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1  Re: Flip Flop Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by justlease on: May 31, 2005 03:38:51 PM
Here are the flip flops I received from PpCakes.

She glued on 3 buttons to each strap, and painted my name on the bottom.

Thanks PpCakes.

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2  Re: Music to Craft By Swap in The Swap Gallery by justlease on: May 21, 2005 11:43:35 AM
Patience can be a virtue, especially when it nets you something as totally kickass as what I just got in the mail today from Xmelinda!

What you're looking at above is a little crafted folder that contains not one pocket, but two pockets!  One says, "Music for making felt flowers" and the other says "Music for breaking up tile with a big ass hammer." 

And now for the fan-freakin'tastic tracklists!  (You outdid yourself with these, Melinda.  I kept going, "Oh wow...oh cool....oh!"  Thank you SOOOOO much.  Based on what I know (about 75%) I'm fairly certain I'm going to adore the ones I'm unfamiliar with, too.)

Music for Making Felt Flowers

1. Peace Music - Pizzicato Five
2. Sing a Song - Earth Wind & Fire
3. Bumblebee - The Features
4. I Feel So Good - Richard Thompson
5. Where's Summer B? - Ben Folds Five
6.  Mr. Blue Sky - ELO
7. The Sweetest Punch - Elvis Costello & Bacharach
8. Somebody's Crying - Chris Issak
9. What's Life? - George Harrison
10.  Window - Guster
11. People Take Pictures of Each Other - The Kinks
12.  Heartbeat -- It's a Lovebeat - The Defranco Family
13.  Headache - Frank Black
14. Jack of All Parades -  Elvis Costello
15. When I Write the Book - Nick Lowe
16.  It's Only Natural -  Crowded House
17.  Nashville - Household Saints
18. Better Things - The Kinks
19.  I Wanna Be Where You Are - Jackson Five
20.  Everybody Is a Star - Sly & the Family Stone
21.  The Wheel and the Maypole - XTC

Music For Breaking Tile With a Big Ass Hammer 

1. Armani Suede - The Features
2. Safe European Home - The Clash
3. Red Dragon Tattoo - Fountains of Wayne
4. Kung Fu Fighting - Carl Davis
5. Hang Onto Your Ego - Frank Black
6. Respectable Street - XTC
7. Rough Boys - Pete Townshend
8. Calcium - Pontius Copilot
9. Song 2 - Blur
10. Monkey Man -   The Rolling Stones
11. Breed - Nirvana
12.  Good Idea - Sugar
13. There's a Million Ways to Sing the Blues - The Features
14. Bone Machine - The Pixies
15. See No Evil - Television
16. Roadrunner - Jonathan Richman
17.  Amsterdam - Guster
18. Maradonna's Knees - Pontius Copilot
19.  Hyperactive - Thomas Dolby
20. Lipstick Vogue - Elvis Costello
21. Tuva Groove - Ondar
22. Let's Kill Saturday Night - Robbie Fulks

"Hammer" is currently blaring out of my stereo as I type! I can't wait to show this one in particular to my boyfriend (Before I break his HEAD with a hammer since I just found Girls Gone Wild in the DVD player and so obviously he's been only pretending to have contempt whenever the commericals come on, but anyway....he was trying to sing the Stones song Monkey Man to me two days ago, and I had no idea what the hell he was talking about. I thought it must be some Stones tune I'd mysteriously never heard...it's not of course, he's just not Mick Jagger, I guess. )

These CDs are going to get heavy rotation.  Thank you, thank you, and thank you again.

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3  Re: Feels Like Summer to Me CD Swap in The Swap Gallery by justlease on: May 19, 2005 11:01:36 AM
OK, I am one lucky swap organizer, let me tell ya.   Here is what I just received from EmilyFlew (and which I am currently listening to, and completely digging as well).

Note the adorable felt cd case with the 3 dimensional summer flowers.  (They are on the back too.  Woot!)

Here's the tracklist:

Weezer....Surf Wax America
Charlie Feathers... That Certain Female
Los Pleneros De La 21...Sonos Borcuas (We Are Puerto Rican)
Lulu...The Boat That I Row
The Pixies.... Allison
Funk Neurotico...untitled
Geto Boys... Damn It Feels Good to be a Gangsta
The Beach Boys...I'm Waiting for the Day
Mirah... Jerusalem
Louis Armstrong ... I Can't Give You Anythin But Love
Iron and Wine ... Lion's Mane
Aimee Mann ... Red Vines
The Sea and Cake ... The Colony Room
Perez Prado ... Anabacoa
Dolly Parton ... Jolene
The Magnetic Fields ... The Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side
Jay Z, The Beatles, and DJ Danger Mouse ... 99 Problems
Mates of State ... I Got This Feelin'
The Zombies ... Care of Cell 44
REM ... Nightswimming
Dear Nora ... On to September
Patsy Cline ... Heartaches
Belle and Sebastian ... Get Me Away from Here, I'm Dying

What's really funny is that on my prelimanary mix in the works, I've got a whole bunch of the same artists.  I initially thought, oh crap, now I'm going to have to make some major changes...and then it occured to me that 'wait a second, it's supposed to be MY mix" so I shouldn't be changin' a thing.  Silly me.

Thank you so much again, Emily...for your speed, your artistry, and your perfectly summery CD.  It's really wonderful, and frankly, I'm utterly delighted.
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4  Printable Card for Keeping Track of Your Knitting Needles in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by justlease on: May 19, 2005 09:19:04 AM
Being that although I can remember the lyrics of obscure 80's songs, but not which knitting needles I actually own when I'm standing in the needle aisle of my LYS, I made this card which I printed on card stock and keep in my wallet.  I thought perhaps someone else might find this a useful little tool, so...

This is what it looks like:

I've put a copy of it to download on my blog, if anyone is interested.  The one on the blog actually prints out to business card size which fits nicely in wallets.  The link is down there in my sig.
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5  Re: Music to Craft By Swap in The Swap Gallery by justlease on: May 13, 2005 12:00:17 PM
To my delight, I've just received a CD from The Meow Won't Purr.  I think my mailman must think I'm insane because I practically snatched the thing out of the poor dude's hand.  Doh.   

She did a fabulous and rather professional job on the booklet and included excellent notes on why she chose each song on the compilation. 

Here's the tracklist:

1. Ha Ha - Mates of State
2. Outloud - David Garza
3. 405 - Death Cab for Cutie
4. I Missed The Glance - The Sea and the Cake
5. In Our Hands - Bjork
6. Us - Regina Spektor
7. Anthems for a Seventeen Year Old Girl - Broken Social Scene
8. III Troubadour - David Garza
9. La Valse d'Amelie - Orchestral
10. Sweet Thing - Van Morrison
11. Perpetuum Mobile - Penguin Cafe Orchestra
12. Mr You're On Fire Mr (Liars Cover) - The Yeah Yeah Yeah's
13. In These Shoes - Kirsty McColl
14. Black & Tan - David Garza
15. A Nervous Tic Motion of the Head to the Left - Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire
16. Your Hand in Mine - Explosions In The Sky
17. You're The Top - Cole Porter
18. Gravity Rides Everything - Modest Mouse
19. Evolve - David Garza
20. Peer Pressure - Jon Brion

Thanks so much, Carmela!
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6  Re: Music to Craft By Swap in The Swap Gallery by justlease on: May 04, 2005 10:18:21 AM
I was starting to feel really sad and left out, since I'd only received 1 out of 5 CDs so far, and all these track lists are so good...and well....


Lexis...I got your CD today and it's wonderful.  Thank you so much.  Love the packaging and the liner notes, and most importantly---the tunes.  (She's posted the track list already, so I won't re-type it.)

I'm bent and determined to figure out who your 'unknown' music is, and let you know.  

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7  Re: Branching Out scarf knit-along in Knitalongs by justlease on: May 04, 2005 09:39:25 AM
I'm not sure if anyone has suggested this yet or not, but if you color code your chart, it makes it even easier to deal with.  I printed my chart bigger (just opened the chart image in photoshop and resized it and printed it from there) and using colored pencils, colored each kind of stitch a different color. 

It made a WORLD of difference, let me tell ya.

Here's my finished scarf in Silky Wool (#10 Woad): 

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8  Re: Branching Out scarf knit-along in Knitalongs by justlease on: May 01, 2005 07:06:39 AM
Here's a section of mine, in the Silky Wool:

Only 9 more repeats to go.  It's a rainy day in Boston, the boy is out of town (so no interruptions) and I have nowhere I have to be, so I'm hoping to finish today and get it blocking.

I wonder if anyone else is playing Beat the Clock with their repeats.

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9  Re: Perfect Summer Purse seen in Country Marketplace in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by justlease on: April 29, 2005 06:29:44 AM
The turning row is when you literally turn your work around when you've been knitting in the round and start kntting in the other direction.  It makes a good place to fold the work. 

I used that technique on a purse I made recently (pattern from Last Minute Knitted Gifts).  The outside of the purse is a cable-like pattern, and the built-in lining is stockinette.  It was done in the round, and when the cable part was done, I had to turn the work around and purl a row  and then continue in stockinette for the same length as the purse for the lining, which then got turned inside the purse (and which you can't see in the photo).

Does that make sense?

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10  Re: Star Shaped Baby Blanket in Crochet: Completed Projects by justlease on: April 27, 2005 07:37:50 PM
Here's a visual aid for starting round 2.

See where the little star is on the photo?  That's where you put your first 2 dc's.   (Combined with the chain three you made after slip stitching at the end of round 1, that makes a half of a shell.)  Then you chain 2, and put 3 dc's in that same space.  That makes your first whole shell.

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