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21  Re: Handspun & Handcrafts Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by tenrec on: November 24, 2006 02:12:17 PM
i received a very nice colored yarn from tenrec. it is red and teal, novajo plyed together, it is about 5.5 oz. (155 gram according to google) and it is enough to make something out of it. i was thinking to make slippers so she sent two patterns too. how great she is. but the color is so yummy that i can change my mind in anytime and make a bag or something like that to show it off proudly... Cheesy

Here's a photo of the yarn:


(click for bigger options)

I navajo plied (my 2nd skein ever to try this technique!) to maintain the stripes... it's pretty bulky!

And here are the fabulous goodies that I received from tinybits (sorry for the delay):



There's an denim totebag with a fish applique (which I'm already using for some of my knitting), a zippered pouch in a beautiful print fabric, a knit pouch on a cord - perfect for my iPod or a small purse, and a green bead necklace.  And my kitty Cleo, who was not part of the swap, but insisted on being in the photo. Smiley
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22  Bed & Breakfast Cabled Pullover - IK Fall 2003 in Knitting: Completed Projects by tenrec on: November 12, 2006 03:42:11 PM

It took me 3 years, but it's worth it!  OK, and I wasn't knitting solely on this sweater for all of that time; in fact not for most of that time.  I would knit a piece (the back), then put it down for over a year, then knit the sleeves, then put it back down, etc.  But I always picked it back up again, and now it's done!

It's the Bed & Breakfast Pullover, pattern by Kathy Zimmerman, from the Fall 2003 Interweave Knits.  I knit it in Austermann Rubino, a 100% superwash merino (the best of both worlds!).  I love the fit, and the color, and just about everything.

There's more info on my blog...
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23  Re: Easy Postcard Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by tenrec on: November 05, 2006 06:28:00 PM
Finally, here are my cards!


Top row L-R: Canadian Mounties from yamwam, Australian dolphins(!) from MissMeshell
Bottom Row L-R: vintage London from esmerelda, North Carolina beach from gumshoegal, and a New Orleans Mardi Gras float from janeausten

Thanks ladies - I love them all!

Oh, and sorry for the slanty perspective photo, but I was trying to avoid the flash glare...
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24  Re: What's on Your Bobbin? in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by tenrec on: October 12, 2006 06:46:56 PM


My second wheel-spun yarn!  I'm already improving - this one is much less overspun than my first.
It's 50% merino/50% tencel from The Sheep Shed and I had a great time spinning it!
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25  Re: Shop my sweat shoppe swap (SSS round 5)~now 'till Oct 27 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by tenrec on: October 11, 2006 07:45:16 PM
OK, here's my list!   (I'll edit to add pictures later)

1. Hand-dyed yarn: specify colors, weight (sock, aran, or worsted), and striped or variegated, and I'll do my best to meet it!

Here are some examples of sock yarn:

The three on the left are striping, and the three on the right are variegated.

2. Small zoo stuffed animals: 3-4" (8-10 cm) tall; elephant, giraffe, hippo, or giraffe; usually corduroy or other sturdy fabric (not fur)

Here's the example from the book:


Here are a few that I made:


And there are pictures of some others in my flickr set.

3. hand-carved rubber stamp: you pick the B&W image or theme

4. stitch markers/wine glass charms: beads, game pieces, or shrinky dinks

5. small handmade journals: you pick colors/theme for cover

Here are two examples:
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26  Re: Sweat Shoppe swap-(**discuss round 5: bottom of pg 46) in New Swap Theme Ideas by tenrec on: October 08, 2006 05:54:11 PM
Would anyone be interested in little stuffies?  They're about 3-4" high.



Or small/medium size skeins of hand-dyed yarn...



Or hand-carved rubber stamps... or small journals... or small knit things or...
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27  Celtic Icon from "Inspired Cable Knits" in Knitalongs by tenrec on: August 23, 2006 07:26:04 PM


OK, I've actually been working on this for a few months now, but I'm still on the first sleeve (the first piece I knit), and I could use a little motivation from sharing the knitting progress it with others.

It's from the book "Inspired Cable Knits" by Fiona Ellis (Amazon link here; the Yarn Harlot's review of the book here).

Anybody else tempted?  Cheesy
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28  Ocean collage in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by tenrec on: July 01, 2006 09:19:14 PM

This collage definitely started with the orca photo.  It's a picture that I took in Southeast Alaska in 2000 while doing research for my grad work (under a scientific research permit).  I then did a Polaroid image transfer of the slide on to watercolor paper. 
Then I rifled through all of my sea-related things (plenty, since I'm a marine biologist!) and found bathymetry charts, tide tables, stamps, and lots of words to do a little "magnetic poetry."  Then the whole thing got a coat of translucent glaze.
It was sent to my partner in the Sea Swap (gallery here).

(Cross-posted on the Paper Crafts Completed Projects board here)

What do you think?
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29  Sea Collage in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by tenrec on: June 25, 2006 10:19:15 AM

This collage definitely started with the orca photo.  It's a picture that I took in Southeast Alaska in 2000 while doing research for my grad work (under a scientific research permit).  I then did a Polaroid image transfer of the slide on to watercolor paper. 
Then I rifled through all of my sea-related things (plenty, since I'm a marine biologist!) and found bathymetry charts, tide tables, stamps, and lots of words to do a little "magnetic poetry."  Then the whole thing got a coat of translucent glaze.
It was sent to my partner in the Sea Swap (gallery here).

What do you think?
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30  Yet Another Nautie! in Knitting: Completed Projects by tenrec on: June 25, 2006 09:47:03 AM
I gave in to the cuteness that is Nautie from knitty...



I dyed the yarn with Kool-Aid - Berry Blue and Lemon Lime for the shell, a mix of reds for the "face."  The eyes are felt.
I think he's adorable and wanted to keep him, but I sent him to koi, my partner in the Sea Swap (gallery here).  Bon voyage, nautie!  Smiley
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