Thursday, April 24, 2008

Knitting at the Messier Marathon

Messier Objects are a set of astronomical objects cataloged by French astronomer Charles Messier. How many of them you can see depends upon where you are and when you are. Messier Marathons are when astronomers, like MrKnotty, meet up and set up their telescopes, attempting to find all 110 objects in one night.

MrKnotty decided it was time for me to experience a Messier Marathon so, along with several other Oklahoma astronomers, we set out to Checotah -- that's right. Home of American Idol What's Her Nose With the Blond Hair.

While he set up the telescope, I checked out the scenery.

Then I came back to see he, and all the other astronomers, were still fiddling with their telescopes and comparing electronic gadgets.

So I wandered some more, meeting up with the local wildlife.

Assuming that I am a wuss who would not make it through the entire night, MrKnotty set up a tent and chairs for me. So, unable to resist, I sat down and knit.

Here's Checotah at nightfall. It was really peaceful out there.

One guy brought a huge telescope -- I had to climb a ladder to look through the eyepiece. It was really fun. I saw a spiral galaxy, the Orion Nebula and the rings of Saturn.

Eventually, I did wuss out. I abandoned MrKnotty and went to sleep in the tent. My punishment? The next day when we were driving home, I saw a mole on my neck that I didn't remember having before. Of course it was A TICK!!!!!!!! I made him pull the car over and pull that nasty thing off me. Then I spent the next several days convinced I was going to die of some exotic tick disease. Luckily, I didn't. But still: yuuuuuuuuuuuuck!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

One Small Step for Man Booties

These delectable booties and hat were knit and donated by Gene Wiseman for the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium Aviator Ball auction. You'll notice the buttons: moons, stars and a sun. If you would like to bid on this set, they will be listed as One Small Step for Man Booties and Hat.

Gene will be teaching a free class next month at Loops. Topic: baby booties!

Thank you for your donation, Gene!

Knit bits

There are several things I’ve been meaning to post but haven’t.

Did I mention my attempt to kill Shelley resulted in my winning a fabulous bag?

How about this great hat I was given, meant for the daughter of Colorcrazed?

Also, a few weeks ago, what I thought was a weed turned out to be the resurrection of the daffodils my DH gave me for Easter last year. That’s a nice opening to spring, yes?

Last Saturday, I went to the Tulsa Knitters yarn swap. I came with the only yarn with which I was willing to part, two skeins of acrylic ladder yarn from Hobby Lobby, originally meant for Guck’s scarf. (I know. Acrylic ladder is crap. But I don’t buy yarn without a project in mind. So I don’t have any I’m willing to swap.) Regardless, I left with several skeins of fabulous yarn, due to the kindness of the Tulsa Knitters.

Colorcrazed gave me some fall-colored sock yarn, reminiscent of the socks she was knitting when we met, and some fabulous Koi in a Blender by Tempted. That’s destined to be Florida Gators socks for my dad.

La Ninja gave me a gorgeous skein of yellow/purple/orange sock yarn – really sweet of her, no?

And KnitterforPeace, bless her, swapped me for my ugly yarn. In return I got a blue/purple furry blend and a big beautiful pile of purple worsted weight wool. ThePatternWhisperer, a very nice woman from Texas, helped me untangle it. Incidentally, she and her husband make things grow.
And...our geese had babies. Momma Goose's craned neck in this photo was her in attack-mode -- for me. So although there were several more adorable baby geese, this is the best photo I could get.

Click on the photo for a close-up. You'll notice the baby wing-nibblets.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Our illusions create the world*

Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
-- Mark Twain

The OU Illusion scarf, another donation to the TASM auction being held this Saturday. Knit by Colorcrazed. Modeled by my Realtor in my theoretical backyard.

If you aren't familiar with illusion knitting, the image you see on the right side of the scarf pops out only from an angle. So looking head-on, this appears to be a red and white striped scarf. From an angle, you see the OU logo. Cool, right?

*This title is derived from a quote by the French writer Didier Cauwelaert. "It is our illusions that create the world."

Monday, April 21, 2008

Going buggy

No bugs! The potential yarn-holder has no pests chewing upon it. Bit ‘o old bug damage and spots of wood rot, but no current nasty critters.

Hurray, hurray! So we’re one step closer.

Next. we turn in our list of requested repairs and wait.

Perhaps someday soon we will get to have a home. So then we can get a dog. And I can knit him outfits like this, just so I can call him “Lil Stinker.”

Incidentally, Going Buggy was the name of the play in which my youngest sister made her stage debut. She was in kindergarten and played a moth. Her big number was to the tune of Mr. Frog Went A Courtin’. Her line was “I spread out the tablecloth, um hum. Um hum.” But we taught her to sing it like Ethel Merman: “I spread ouuuuuut the taaaaaaaaaaaaaaaablecloth! UH HUH! Uh HUH!”

Good times.

Puppahies courtesy Muttropolis.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Celestial knits for auction

Look at the gorgeous knits my friends have created for Aviator Ball auction benefiting the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium! The Eclipse scarf was created by Eaglechic, also known as Gina La Ninja at Loops.

It was made using Tempted Eclipse hand-dyed yarn -- with real silver spun into it.

The Midnight Sky shawl was a labor of love (emphasis on "labor"), created by MrsD and modeled by the crafty Colorcrazed (also known as My Pfriend Phara). Thanks, thank you, MrsD!

Colorcrazed is creating an auction item of her own -- an OU Illusion scarf.

Many other people have knit up some fabulous items for the auction and I will post them as I get more photos.

Thanks again, everyone!

Want to attend the auction or bid? Call 1-918-834-9900 or visit TASM.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Mine's better

You may be under the misguided assumption that there is a child in your family cuter than my niece. Let me assure you, you are wrong.
This is my adorable niece hamming it up in the Amanda Hat I knit for her.

And here is her equally-adorable aunt in a coordinating Amanda Hat.

And,'s my older bother. As you can see, we are a family of camera-whores. It's genetic.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Yarn holder

I’m feeling pretty confident about this. It’s been nearly two-years coming, with lots of evil-villain-tying-a-maiden-to-the-train-tracks scenarios, but I think we might finally be getting a house. We have a contract (good). We just had the full-home inspection (good). There don’t seem to be many repairs to do (good). The bank says we’re cool (good).
Of course, this is the Knotty Family. We’ve had previous contracts in this city, which ended in either termites, wood rot, lying realtors, black mold of death or crazy ladies (bad, bad, bad, bad, bad, bad).

So you’ll understand my hesitation. The last inspection is Monday. The bug guy is coming. Please cross your fingers. And your toes. And the fingers and toes of your children, pets, spouse(s) and any imaginary friends or hallucinations you might have (I’m not here to judge).

Pictured: a red brick yarn-holder.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

I gots ta have one

This may be the cutest ad I've ever seen.

Knitting connection? As everyone knows, knitters love wabbits!