My husband is a space geek. He’s old enough, just barely, to remember when we landed on the moon and he’s loved space ever since. We are both sci-fi geeks and Chris especially loves shows about exploration. He loves discovery and adventure. Naturally, all of this means he particularly loves Elon Musk and Space X.
Tomorrow, February 6, Space X is scheduled to launch its Falcon Heavy rocket for the first time. Falcon Heavy is a BFD. The stats on it are impressive. Rather than reciting them, I’m going to refer you to Space X’s website. The important thing is that this is the first launch of a rocket that could be used to put humans back on the Moon or to land on Mars for the first time. And we are going to be there.
Falcon 9 will be launching from Kennedy Space Center Pad 39A. This pad has been the origin of more than 90 missions to space, including the Apollo 11 mission that put men on the moon and many space shuttle missions. After the shuttle program was discontinued and before Space X leased the pad, you could take a tour inside the fenced perimeter. Naturally, we took that tour.
Tickets for the Falcon Heavy Launch went on sale while we were in New Jersey. We bought tickets to be at the Saturn V center, located 3.9 miles from the launch pad. This is the closest that members of the public can get. The launch is scheduled for 1:30 pm and our pass tells us we must be there at least 5 hours before launch time. It’s a 1.5 hour drive from here to Kennedy Space Center, so we are leaving the house at 6:00 am to make sure we are there in time!
So tonight, I packed a little bag and in the bag I put:
5 pairs of binoculars
Eye drops (for our contacts)
My Sun Hat
Benadryl and AviQ. I have an anaphylactic allergy to fire ants, so if I’m going to be outside in Florida, I always bring these.
The set of lenses and filters I have for my iPhone
A battery to charge our phones, if necessary
And a knitting project, naturally. We’ve got to be there early and the launch window is 2.5 hours long, so there will be a lot of waiting around!
For the past week, I’ve been crafting like it’s my job. I also had an unusually high number of fun activities. I had lunch in Diagon Alley with Ravelry friends who were in Orlando on vacation from Massachusetts.
I went to my first ever professional soccer game. It was my cousin’s wife’s birthday and that’s what she wanted to do.
My husband and I bought tickets to view last Sunday’s SpaceX Falcon 9 launch from the NASA causeway. We didn’t want to get up at the crack of dawn and drive over, so we drove over Saturday night and stayed in a hotel.
Here’s the video I took of the launch. The vehicle failed 139 seconds after launch. I stopped recording two seconds before that because I was using my phone to record video and could barely see anything at that point. It looked like a beautiful, perfect launch with nothing more to see. And then the Liquid Oxygen tank exploded.
I still managed to get quite a bit of crafting done! Let’s review the ridiculously ambitious list of goals I wrote:
Goals for June 21 to 30, 2015
Finish Raindrops on Roses Shawl (Headmistress Challenge)
Finish Grisou Scarf (homework, but which class?)
Finish Solid / 1×1 Scarf (OWL)
Three more color and weave scarves to meet OWL 50% (highly unlikely to finish)
Finish current Heart Illusion Dishcloth, plus 4 more (COMC?)
Tier Scarf (Charms or Potions)
Crochet Dishcloths (Transfiguration)
MHK1 swatches (Divination and / or Charms)
Small stuffed bird (DADA)
Cast on Sweet Summer Shawl (Quidditch Round 3; due July 8)
Liquid Silver Swatch (OOTP; due July 19)
Cast on Begonia Swirl Shawl (Headmistress Challenge; due July 28)
Fully Accomplished Goals
I finished the Raindrops on Roses Shawl. I absolutely love it. I test knit this for Assorted Musings (Ravelry, blog); the pattern will be released on July 15. I plan to publish a detailed blog post for FO Friday on July 3.
I finished the Grisou Scarf. I test knit this for Sasoolero (Ravelry, blog) and I’m not sure when she plans to release the pattern. I will publish a blog post on this project for FO Friday on July 3.
Partially Accomplished Goals
I started the Solid / 1×1 Scarf. I’ve woven somewhere between 1/3 and 1/2 of it. I have the hardest time taking pictures of weaving in progress. Since the finished work gets wound onto the cloth beam, it’s difficult to see progress!
I finished the Heart Illusion Dishcloth that I had in progress, plus two more.
I started the tier scarf and knit about 1/3 of it.
I crocheted one dishcloth. In my goal, I didn’t say how many I wanted to knit. I need 18 for the Dishcloth Advent Calendar, but didn’t expect to get them all done this month. I was hoping for 9. I learned how to single crochet increase, single crochet decrease, and crochet through the back loop.
I knit the first 3 swatches for MHK1. I still need to weave in the ends and block them. I also wrote answers to several more questions.
As expected, I did not weave the 3 additional scarves for my OWL. I did not make the stuffed bird. I decided to submit the Grisou scarf for DADA instead, and didn’t need the bird for anything else. I have not cast on the Sweet Summer Shawl. I will be doing that today. I have not swatched for Liquid Silver. I will be doing that today. I have not cast on Begonia Swirl Shawl. I think I’m going to wait a couple of weeks and cast on before I go to TKGA in San Diego. It will make excellent travel knitting.
I made a felted cat bed for Tiger. I managed to knit 1,047 yards worth of garter stitch in less than 3 days, felt it, and stitch it together! It wasn’t on my goal list because I hadn’t decided to do it until after I wrote that list. Tiger’s been sleeping on an alpaca blanket my father bought me when he was in Peru and I didn’t want it ruined. I needed a quick replacement.
Goals for July 1 to 5, 2015
Knit at least 1/2 of the Sweet Summer Shawl
Cast on Miranda Shawl
Swatch and Cast on Bubbles Baby Blanket
Swatch and Cast on Liquid Silver Shawl
Finish spinning and plying the Cormo I’ve been working on since February
Start spinning the 3 Feet of Sheep (8 ounces BFL) on July 4 for Tour de Fleece
I’m tempted to write more, but I think this is more than enough. My husband is off on Friday and Monday for the July 4 holiday. I will have less crafting time than usual because I’ll be hanging out with him, and we’re going to the beach for at least one day!
Worldwide Knit in Public (WWKIP) Day celebrated its 10th Anniversary last Saturday, June 13. Danielle Landes started WWKIP Day in 2005 as a way for knitters to get to know each other. Local knitters organize and publicize events. The number of local events has grown over the years. In 2005, only 25 events were held. In 2015, knitters in at least 56 countries organized a total of 882 events!
It’s been a few years since I’ve gone to an official WWKIP Day event. I try to go somewhere in public and knit on that day, but I don’t necessarily try to find a group. This year, however, the knitting group I attend at my local library held an official event. The knitting group usually meets in a meeting room. For the WWKIP Day event, we met in the main sitting area at the library. The library publicized the event in a couple local papers and had signs up in the branch for a couple of weeks beforehand. Nearly 20 people came, and most were people who had seen the ad in the paper. Many didn’t know the library had a regular knitting group!
The event at the library was 1 pm to 3 pm. I didn’t arrive until 1:45 because just as I was about to leave the house, Chris and I started talking about plans for the end of June. We decided to buy tickets to view the Space X Falcon 9 launch from the causeway at Cape Canaveral. I bought those tickets, then booked a nearby hotel. The launch is at 11: 09 am, we have to be there at least an hour before launch to take a bus to the viewing location, it’s a 1.5 hour drive to get there from our house, and we aren’t exactly morning people! Once I finished those plans, I headed to the library. This is what it looked like when I got there:
I spent a pleasant hour knitting and chatting, then went over to my LYS and spent another two hours knitting and chatting. It was a lot of fun!