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101  Re: Make-a-Friend Round 7 -- Summer 2011 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Ratfinkz on: June 10, 2011 12:05:01 PM
I received about a week and a half ago -b ut have been soooo busy I havent had time to do the photos etc!!!! So sorry Whitesheep!!!! And it was an amazing package that really should have been shared earlier!

It all came wrapped in pretty wrapping paper - which made it feel like christmas - and I dont think you could know how happy I was with the note paper the letter was written on - it was Diddle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I've loved Diddle for about 15 years -ever since a school trip to Germany where I saw him - longggggggggg before he was available over here!!!!!! Now he is available over here I keep meaning to start collecting him -b ut haven't got round to it yet! (Also -as a pet rat keeper it's right up my street - although I wanst a keeper when I first fell in love with him!)

Anyway without further ado - onto the pics!!!!!

All the packages were labelled - and explained in the letter in the order I open it - so will put the pics up in the order  I opened them.

1) Something which relates to yarn or thread: I looooove this!!!! My first ever hand dyed roving - as I'm just learning to spin - and masses of beautiful purpley yarn to knit with! Cheesy

2) Something local - an Isle of Man badge (I'm soooooooooooo jealous of her living there btw have always wanted to visit!) and a pen (Which isn't in the pic as I've already put it in my bag for using!

(Sorry for blurriness!)

3) Something you always keep in your purse - Tea!!!! Am not a big tea drinker - but I do enjoy trying different flavours - and have been looking at these 'Tea Pigs' for ages! And this flavour does look rather yummy - will be trying some after i've done this I think!

4) Something relating to your favourite craft! A gorgeous piece of fabric - and an interesting looking magazine I shall have a read of while I drink my tea shortly!

5) Something edible! Reversey percey's - which I'd never had before but which are GORGEOUS - there's not much left in the bag as you can see! and a bar of Isle of Man chocolate shaped like the island:

I must say this girl knows how to make a friend - buy me chocolate and I'll love you forever! Cheesy

6) Something relating to your favourite non-crafting hobby:

Isle of Man TT book! I've enjoyed the TT for years (though missed it the last few!) so really looking forward to reading this!

7) Something which helps keep you organised! Well - 2 somethings! An awesome pincushion - really want to know how you made this! And a fab fabric basket which will be great for keeping scraps of fabric and off cuts of wool in while I'm crafting -a s at the moment they get spread around the livingroom floor and drive my fiance mad!

and the inside of the bowl and other side of pin cushion - (have needed a pin cushion for sooooooo long - but dont like the boring shop bought ones!)

Cool Something you consider a summer essentail! Seeds Smiley I'm not a gardner - but am really interested in growing these - going to get some pots shortly - and plant them! Love the idea of growing my own veg!

9) Something else which is your favourite. This AMAZING art yarn!!!! So excited by this - it's just my cup of tea!!!!! Whitesheep says it reminds her of wet winter nights which she loves - and I can see where she's coming from - but it reminds me of a stormy sea - which I love - am obsessed by the ocean! So - I'm sooooooooooooo chuffed with this! Whitesheep says she cant wait to see what I knit from it - and I've been humming and harring -b ut think I'm going to settle on a scarf - to keep me warm when I walk my dog by the sea during the colder months (11/12th of the year here in the UK!) Look - isn't it stunning?!

10) lastly - something which is a kitchen essential - a cup cake holder! Never seen these before -b ut it's soooo cool!! Need to bake some cupcakes now to go in it!

Thanks again Whitesheep - I love love love it all!!!!
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102  Meet Pippin in Knitting: Completed Projects by Ratfinkz on: May 17, 2011 03:12:21 PM
May I introduce you to Pippin bear Smiley I  made this for my fiance who' about to spend 3+ weeks in hospital to take in with him. I used a pattern by Jean Greenhowe in her 'Traditonal favourites' booklet - but didn't want a yellow bear - so altered the wool and consequently the needle size - I loved the wool I used!

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103  Re: One Tiny Stuffie Swap--Round 5 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Ratfinkz on: May 10, 2011 12:26:55 PM
prepare to be jealous!!!!! Not only did I get the most amazing, thoughtful, kindhearted, spoiling parcel in stuffie history (if not craftster history) but I had am amazing partner who has become a very good friend!!!!! This was Homemademama's first swap - and let me tell you, she rocks!!!! I honestly can't tell you how blown away I was by the spoilage in this package - as well as the quality of her crafting! I was going to say I received a pile of Pooh (will become clear later) but it was such an amazing package I can't even bring myself to joke!!!!

Onto pics I think before I gush toooooooo much! (but you'll soon understand why I AM gushing!)

This is everything altogether:

Firstly the spoilage - before i put these pics up I ought to let you into a bit of back story - my fiance atm is going through treatment for lymphoma (cancer) he's finished his chemo and is preparing to spend June in hospital undergoing a bone marrow transplant - that's not a ploy for sympathy but will explain a few of the presents

a beautiful photo album that's for filling 'with many happy memories'

4 clip beads (2 of each of these designs) for an 'unnamed project' will have to think of something really cool to do with them cos I love them!

two books - one of which is a fantastic crafty one with some beautiful projects in! Can't wait to try some of the projects out! and one to read that homemademama read recently and thoroughly enjoyed homemademama says this is for keeping me company on my hospital visits - however i've got nothing to read atm - and having read the back of it sincerely doubt i'm going to be able to keep it that long - am already contemplating starting it tonight - it just seems soooo my cup of tea!!!

a bag of black tea lights for "a sexy night in"

A Twilight bracelet that she saw on my wist - which I'm already wearing and loving!

and perhaps most thoughtful some Arsenal cufflinks for my fiance! Homemademama says that she wanted to bring us something to look forward to - so knowing we're engaged to be married sent them for him to wear on our wedding day - how kind is that?

As if that wasnt enough - i also got my stuffies - not just one, but two of them!!!!!

a mouse / rat as i collect rats who has a pouch for looking after the tiniest, most perfect, Pooh bear i've ever seen!

everything was wrapped up in the pretty purple paper you can see in the photo's - I'm sorry I was too eager to pause and take photos of the wrapping - cos it was so lovely! I felt like it was my birthday!!!!

I so hope i havent missed anything - there was so much there it was hard to keep track of!!!!!

thank you, thank you, thank you homemademama!!!!!!


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104  Re: Fiber Friday 5 May 2011 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Ratfinkz on: May 06, 2011 11:05:42 AM
OK having looked at all your yarns - I'm scared to be posting in this thread - but I got my first spindle in a swap a couple of weeks ago - and this is the first thing i've spun with it - 100g purple Merino plyed with shop bought black wool - I've called it Gothisma!

You can see which ball I did first and which was second lol!!!!

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105  Re: Crafty Detective Round 7 in The Swap Gallery by Ratfinkz on: April 18, 2011 08:33:32 AM
Here are the photos of my AMAZING swap package - get that wisting finger ready! Smiley

The pictures arent the best because i was so eager to get them up I didnt take as long as I could have done - stalker - if you have better pics feel free to add Smiley

First - everything together so you can see just how spoilt I was!

Now bit by bit - my Twilight Bracelet - which i have wanted for so, so long!

Next - my Glittens - which I love and can already sense I'll live in come autumn / winter - and for all those cold English days before then!

they are SO me!

Next - something I've wanted for a long time - and which you can see I've already tried to use - (not very successfully so far but will learn!) A drop spindle and some roving

I was soooooo pleased to receive this - I can't tell you!!!!!

Last but certainly not least - my absolutely amazingly beautiful crochet blanket - it's just so, so, so me!

(it's not really wonky just a bad photo!)

And my stalker was


Thank you sooooooo much - I adore everything!!!! My fiance is fed up of me cooing and saying how pleased I am!!!
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106  Border Collie (Alan Dart pattern) in Knitting: Completed Projects by Ratfinkz on: February 28, 2011 11:10:33 AM
My dog trainer is competing at Crufts this year (she does most but I didnt know her last year lol!) in competitive obedience with one of her Collie's so I decided to knit her a Border Collie as a 'good luck' gift.

I knitted an Alan Dart dog last year for my other dog trainer / friend as a 'just because' and it took  me a little under two months. This time - I couldn't afford to get the pattern until Wednesday just gone - and my last chance to give it to her is this Tuesday - so I had just under a week. On top of that my In laws were down for the weekend, I'm trying to look after my fiance who's undergoing chemo (although luckily well at the moment!) and to really add insult to injury - I suffered and astma flare up / chest infection which has made me feel really ill the last couple of days - and very nearly end up hospitalised! Mind you - this has meant that I've had more excuse to sit knitting (especially last night when I was sat up 'til 4:30am waiting for the emergency doctor!)

Anyway - after that massive essay (sorry!) I finally got him finished today - so here he is!

I'm giving him to her tomorrow - and am shitting myself as am really shy, not good at giving people things I've made for him - and aren't as pleased with him as I could be - but everyone I've asked says give it so I will do!
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107  Re: One Tiny Stuffie Round 3 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Ratfinkz on: February 28, 2011 10:52:42 AM
Some wonderful wonderful stuffies in this gallery! I love the bigfoot - but the thistlespirit has to be my fave so far - that's being wisted! Well, my fave other than what I received! Get your wisting fingers ready - especially you Gerbilgal!

Shy and I agreed that i'd send 3 small stuffies in return for a small and a large - and I got this incredible mummy and baby rat! I love them sooooooooooooo much!I received last Thursday - and apologise for not putting pics up beforehand  - but have been hectic making a big stuffie for my dog trainer - (a collie as a good luck as she's competing at crufts) last time I did a similar project it took me two months - I had to get this done in just under a week (got the pattern wednesday tomorrow is my last chance to give it to her!!!!!! Then the Inlaws were up for the weekend, and to top it all I've been thoroughly poorly with an asthma flare up and a chest infection and narrowly avoided hospital!!!!

Still - the collie is done now, the inlaws have gone home and ihave some time to breathe (literally!) so can finally upload these photos! (sorry for the essay!)

Mummy and baby




The tails are just loosely sewn on - so I can have them 'down' if I prefer. After I took pictures I decided I preferred the little one with her tail down - so she has a loose tail, but mums is still sewn up!

I also received two willow swing for my real ratty - which I love and a Scottish Rat Club badge

at the moment one of my girls has a nasty abcess on her leg - and my balti boo is poorly - so as soon as they are better the swings will go in the cages!

Thank you sooooooooo much Shy - I cant tell you how much I love my stuffies! If I hadnt received them - they'd have been straight on my wistlist - they are soooo me!!!!
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108  Re: FOC Second Chance Wishlist Round 2 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Ratfinkz on: February 17, 2011 01:33:50 PM
Annachronism has had a lot going on lately - so agreed I could put up some pics of what I sent her!

I only have pics of two of the bits though - so will await hers too Smiley

I sent her a knitted sackboy

A pair of earrings that were inspired by tentacles

a Belle cross stitch (which didnt come out as well as I'd hoped - her face was too pink there was not enough of the light coloured in the kit so i had to start againw ith a darker yarn!)

Some Alice in Wonderland japenese fabric

and lastly a small box of whimsies.

I only have pics of the Sackboy and the earrings though

I really hope she enjoyed the parcel as much as I enjoyed crafting for her - she's a trully lovely person!
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109  Purple Striped Fingerless gloves in Knitting: Completed Projects by Ratfinkz on: February 07, 2011 11:34:35 AM
`My latest project Cheesy I based these loosely on this pattern: http://helpinghearts0.tripod.com/id9.html but made a few adjustments -and did it in two different shades of purple (I LOVE purple!)

Their the first thing I've knitted for me in about 2 years - and am really pleased with them - I can't take them off atm  Embarrassed


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110  Knitted Springer Spaniel in Knitting: Completed Projects by Ratfinkz on: February 05, 2011 12:06:36 PM
I knitted this using Alan Dart's pattern can be purchased here http://www.alandart.co.uk/products/product/40 . I knitted it for my Dog trainer - who has her own real springers about 8 months ago - but cos I am useless am just getting around to posting pictures!!!

I was really chuffed with it - and she liked it too Smiley
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