April 06, 2007

86 Days and Counting, Dulaaners!

Finally got my lazy-ass self around to updating the Dulaan 10,000 or Bust list yesterday. It was my pleasure to be able to mark these 19 Warriors for Dulaan as "done" on the list! Thank you, everyone!!

Anne Bland
Chris Hadaway
Debbie
Dee Gaylord
Dianne Harrington
Ivy Reisner
Kathleen Campbell
Krista Moore
Lauren Paul
Lauren Snell
Leanne Cooper
Mariza Kenny
Mary Beth Temple
Nancy Holter
Nancy Lutz
Pam Watson
Renais Jeanne Hill
Sheila Fuesting
Sue Marchant

As a reminder, people who finish their 5+ knitted items or blankets will be eligible to participate in a drawing for a basket o’ knittin' goodies. To encourage people to mail their items to F.I.R.E. sooner rather than later, June 15 is now the official deadline for letting me know that you have finished your items. Ooooooo, the pressure! And to inspire you to do more, more, more—because they sure as shootin’ inspire me—below are photos of the 65 (!!) items knit by Warrior for Dulaan and Champion of the Mongolian People Janet Elliott. Remarkable, no?

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I worried for a while that the "Dulaan 10,000 or Bust" contest would backfire on me, that it would make people knit 5 and only 5 items, where normally they might have knit more. But then people like Janet come along, who knit enough for herself and 12 other people (no lie; you do the math), and I know I don’t have anything to worry about.

On the subject of charity knitting, Mary Lou Egan is selling a Tiger Hat pattern, all proceeds from which go to Heifer International. Just passin’ the info along.

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You know how it is with TMK: One minute she’s making gecko stepping stones, the next she’s building a blanket chest, the next she’s installing a hardscape patio, the next she’s building tuteurs and the next she’s learning how to spin. Guess what’s coming down the Pike of Neverending Surprises now, m’dears! A bat box!

TMK and I both think bats are peachy-keen* and she has talked about installing a bat house or two in her backyard for years. Fueled by the spectacular success she has had with her new bird feeders**, 2007 is apparently the Year of the Bat. Two weekends ago was all about cruisin’ the Net for ideas and patterns. Yesterday was all about the trip to ManLand to get materials, and the starting of the project. She promises me that she has taken photos, so I will share next week. (Somewhere in there, there’s a pun about Everything you Ever Guano About Bats But Were Afraid To Ask, but I’m afraid to go there.)

*My love of bats comes from—besides my over-the-top passion for all things wild and wooly—a childhood replete with bat-ty experiences. When we lived in Brazil, we used to be able to throw fruit up in the air and have it come down with a bat-bite out of it. When we lived in Singapore, bats roosted up under the eaves of our house and we discovered that if you made sucking noises at them, their tiny ears would go wild trying to figure out what the sound was. (This was an endless source of amusement for us kids. No day was complete without pissing off the bats.) On a train trip through Malaysia, we saw flying foxes swooping through the air over the tropical jungle. And a few years ago (okay, we’ve left my childhood far behind now), we went to the local Japanese gardens for a Moon-Viewing Ceremony and although it was rainy and the cloud-cover blocked the moonshine—so the event itself was a bit of a bust—we did get to see the bats come out. So very, very cool. Any other batophiles out there?

**We knew this weekend we had been a little too successful in enticing birds into TMK’s yard when a sharp-shinned hawk tried to do a little drive-by “shopping” at the bird feeder. The little birds had gotten wise to him, though, and were long gone, so he was reduced to sitting forlornly on a branch, texting the other hawks. I caught a glimpse of his cell phone display but all it said was, “WHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAZZZZZZZZUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUP??”

Posted by Ryan at April 6, 2007 11:52 AM
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LMAO @ pissing off the bats. That is TOO funny. I looooove bats. (I especially love to tease squirrelly-girly acquaintances by pointing them out at twilight in the summer and see the girls (and once a tough guy from New Jersey) squeal, "Eeeeuwww, gross!" and run for the house, but I'm a little sadistic that way.) Bats rock.
Crap, 86 days! I'd best get knittin'.

Posted by: Carrie on April 6, 2007 01:14 PM

I love bats! There's a joke lurking here somewhere about Robins as well, what with the uber-successful bird goings on in TMK's yard, but it eludes me. I am with you on the bat love though.

Posted by: moiraeknittoo on April 6, 2007 01:21 PM

Glad to see all the proud finishers! Sadly, I've been omitted from the list. I e-mailed you a while back (sometime since the last update), but perhaps you didn't get my e-mail. I'm Ruth H. Thanks!

Posted by: Ruth on April 6, 2007 01:23 PM

I didn't sign up to knit five because like other things I've signed up for in the past, I didn't want the pressure to finish and then dissapoint when I screwed up. I have been knitting for Dulaan though (my first charity knitting and it feels so good!) and have completed four items with the fifth flying off the needles.

I made two wonderfully thick felted hats, here's the post: http://www.motenko.us/weblog/2006/12/aint_no_sunshine.html

And two avalanche vests in worsted weight (modified the pattern): http://www.motenko.us/weblog/2007/04/post.html

The vests are a great way to use up left over yarn. The third vest is just about done and then they'll be in the mail.

Posted by: Brenda on April 6, 2007 01:34 PM

Here in Austin, we have a colony of bats that live under the Congress Avenue bridge in spring & summer months, and every evening at sunset, they emerge like a black cloud. They do river bat-watching cruises, etc. It's pretty cool to watch them.

Posted by: Rete on April 6, 2007 01:49 PM

Guano is all the rage at our farmers' market. In the summer we get a show every evening of bats swooping bugs over our pond. I thank them kindly for their good service. Three cheers, two hugs and a cadbury egg for Janet! What a dear!

Posted by: marylee on April 6, 2007 01:56 PM

I can't say I absolutely love bats, but I recognize they are a great thing to have hanging around the garden and for mosquito control. I'd definitely put up a bat house if I had a place for one! Get sawing, TMK, we're waiting for pictures!

Posted by: Kristen on April 6, 2007 02:01 PM

I have finished 8 items so far and blogged about it here:
http://knitonequilttoo.typepad.com/knit_one_quilt_too/2007/02/do_the_dulaan.html

Posted by: Kristin on April 6, 2007 02:07 PM

Thanks for the "TMK flashback" -- those gecko pavers are neat! Must keep those in mind as I plan this year's landscaping projects.

Bats are OK, as long as they stay outdoors where they belong. Once when I was standing in my Mom's kitchen a bat came zooming by my head, having entered the house through a crevice somewhere in her chimney. Talk about being startled!

Posted by: Denise in Kent, WA on April 6, 2007 02:16 PM

Yeah, I'm done and doing. I took a few items out of the box around Xmas time for various drives, but I've more than replenished those. I think I'm up to 25 or 26 at this point. Fewer than I've done in other years, but it includes a cardigan and a couple of vests. And I'm churnin' out more little socks as we speak.

Based on my experience with the Red Scarf Project....which did not seem to be as widely embraced as Dulaan is....where they wished for 2,500 scarves and (this is the first time I have publicized this number) we blew them out of the water (and probably scared them away from ever asking knitbloggers to be involved again -- seriously) by sending them TWELVE THOUSAND scarves. I think they are still twitching and trying to figure out what to do with the excess.... I don't think you have to worry much. We sure do know how to overwhelm, us bloggers.

Posted by: Norma on April 6, 2007 02:33 PM

Please embolden my name on the Dulaan list -- I finished my five. Thanks! Martha Hesselein

Posted by: martha in mobile on April 6, 2007 02:54 PM

65 hats? 65?? I feel like such a slacker. And with only 86 days left, I'd better start playing with my fleece soon. Very soon. I'm slow.

I don't think I'd seen the blanket box before. TMK, I bow and scrape in unworthy fashion. But only for the immediate future, coz I started a woodworking class last night. Hee! Now I just need time to play...

Posted by: Rachel H on April 6, 2007 03:51 PM

I love bats! And GO TEAM DULAAN!
Here are some links for batty patterns that I think are cool, now the Townie Bat (for the Austin bats) is crochet, but he's still kinda cute.

http://www.blackrayne.com/pages/batty.html
http://www.fablehandmadegoods.com/Crochetpattern-bat.html

Norma, faboo job on the scarves! Wouldn't you have just loved to see their faces when 12K scarves hit their mailbox? Awesome!

Posted by: Nancy O. on April 6, 2007 03:57 PM

I'm at 12 items, so may I also be emboldened?

We love our bats here, too. Unfortunately, our friendly neighborhood owls, of both the great horned and barn variety, love them as well.

Posted by: Lisa A on April 6, 2007 04:11 PM

Many years ago, my husband and I lived in Hell, otherwise known as Yuma, AZ (or, as we like to call it, "that four-letter word").

Other than occasional dramatic views of the nearby Sand Hills, the ONLY thing I liked about that hellhole was that at dusk THOUSANDS of bats would fly out of huge trees that ringed an empty lot behind our rental house. It was an incredible sight!

And, although I've never seen them myself, there is evidence (guano guess what kind?) (sorry, couldn't resist) that bats live in the wooden siding surrounding our brick chiminey. Glad they are there to keep the flying bug population down.

Posted by: JanKnitz on April 6, 2007 04:45 PM

We had a bat visit our summer cabin in the Sierras one year. It would fly in the open door in the evening and fly around eating the moths, etc. attracted to the lights, rest hanging from the rafters for a while, fly around shopping some more and finally leave. Evening entertainment for the whole family for several days. One cool evening the windows and doors were closed and it knocked on the window to be let in. Neat!

Posted by: Joan in Reno on April 6, 2007 05:02 PM

Hi! I'm at 5 items with a 6th fleece blanket getting done soon. But my goodness! 65 hats???!

Posted by: Suzanne on April 6, 2007 05:33 PM

Go, Rachel H!

Go, TMK!

Dude, I LOVE bats. Kid wants to dress up as one for Halloween in hopes that it may entice a few real ones to roost in our balcony. Also, she says it has great potential for scaring her Barbies.

That right there cancels out about ten temper tantrums in my book, let me tell you....

Posted by: Lee Ann on April 6, 2007 05:34 PM

Add my name to the list. Have made 15 items since Feb. Still going strong. Hoping for at least 30.

Patti Irvin

Posted by: Patti on April 6, 2007 05:58 PM

Look at all those hats! Incredible!

I also don't see my name updated; I sent an e-mail last week which you may not have received. I wanted to let you know that I received the avalanche yarn and finished a vest with part of it. I also finished another vest and 4 hats. I still have plans to make many more items. I am truly enjoying this knitting and want to thank you for all the hard work you do for this project!

My finished Dulaan knits can be seen on the Dulaan Yahoo groups page here http://ph.groups.yahoo.com/group/dulaanknits/photos/browse/58f2

Julie

Posted by: Julie on April 6, 2007 06:08 PM

86 days? I've got most of my knitting complete (there's some finish work on a sweater to take care of.)

Yikes...that means I need to find a box and the post office.

Bats? Bats are very cool and (in my area) they've come out of hibernation early this year.

Posted by: Bullwinkle on April 6, 2007 07:32 PM

I checked the other day, and I've got 6 items completed, with a few more in progress.

I love bats, too, though some people don't get that when I put on my doctor hat and lecture them about the bat-rabies connection (when complacency = death, I tend to get a bit worked up). When I studied in Spain, the bats used to come out in late afternoon and I would sit out on the balcony and watch them.

Posted by: Mel on April 6, 2007 08:27 PM

I have three things completed and am working on #4! (I know that gets me nuthin on the toteboard....) We're also very pro-bat, but have not gone so far as to build them a house. My parents have shutters on their cabin windows, and the bats (the little brown kind) like to crawl into the gap between the window and the shutter. So if you're inside, you see them squished up against the window. Sometimes you see or hear them crawling around in the middle of the night, which can be a bit creepy if you're sleeping there all by yourself. But man, I want to hear more about your globe-trotting childhood! I dreamed of being dragged around the world by my parents, but I never left the California suburbs.

Posted by: Becca on April 6, 2007 09:02 PM

LOVE the bats! We have some living in this little space under an overhang on the corner of the house, we left it in hopes and it worked. (they can't get 'anywhere' else). Lee Ann, how funny, I like that girl of yours!

I'm finishing up a blankie square for Julie, then it's Dulaan from here on out, all the way...

Posted by: marianne on April 7, 2007 04:56 AM

What a wonderful display of Janet's 65(!!!) hats for Dulaan. I like the color wheel idea to show the colour palette. I love the hats with the pompoms, reminds me of my pink pompom hat when I was a kid. I'm sure it will be much appreciated. Way to go Janet!

Posted by: Knit Picking on April 7, 2007 07:44 AM

Dulaan item 52 got off the needles last Thursday. Time to pack up the boxes and mail them off! More items will be knitted on a forthcoming trip to D.C.

In tribute to Pastafarianism and the oh-so-leggy FSM I'll be whipping out my pasta machine tomorrow, six-pack in hand, and making pasta in a bathing suit.... yeehah - finally one more excellent reason to eat pasta. Maybe I'll add some food color and make blue and pink pasta... just for the occasion. And little spring-time pasta nests...

Irina

Posted by: Irina on April 7, 2007 10:25 AM

Don't worry about the "just knit 5" thing I don't think. I sent my box off to FIRE before moving cross-country a week ago - an assortment of 54 hats, sweaters, mitts, and scarves. That was a lot of good stress relieving knitting while job hunting, house selling, and packing... Cheers!

Posted by: Tasha on April 7, 2007 10:57 AM

My hubby calls me a little bat... sometimes a little batty... but it's because I don't turn on the lights unless I REALLY need to. Sometimes there's a big thump and a muffled swear, but mostly I'm just keen on being green.
I adore bats, I think they're the cutest things, plus they're just cool for being flying mammals and for eating all those bugs. Go bats! -And go Janet, holy cow, girl! 65 hats is a ton. I think I'd have to switch it up a little or go berserk! :) -and I second the lmao on "pissing off the bats"...

Posted by: Jenny on April 7, 2007 06:22 PM


Has TMK decided where she is going to put the bat house? That's supposed to be the hardest part- bats are very picky. Check out the Bat Conservation International website for more info:
http://www.batcon.org

I'm a big bat fan- is my email a clue?

Well, I have my five Dulaan items, which is good because I am in a knitting slump. I want to do at least a couple more things, but all I seem able to do is tote the yarn and needles around with me. Sort of like a security blanket, I reckon.

Posted by: annmarie on April 7, 2007 07:42 PM

I like bats, too. I'd like to have a bat house in the yard, but I have weird neighbors, and I don't think it would go over too well. My brother had a bat in his house last summer. Actually, it was in his closet. He couldn't go to work because he wouldn't go in his bedroom to get his clothes -- it was in his closet. Had to get someone to come and get it out for him. Big chicken!

I've had my five Dulaan items done for quite awhile now. Guess I'd better get off my arse and do some more since we are under three months now! I do have four balls of leftover sock yarn I plan on using. I am hoping to at least double my number of items if not triple.

Posted by: Sheri on April 7, 2007 08:40 PM

When I was in college, I was an office assistant for a man who researched the reproductive energetics of tropical fruit bats (meaning, what was the biological "cost" of reproduction). One summer, I went to the National Zoo to analyze the nutritional content of bat milk (no, I did not milk the bats!).

Since then, I've been rather partial to bats.

Posted by: Elisabeth on April 7, 2007 08:46 PM

I used to live in Austin and, as Rete mentioned, getting to watch the bats come out from under the Congress Street Bridge is an amazing site! The colony is estimated to be around 1.5 million Mexican free-tail bats. You can see some cool pictures of them here:
http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/-F4pgQy3hmNU6tTSRh41yA?select=yyMReWkHYwkpM4eE0gtHHg There was also a bridge up in Round Rock that you could watch them come out from under. I must confess that the Townie Bat pattern almost makes me wish that I could crochet. It is very cute!! And my goodness is TMK an industrious gal or what! My hat is off to you woman!

I am currently up to 3 of my five on the knitted items, I am such a slacker. *sigh* I got my Girl Scout troop involved hough and they have made 7 blankets so far. I am very proud of my girls. :) Thank you for helping us to know how to get involved with such a wonderful charity.

Posted by: Hope on April 7, 2007 10:53 PM

Rete beat me to it, I was going to ask if you had ever seen the bats take off in Austin. I'm not a particularly huge bat lover, but having grown up in Austin I've seen the bats come out from the Congress Ave bridge at night as well as standing outside at night and seeing bats flying around above us in the darkness.

And TMK has some mad DIY skillz. I am most envious of her work!!

Posted by: Teenuh on April 8, 2007 08:52 AM

I have finished 16 items, including 14 hats, and two pairs of mittens.

Posted by: Sylvia on April 9, 2007 08:47 AM

So you have yourselves a sharp-shinned hawk availing him/herself of your ready-made songbird smorgasbord, too, huh? I have a "regular" sharp-shinned visitor to my backyard in Sultan and have had the unfortunate experience of watching the chase (complete with bird calls full of panic followed by a deafening silence) from my patio. That episode knocked the wind out of me. It's nature. I get it. But it still makes me so sad to find tufts of bright feathers in the grass and know what happened. The hawk has gotten bold enough now that she (let's just assume it's a she, shall we?) will sit in my little willow while I'm in the yard and watch the songbirds while keeping an eye on me. I'm so torn. I love raptors and, having grown up in Chicago (and I mean IN Chicago, not in the suburbs), I'm fascinated by having them at such close proximity. But I also know why they come into my yard. So I careen quickly from gazing at her in awe from just a short distance to waving my arms wildly to get her the he** away from my goldfinches and chickadees! And here's a tip for what to do with odds and ends of yarn: cut them up in moderately-short pieces and stick 'em in an old suet holder or otherwise place them in tree or bush branches for the birds to pick up line their nests. Dryer lint is good, too!

Posted by: LurkerCathy on April 9, 2007 09:26 AM

I have just completed 63 items (mostly scarves and hats) so please embolden me. They will be delivered on Wed. Thank you so much.

Posted by: Petrified on April 9, 2007 10:25 AM

I just love bats! I always have! How cool is that to have a bat cave of sorts in your backyard(or front!)! TMK - your woodworking skills are amazing!

When I was in Fiji a couple of years ago there were a bunch of fruit bats in the trees where we were staying. I fell in love with this baby that was very low in the tree - close enough to touch. It was very cool. A memory I'll never forget. So "cute". The natives thought I was weird since they eat them!

Also thanks for the reminder on how many days I have to knit my Dulaan items!

Posted by: Naomi on April 10, 2007 07:39 AM

I haven't mailed anything yet, but I have finished 8 projects for Dulaan so far and have the 9th well underway. Last year I managed to contribute 23 knitted items and only learned about the project in March. Only 4 of those were garments (2 vests, 2 cardigans) and the rest were hats and scarves. This year I also promised myself to make at least one more than last year, but also to do more garments, so the 8 done already include 2 vests and one cardigan and the work in progress is an aran-style pullover. So "5" for Dulaan is already a lock, but I'm aiming for at least 24 by the time I'm done!

Posted by: Eileen Koski on April 13, 2007 03:45 PM
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