Sunday, August 31, 2008

What a nice shiraz, duct tape, and patience will do...

Think about it -- shiraz, duct tape, and patience...

Never mind.

I had seen a piece on how to make your own dress form on Knitty Gritty a year or so ago, but I recently bought Wendy Bernard's book Custom Knits which describes in detail how to do it again -- and, well, I just had to try it out.

So my friend Chris (the owner of Boatneck Bluebell version 1.0 felted) came over. With wine and duct tape in hand, we went to work. (The process is like this.)

When we were done, we had our mini-me's (although both of us imagined ourselves about 15 years thinner.)
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Let me know if you decide to try it. It was definitely entertaining...the kids particularly enjoyed running around in them. It gave us some great ideas for potential Halloween costumes.

Friday, August 29, 2008

You should be scared, very scared!

I finally took the time to figure out how to make a slide show. Enjoy the last of the pics of the Bethesda style show.

Monday, August 25, 2008

In search of completed UFO's

I didn't make any lofty goals for my Olympic viewing knitting...other than to, um, finish every unfinished object in my house (which includes 3 sweaters, 3 pair of socks, a pi shawl, and well....that's enough for now).

What did I do instead?

I finished a market bag I started knitting exactly one year ago:

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Wow did I feel self-righteous after that. ONE WHOLE UFO finally finished after just one year!

What did I do next: I sagely started knitting mittens...because, as my Alaskan friend can attest, nothing says Oklahoma winters like wool mittens.

I give you Malabrigo burgundy:

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...and Jil Eaton (from Classic Elite):

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It's mate is on the needles now. This was my first time knitting with both of these yarns. The Malabrigo was everything I've heard it would be, but I have to tell you that the Jil Eaton is way up there too. Both have amazingly soft hands...and in my humble opinion, have a lot in common.

THEN as I suffered through the Olympic track and field events, I pushed through sleeve island and finished my Boatneck Bluebell (version 2.0 [unfelted]).

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Coming soon: pics of versions 1.0 and 2.0 together and the story of how this knitter got a bit wiser despite her stupidity!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

A photo essay

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Eli thrived in Kendra's presence at the Bethesda style show. He worked the crowd with his big brown eyes, sweet smile, and enchanting wave.

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Seth was overwhelmed at the impending prospect at modeling. He sacked out for the entire show.

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While Gabe strutted his stuff flanked by two cuties -- Keever and Katie. Hard to resist those young smiles...especially the one missing two front teeth.

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Or the close up of the two missing front teeth and his buddy the 15 y.o. varsity cheerleader!

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A few days later, we went fishing for the first time. Here's Seth's first catch...which, had you been there, he would've convinced you that he was catching a WHALE!

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Here's Gabe working to bait his first hook. My city-boy son learned how to bait that hook and make the family proud. It was a big day!

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Bananas Blanco was knit for Seth and is awaiting a new wardrobe to be sewn by MiMi. Just WAIT until you see the fabric Seth picked out for him.

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Lastly, here's a pic of two cousins with the fruits of one garden. Caleb (Marty's son) is on the left) and Gabe is on the right. They are two peas in a pod. I think often of Marty and Eric or Marty and Foshee when I see them together being wild boys in the country. Those faces tell the story of the stories they will be telling for years!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Open Invitation

I am pleased to invite each and every one of you to join the fun:

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Bethesda is central Oklahoma's only non-profit dedicated solely to the treatment and prevention of childhood sexual abuse. This is an amazing organization and I am honored to support them.

In addition to the style show, there is a silent auction with tons of great loot -- including for us knitter fools:

  • HUGE knitting basket with lots of premium yarn, books, the Yarn Harlot's 2009 calendar, and market bag kit.

  • A darling hand-knit red elephant (which is lovely with THREE original elephant art paintings from the elephants at the OKC Zoo)

  • A beautiful felted cabled bag for carrying anything your heart desires

Each of the above items were generously donated to Bethesda by Norman-area knitters.

I snapped a few pics of the auction items and tables and you can see them on the right.

AND because my photos don't do the items justice, below is a list of just a few of great offerings.

Norman Date Night
One Night Stay at Montford Inn
Legend's Restaurant Gift Certificate
Wine Caddy

Pamper Yourself
Teeth Whitening (Office Visit, Bleaching Trays and Bleach)
Gift Certificate for One Hour of Personal Training and Fitness Consultation

Family Fun
2008 All You Can Eat Seats at the Oklahoma Redhawks (6 Tickets)
4 Admission tickets to Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History
4 Admission VIP Passes to Oklahoma City Zoo
(4) $25.00 Gift Certificates to Pole Position Raceway

Indulge Yourself
Gift Certificate for One Hour of Personal Training and Fitness Consultation
(3) $50.00 Gift Certificates to Mariposa Medspa
Soy Candle Gift Basket

Time with the Kids
2008 All You Can Eat Seats at the Oklahoma Redhawks (6 Tickets)
(3) $25.00 Gift Certificates to Pole Position Raceway
$50.00 Gift Certificate to Young Chefs Academy

Dinner and a Show
Dinner for 4 @ Toby Keith's Bar and Grill
Four (4) tickets to "Music Builds" Tour at the Cox Convention Center
Dine Around OKC
(2) $10.00 Gift Certificates to Italiano's Pasta and Pizza
(4) $10.00 Gift Certificates to Chuck House
(2) $10.00 Gift Certificates to Cheeseburger in Paradise
(2) $25.00 Gift Certificates to Alfredo's Mexican Café

Dine Around Norman
Gift Certificate to Hideaway Pizza
Dinner for 4 @ Louie's Grill and Bar
Forward Foods Gift Certificate

Individual Items
Hilton Anatole Dallas Weekend Get-Away (2 night stay, breakfast and 2 massages)
OU Basketball & Bag signed by Coach Sherri Coale
Round of Golf for 4 @ Jimmy Austin Golf Club w/ Private Lesson
Elephant Painting #1
Elephant Painting #2
Elephant Painting #3
"Sweetheart Moth" Oriental Brushwork Painting by Ariel Richter
"Julia Heliconian" Oriental Brushwork Painting by Ariel Richter
"Postman Heliconian" Oriental Brushwork Painting by Ariel Richter
"Landscape" by Sue Hale
"Native American Shawl Dancer" by Sue Hale
"Tulip" by Sue Hale
"Dory and Beldy" Giclee Print by Sue Hale
Original Jewelry by Michelle E. Kelley
One Night Stay at Quartz Mountain Resort (with Breakfast)
Dallas Cowboys Jersey and Football signed by Roy Williams
Knitters Delight Basket
Barry Switzer Photograph
Beauty Product & Service Gift Basket
Texas Rangers autographed baseball hat
Arbonne Gift Basket
"Pink Granite, Wichita Mountains" Photographed and Printed by Andrus Clark
"Giraffe, Ngorongoro, Tanzania" Photographed by Steve Newcombe, Printed by Andrus Clark
Original Thrown Pot by Tiffany Couch
OU Football Tickets - Opening Game! OU vs. Chattanooga: August 30, 2008
OU Men's Basketball Tickets - 4 Spectacular Seats! November or December Game TBD
Original Thrown Pot by Victor Watkins
Italy Photograph by Mary Summers
"Vermilion Cliffs" Photographed by Stephen Newcombe
Cigar Gift Basket
OU Fan Basket
Dinner at Park Place Grill at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel

Hope to see you Saturday (I'll be there as my kids are modeling!!), and if you can't make it then, please stop by and bid on some of these treasures.