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1  Re: Spell My Name Rd 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by tangemeenie on: July 24, 2010 10:03:51 PM
I am feeling totally spoiled by my swap partner Mary, aka angelofmusic!  She really outdid herself! 

First of all, she wrapped everything in pretty paper and ribbons with stickers for each letter of my name (she even included the "G" since I go by Lori G!).  She also included a bunch of yarn and the biggest knitting needles I have ever seen.

PLUS she spelled my name a second time in CANDY!  L is for lemon drops (they are sugar free, which is perfect for my pre-diabetic husband), O is for orange slices, R is for Razzles (first it's candy, then it's gum!), I is for Icebreakers Mints, and G is for GIANT lollipop!  My son has already claimed it for himself, but he's gonna have to pry it away from me.  Smiley

Here's a pic of my son opening one of the packages:

L is for LITTLE Green Scrubbie -- crocheted out of cotton yarn and recycled plastic bags for the scrubbie part.  Ingenious!

(pic shows cards, magnets and the scrubbie)

O is for OLD-Fashioned Dishcloths -- so pretty!

R is for REALLY Scary Monster Tote for my son -- the cutest thing ever!!  The puzzle piece fabric is so adorable, and the mouth has slots for crayons (and the crayons stick out like sharp teeth!).  She also filled it with a couple of coloring books.

I is for ITTY-Bitty Magnets to add to my ever-growing magnet collection -- with cute things like frying pans and Legos.  Love them!

G is for GIFT Cards -- beautifully decorated with flowers.  Gorgeous and handy!

I love everything so much!  I only hope angelofmusic is not disappointed by my package.  I was encouraged when I saw her return address label:

So I know I was on the right track.  Wink

Lori G. aka Tangemeenie
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2  Hey Ho, Let's Go! Ramones intarsia bag - POST-FELTING UPDATE! in Knitting: Completed Projects by tangemeenie on: June 20, 2010 07:57:36 AM
A friend asked me to knit something Ramones-related.  I charted out the Ramones logo and realized that whatever I made would have to be huge!  So I decided to knit up a bag.

The Ramones logo chart took forever, and knitting it was tedious, but it turned out well:

For the back, I thought I would make it perfectly clear that it's a Ramones bag:

I sewed the pieces together and crocheted handles directly to the bag.  The bag as it is is ENORMOUS!  The plan is to felt it.  I will update with results.  

Thanks for looking!

Lori G. aka tangemeenie



Well, the felting didn't work out exactly as I had hoped.  The straps didn't work at all, so I just cut them off.  The intarsia looks OK, but the bag itself somehow managed to get mangled out of shape, and no amount of pulling and stretching and molesting in hot water would get it into a rectangle.  OK.  No big whoop.  

I sewed some handles for it out of a great fabric, and I had planned to do a lining as well when my sewing machine decided to crap out.  So no lining. I did add a magnetic clasp.
Here is the bag!

It's not exactly as I had pictured it, but it will do.  I hope my friend likes it!
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3  Re: $4.95 Swap AKA Fill a SMALL Flat Rate Box R2 Goodie Gallery in The Swap Gallery by tangemeenie on: June 20, 2010 07:29:35 AM
I got my package from OOPS CREATIONS, packed full of great stuff!

Alphabet stencils, clear vellum sheets, stickers, iron-ons, fabrics, formica sample squares (so many possibilities imagined for those!), and a bunch of beautiful handmade cards (some made from handmade paper)!  Such a great package! Thanks!!

Lori G. aka tangemeenie
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4  The NOT $200 Acorn and Pompom Hat in Knitting: Completed Projects by tangemeenie on: June 09, 2010 08:29:51 AM
I call it the "Acorn and Pompom" hat because I think it kind of looks like an acorn, and, well, check out those pompoms.

I created this hat for a friend who sent me a page from a magazine of a woman wearing a similar hat that was selling for $200.  $200?!  The challenge was on.

I used a bulky acrylic yarn that was very wool-like in its texture rather than wool (due to an allergy issue).  I knit the flap first in garter, about 4 inches, then changed to stockinette for the top of the hat and made 8 cables around, narrowing to the center, about 7 inches.  Then I folded up the flap.  I knit the two earflaps with cords separately and sewed them onto the folded-up flap (if you pull down the flap, it would cover up the earflaps, but if you did that, you would look quite silly!).  Then I made the pompoms and sewed them on.  

I love this hat.  I was so sad to have to give it away!

Thanks for Looking!
Lori G. Wink
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5  Bloody Halloween Bat Scarf in Knitting: Completed Projects by tangemeenie on: June 09, 2010 08:17:29 AM
Is it too early for a Halloween scarf?  Never! 

I used sport-weight orange and black yarn and the double-knitting technique to create this scarf.  It's 6 feet long, about 8 inches wide, and features a bat on each end and two color changes where the colors "bleed" into each other.  Colors are reversed on either side. 

Sadly, I gave this scarf away!  I guess I will have to make another one for myself (once the memory of what a PITA it was fades).

Thanks for Looking!

Lori G.
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6  knitted dog toy in Knitting: Completed Projects by tangemeenie on: November 01, 2005 03:44:05 PM
I am planning on making some knitted toy blocks for a friend of mine who has a baby.  I did a practice run and came up with this:

It's messy, but I think I know what to do now.  And...

...my dog is loving it.  It's his new favorite toy, and it doesn't even have a squeaker in it!   Grin
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7  first knitted hat in Knitting: Completed Projects by tangemeenie on: November 01, 2005 03:39:03 PM
I made this with 2 balls of Bernat Boa:

fluffy hat 1 by Lori G., on Flickr

My first hat!  It's very stretchy and fluffy and soft.   Smiley
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8  spooky tree pumpkin in Halloween Decor and Parties by tangemeenie on: November 01, 2005 03:28:13 PM
My favorite thing about Halloween is carving pumpkins.  Here is this year's design:

I got many compliments from trick-or-treaters and their parents!   Smiley
Thanks for looking!
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9  Re: Jesse's Flames? in Knitalongs by tangemeenie on: October 12, 2005 10:16:12 AM
Mine is finished!  I posted this on the S&B board also.  Here it is:

It looks much better since I blocked it, another new experience for me, blocking.  Now we are just tapping our feet wondering why it is 90 degrees outside in the middle of October... DH is dying to wear his new sweater!

Lori G.
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10  Jesse's flames! (sans flames) First sweater done! in Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller by tangemeenie on: October 04, 2005 01:00:20 PM
This was my first attempt at an actual article of clothing requiring pieces to be sewn together.  I used Caron Perfect Match in Taupe for the main color, and Caron Simply Soft in DK Country Blue for the stripe.  No flames, but everything else is done according to the pattern.  It didn't turn out exactly as I had hoped and dreamed, but I am a perfectionist and I had hoped for and dreamed of machine-like quality.  As it is, it looks homemade.  But it should look homemade, right?  Here it is: 

I bound off the neck too tightly the first time, so I had to take it apart and bind it off again, and now it seems like the neck is too big... some of the joints where the arms meet the body seem loose... the bottom curls up and there are sloppy stitches all over the place...

...but DH loves it, so I am happy.   Smiley
Mostly I am happy because I can finally move on to something else!!!

Lori G.

P.S., I love mattress stitching!  It is a bit of magic.
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