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1  Re: Superhero/Comics Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Altair on: July 30, 2008 09:21:11 AM
Oh. Mah. Gaw. 

I am SO in love with everything OmJane sent me!  I opened the package and squealed for about ten minutes straight!  Thank you so so so so much! 

First, a Deadpool purse organizer!  For those times when you need a glue stick RIGHTNOW. 

Detail shot of the little 'Pool icon.

Totally awesome Deadpool sketchbook with his little yellow thought bubbles and icon stamps on the pages, and a bookmark!

A doll of Cassidy, from Preacher.  He is the most badass thing ever.

Me lovin' on Cassidy:

And my personal favorite, with one of my favorite quotes from Deadpool, I present to thee: 

The Deadpool bag!  Gorgeously stencilled, lettered and sewn.  This baby is coming with me EVERYWHERE. 

Aaaand a group shot:

OmJane, you are spectacular.  You are a goddess.  Can I just sit and worship at your feet for a while?  Thank you times a frillion for everything!  You rock, girl! 
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2  Re: The Gorgeous Choker Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Altair on: July 30, 2008 09:13:29 AM
So I got home from Florida yesterday evening and tore into my swap package from Nutella...and just about died from the gorgeousness of it all. 

A knit, lacework, beaded choker in purple.  I am going to be the envy of every other girl in my class when fall semester starts.  "Ooh, lookit me!  My neck is all warm and stylish, and yours is just cold.  *evil cackle and running*"


Sorry.  Sometimes I get a little carried away.  Here it is, in all its loveliness! 

Close-up. Lookit the pretty beads...

Action shot!  It fits perfectly, and it's soooo beautiful. 

Thank you so much, Nutella, I adore it!  Grin
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3  Re: Post Photos of Your Tattoos! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by Altair on: June 06, 2008 06:10:30 PM
I've got three, but good pictures of only two. 

This is my first, on my ankle:

My second, it took 3 and a half hours:

Crappy picture of my third one.  It's a blacklight tattoo, so it has no color in normal light.  It glows under blacklight.  It's red in the picture because it's two or three days after I got it.

Hope you like!
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4  Re: Fill A Purse Swap 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Altair on: July 08, 2007 05:36:23 PM
The purse is too cute.  I love the idea of a knitted notebook cover...I might have to bug MareMare to tell me how she made it!

The notebook cover and keychain were actually crocheted, not knitted  Grin  but the cover was pretty simple. I measured the notebook I wanted to use (5" x 7") and then crocheted a piece 7 inches long until it was something like 16 inches wide ( 5+5 for the front and back +3+3 for the overlap on each end). I folded about 3 inches back on each side and whipstitched it at the tops for the part to slip the front cardboard piece of the notebook into. I think I just did a double crochet the whole way through, but to make a pen holder in the middle I skipped every other double crochet, so you could slip a pen in easily. I hope that makes sense! Oh, and I would definitely recommend doing this in cotton, since I did it in a wool/acrylic blend and it stretched out quite a bit, which stunk since it didn't fit perfectly like I wanted it to!

Thanks so much!  I'll have to try it.

I recieved from shiitake today!  Well, actually I probably recieved yesterday, but I was in a wedding, so I was gone all day and running around like crazy to boot.  Tongue

Anyway, here are pictures!

A really cool bag in vintage tattoo print!  I love tattoo art, so this is perfect for me. 

Closeup of the print.

An awesome little brown and pink pouch with birds on it.  It's too cool. 

The spiffy polka-dot lining of the bird pouch.

A lip balm and lip balm caddy.  All the writing on the lip balm package is Finnish, and I've been acting like a dork trying to puzzle it out.  I don't speak a word of it, but it's such a cool language to look at.   Grin

A nifty notebook and pen.  I'm forever writing lists, so this is perfect. 

Thank you so much, shiitake!  I hope you like yours as much as I like mine!
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5  Painted Knitting Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Altair on: July 05, 2007 02:08:26 PM
Well, it almost doesn't count as a retcon, because all I did was paint it, but I figured I'd post anyway.  I was inspired by the reusable grocery bag challenge, but I didn't feel like making something from scratch. 

I carry my knitting in this bag to work with me, so I figured it needed a little something.

And one with my dog, Spencer.  Poor thing, can you tell he's not used to having things dangled from his neck while his crazed mistress takes pictures?

Thanks for looking!
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6  Re: Firefly/Serenity Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Altair on: June 30, 2007 04:09:04 PM
I recieved today!  The package was on the porch when I got home, and it was just the thing to kick my mood in the rear after a long day at work! 

I got: 

Glowy worms. Yum.

A Kaylee-inspired windchime.  It's going in my room, and I hope the fan will be enough to make it chime.

An ice planet.  It's problematic.

Greeting cards with each character and some of my favorite quotes.

A blue dino which is also going to live in my room.

A box from Southdown Abbey, in which were:

Three necklaces.  One says 'firefly', one says 'can't stop the signal' and the other has a leaf.

And, she sent this great note that just has me smiling every time I read it.  It's so creative!

Thank you so much, gleep!  I love everything you sent, and I hope you like what I send you just as much!
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7  First lace scarf in Knitting: Completed Projects by Altair on: May 28, 2007 08:35:29 PM
Okay, so I'm a little bit crazy to be knitting a scarf in May/nearly June.  But RecycleMicol sent me some gorgeous handspun yarn for a personal swap, and it was taunting me with its purpley-lace-weighty-goodness. 

This is the first time I've knit lace, and I really enjoyed the pattern.  It was not too complex, but entertaining as well.  By the 23rd pattern repeat, though, I was getting pretty bored. 

I used the Marnie's scarf pattern, from SpinDyeKnit's blog, here: http://spindyeknit.com/patternfiles/marnie/ , and laceweight handspun from RecycleMicol. 

Onward to the pictures.

Pre-blocking.  Looks like a snake.

Obligatory action shot.

Excuse the futzy edges...my tension was not even side to side, and I didn't pin out every single loop, so they're a bit uneven.  Thanks for looking!

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8  Help on a cape from the movie '300' in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Altair on: April 27, 2007 05:59:08 PM
So, yeah.  I'm a total dork, and I want to make myself a cape like the ones the Spartans wear in the movie '300'.  I know, I know, quit rolling your eyes.  Wink

Anyway, I can see that the cape is attatched to this harness sort of thing that goes around the shoulders, across the back, and fastens in the front with a brooch thingy.  I can figure out how to make that okay. 

My questions are these:  How do I make it fold like that?  Approximately how much yardage of whatever am I going to need? (It's floor length, and I'm about 5'6")  What shape is the fabric going to need to be in?  What sort of fabric do you think would work the best?  It should be rough and kind of heavy, but not burlap rough.  I'm at a loss, and ANY help is loved and appreciated.  I'm sorry if I'm not being very clear. 

Here's some reference pics, if you've not seen the film.  Enjoy the abs.

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9  Ukranian Eggs (pysanky) *pic obese* EDIT: More eggs in Completed Projects by Altair on: March 29, 2007 05:45:26 PM
So, here are all the pysanky I've made so far this year. 

These eggs have been varnished and emptied.

These eggs have not been varnished or emptied yet, hence the slightly duller sheen.

And I'm off to scrub the wax off my hands.

Edit:  Here are some new eggs I've done. 

This egg was done for the lovely RecycleMicol for a personal swap.  I hope she likes it!

This egg was also sent to RM for her neighbor's daughter, who is crazy about Disney princesses.
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10  Re: Fill a flat rate box swap! in The Swap Gallery by Altair on: March 16, 2007 10:24:36 AM
I just got my package from jloveg, and it is cool! 

First some lovely yarn.  There are four skeins of Lion Boucle, in two different colorways, two super soft fun fur skeins, one brown ball that feels like it has a bit of wool in it, and a turquoise novelty yarn. 

Next up, some embroidery floss, a huge jar of assorted beads, buttons and charms, a pack of zippers, and a bag of butter toffee coated sunflower seeds.  Those puppies have already been opened and snacked upon, and boy are they good!

A bunch of different fabric.  Some brown floral, denim, white gauzey stuff, tan, flannel backed garbardine, and Betty Boop print!

A close up of the print.  It's so cute.

The lovely note she wrote on the box...aww.  Grin

And my kitty, Alex, inspecting the box it all came in. 

Thanks so much, jloveg!  I love it all!  (And those sunflower seeds will disappear quickly.)
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