to see you). I’ve spent many hours in airports waiting for rain to stop or waiting for luggage to magically appear on the conveyer belt (it never did) or to see if I was going to make it on a full flight or crying in the bathroom because of one of these scenarios. Sometimes we make plans and the universe just laughs at us. This isn’t your fault so you should just take a deep breath and enjoy this unexpected time with your family. You may even discover who left the bowl of almonds with the fork in the hallway.

  17. No worries, Harlot! This Chicagoan can confirm that the storm is a humdinger, and no reasonable knitter would blame you for it. I think I can speak for many knitters when I say that I hope you can reschedule your visit here.

  18. When you spoke in Portland the other night (and perhaps you asked this question in other places as well, but I only have the Portland experience so am just going off of that) you asked if any of us would have committed a crime in the last week were it not for our knitting. And then you asked us if that crime would have been assault. And pretty darn most of us fessed up that we would, indeed, have committed said crime. I’m confident the Chicago people all had their knitting nearby, so although I’m sure there was disappointment, I trust everyone will make it through with their knitting by their side.

  19. I know you will get a zillion comments but wanted to pipe up, I’m sure everyone TOTALLY understands! I hope you don’t feel too awful and have some wine and watch some BSG πŸ™‚

  20. Knitters are an understanding bunch. We’re sorry to have missed you, it’s not your fault. The weather wasn’t the type you want to greet you when you arrive. You probably would have vowed to never set foot in the Chicago area again! Some friends weren’t able to make tonight, so they may have a second chance the next time you swing around. In the meantime, I’m going to sit back and enjoy this wonderful book, “Things I Learned from Knitting…”

  21. My friend and I were at the Oak Lawn Hilton tonight. O’Hare + bad weather = headaches. Sometimes O’Hare + any weather = headaches. It’s not your fault. Hopefully you will be able to reschedule soon.
    O’Hare is awful!!!!! If you ever have a choice between O’Hare and Midway…always choose Midway. My husband flew in this afternoon from Boston and landed at Midway 10 minutes ahead of the scheduled time.

  22. A rare delurk just because you sound so, so miserable and there is absolutely no need for it. (Well, I can understand that you’re sad, but there’s no need to be so sorry. So Canadian of you. πŸ˜‰ ) There’s nothing you could have done to change things – and you know that, because you tried. Everyone is just going to be happy that you’re safe and can come back another time. You still gave a whole bunch of knitters a reason to get together and meet one another and hang out together and they know you’ll be back another time. (Charlene confirms the happy joy of just having many knitters in that room.)

  23. Stephanie,
    I’ve only been in Chicago about a year, but if I’ve learned one thing it’s that you can’t count on the weather. I admire your patience and determination in trying to get to us. It was very sad when the announcement was made that you weren’t going to make it, but try not to feel too bad about it. We all know you did your best.

  24. Just arrived back home from your cancelled Chicago event. Trish, the owner of Nana’s, was worried about the cancellation, but everyone I ran into was fine. Sad, of course, but fine – this wasn’t anybody’s fault, it was nature taking over the mere plans of mortals. Ah, well.
    Mostly we were women in the crowd, and women are accustomed to being FLEXIBLE.
    Many of us got drinks from the bar and sat around and knit and crocheted until the rain let up a bit, and then headed home.
    We were all safe, wherever we were, and that was most important.
    Another time, Stephanie.

  25. Oh no. Chicago is one of my least favorite airports. I’ve been delayed every time I’ve been through the awful place. I hope you can get back there, but even if you can’t, I know the knitters will understand. It sucks, but such is the way of the weather. At least you get one more night with your family and another home cooked meal. That has to make up a little for all of your troubles, or maybe it doesn’t. I was just thinking about what I wrote and felt like a fool. While I would be happy to be with my family I would be spending the entire evening feeling awful about the people who were waiting for me. Don’t feel guilty for too long. Everyone understands that you did every thing you could to get to the event this evening. I hope this doesn’t through off your future travel. I’m requesting the “Weather goddess” to send you good weather for the rest of your travels.

  26. One of the things I like about you, Stephanie, is that you understand responsibility. You know how to admit when you’ve made a mistake, you step up when you need to, you do more than your share when you can. But really, not even you can take credit for the weather. I don’t mean this unkindly, but get over it and enjoy this unexpected evening with your family. Everyone will understand.

  27. my goodness! you need a vacation somewhere sunny and warm. where handsome cabanna boys bring you endless margaritas and expensive yarn. And where they will cast on and bind off your projects for you!

  28. Sometimes the world just rises up and smacks us in the face with the fact that we are not in control. I’m sorry this was your moment, since that usually really sucks. Your fans would rather have you safe than flying into O’Hare in massive thunderstorms, I think. Deep breath, big cup of coffee, and on to plan B or whatever’s next.

  29. Sigh. Weather. Trying to travel. Sometimes they don’t mix.
    I’m trying to start my first pair of socks tonight. Ferschlugginer DPNs…

  30. Oh, man oh man, I think you will only have a world of sympathy about to pour down on you. O’Hare is so far the only airport to have ever made me cry, and I truly believe that if you say “O’Hare made me cry/cancel my gig/commit assault with a knitting needle/go quickly insane/[insert other],” that is all the explanation people need. It will be better next time, I have the faith.

  31. That is a bummer. And not even any knitting.
    Curl up with Joe and your knitting, ride out the storm, and try not to let it continue to ruin your evening. Hopefully it will have passed by tomorrow and you can pick up where you left off.

  32. it was bound to happy sooner or later. and knitters are a very forgiving bunch (unless you somehow also stole their yarn. you didn’t steal their yarn, did you?) they will understand that it was not your fault. YOU DID EVERYTHING YOU COULD! they will be there for you when weather and schedule allows again.

  33. I wondered if you were going to make it. I tried to talk to my sister who lives in the Chicago area today but she was in the midst of tornado warnings! Stay safe and reschedule!
    Ruthie, who is hoping you will come to Northern California.

  34. Too too bad! Getting stuck at the airport is the pits. I was so looking forward to your post about another knitstravaganza…Hope you got of there and are feeling better.

  35. Oh no! I’m so sorry you had such a crummy time trying to get to Chicago. I bet that they will forgive you, especially being Mother Nature’s fault and all. I hope your night and tomorrow are better.

  36. I was there. It was still fun and I don’t think anyone will blame you for weather. The storm was a dilly – I had to pull off the road at one point.
    Looking forward to when you make it to Chicago.
    Oh, and next time if you can, fly into Midway – way closer to Oak Lawn and generally better in every way than O’Hare.
    Hugs and have a safe trip to New England.

  37. I echo “waitandsee” in the sentiment that your fans would rather have you safe. I live in southern Wisconsin. The weather today was horrible – the thunderstorms were fierce, flooding, hail, tornados. These storms were moving 45+ miles per hour and they came in waves. This was BAD. This was totally beyond your control and your fans realize this.
    Big, deep breath.
    Have a beer.
    Have a few precious, unscheduled moments with Joe and the kids.
    And stop beating yourself up for circumstances beyond your control – you did all you could.

  38. While tonight would, of course, been more fun had we gotten to see you, it still was a very good time. Much knitting and staring at people and thinking, “Hey, I think I know that person on Ravelry.” Not a bad way to spend a Friday evening.
    Oh, and while I was waiting to get into the event, I “Kinneared” myself. It was awesome!

  39. Hello! Trish from Nana’s Knitting Shop here to tell you that KNITTERS ROCK! We were all disappointed, but everyone was gracious and wonderful and thrilled that you got stuck at home instead of somewhere far away.
    As you might expect, a party ensued, drinks were brought in from the hotel bar and there was much knitting going on!
    Thank you so much for your incredibly valiant efforts to reach us and we will see you soon.

  40. So sorry to hear of your misfortune and know the Chicago group will forgive you. So not your fault..

  41. My daughter is on a band trip to Chicago even as we speak. She called me about 5:30 pm to assure me she was ok. Apparently it’s very windy and their scenic cruise on Lake Michigan was swamped with waves and she was washed precariously near to the edge railing of the boat.
    I’m glad you didn’t fly in. I’m glad the boat docked safely too.
    Stay dry…..knitters will be disappointed, but they will understand. (At least I know I would!)

  42. Sometimes the universe gets bored and starts messing with us. πŸ™‚ I know you’re disappointed but it sounds like there was nothing more you could do. I think everyone understood, besides they had their knitting. If you travel often enough, it’s bound to happen eventually.

  43. Spending a frustrating day in the airport – that is really too bad. From Taleah it sounds like the knitters would have had a hard time getting to you even if you had made it there though. And, fortunately you are able to go home after this sucky day. Better luck tomorrow (or the next day).

  44. I’ll echo Joyce that the storm is a humdinger! I’ve had a barometric pressure headache all day. I wonder how much of my dislike of flying is because I live in the Chicago area – my son in law travels almost constantly for work & always flies in & out of Midway – he too prefers it. But, to me, landing at an airport that is so small & in the middle of residential neighborhoods is very scary (the light posts at the intersections at the southeast corner of Midway are actually several feet lower than the light posts everywhere else [including just a little ways down the street] so that they won’t be hit by landing planes). And Midway always has a very crowded Third World feel to it. On the other hand O’Hare is so huge & hostile feeling. I take the train when I travel unless I absolutely cannot avoid flying – I hate feeling like cattle (which flying always does to me).

  45. Oh Stephanie, I am so sorry for you, but you know, if they are Knitters they are capable to handle, I assume Chicago knitters are tolerant enough because they are knitters! Besides, we have a tool to kill that kind of waiting time as you said in your book, we can knit. I imagine they were knitting thinking of you, and they might be able to expect rescheduled “next time”, I believe.
    Take care, be fine, for your next trip. Hugs.

  46. Stephanie, I just got home from the Oak Lawn event, and I can assure you there were no riots nor angry mobs – not even any bitter frustration. We know the weather is horrible today. Instead, there was a very large, relaxed, sociable room full of knitters who, while disappointed not to see you, took full advantage of our time together. We rearranged our chairs into circles, had lovely show-and-tell with our projects, greeted old friends and made new ones, goaded each other into joining even more ravelry groups, played with very cute babies, and had ourselves a friendly evening knit. Oh, and all this after a yummy dinner with great bread and ice cream at Millie’s, just down the block from Nana’s Knit Shop. It was a very fun evening, full of the Harlot spirit. Even without being here, you still gave us a good time. No worries. Get a good night’s sleep.

  47. Dear Ms. Harlot,
    We understand that due to our unforeseen weather events in the Chicago area you were unable to attend a scheduled event. We know how hard you tried to reschdule, but we were not at liberty to allow it happen for you this time. Severe and strange weather is, as you are well aware, a burgeoning issue on this earth.
    We honour your committment to all things natural and love your attention to detail with respect to our well being and will try to cut you some slack in the future.
    Warmest regards,
    Mother Earth

  48. Although I was upset Monday that I missed the chance to drive to Seattle (from Victoria, BC) to go see you in person because I got sick, I think that had I driven to the event in Chicago, attended by hundreds of knitters – and you were rained out – I’d still say that was one heck of a fun night out. Most could easily say it was the ‘best damn knit night with books’! And yet others might say “who knew I had something in common with THIS many people”!!!
    Best damn knit night I’ve ever been to has only been a handful of knitters, and they all keep wanting to borrow my “Knitting Rules” book (I think I need to buy them all their own copy!)

  49. But Steph some of us will get to see you in Madison. I imagine this wonderful migration of happy knitters from Chicagoland heading toward the Wisconsin state capitol on Monday πŸ˜€
    I and many others in Chicago were very very happy you were not flying in this dangerous weather!!!!

  50. Take advantage of this unexpected time at home. I feel bad for the people who set it up, and those who showed up. But they do understand. And it sounds like they made lemonade out of lemons tonight.

  51. I was at the Oak Lawn event too. We were sad to hear that you couldn’t make it, but we all saw how horrible that storm was and I’m sure everyone understands that this was completely beyond your control. The weather here has this sadistic way of turning bad at the one moment you least need it to.
    Get some (well-deserved) rest and please, please, please don’t feel bad about this.

  52. When you rule the world I’m certain you’ll find a way to work around these weather issues.
    Until then, petal, I think you’ll just have to inhale pink, exhale blue like Denny would tell you, remember that you did everything possibly in your power to get to Chicago, read the comments the lovely Chicago knitters have left letting you know that they understand and it’s really ok, and then let yourself enjoy the part where this means you get an extra night with Joe and the ladies.
    And to all the lovely Chicago knitters posting here tonight – Thank you.

  53. Oh–poor you! When stuff like that happens, you know it just wasn’t meant to be. (and now you get more time at home, right?)
    If this is any comfort, I’ve been through O’Hare and Midway (Chicago’s other airport), and getting *into* O’Hare is no guarantee you will get *out* of O’Hare. That place is enough to reduce the strongest soul to a gibbering mass.
    I’ll echo the comments above and say next time, go for Midway!

  54. We all felt bad for YOU!! We know how stressed you get about trying to get to the events and there is NO way I would want to have to travel as much as you have had to lately. People were awesomely good natured about the whole thing and I promise that no one was mad at you. We look forward to seeing you when you can get here. I was actually even maybe a little happy for you since it means another night at home. Enjoy, take a hot bath, etc.
    Now you just have to make sure that you come *after* my baby is born, because I’m not sure I can bargain any more with it about staying put until you get here…. πŸ™‚

  55. okay, I was not waiting for you in Chicago, and I’m so sorry you had to go through that travel hell. But the silver lining, maybe? You get to spend an extra night at home? That must be good, right?

  56. It’s ok, truly. These things happen. I got to the yarn shop about 1 to pick up my ticket, and the nice people hanging out there invited me to spend the afternoon knitting with them (and gremlins held a gun on me and forced me to splurge on more sock yarn). When you reschedule, it’ll just be an excuse to do it again!

  57. Another Chicagoan checking in – we were all busy knitting no worries! We were all chatting about how we felt bad for you knowing that you were going to feel bad, so try not to. Though one thing to consider is you might want to go to a one word name now just Harlot… like a post-Chicago transformation like when Prince went to the symbol

  58. I guarantee you that the Chicago knitters know that if sheer force of will could have gotten you there, you’d have been there. And I guarantee you that they’d all rather you were stuck at home and safe than on some scary flight in the middle of a storm trying to get there. It sounds like they coped just like knitters can be expected to.

  59. Steph – this may not be much consolation while you still feel the sting of disappointment, but we really do end up where we are supposed to be at the right time. At least you get to sleep in your own bed,in your own home, and maybe that is where you are supposed to be TONIGHT.

  60. No, we’re the ones who are sorry! Sorry that you care so much for making us all happy that you had to go through a day like this! I wasn’t one of the people waiting at the place you weren’t able to get to, but I know what it feels like to think you’ve disappointed people. (I once spent 8 hours in O’Hare trying to get to Maine where I knew my parents were waiting an equally long time for me to arrive, and I couldn’t do anything to fix it). I’m sure I speak for more than just myself in saying that we’re in awe of what you put yourself through to do all these visits, and how much we appreciate your efforts. Please don’t feel bad!

  61. Hey — stuff happens. We hung out and waited. Brought in some food. Knit a bit. (I actually frogged more than I knit.) Met some new people, and had a lovely time. Got to show off my giant first sock and the first pair that proved that my gauge wasn’t off — I meant to do that. I even had my husband ready to bring a beer for you when he came to pick me up. No worries. πŸ˜€
    We had a great time, sorry you missed it.

  62. I was going to show you my Snowdrop Shawl on the needles (my first lace project). Maybe when you get here, it will be finished!

  63. Bless your heart for caring so much about your audience, and trying so hard to get there! You did everything you could–it just wasn’t possible. Get some sleep and carry on tomorrow.

  64. I am home from the Chicago event. I want you to know it’s okay. They did have a beautiful set up. I got a cute pin. I was so prepared that I wore my first pair of socks with my clear Converse so you could see them and my Yarn Star headband. I was so excited, and when I saw Trish at the end near tears, I gave her your present of yummy yarn dyed by my friend, Jen (KnitLikeCrazy on Ravelry), because she was so worried about us. I still have some for you. We are flexible and had fun anyways… I finished a sock, and I picked up your book, 3 of them. We will see you sooner or later, even if I have to hitchhike to Canada. You can’t control the weather, and we know things come up. I have a funny though…
    I was going to ask you to sign my book…
    Knitting… Cheaper than crack!
    With love,
    Tia (TiaPixy on Ravelry)

  65. We missed you here, but as said above, just glad you are safe. Although we would have loved to see you, we all had a great time, even my Bean. Be safe.

  66. *hugs* No worries, Stephanie. Everyone understands and I heard not a word of negativity about it. It WAS a dangerous storm and it’s better that you are safe and well at home.
    I hope there will be another time.
    Rest up and think not a second more about it.

  67. Speaking for the South Suburban SnB girls, let me say that you were terribly missed, but we understand, and we had a heck of a good time anyway. We all took today as a holiday “Yarn Harlot Day” should be made a federal holiday!
    We hung out at Nana’s all day, got to knit with good friends, eat yummy food, and then go to the hotel and hang out in a very large room with lots of other knitters!
    Then, when it was realized that there was no way in heck you were going to make it (i.e. 7:30 p.m. with you still in Toronto), we decided that Margaritas were in order, and headed out for good food and drink.
    We missed you.
    We had fun anyway.
    You missed out on a rockin good time. We all have “rain checks” for next time, and we’ll be there, happy again to see you.
    No guilt. Just love.
    (oh, and there will be pictures on blogs shortly — meaning probably in the a.m.)

  68. Not to brag, Stephanie, but my day was much better than yours. I got to –
    – Play hooky for a half day.
    – Hang out at Nana’s Knitting Shop with my knitting posse.
    – Meet about eleventy thousand knitters with fantastic knitwear. (Including Charlene, who has already posted up above — I saw her first sock, and it is incredibly beautiful. *Hi Charlene! Want a ride? πŸ˜€ * )
    – Knit cashmere stranded mittens. Mmmmm, cashmere. *drool*
    – Mingle in a ballroom with a whole mess more of knitters while enjoying tasty cocktails from a cute bartender.
    – Admire Trish’s grace under fire. I always knew we had good reason to like that woman, and not just cuz she pimps yarn.
    – Discovered that I get to do it all over again some day. Dude, really? I think that’s an excuse to buy more cashmere. Make it a do-over for real.
    Don’t worry, Stephanie. The mood was incredibly upbeat, given the circumstances. Relax. It’s okay. Really.

  69. Damn. That bites. Well, no sense beating yourself for it. You tried.
    And considering that you remembered me from what few comments I make, you’re one heck of a fabulous lady. Sleep well.

  70. I am so sorry. I know that horrible sick feeling when you feel bad about something, even when you know it’s completely out of your control. And believe me, this one was. I am absolutely sure that everyone understands — we’ve all been there at some time or another.

  71. It’s Knitter travel hell weekend! The TTC just announced they’re striking at midnight. Exactly 9 hours before the Knitters Frolic. UGH!

  72. Trust all of us from Chicago. While, yes, we would have very much enjoyed seeing you, we still managed to have a fun evening. Between the knitting circles and margaritas, and the very bemused looks we kept getting from the staff who were trying to figure out why we just wouldn’t leave, it was all in all a good night. We were even serenaded by the wedding party down the hall. So please don’t stress anymore about not making it. We missed you, but we’d rather have you safe and sound so you can make it back some other time.

  73. Just going off the comments you’ve already had, it sounds like they all managed to have a really great time anyway. See, aren’t you glad your fans are all knitters? Who else would be able to have a such a good time in the face of such disappointment? Maybe they can all come to the Indianapolis event. Can I tell you how thrilled I am that you’re finally coming to Indiana? And it’s only five hours from Chicago…I think. That’s not that ridiculous. Especially if you take turns driving. Just think of the knitting time! πŸ™‚

  74. Don’t worry about us Chicago knitters. We are a resilient crew.
    I stopped into Nana’s in the late afternoon and heard things were running late, so I decided to run a couple of errands before heading to the hotel. While I was out, I picked up some chocolate laced with booze to give to you, because I figured after your run-in with the airport you might need something to take the edge off.
    Since I can’t give it to you, I’m instead eating it in your honor. But please know that I’ll be there with bells on, bearing chocolate and/or booze when you make it back this way.
    It’s all good. Get some rest.

  75. all of us here know what chicago weather and o’hare are like – no worries at all. we love you and will be there for the re-schedule!

  76. We in Chicago were just glad you were grounded in Toronto, not Detroit or Fargo or Minneapolis or some place far from your very own bed! Get rest and coffee in the morning in your own home.
    It was a very nasty storm, tornadoes even.
    We will see you next time. Really, no worries!

  77. Having experienced almost every kind of travel inconvenience one can, I can certainly feel your pain. The weather here in Chicago today was not good for landing (windy all day, thunder and lightning tonight), so it’s better that you are home safe in Toronto. Sorry the day was so frustrating.

  78. I live on the northwest side of Chicago and drove down to see you. The storm was AWFUL. I’m glad you’re home and safe. And when you finally do get to Chicago, we will welcome you with open arms.

  79. I’m so sorry Steph. I know how much fun it is (NOT!) when your flight gets canceled, what with all those knitters waiting for you, it must have been about 100 times more anxiety making than normal, but remember… they are knitters… and they are knitters who live by the Great Lakes (as I did for my childhood), they can’t help but understand, I’m sure.

  80. Steph, another of the Chicago Hilton bunch weighing in. Though we are disappointed you didn’t make it, we still had a fine time. I was in the company of three fine knitting friends, one of whom is the mother of the divine Baby Margaret, the cutest baby ever who will win the world over with her charm. We sat, knit, met other knitters, and then headed home in the dreadful stormy weather. We were happy that you were not trapped in an airport, and hopefully home in your jammies, with your family & your knitting. Oh, and we will be there when you are re-booked. I would even drive through another storm for you…

  81. Another Chicago Knitter checking in here. We were more worried about what you were going thru to get to us than anything else. We had knitting and good people to hang out with… You did your best and we made lemonade! Rest up and we’ll see you when you can get here.

  82. Oh, crap. I hope this wasn’t my fault…I just blogged last week that, “I bet the Yarn Harlot doesn’t have to park her can on the floor at the airport and wait for a flight….” Dude, I hate ‘airport appreciation’ time, I so empathize…especially since there wasn’t even any knitting time…you poor thing…but it sounds like your karmic payment went through in spades with all the fun the Chicago knitters had πŸ™‚

  83. Good things come to those who wait and knitters of Chicago will just have to wait a bit longer to see you. πŸ˜€ I hope you get to spend a bit of time with your family before you’re off again.

  84. Y’know what though? We had a grand time anyway. πŸ™‚ Yeah, we were sad to learn that you weren’t going to make it, but really, put that many knitters in a room together, and they’re GONNA have a good time. Heh. And, there was a bar, so that didn’t hurt, either. πŸ˜€ I met some wonderful new people, saw some incredible knits, and generally enjoyed the heck outta myself. No worries, Steph, shite happens, and we’ll all wait patiently till you can make it out this way again. πŸ™‚

  85. My husband is from an “airline family” – meaning more than one person worked for the airlines. In Chicago, no less! One at Midway and one at O’Hare.
    As a family we frequently ran into delays and cancelations at both airports. Our motto, when the latest air snafu happened was always “Time to spare? Go by air.” Irritating and maddeningly unavoidable. Oh. for a good train system in the states!

  86. So I was one of the bummed knitters at the hotel. We got there early, were SOOO excited that we were IN THE FRONT ROW! And because of our super luck, we knew that it wouldn’t happen. But we feel for you, and all of us in the Northwest Suburban Knitting Group had a blast anyway. Hope to see you soon!!!!

  87. I admit I took a pass on this visit to stay home with my boys and watch “Guys and Dolls” (Brando sings!). Maybe this was Nature’s way of saying you really needed to stay home, too. Chicago will still be here, and so will we, next time.
    Also, book into Midway. The weather isn’t any better, but at least its proportions are human.

  88. love (100)
    I’m sure they understand. They’d rather have you safe, than on a sketchy plane flight. Hope the rest of your weekend goes better!

  89. Oh no! That stinks. I’m sorry so much of your day was wasted.
    BTW, I don’t think flying into Midway is any better (and a little sketchier).

  90. I have three things that I would like to say:
    1) One of the reasons that we love knitting is because it gives us a little control. We can’t control the weather, we can’t bend airlines to our will, but by God we can rip back that button band until it sits flat.
    2) Knitters are an extraordinarily kind and understanding group. They all went there because they like you – they know that it’s not your fault.
    3) You taught me points 1 and 2, so I know that you know them, intellectually at least, but maybe you could do with reminding?
    I’m sorry that circumstances screwed with your tour. You don’t have to be responsible for Everything.

  91. So, Stephanie, just how many “O’Hell, I’m Not There” socks did you knit at Pearson today? I’m truly sorry you had such a long, tiring, disappointing day today.
    Mary G. in Texas

  92. The fact that you still feel so bad about this, in spite of your acceptance that you do not command the wind and the rain (one day, though, one day), says so much about your character and integrity. I mean, we all knew you were immensely cool to begin with, but this horrid situation, if nothing else, cements your reputation as a sensitive, smart, warm, loving, and damn spectacular person (in similar circumstances, I might have given up WAY faster). Further proof would be what appears to be the unanimous acceptance from Chicago’s knitters that shit happens, and they still love you. The Los Angeles knitters (whom I’ve appointed myself spokesperson for) still love you, too.

  93. Dang, they had a bar there while they waited? Good for the LYS. Yarn, commeraderie and drinks -what more could you ask for, except a visit from the Harlot. Next time you come to MN, I want a cocktail lounge too.

  94. As one of those knitters that was looking forward to you coming I just want to say that I understand and I am sure that everyone else does too! There is always a silver linning to everything… Not only did I get to meets some great people but I was introduced to a new knitting shop that I am sure I am never going to forget! I know for a fact that Nana’s is going to be on my list of shops to get to in the future!It also makes it soooo much better when we do get to see you here!! Stay dry and drink plenty of tea!!

  95. It wasn’t your fault. The knitters will all understand. Life and knitting will go on. You might as well get some rest now. >

  96. I wish there was something I could say to make you feel better. I’m trying to conjure up what made me feel better while was stuck at that infamous O’Hare a couple of weeks ago. Yoga & knitting kept me sane; beer lifted my spirits and watching babies made me smile and coo. But I wasn’t trying to get home to someone who was ill, or to a funeral, or my wedding. I didn’t have a room full of folks waiting just for me . . . .
    Deep breath. There, there. Does it help to know that most of us understand how it is? How it is to feel frantic and powerless in a freakin’ airport? Like when a child goes missing at the parade in a flash. Disbelief at first, right? “This cannot be happening”.
    I would like to write you a note excusing you from travel for a couple of days; you need several nights (strung together) in your own bed.
    You need a bus like the bands have. That’s the way to tour, my dear.

  97. So sad. At the very least it shouldn’t be that surprising for Chicagoans, as that sort of thing is a fairly regular occurrence.

  98. Steph, take a breath and remember that people who live in Chicago, much like the people who live on that iceberg you call Canada, are very much used to weather crapping on plans that involve travel. They’re not mad at you. Honest.

  99. Oh honey, don’t worry. If anyone knows how to handle bitter disappointment, knitters do. And we also know that things can be ripped and reknit so this isn’t a done deal.

  100. As one of those Chicago knitters, let me just say: baby, you need some rest. You sound so tired, and I know you must be frustrated. Don’t worry about us. We knitters will use any excuse to get together. Now you’re just giving us TWO reasons to get together (they did mention a reschedule, yes?).
    Also, I took a picture of my first sock while I was there. I started it because of the first-sock phenomenon you’ve got going in every city. And at least this way, I get some more time to work on it so it resembles a sock, rather than 10 rows.
    Please, drink a lot of wine and sleep. You’re burned out from the travel, I think. We want a rested, happy Harlot. And we love you to pieces no matter where you are.

  101. Anyone who has ever traveled anywhere understands! Spent a few hours weeping at JFK recently without ending up with a funny story to tell, and vow that I will bring a cookie to the next person I see crying in an airport tethered by phone charger to a wall under a fake palm tree.
    Better luck tomorrow!

  102. After all that, I bet getting locked out of your hotel room in your underwear doesn’t seem that bad. I feel bad for the Chicago knitters. You’re too much fun to miss, if you can help it.

  103. Well, it’s obvious that Chicago knitters still love you. I hope by now you’ve calmed down and are safely zonked in your own bed with Joe, rather than sitting up fretting and knitting furiously in an attempt to wind down. May all the good-comments vibes from the Chicago knitters give you soothing dreams, and help you feel better tomorrow. Good going, knitters!
    (And fellow Portlanders impatient for a report, please – give the woman a break, huh? Even if you’re trying to joke. Slow down and read the whole post; she said she won’t forget about us. She gave us an absolutely fantastic evening. What, we want egg in our beer, too? I’m feeling embarrassed.)

  104. You know, Steph, a couple of months back I was sitting in a plane going nowhere at all. Time was just stretching endlessly out while we were waiting on the tarmac and they decided what to do with this plane-load of people. The pilot finally came through on the speakers and said a really profound thing:
    “You know, folks, I’m really sorry for this, but I’d much rather be on the ground wishing we were up in the air, rather than being up in the air and wishing we were on the ground.”
    Keep safe. The knitters will still love you and will come back for a re-scheduled date I am sure.

  105. not one of those knitters in Chicago would have even thought it was ever your dilemma. O’Hare is known for problems (it is Chicago after all).
    no worries.
    they are used to weather cancellations.
    so sorry that you got sucked into the horrid weather vortex.

  106. a couple of thoughts for your next book tour. too late to string into sentences, but:
    web cam / live video feed
    big screen tv
    living room
    are you seeing where I’m going with this?
    hilarious stories about time zone co-ordination will ensue. but no waiting in airports… the book tour of the future! huzzah!

  107. Sad you couldn’t make it to Chicago, but glad you are home safe. The storm was so bad we hibernated and knitted in a mall until it passed before we drove home. Can’t wait to see you when you come to Chicago next!

  108. ugh. I was nowhere near Chicago, but I feel your pain!! I’m sorry you didn’t get there. πŸ™ Traveling sucks sometimes, for serious.

  109. Oh and know the TTC’s on strike just in time for the Knit Frolic.
    Talk about getting it on both ends!!

  110. We were all very sad knitters, but hey, who can control the weather? They don’t cancel a baseball game because of a little rain…rain delay, that’s all. We’ll get our chance yet. The sight of about 200 knitters clickety-clacking away at once was totally worth the trip for me though!

  111. I’m so sorry that you had such a crummy day. I was stuck in O’Hare once for hours and hours for the same reason. I was on my way home, and one of my return flights was canceled and re-booked. We flew threw some serious thunderstorms and turbulence to get there, and then the whole east coast was covered in thunderstorms. My flight was rescheduled several times and then, once we finally got on the plane, we sat on the runway for 3 hours before we took off. I finally made it home at 3am. It sucked. I’m sure that all the knitters understood that this was way beyond your control. I know that I would rather hear that you are safe and sound and read about your valiant effort to make good on your commitment, then to hear that something happened due to bad weather. I’m sure all your other readers agree. I have to tell ya it’s nice to know that you care about us the same way we care about you! Glad to hear that you are safe and sound. Well… and frustrated too but somethings are just beyond all of our control.

  112. Lamb, it’s Chicago. They’d be the first to tell you that four fried chickens and some dry white toast and you’ll be fine. Just say “I ran out of gas. I, I had a flat tire. I didn’t have enough money for cab fare. My tux didn’t come back from the cleaners. An old friend came in from out of town. Someone stole my car. There was an earthquake. A terrible flood. Locusts. IT WASN’T MY FAULT, I SWEAR TO GOD.”

  113. Poor Steph. Mother Nature didn’t give you the finger. She gave you another night at home. Something you need right now from the tone of your recent posts! So look at this as a good thing.
    It’s probably a good thing that you didn’t have time to knit. 8 hours at an airport would have burned through your whole packed stash of yarn! Strangers waiting at gates with you would have gotten free socks!

  114. So sorry to hear this, although I just got a text from a friend who spent last night on a cot at O’Hare (with 100s of strangers) and may wish she had never gotten there either.

  115. Ah yes, Chicago… I remember the time my husband and I were shuffled around the country for 26 hours (for real) WITHOUT out luggage and with a 6 month old baby in hand. I think Hurricane Floyd was to blame. We saw Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, O’Hare, Portland (ME) and 6 cursing nuns (I kid you not!) all in the same day. We arrived at 3:00 am without not a diaper to our names, no luggage, and a job interview in 4 hours.
    Sometimes these things happen- and even if they suck, they make a good story several years later!

  116. Steph,
    It seems that Mother Nature was trying to force another cup of coffee with Joe. I’m positive that the Chicago knitters understand. Living on the Great Lakes you know (as do they) the saying about the weather; wait 15 minutes. Sorry about the frustrating travel experience.

  117. I feel badly for the knitters who will be missing you. However. You absolutely do not want to fly into this part of the Mid-west right now. The wind gusts are fierce, rattling our 80 year old, extremely well built house (we’re approx. 90 minutes northwest of Chicago). The storms that rolled through yesterday were wicked – uprooting huge trees and blowing down powerlines. Lots of flooding too.
    We love you, but we’re a mess.

  118. Honey? I had to huddle with the scared kids last night as the winds howled, the rain dashed against the house, and we waited to see if a tornado would develop. (It didn’t.) We did lose power for a minute…. Believe me, you didn’t want to be on that flight, and I’m betting lots of the Chicago knitters couldn’t get to the venue either.
    Now I’m just (selfishly; sorry, Chicago) wondering if Monday is still on….

  119. Go easy on yourself dear Yarn Harlot! You are safe and that is all that matters. I once flew out of Chicago on a plane that had been de-iced three times and in what everyone on the plane knew were not safe conditions. If I had it to do over…. There is always next time and most important–you are safe!

  120. Another Oak Lawn Hilton attendee chiming in…my knitting friend & I drove up from northwest IN. We were welcomed to Nana’s with open arms; a thoroughly pleasant and delightful time picking up tix. We even got a delicious recommendation for dinner 4 doors down at Millie’s. BTW, you have to go JUST FOR THE APPLE PIE ALA MODE & COFFEE!! It is served in a large TALL sundae glass. Shock and awe…and the coffee??!! Dark, deep, delicious…kept me up all night. Heard you’d be late so we arrived at Hilton with time to spare in the bar!! Drank deep, met new friends. One fabulous knitter came in for 3 Southern Comfort manhattans TO GO!! I love knitters. Anyway, Steph, we’re so sorry to hear about your day from hell, but the storms were bad all night long. We took solace in shopping and still made it home to our rural homes safely by 11pm. Please reschedule. I’d like another perfect evening!!

  121. Steph, it’s okay to be sorry, and to be sad you’ve missed them and they’ve missed you. But hey — you’re alive to knit and speak and write beloved funny knitting stories because your plane didn’t take a dive in a Serious Storm. So. Knitters are understanding people. You *know* that. And there’s no trying to control the weather. Greater Hands than yours are in charge of it! So say a prayer for those cleaning up after the storm. Knit something that someone there in need now could use, and make new plans!

  122. *hugs* I’m so sorry you had to go through that. I hope you’re able to give yourself a little bit of a break with your family, some good wine, some great coffee and some beautiful sock yarn. πŸ™‚

  123. Yep — Chicago had some weather yesterday. Daughter went there on a bus and got there, hubster tried to fly there and didn’t make it. He could have ridden on the band/choir bus from daughter’s all girl’s high school, but he declined. Um, right.
    There’s nothing more frustrating that getting stuck in the airport loop. Hope there was knitting.

  124. I have never commented before, but I just wanted to send hugs and I agree that maybe this was nature’s way of giving you a (hopefully restful) night at home with your family. I hope you got some rest and some hugs from your family and you can emerge recharged.
    Nobody can fault you for what happened, just remember that. Nobody’s mad. I live in Wisconsin, and the weather up here was just scary-awful, I can’t imagine it was any better in the Chicago area. I’m sure many people are flat-out GLAD you weren’t flying in that crap! πŸ™‚

  125. You are not responsible for hte weather. And if you worked for an airline or an airport, you wouldn’t be out on the runway in a thunderstorm, either.
    It is difficult, but life is much less stressful if you accept that there are things that you can’t control. Take responsibility for stuff you can do something about. And do whatever you have to do to just roll with the stuff you can’t. Did you get to go home and have coffee with Joe? Maybe even sleep there?

  126. Please don’t feel bad. My friend and I came up to Chicago (we live 150 miles south in Central Il) and had a great road trip, toured 3 yarn shops, and made new knitting friends. We were disappointed we couldn’t see you, but will come back again!

  127. It’s not your fault Steph. And reading the comments – we understand and we still love you.

  128. Were we disappointed? Yes. Were we angry? No. Do we think this had anything at all to do with you? Of course not.
    We did end up having a good time anyway…and just hoping we are able to make it down there again when it gets rescheduled.
    Hugs to you, and try to enjoy being home.

  129. D-: That is total suckage. The worst thing is, you could have driven to Chicago in the 8 hours you spent running around Pearson. I hope you’re enjoying some bonus time with your family at least.

  130. The fact that YOU feel bad about this just shows what a wonderful person you are, and how could anyone be upset with YOU? Weather and air travel–really, both things are beyond anyone’s control. Much better to be safe on the ground than very, very sorry in the air.

  131. Everyone would much rather have you safe and able to return to your family than dealing with a scary, dangerous flight through thunderstorms. It stinks that you had to spend so much soul-sucking time at the airport, but at least you’re okay. That’s the most important thing.

  132. For all that we’re heading lately about problems with the airlines, keep in mind that aviation has gotten much safer as a result of better weather prediction. If it’s not going to be safe where you’re going, they don’t try to take you there. (If you’ve ever experienced an aborted landing in a hellacious thunderstorm, you appreciate this even more.) We would all choose a safe, grounded Harlot – even one madder than a wet hen – over a Harlot in peril on her way to a knitting event.
    As the title of your post suggests, if you travel enough this will happen to you. Not might, but *will*. And look on the bright side – now you should be good to go for the rest of the tour.

  133. If that storm in Chicago was anything like the one that hit here, four hours to the north, in the late afternoon, it was a real doozy. Huge amounts of wind and rain. No way one could possibly fly a plane in that.

  134. You are so sweet to get upset like this, but get over it. ORD is notorious for flight f-ups. We who use O’Hare understand. For the last few years, I had to fly into ORD because of ill parental units. I always had to fly in a day ahead of events and fly out the day after. It has gotten worse in the last year. Weather or no weather, use another airport (Midway is just as close to downtown Chicago) or take the train. It’ll all work out in the end. See you next time!

  135. I feel so much for you. You are such a kind person! I know you are more upset about the knitters waiting for you than for yourself. Just know they will understand – disappointed – but understanding.
    As much as you like “us,” we love you.

  136. It isn’t that bad. If you had flipped them the finger and stayed home to be a frickin’ princess for a day, they’d probably be right and properly pissed. But since it’s Mother Nature pulling the princess attitude, not much anyone can do this time.
    If it makes you feel any better, we just got nailed with two feet of snow over night. Yeehaw.

  137. In their misfortune, those knitters were lucky!!! They were gathered in a nice location, knitting and chatting away. You, however, were going through the worst airport-hell of all…and no knitting, nothing……..what a WASTED day.

  138. O hai, it’s me again, writing first and then reading. DO NOT DESPAIR (said she, knowing “talk’s cheap”). It has been said, weather is unpredictable. We have a saying, applicable to the whole Upper Midwest: “If you don’t like the weather, waitaminnit”. Furthermore, my mother used to say “May this be the WORST thing that EVER happens to you” meaning, in this case, that you’re stuck where you’re warm, dry and safe as opposed to being in a plane or a city where the weather is downright hazardous. I myself missed my weekly knittin’ date with my peeps on account of, they were talking about Flash Floods, Tornadoes, and Generally Crap Weather! Remember, Yarn Harlot, we are your DEVOTEES; we all love YOU and KNITTING and EACH OTHER in any order you choose. Sitting in a group of instant loving friends and fellow knitters is NICE. AS nice as if our YH was there? No, but still very VERY nice. Have a cuppa tea, have a snorgle with your husband, holler at the teenagers (always made me feel better) and take the opportunity to rest up a bit. If it’s any consolation – the weather forecast for Monday in Madison is FINE……

  139. Last year your O’Hare/Ann Arbor story saved me from arranging to let my son fly alone and change planes in Chicago (trying to get to Cleveland from NYC). Instead I payed the extra money to fly him directly – he is 17 but your story put the fear of (fill in your deity of choice) in me.
    This latest tale however, has arrived too late to stop him from accepting college admittance to the University of Chicago. Oh well, I know you can get there by train from here – it takes a while, but students have time to spare, right?
    I know that you will some day make it up to the knitters of Chicago – and they will make it up to you.
    As EZ would say, Knit on!

  140. While I’m sorry you had the hell of being stuck in an airport for so freakin’ long–terrible soul drain when you can’t escape and you know people are waiting for you–all I can say is THANK GOD you weren’t flying (or trying to desperately drive down) in that.
    I’ve lived in the Midwest most of my life and the storms here are not to be messed with. At all. I’ve been driving down the road one minute and then literally unable to even pull over the next because the rain and the wind have come on so hard I can’t see if anyone’s beside me, let alone know where the shoulder of the road is *to* pull over onto.
    Chicago people are seriously cool people (as they’ve shown you above); they all just seem to be glad that you are *safe*. How terrible it would have been to have had something happen to you on the way to the talk. And really, they now have two nights of fun as opposed to just one.
    Lucky Chicago knitters. πŸ˜‰
    Just hug Joe and the girls and be glad that you weren’t flying into all that mess.
    And get some rest. You’ve sounded so tired, dear author.

  141. Are you waving Warrior Woman at the appropriate times? Are you doing the “I cannot be late and don’t make me hurt you” dance while holding Warrior Woman?
    Jayme needs to get you a private plane to get you from point A to point B in a timely manner.
    Tell her that all your loyal readers think this is the least she can do for you.

  142. Stinks just, just stinks, but I have to agree with an earlier comment that there are all sorts of nasty weather going on here in the Midwest. Today we have an Earth Day Celebration and an Open Market that is being threatened by cloudy skies.
    If I know knitters at all I am sure the ones in Chicago are understanding and were probably more concerned for your safety than anything.

  143. I’m with Miss Ewe — Plan B is webcam, Skype and large screen projection… with the added benefit of giving your audience bulletins and views of the airport wherein you are esconced.
    So sorry you had SUCH a day… hope you score a generous infusion of wool fumes VERY SOON to aid recovery.

  144. We love to see you but we want to see you AGAIN and AGAIN. Better on the ground in one piece than scattered about some wet field. Chicago will love you still.

  145. Don’t beat yourself up (said a former Chicagoan). These things happen. You did more than 99.99% of people would do to try to get there (me, I’m giving up after cancelled flight #2).

  146. Don’t worry or feel bad. We missed you, but had a great time! I didn’t hear anyone grumble or get upset at all. Actually a lot of us stayed and knit for awhile.
    I am so sorry you had such a terrible day. Relax, try to enjoy your weekend!

  147. Oh, Steph, I hurt for you. That’s so frustrating, especially the helplessness. And to the Chicago knitters– The event is in Carmel, on the north side of Indy, and just 4 hours from the Loop, really. I’ve made that drive many times, up and back in a day, and it’s an easy one. Hopefully, some can come and still see the Harlot.

  148. Oh, darlin. It is so disappointing, I get that. But no one could be blaming you for the weather. I’d bet a zillion dollars that every single one of them will line up to hear you again in a heartbeat. I know I would.

  149. We were disappointed, but everyone seemed to take it in stride. I met some lovely people — I sat next to a lovely young woman named Jennifer who is a modern dancer. Thank Dog we had knitting to talk about, because I don’t know squat about modern dance. She was quite pleasant.
    I brought a care package for you to make the travels easier…but since you couldn’t make it, I ate it. Sorry. But don’t worry, there will be more and better when you do make it to Chicago.

  150. At least after all of that you were at home with the luvs, not it some strange foreign (US) port. Not that we wouldn’t have loved to have you. Happier flight, less airport time next time.

  151. If you had gotten in the air to come towards Chicago, you would surely have been whirled up into the air and off to Oz. If there was ever a night for mythical journeys, last night was it around here.
    Still, now I don’t regret so much that I wasn’t able to make it down to see you. Though undoubtedly I would have met many wonderful knitters.

  152. You wouldn’t have wanted to fly to Chicago. We had tremendous wind with the storm–driving was even difficult. Consider yourself lucky and safe.

  153. Remember the snow we got at sock camp? I think it followed you and dumped on your plans. Bummer!

  154. Oh Miss Stephanie! I am so sorry to hear you had to go anywhere near O’Hare. My husband and I spent 28 hours trying to get from Boston to Portland after making the HUGE mistake a booking a connection through Chicago. Weather and wretched airline service caused the delay. Even at that the best we could do was get to Seattle and drive for three hours to Portland in the middle of the night. I will NEVER book through O’Hare again – worst place ever for weather between thunderstorms and snow/ice. Enough of that. My point being it was not your fault. You are a good woman and will make this right when you can. I am glad you had another night at home – you needed it – you were overbooked.

  155. Your unfortunate event, stuck in the airport; desparately trying to get to Chicago reminded me of a scene from “The Devil Wears Prada” with Meryl Streep. She’s stuck in a hotel while a severe storm rages outside. Her secretary was the one calling around to get her home in time for her child’s recital. It didn’t happen either.
    However, the difference is that Meryl blamed the secretary for not being able to control the weather.
    I’m a firm beliver that when things like this happen it was meant to be. From all the comments above, the knitters made the best out of an uncontrolable circumstance, did not hold you responsible, and are looking forward to attending a re-scheduled event.
    Hope the weather is good for your flight into Salt Lake City on May 4th.

  156. I know the feeling. I just took over a job and the last week was to fly to Reno for a meeting. The previous person who had the job, went four times but only really attended the meeting once, the other times he got sick and had to stay in his hotel room. Well I said that this would not happen with me. I got to SFO at 5am to get through security, got on the first flight and we took off right on time. Boy was I feeling fine. Well, we ended up circling the Tahoe/Reno area for a while, and then ended up landing back in San Francisco. Turns out they had snow and they need 2 miles visable to land in Reno, mountains you know. Never made it to the meeting and my office in Reno said snow, oh yeah we had a few flurries, but it should not have shut down the airport. I think we are just doomed. Don’t worry, we knitters will forgive you, because if we ruled the world this just would not happen.

  157. I’m so sorry this happened to you — I do agree though, the people in that area will be understanding because they know ALL about getting three seasons in one day.
    If it makes you feel any better, you did get a “haha” out of me when you said Mother Nature gave you the finger. I’ll have to use that one more often πŸ™‚

  158. Hi Steph,
    You were missed last night but it was probably a blessing in disguise you didn’t get here. Traffic to the event was horrible due to a power outage on Cicero Avenue which runs right past our 2nd airport, Midway. It took me one hour to get to the hotel from the Stevenson expressway. It should have only been about twenty minutes. A little after 7p.m. the
    storm hit hard. No one who turned out was mad, upset, or threatening to brandish their needles.
    In fact an impromtu knit-in started up just as I was leaving.
    I am sure that we all hope that you get some much needed rest and that we get to see you soon.

  159. GO HOME! Wait for your next flight and have some coffee with Joe and tell your kids to pick up something or bring down some laundry and I guarantee you’ll feel better.

  160. I am a new reader to the blog. You have some incredible friends and readers who know how to make lemonade from lemons (or is that FOs out of WIP?)!! {G}. Your presence was missed, but understandable. No one would have wanted you in harm’s way and from the sound of it, Chicago was a mess last night. Please get some rest and know that everyone understands!

  161. Planes were not the only problem last night. My friend Kate and I spent 3 hours in a car (mostly stopped in traffic) just to have a 2 foot section of exhaust pipe fall off my car about 2 miles from the Hilton. As true knitters we went to the hotel first before trying to figure out what to do with the car. When we heard the news that you weren’t coming, it was actually a relief – maybe we could make it to a car place that was still open. (We didn’t reall know at this point what was wrong with the car – I knew it wasn’t a belt problem or an oil problem – it was just a loud problem and one would think that I would know that loud = muffler, I hadn’t a clue.) We found a place with the bay doors still open and pulled in. Right away Enrique knew that it was just the muffler and that I would be able to make it home okay. He put it up in the air anyway and sure enough, there was a long pipe whose middle had fallen off. So, 2 hours back home in a very loud car with torrents of rain coming down and lightening and thundering abounding. But, Stephanie, the spirits at the Hilton, while disappointed, were high. I mean, who can resist a knitting party with 200+ women? Now that sounded like fun. I wish I could have been there as well. We’ll catch you next time, though.

  162. We can’t control everything — especially the weather. I was at the Hilton and still had a good time seeing what everyone was knitting and enjoyed the amazing lightning show on the way back home. (You would not have wanted to be flying!) You have to keep it all in perspective — no one was hurt. Don’t let it get to you — we all know it wasn’t anyone’s fault. We all look forward to seeing you next time.

  163. (((Stephanie)))
    I’m sorry for your frustrating experience. I’m actually surprised looking at your travel schedule and the time of year that these sorts of things don’t happen more often.
    You said yourself that knitters are different. After reading all of the comments above, it’s evident. I know you were missed, but they all seemed to make the best of it.

  164. I feel fortunate I was merely waiting at an event that was cancelled, and then drinking and knitting in a (very dark–and we didn’t have a lighter for the candles!) bar with my friends instead of doing the revolving door through customs. You would not have wanted to be in a plane trying to land in the horizontal rain over the Chicago area last night. We all look forward to the rescheduled event!

  165. I flew into Chicago Midway late yesterday afternoon and it was NOT FUN. Waiting in the airport sucks, but you were definitely better off considering the awful, awful weather that ripped through here yesterday. We Chicagoans are typically pretty forgiving, so I don’t think you need to worry about that…you’ll just have to come back and see us another time!

  166. Stephanie,
    I’m originally from Chicago but have lived in Portland, OR for roughly 30 years. Most of my family is still in the Chicagoland area. I just visited a couple of weeks ago and they had a couple of good thunderstorms then. The knitters there will be very understanding.
    My sister lives in Oak Lawn (about 1-1/2 miles from Nana’s Knitting) and the person who commented about getting into Midway vs O’Hare is correct. Also, Midway is much closer to Oak Lawn. Good info to have WHEN you reshedule your trip!

  167. I had been having a pity party for myself because at 3:00 I called and released my tickets because I was still in the ER ruling out menigitis (which was ruled out in the end). This morning I checked in just to see how it all went really feeling sorry for myself as I did so, and lo! It looks like I may get a second chance!

  168. I had already felt bad that you got such a short time at home with your family, then had to turn around and see us. Then to spend and entire day in an airport must have been horrible. Don’t worry about missing us, it gave us all a chance to sit and knit and have a nice dinner. We’ll catch you next time! Take care and get some rest.

  169. What everyone already said.
    OH, MY GOD, YES, what Kari said (cabanna boys, tequila, yarn).

  170. I know just how you feel (except for the part where you miss talking to hundreds of people). It drives me insane to be late to anything. That feeling of frustration … I don’t know if I could have knit ever if I had time. No worries. We all understand that these things happen.

  171. As one of the Chicago knitters who came to the planned event last night, I want to say that we were disappointed, but not mad. Especially when I read your blog this morning to see that you had been trying to fly to Chicago all day! The weather in Chicago sucked, traffic lights were out, and it was a miserable day to travel. Next time, you may want to fly into Midway, which is very close to the location of your planned event. Maybe you could think about having a talk in the city of Chicago next time? It would save us all hours of commuting time. I really look forward to hearing you speak, whenever that is.

  172. Pobrecita! I’m sorry. I have to think that all those knitters would so much rather that you were safe on the ground than perhaps contending with dangerous inclement weather in the air.
    I’m so sorry you had to go through all that frustration, but I bet everyone at the event understood and felt bad that you had to go through that. Even your mighty pen and mad skillz with merino don’t extend to the weather.

  173. I just have to say how lovely your message was and how wonderful of a person you are to be so empathetic. May the weather gods see fit to part the heavens and give you safe and sunny travels for the remainder of your book tour.
    Good luck.

  174. Once again, foiled by OHare. Do your travel people realize YET that you need to avoid that airport at all costs?? Welcome to the Midwest in springtime. Happens all the time. Sorry it happened to you again.

  175. Hmmmmm…skimming through the posts, I had this grand thought…(ready, Steph, Trish and Jamie????)
    An “O’Hell Do-Over”…except for the part about the thunderstorms stranding the Yarn Harlot in Toronto! If not for this book, for the one in the fall.
    Maybe there could be a prize for the most original T-shirt created by attendees?
    Or maybe an open mike with Steph poems, tributes…or a Yarn Harlot roast??? Take it and run with it, Chicago!
    We all much prefer to see you, Steph, rather than read about a tragedy in air (did you see those photos of lightning hitting two planes last week? Scary moment with a good ending). And, it’s never a bad day when knitters gather…even if the plans change.
    May your future travels be smoother!
    Smiles and Hugs!

  176. I’m sorry about your awful luck. I travel by plane a lot for my work as an ecological statistician. The technical term for what you call the ‘Law of Averages’ is the SLLN or the ‘Strong Law of Large Numbers’ (there’s also a ‘Strong Law of Small Numbers’). It’s really the same concept, but nerdy statisticians like to use nerdy terms. Anyways, I live in fear of this concept because I have had way too many smooth an easy flights lately and have two more big trips coming up. I hope the rest of your book tour goes more smoothly and I really really really hope that at some point I’ll get to attend one of your events. So far it hasn’t worked out, but at some point I’ll get there.

  177. What a crummy way to spend a day. It wasn’t bad enough you missed your book signing, but to spend the entire day sitting at the airport the way you did? Ugh! Hopefully you’ll do something nice to make up for your lousy day. Many hugs!

  178. One other thought…this is why we “always” pack the “extra”…even though we know that, in the allotted time, there is no way we can finish the first one! Hee! Hee! Hee!

  179. Well, look at it this way, Steph, you could have left on your flight, gotten rerouted to Pittsburg and THEN had all this happen while you were stranded in a strange city.
    That happened to my daughter. They put her in a hotel room, but she was still 16 years old (at the time) and stranded.
    She and I have had bad luck with Pittsburg. Every time there’s a problem with our travel plans, we somehow, wind up stranded in Pittsburg. She’s done it four or five times. I once did it twice in one trip!
    At least at the end of the fiasco, you were still relatively near home.

  180. I’m another Chicago knitter who waited last night. Everyone else is right…we were disappointed, but had fun anyway. Not as much fun as we would have had if you had been there, but fun none the less.
    We all know that weather happens, especially in Chicago. And it did, indeed, happen yesterday. I drove to Oak Lawn from a northeast suburb, and the weather happened just as I was driving past O’Hare: torrential downpour, zero visibility. You wound not have wanted to have been trying to land in that.
    Trish from Nana’s Knitting was lovely. I hope that she got some of the drinks that she kept urging us to find. And she did say that you’ll make it this way sometime real soon. Any date?

  181. I flew out of Chicago O’Hare during a thunderstorm once. About 10 minutes into the flight we hit an air pocket/downdraft/something and we dropped like a stone long enough for me to think “Well, this is it” before we straightened out. Those Midwestern thunderstorms are not something to play around with. I’m sure the Chicago knitters totally understood why you couldn’t make it.
    By the way, my scuba class is going great!
    Cindy, the Xtreme Seattle knitter

  182. Knowing you, Steph, you’ll find a date to reschedule, and you’ll have a whole tour’s worth of stories for the knitters of Chicago when you do. Taken advantage of the time with your family, and good luck finding a reschedule date, and hugs for the whole lot of you.

  183. Hi Steph, another one of the Oak Lawn bunch checking in. As others have said it was an awful weather evening with high winds, thunderstorms and lightening as the night went on. I live about 14 miles away from the hotel and it took almost 1 1/2 hour to get there. The venue was great – proximity of the ballroom to the bar was an extra bonus! I’m one of the lucky ones, though I was looking forward to seeing you last night I’d had a chance to see you speak at a Stitches event and had a chance to chat with you last Fall at Rhinebeck! Get rescheduled at Oak Lawn soon! The evening wasn’t a total waste as I met some new knitter friends and had a chance to pick up my book from Trish.

  184. Take a deep breath and repeat: I can’t control Mother Nature. The knitters all know how sorry you are for not being able to be there. They love you anyways.

  185. Now, you know that I love you so very much and I hope you’ll wrap that around you when I say this and you hate me for it….also, I hope your hatred is temporary:
    If she gave you the finger than perhaps that means you’ve distracted her from the relentless fart bombs she’s been sending us in Maine all winter. Sorry it happened to you, but glad for two sunny spring days for me that made me feel less like a corpse and more like the treehuggin freak that I am. Just sayin’.

  186. Chicagoans know what kind of weather they live in. It is no surprise, eventhough it is disappointing, good news for me is that I couldn’t come on Thursday and thus stand a chance of catching you some other time in the Chi-town area.

  187. Honestly, the weather was so awful last night I’m glad you weren’t flying in it. Here’s a thought for the future, though – O’Hare cancels flights a lot, but Midway doesn’t seem to do it as often. Something about the direction the runways are facing, I don’t know. Anyway, it’s a smaller airport, so it doesn’t have all the options, but perhaps when you reschedule, Midway could be a thought? (It’s on the south side, which could also be a factor, depending on where you’re planning to speak at. But hey, maybe you can do a talk actually IN Chicago!)

  188. STEPHANIE! it’s okay. even though i wasn’t going to that particular event, i don’t hate you and i’m sure that nobody else does, either. have a hug. *hug*

  189. if things really turn out dry in the future you could consider an internet webex connection with video and audio – good internet speed on both ends with a projector on the other could be an emergency standin – not nearly as good as being there – but better than bitter disappointment.
    just a thought – been lurking for years and apprecaite all your sharing.

  190. Stephanie, my friends and I were there. And honestly, everyone felt more sorry for you then for ourselves. When they announced you weren’t coming, nobody groaned or “awwwwed”. We know you’ll come back. Next time the sun, moon and stars will align and everything will be perfect. So until then, don’t worry about it. We look forward to seeing you soon!

  191. I feel really bad for you and for the people waiting in the windy city. My Dad was an Air Traffic Controler. This was after he retired from a police department. No stress there. Sometimes it just isn’t meant to be. Everyone will understand. You’re such a super person and would never intentionally let down a group of REAL knitters. Sometimes you get the elevator and sometimes you get the shaft! So it goes.

  192. While we were disappointed you didn’t make it last night, everyone understood. I went with a friend and we talked knitting with some really nice people. Across the room, someone was knitting a piano keyboard, which was cool. The drive home was wretched, but I did get home in time for Battlestar Galactica, so all was not lost. Hope to see you next time you’re in town.

  193. Up in Madison, we had off and on downpours all day. Friday is one of my regular grocery shopping days. I *like* biking in the rain. And I still decided that it was better to take the bus rather than risk being turned into a crispy critter on my bike or find myself blown off the road.
    I’m not surprised O’Hare had trouble. When the weather was clear, it was still windy and a wonderful setup for the most exciting sorts of thermals. *Not* good in a plane at all.

  194. Steph…we Chicagoans are a tough lot. You’ll get to us another time. It happens, it’s not your fault, we still love you. It was pretty bad and other posters are right…we want to see you SAFE AND HAPPY.

  195. Even when you can’t be present, you are able to create community and new friendships. Impressive.—Peace

  196. Steph-
    As a native Chicagoan, that was the worst weather we’ve had in a long time. I’m sad I didn’t get to see you, but it was fun being among my peeps. Try to reschedule soon, and fly into Midway. I avoid O’Hare as much as possible(they delay even in good weather).

  197. Stephanie, please don’t worry about it. I was there with friends and we totally understand. It was sad, yes, but we were sad for you (how frustrating to be at an airport for a whole day!) and we know you’ll be back. And — bonus — I unwittingly sat next to a new friend I met the last time you were in town. And — extra bonus — the hotel had a bar.

  198. Yikes! You would think you were on the way to Ann Arbor, or something! Sorry about your trials and tribulations….fortunately through it all, I’m sure you had knitting. πŸ™‚

  199. As someone who grew up in IL and has had frequent “discourse” with O’Hare over the course of her life, I can reassure you that the knitters may have been disappointed, but they surely understood! Travelling through Chicago is always a dicey proposition considering the lake’s effect on the weather, etc. We know that you are an amazing woman, but you can’t control the weather! Hugs to you for all the frustration!

  200. Oh Steph I’m so sorry. If you were wondering what was happening in Chicago, you can see the effects of the backside of the storm front on MN on my blog. Not funny. Yes we got snow – but we were lucky we only got 1/2″ or so, but up north they got a LOT more.
    No Knitting time?? Slow torture!

  201. forgot to mention — chicago is an 8 hr drive from the twin cities, and we were getting air traffic.

  202. I’m so very sorry for your disappointment. I am so sure that they will understand. For all of your wit, humour and amazing knitting talent you still cannot control the weather (if you could I’d be a wee bit scared of ya…) You made a great effort and no one can fault you for that.

  203. Know the feeling re airports and you have my sympathies——— as long as you get to Northampton on Sunday. :-)))

  204. I knew all these knitters would show you their love, and I do, too, and I’m in Arizona! (But from Chicago, so there ya go.)

  205. Well. When I saw the date you were coming to the Chicago area, I was disappointed. Coming 5 days before my due date, and being about 30 miles from the hospital, there was no way I was going to make it. Then my son decided to make his debut 27 days early. After 6 days in the NICU, he is home and healthy now, but we’re still not up to making that kind of a trip yet. I hope Jayme the wonder publicist is able to reschedule your trip here and we don’t have to wait until your next book to see you.

  206. So sorry to hear of your airport troubles!
    I don’t know what kind of time you allowed to get where you needed to be, but could someone have met you in another city and driven you to Chicago? It’s “only” 7 hours from Mpls/St. Paul, and if you could fly into Madison, WI, it’s about 3 hours – maybe less…. I would think quite a number of knitters would love to have a couple of hours to chat with you while they drive!

  207. just got hte new book from amazon love love love it great job keep up the good work!!!

  208. just read kathys blog up at webs
    very lovely words
    i am here in florida trekking around the country
    with you there you go trekking beam me up scottie
    now try not to trip over the rainbows

  209. This is not much of a consolation, but some of those waiting knitters will be very glad that their gardens got some rain. I feel worse for you.

  210. I’m one of the knitters who was sitting there -really jazzed by the sight of all those knitters -and yes, disappointed (I had knitted my First Sock for the occasion and brought it all the way from my home in Arizona). But everyone departed in orderly fashion, perhaps to find a soothing libation (ice cream? beer? something stronger?) and to hope for a return engagement. Perhaps you’ll come to visit us in Arizona?

  211. I’m a third generation Chicagoan. I fly in and out of O’Hare all the time. Steph, there just isn’t anything you can do when a bad thunderstorm rolls through there. Trust me, everyone who knows OHare knows that, and no one would remotely blame you.
    Have a beer and knit something comforting tonight!

  212. Aren’t the Great Lakes and their weather systems just awesome? and terribly frustrating. I’m sorry. I’m sure the Chicago folks get the whole weather thing–O’Hare isn’t O’hell for nuthin’! but I’m sorry anyway. Rest, forgive yourself, forgive the thunderstorm, forgive the air traffic people and rest some more. You’ve lived to fly another day.

  213. You know, I remember you said something about knitters tending to be more generous and forgiving than the average person on the street. Remember that and we all understand the horrors of attempting to even go through O’Hare.

  214. As one of the knitters waiting for you in Oak Lawn,we were disappointed but totally understand the
    hassles of flying these days. I had a nice dinner out and got to meet some nice knitters. As for Trish, the store owner, she’s got to eat the cost of the room rental but will hopefully recoup when we go
    back to her store to pick up tickets for the rain date and see all that lovely yarn….

  215. Uugghhh! Your frustration is completely understood. We, as many knitters above, have learned to never connect through O’Hell if we can possibly help it. That airport is never on time, even when the sun is shining, the birds are singing, and the sky is cloudless. Don’t worry, it’s clear from the above comments that all who missed you do not hold you remotely responsible. We love you! Get some rest.

  216. That’s the worst – nothing to target with the frustration and anger. Nobody’s fault, no one to blame, no way to get even (even if it’s only in your head). But you know, I’m sure the Chicago Knitters get it, and when you finally get there, they will come. Joyfully and happy.

  217. we forgive you. Must confess I turned around and headed home from the train station after almost getting hit by lightning. Really. It hit the building next to me. It was the loudest thing ever. so… thanks for not coming here and getting hit by lightning. We’d rather have you alive.

  218. Stephanie I’m so sorry about the air travel mishaps. How frustrating it can be.
    I bought your new book last night at my local bookstore (the LYS doesn’t have it yet). And I’ve got to ask….how do you manage to look younger in each author photo? Really missy, what’s the secret? Fess up and share with the rest of us. You look 25 in this new photo!
    Well – instead of grousing about not having the secret I really should say – great job!

  219. You know what you need to get over this, don’t you? That’s right- a trip to Australia! Please come and see us. We’ll even put on the good weather for you. I won’t give up ’till you do.

  220. I can see you feel horrible. You give and give and give and give… sometimes Mother Nature just has other plans. I’m really bummed that you went through that whole rigamarole and didn’t have any decent knitting time! I wish I had something better to say. Boo hoo.

  221. Oh sweetie, been there, done that. And no time for knitting to be done. Your efforts are appreciated, but when the weather does its thing…

  222. As a weekly plane traveler, I understand what you experienced. Your devoted followers will be sad to miss you, but they will understnad. Get some sleep. You deserve it for how hard you tried to make this all work.

  223. Old farmer’s saying-
    “The weather cannot be controlled, it can only be tolerated.”
    I know that we are way out there on the technology end of stuff, but sometimes Mama N simply gets in your face and says, “NO!” Please try not to feel too badly! I would almost guarantee that those knitters, while sad that you weren’t there, went around the corner bar, hoisted a few in your honor, and knit their happy little hearts out! πŸ™‚

  224. As one of the South Suburban Chicago Knitters at the event, our hearts go out to you for suffering at the airport.
    Please know that we kept busy and enjoyed the day. I did post a few pic’s on my blog if your curious.
    I look forward to hearing you speak in the near future.

  225. Yet another Chicagoan here in the land of comments. While we were all sorry to have missed you, we are all grateful that you are safe at home for a weekend with your family. Mother Nature has given us another opportunity to get together in the future, and we’ll all take advantage. No worries!
    I was new to knitting when I saw you in Oak Brook, IL last year. While waiting in line for the book signings, I met a wonderfully nice knitter. As strange coincidences go, while waiting to see you this year, I unwittingly managed to choose the seat right next to the same girl! It was a marvelous surprise, and I owe both of them to you! Stay safe, and we’ll all be excited to see you the next time you come to Chicago.

  226. Oh, man! What a time you had, and we all know how much you care about “the knitters” who come out when you tour.
    I remember once trying to fly from Detroit to Chicago. Flew there, circled above the weather until we had to go back to Detroit before running out of fuel. It takes 4 hours to drive it, max, and it took us something like 8 hours of sitting in airplanes and airports to fly. Never again… but then I’m within driving distance.
    Remember, knitters have a good time when they gather. They knit and chat and admire each others’ projects. You create a party wherever you go, and the party happened in Chicago, too. It’s more fun with you there, but I’m sure those who love you enough to wait for you, love you enough to want your safety intact.
    Big hugs. It’s SO hard when things don’t go right. Nobody blames you for tornadoes, though. Really.

  227. Sorry you missed our SnB contingent from the Quad Cities. However, I take it as a sign from the weather gods that your publishers finally need to send you to I-O-W-A. Des Moines or the Quad Cities. (The weather isn’t as volatile as often as it is at O’Hell in my travel experiences.)
    Safe travels for your future events!

  228. The collective thought as Trish made the announcement wasn’t sucks to be us….it was “poor Stephanie, sucks to be stuck in an airport with no control”.
    But as knitters know….we often have no control, over the airlines, the stash, the gauge, startitis, the pattern….you get the drift!
    We all made the best of it, saw friends, knitted, I taught someone to knit socks on two circulars…so it was all good!
    I am actually glad you weren’t up in a plane in that storm….it was a nasty one….with sideways rain that was so strong the windshield wipers couldn’t keep up.
    Chin up – at least you aren’t stuck using O’Hare for all of your flying like we are in Chicago! Please book to Midway Airport next time…much easier.

  229. I’m another one of the knitters who was in Oak Lawn. I just finally made it home today, but that’s because I took the train into Chicago from St. Louis, & stayed over to do some sight-seeing with my daughter.
    As I said on my blog post, I feel much worse for what you had to go through on Friday than I do for missing getting to see you. I got a good weekend’s worth of knitting & quality time with my daughter out of the trip. Having an 8 year old knitter in tow meant no knitting at the hotel bar afterwards, but I knew that before the trip even started.
    I had a delivery to make to you from St. Louis, but maybe it will have to wait for the next time you make it here on a book tour.
    Hopefully they let you off the tarmac in time to get a decent nights sleep in your own bed. I know the hell that is waiting-trapped-on-a-plane-without-a-gate-to-disembark. Nothing like being Home-But-Not-Home, in your home city but unable to actually go anywhere; that’s a totally frustrating & awful feeling. {{{Stephanie}}}

  230. Somebody had the foresight to schedule the event in a locale with a BAR. I flew in from Virginia to visit my daughter and see you (saw you last year at Bailey’s Crossroads in Virginia). We got there a little early and decided to wait in the bar until the doors opened. We had a lovely time waiting for you. For those nice ladies that schedule your trips, Spring or Summer in the US = chance of afternoon thundershowers. Better luck next time! And even tho we didn’t get to hear you, I got your book and some great yarn at the shop, and had a great girls’ night out with my charming daughter. We still love you.

  231. Sorry to hear that you had a fight with O’Hare on Friday. I was actually in O’Hare on Friday evening, and let’s just say it doesn’t fight any cleaner when you’re actually there. The event I was flying to was on Saturday night, so I did make it (early flight on Saturday), but I understand about crying with frustration in the airport. O’Hare can be convenient when it acutally works. But how often is that…

  232. Oh Harlot, don’t worry. Like everyone else said, the weather was lousy and the knitters were sympathetic. Here is our take: There are WAY worse ways to spend a day than to roadtrip with your friends and knit all day (sitting in a plane actually comes to mind). I met a new yarn shop, I bought Malabrigo laceweight *drool* and generally had a great time. The Universe wanted us to hang out as knitting friends and the Universe also wanted you to be home for just a bit longer. All good in the Chicago hood.
    Jessica (MorgSz on Ravelry) from Lake County KTog

  233. But on the plus side, maybe this afforded you the opportunity eat some non-airline, non-hotel, non-restaurant food. And drink beer. At home. Maybe Mother Nature was actually looking out for you.

  234. Everyone knows how awfull O’Hell is (even this Houstonian). While I’m sure they’re disappointed, I have no doubt all those knitters understand. Keep your chin up!

  235. Aw, What a damned shame. As someone who’s been lucky enough to hear you speak and to meet you (and hear you say, “I’ve been on your blog!”), I feel very sorry for those Chicagoans.
    But those airports? They should raze ’em. Every. Single. Time. I fly through Chicago, something bad happens. First time, shuttle disaster. Next time, O.J.
    It’s not good. We need to just stop.

  236. As much as I wanted to see ya Steph, I really had a nice time visiting with the ladies and knitting my heart out….lotsa girl time!!!! Hope to see ya soon!!

  237. Somebody had the foresight to schedule the event in a locale with a BAR. I flew in from Virginia to visit my daughter and see you (saw you last year at Bailey’s Crossroads in Virginia). We got there a little early and decided to wait in the bar until the doors opened. We had a lovely time waiting for you.

  238. I was at the Oak Lawn event, we were disappointed that the weather was so horrible…there was nothing you could do about it. We can’t wait to have another excuse to get out to Nana’s Knitting Shop, go out for dinner and see you…again!! Isn’t anticipation half the fun?? Oh yeah-always fly into Midway-never O’Hare!!

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