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Well I’ve Never Been to Heaven But I’ve Been to Oklahoma

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I arrived home last night at about midnight from my wild weekend in Oklahoma!

I got to Oklahoma City late morning on Friday and was met at the airport by Tempted Yarns Stacy, her sister Muriel (who is now on Plurk as BFFofWendy), and Stacy’s beautiful daughter. We drove into the city to have lunch in Bricktown, at Toby Keith’s restaurant. We were joined by OKC knitter Courtney (who is now on Plurk as YarnTramp) and we had a wonderful time laughing, talking yarn, and comparing purses.

We spent a couple of hours Friday afternoon at the Oklahoma City National Memorial. It’s a beautiful memorial to the victms of the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. It was a lovely sunny afternoon, so I took a couple of photos. The reflecting pool:

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And the Survivor Tree:

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Then we headed out to Guthrie, the site of the Knit Out.

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We stopped by the shop, S.W.A.K.:

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I felt strangely at home when I saw the front window.

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And again when I saw the cash register:

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Keely and the gang were great — made me feel right at home. icon smile Well Ive Never Been to Heaven But Ive Been to Oklahoma

We dropped off my stuff at the B&B where I stayed. I had one of the honeymoon suites:

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Yes, that’s my bottle of whiskey sitting on the table.

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I like to be prepared . . .

That evening was the welcome dinner for Knit Out attendees and a very good time was had by all.  I was delighted to meet the other teachers, Joan Schrouder and Mags Kandis, as well as all the very friendly and welcoming knitters who came to the event. Keely had arranged for Stacy to do a trunk show of her gorgeous yarn, and she also had a big basket of my new Lorna’s Laces colorway, WendyKnits Sunrise, in Shepherd Sock.

The rest of the weekend passed all too quickly, in a blur of classes with wonderful knitters, great meals, laughter, and late nights of knitting and talking til the wee hours. I taught Muriel to knit on Saturday night. She was amazing — she picked it up in a snap!

You gotta have a souvenir, right? So I managed to snag some of Stacy’s yarn for myself. icon smile Well Ive Never Been to Heaven But Ive Been to Oklahoma

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And Muriel gave me a great souvenir!

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We had a Sunday morning class and then the farewell luncheon. After classes, I posed for a photo for the S.W.A.K. “Wall of Fame” and also created the traditional S.W.A.K.Kiss for them.

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I felt like Adam Richman on “Man Versus Food.” icon wink Well Ive Never Been to Heaven But Ive Been to Oklahoma It was the whole “Wall of Fame” concept that did it!

All too soon it was time to return home. As much fun as I had, it’s still good to be home!

I saw that Lucy was tracking my flights online:

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And she’s finally taken some time out from shadowing my every step to play with her toys!

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Tomorrow it’s back to work and back to real life.

Comments

  1. Ha Lucy trackign your flight home, too funny. That shot glass is great too

    Aunt Kathys last blog post..Sunday- Some Days…

  2. Glad you had a good trip. Looks like it was a fun time. I’ll be stalking TLE tonight in hopes of scoring some Wendy’s Sunrise (not sure how that’ll work from knit night).

    southparknitter (aka Timmie!)s last blog post..On the go

  3. so glad that you had a wonderful time :-)

    Karens last blog post..Spinning

  4. Glad that you arrived home safely and had a great weekend.

    Anas last blog post..Progress

  5. Sounds like you all had loads of fun…-)

    Glad Lucy is now feeling secure enough to go and play with her toys…

    Abimbolas last blog post..Robots

  6. Lynda Hitt says:

    I was so jealous. If I could have figured out how to do it, I would have headed for OKC just to see y’all again.

  7. That memorial is so moving. The small chairs really got me when I was there.

    LittleWits last blog post..Day Rooms

  8. Michele In Maine says:

    Wow, that looks like a great place to visit. And so fun that Loopy got to go too! Welcome back!

  9. I’m so glad it was a great fun time in OK. I know I thoroughly enjoyed being a student last year. And my Wendy’s Sunrise is on it’s way!

    Sandra Ds last blog post..Cowpens

  10. We oved havin’ ya here.

  11. Eh, make that Loved havin’ ya here. I kin spel gud.

  12. Shirley. in PA says:

    Looks like you had a great time! And wow, what amazing digs you stayed at. Love the draped tub. They did a wonderful job with the Memorial – so heartbreaking. Glad you got to see it. Give Lucy a hug for me.

  13. I can’t believe you haven’t unpacked your sheep ears!!

    Loved the weekend!

    Mwah-
    Dawn
    one of the baaaaaad girls

  14. michele says:

    Glad you had a good trip. I am LOVING your book and was lucky enough to snag two skeins of the new sunrise colorway from Simply Sock Yarn…have a great week!

  15. Wendy, I bought two copies of your book by accident (long story) so I am offering one as a blog prize.
    I am happy to post worldwide, so if anyone wants to join in that’s fine.
    It’s linked to knitting fundraiser for Medecins Sans Frontieres.
    I’m off to cast on for my first Wendy-sock now, the book is fabulous.

    n

    natalies last blog post..Girl-stuff.

  16. I was a big Wendy fan before this last weekend but now she is my superhero! I have been trying to get my lil sis to knit for years and she taught her in minutes. I keep telling Muriel that she has no idea how many knitters in the world would love to has Wendy in there house and knitting, she has no idea how lucky she really is, YET! Big hugs to you and Lucy.

    stacys last blog post..More Spring Fling

  17. Oh wow, you were at SWAK. They have wrote and published the very best, most comprehensive book on how to do Intarsia. I love thier book and recommend it all the time!
    (of course, I love sock books written by famous knitting bloggers too !)

  18. how great!!

    turtles last blog post..Monday Pimping

  19. Linda from Kansas says:

    I have never seen the Memorial, however I did live and work in and around OKC from 1970-1976. DId you go to the Cowboy Hall of Fame? That is also a nice place to visit – great american art; and the last time I was there ( a long time ago) There was John Wayne’s Kachina doll collection (and I think Trigger was there too in all his stuffed glory).

  20. Dr. Jackie says:

    Wow…a room with a four-poster bed AND a four-poster bathtub!! Sounds like you had a great time (I notice there were no “after” pictures of the whiskey bottle!).

  21. anne marie in philly says:

    miss lucy might SAY she didn’t miss you, but the proof is in the shadowing!

    NICE pix and fun times. lerve the shot glass; put the cowboy next to the liberty bell!

    and that B&B looks exquisite!

  22. Welcome back Wendy!! I wish so much that you were coming to a town near me! (Hartford, CT) Looks like you had a wonderful time and treated like the knitting queen that you are. Too cute about Lucy – - she loves her mama!

  23. What a fun weekend you had! (And you got to see Stacy again – yay!) I’m so glad to know that Loopy went along for the ride. :-)

    Sheri at The Loopy Ewes last blog post..Better Backyard Crowd

  24. Muriel Correa says:

    Hey girl, you have better pics of Oklahoma than I do! I had a BLAST with you this weekend and can’t wait to see you again. Give Lucy hugs and kisses for me!

  25. I knew I lurked here for a reason…Tulamore Dew is the very best of Irish whiskeys.

  26. I wish I could have been there. Well, actually, I have been to the Guthrie SWAK on my travels, and I know the wall you speak of. Isn’t that a comfy store? Kind of makes one wish they lived in Oklahoma!

    Barbara-Kays last blog post..What I did on my summer vacation

  27. I’ve gone to OKC 8 of the last 9 Mays (and will be there again next Wednesday). I always make time for the Memorial and the National Cowboy/Western Heritage Hall of Fame and Museum. If I lived in OKC, I am 100% certain I’d belong to the HOF. It’s awesome. OKC is highly under-rated, I think.

    DPUTigers last blog post..Warm Paws

  28. Lismore is indeed lovely. Between that and the Damask sweater I’ve seen, it’s opened up my eyes to the possibilities of this fun yarn in patterns I already have or have seen! So much so, that when I finally saw Kauni in ppjkpşjyuferson during a recent trip to Seattle, some of it followed me home….
    My blogspot is dsmart aktivasyon

  29. That very nice and very funny. Lol. Thnx.
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  30. Pics from the weekend:
    http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=76458&id=668794485&l=3b10770e7a

    Again, great to meet you. We had a blast – and I believe I’m ready to tackle those toe ups!

    Liz
    Another Baaaaaaad Girl

  31. Looks like a really enjoyable trip. Sunday one of my daughters & I celebrated Mother’s Day (I hate to go out on the actual day – dislike the throngs of people at restaurants) & her BD (this coming Sunday – but she’ll be visiting her sister in Palo Alto.) One of my gifts from her was your book – YAY – I thought I was going to have to buy it myself. I have never been to the OKC memorial but I get very emotional still & can remember that day like yesterday. I was still working for Social Security (now retired) & was listening to the radio when they broke in with the news. Because SSN’ numbers are handed out on a regional basis & the work is divided up on the same basis, our office in Chicago almost never got any claims from OKC. But that very afternoon, I got one (I think the only one ever in my 25 year career.) I noted the claim rep’s signature – it was large & very rounded – looked like a teenager’s writing. When the list of dead was published, I found her name on the list – she was 23 years old which just broke my heart. I think for most federal employees, OKC was our 9/11 – or at least a very powerful foretasting.

  32. jo morgan says:

    Tullamore Dew must be a knitter’s thang. What a glorious weekend — I’m green! Obviously, I need to get on a SWAK mailing list. Welcome home!

  33. That yarn is gorgeous! I love the richness of the semisolid colors!

    Seanna Leas last blog post..Give Away! The first novel

  34. Theresa in Italy says:

    You had me at the title of this blog post (time warp, anyone?) and it sounds like the most fantastic weekend!

  35. I love staying at B&Bs, that’s a great room.

    Ann in CTs last blog post..Prom 2009

  36. I wish I could meet you at one of the book signings. Your new book is wonderful! I recently started organizing my stash, and the number of skeins of sock yarn alone are daunting—the solution—buy a terrific new sock book and start knitting socks. Using your instructions and diagrams, I tried Judy’s Magic Cast-On and it worked like a “charm”. I shall offer a glowing review of the book at our next knitting club meeting.

  37. Pistol Pete! You got a shot glass with Pistol Pete!
    Weeee!
    I know this because my dad taught at OSU…
    : )

    Tracys last blog post..Happy Dance…

  38. Hey, you used the words WILD WEEKEND and OKLAHOMA in the same sentence. I’m sure there’s a prize for that somewhere!

    Dave Danielss last blog post..Handspun Yarn – Metallic Experiments

  39. Yay! Another Irish drinker, although I much prefer Jameson’s.

  40. You were a great teacher Wendy. Thanks for the great handouts and for such a fun time in class. I started my first toe-up sock when I got home last Sunday, but then promptly got distracted by my Stacy’s Tempted project (since I’m trying to finish that by next Saturday). I can’t wait to keep going on my sock though — I’ve got the toe done and I’ve done one pattern repeat on the top of the foot.

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