Live-blogging the Inauguration
January 20, 2009
Hello everyone. This morning we live-blogged the Inauguration (or tried to). If you didn’t read it in real time, it will be easier if you scroll to the end of the post and read it from the bottom up.
1:31–I’m signing off, too. Tea Cozy fans: the pattern is from Interweave Knits’ Holiday Gifts 2008 issue. For some reason, it’s called the Brick-Stitch Tea Cozy by Sandi Rosner. I call it the Ballband Tea Cozy. I had to make it, just because I feel (rightly or wrongly) like I have dibs on that stitch pattern and need to make everything that anybody cooks up in it.
Fashion-wise, I learned a lot today. Black suede boots are not just an option–they are an essential for the foxy middle-ager, and olive green gloves are the new black. (Although I like to think that the green gloves/gold dress combo was just a happy accident of Mrs. O rooting around in her coat pockets when she realized she would be needing a pair of gloves this morning.) Bye everybody! (Kay)
1:07–And so to lunch! Thanks for watching the Inauguration with me. Back to my feather and fan scarf. I need to go read that inaugural speech and poem again. (Ann)
1:04: The signing of the Presidential Ketubah.
12:53–Aw man, I think Obama is, like, doggin’ us. “Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends — hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism — these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility — a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.”
12:55–Freezing and smiling before saying goodbye. The matching dress & coat look is so great, on both First Ladies. Make a note of it! (Do you have to be a First Lady to wear it?) (Kay)
12:40–It’s been a while since a First Lady has shushed a First Child in public. So fun to see. (Kay)
12:34–What I’m knitting:
Another cashmere shawl, to comfort a friend. More likely, I am the one getting the comfort. (Kay)
12:19–Fiber arts analogy: “our patchwork heritage”!
12:06 It is done!
12:03 SOME GIG.
12:01–Who’s screeching for Utah senator Robert Bennett?
11:53–Her hat is a 10.
11:52–There are 1801 people on Ravelry right now. Aretha is singing people! Get off the computer! (Kay)
11:50–You’ll be happy to know that Hubby stopped dozing in the chair and is paying full attention now. (Kay)
11:48–What must he be thinking? (Ann)
11:41–The LIncoln bible is so tiny! I was expecting some coffee-table-size behemoth. (Ann)
1134–The KayCam batteries are dying. I begin to see how CNN has the edge over live knitblog coverage. (Kay)
1134–What’s with the guy with the binder next to Bush? Does he have a biology test tomorrow or something? (Ann)
11:32 Sasha & Malia and wait—is that ME in the pink coat? No, it’s Ms. Robinson. (Kay)
11:26–President Bush père on a cane, sigh. I like their purple scarves which I am taking as a blue/red fusion moment. (Ann)
11:17–Still thinking about Dan Quayle and how he hasn’t aged at all–that is worrisome, no? (Kay)
11:13–My ferklemptitude threshold is SO low today.
11:13–Laura Bush has been gracious through all this transition. I bet she’s going to have a big mojito on the way to Texas tonight.
11:08–Here’s my inaugural scarf:
11:07–Scalia looks like a Medici with that kooky cap on! Get the guy a handknit!
11:00–They’re in the Capitol!
10:58–”I couldn’t afford to do this shot in a movie,” Stephen Spielberg says.
10:57–An inaugural scarf, in Mountain Colors Mountain Goat, which is a wool/mohair blend that really has the most extraordinary small color shifts. Green. Fabulous, emerald green in a fan n feather pattern.
10:54–Hey Ann, what are you knitting, anyway?
10:53–This is a sacred moment for teapot cozies!
10:48–”This is a sacred moment for democracies,” David Gergen says. So true. Peaceful transition of power. Very big deal. Almost as big as that teapot cozy.
10:44 I made a teapot cozy.
10:37–Sandra Day O’Connor, high five! Looking good!
10:31–Here come the members of Congress. They’re all so normal looking–pep up, y’all! Go check out what those people on the Mall are doing! Flag waving! Hefty bags with names of ancestors taped on!
10:28–Just saw a man who appears to have an entire possum pelt on his head.
10:25–Trying to figure out the best channel to watch. Diane Sawyer has a real tender groove on, so I may hang with her. Charlie Gibson just tried to describe the designer of Michelle Obama’s suit, and he was charmingly terrible at it.
Michelle Obama brought Laura Bush a present. (Aw! That’s the Midwestern upbringing; always bring a covered dish.) Tom Brokaw growled, “You can be sure it’s not Tupperware in there.”
How can he be so sure? The woman is moving house! Tupperware would be very helpful.
I’m hoping it’s a handknit.
Here it is, a day that will live on forever in our memories, so Kay and I are going to live-blog it.
So pull up a Barcalounger, get your knit on, and enjoy the day with us.