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11  Re: Ongoing Wishlist Round 7 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by BlooCanoe on: March 01, 2006 05:03:20 PM
So, I got home last night after a loooooong day and opened the mailbox to find not one but TWO swap packages waiting for me! I had heard of such things happening, but never dreamed it would happen to me!  One of them was squirming and wriggling around quite a bit- in fact,  it was hard to keep a hold of it.

I opened the door and ran to get the scissors... the parcel was really hopping around by now, and I snipped a corner off the envelope carefully- I didn't want to accidentally cut whoever was inside! Suddenly, a blue paw thrust itself through the hole, waving a pink tulip in front of my startled eyes (but how did he know that pink tulips are my favourite flowers??).  

Suddenly, the hole was ripped open from inside and out flew FLOYD THE OMNIPOTENT FEAR MONSTER!!!  He flew around my place, looking for monsters to beat up, and only when he was satisfied that the place was secure did he fly back to me and settle gently on my shoulder.  He whispered, "Kristen81 sent me to you, and you'll never be bothered by the Vile Monsters of Loneliness again! I have a black belt in kung fu, and big pointy teeth.... you'll be safe with me around!"

I know that he looks scarey, but that's just to scare away the monsters.  Not only does he bear gifts of flowers, but he also has a great sense of humour, as you can tell by his twinkly eyes and infectious smile.

As you can see, Floyd's arms are long and strong, not only for kicking the a$$ of any monsters lurking behind the plants, but also for giving big hugs.  You can also see he is well protected by his spiny back:

In fact, I just think that he is the most perfect fear monster I have ever seen.

Thanks, Kristen81, for sharing him with me!  Kiss
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12  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round Six Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by BlooCanoe on: February 07, 2006 07:19:50 PM
I received the best pile (and I mean PILE) of stationary and stickers from k8kre8s tonight! Thank you so much, k8!  It was just the biggest envelope of stationary - everything from celestial themes and cute little flowery notecards, to eeyore postcards and cartoon bowling piggies.  And the most gorgeous envelopes, and STICKERS! Piles again - as in around 40 sheets or so.   Shocked Grin  Every kind of stickers, from kitties to vegetables to camping stuff to flowers and butterflies and froggies and skateboarding teddies and smiley faces and insects, rocketships, seashells.... the list goes on!

Thank you so much, k8! You are so generous!  I can keep going for years with all the things you sent me!  Kiss  And my swap partners can look forward to highly-stickered parcels from now on!  Grin

a small smattering of the lovelies.... just to give you an idea of the fun stuff!
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13  The dog ate my mitts... can these be fixed? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by BlooCanoe on: January 18, 2006 03:53:53 PM
Well, I posted these thrummed mitts here when they were first done:

And I gave them to my friend, who loved them.
Her dog did not.
Or, maybe he did... a little too much.  Cry

Any suggestions for reconstructive surgery?  I guess on the first one I should just cut the side seam open and frog back to where the damage starts. I'm afraid I don't have enough of the yarn left over tho.
Weird how he ate the yarn but not the roving, huh?  Huh
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14  Re: YARN DYEING 101 - KOOL AID in Dyeing: Completed Projects by BlooCanoe on: January 14, 2006 08:05:33 AM
This is a pic from my first attempt last weekend... I rewound the yarn and I think it looks much better now in a skein, than when it was in a loop . The brownish blots aren't so apparent now. This is koolaid strawberry, grape, and "changin' cherry" (green). The yarn is Patons merino, in aran.

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15  Re: ongoing wishlist swap 5 in The Swap Gallery by BlooCanoe on: January 07, 2006 09:02:49 AM
I'm first!  Grin

OK everyone, prepare to be shocked and amazed!
Get this...
racehorse87 picked me for a knitting needle case on THURSDAY.
Crafted on FRIDAY.
Had it hand-delivered on SATURDAY.

Have you ever heard the like? Grin

And this is no rush job either! It is so pretty, I LOVE it, racehorse! The rich colours, the patchwork panel, the functional pockets, everything! If you have a better pic please post because I can only take pics of it small and rolled up in my scanner.  And the colours are much more rich and saturated in real life.

Thank you, racehorse!  Kiss When your dad dropped it off I ran upstairs, giggling madly, and emptied my knitting basket so I could start arranging my needles in it!
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16  Skull Fingerless Gloves in Knitting: Completed Projects by BlooCanoe on: January 06, 2006 11:02:27 AM
I made these for redstar13 in the ongoing wish swap #4 and they are posted in the gallery there... someone pm'd me and asked how I made them, so I thought I would share them here as well.

I just used my favourite mitten pattern but I cast off at the base of the fingers.
I then searched craftster for a skull chart that I liked (I'm afraid I can't remember whose I used, but thank you for posting it! I tried to make my own and it was harder that I thought it would be!).
The skulls are at duplicate stitch.  It was my first time trying duplicate stitch so the skulls are a bit squidgy!
I thought the grey and black was a wee bit bland, so I added the one red eye to each skull. For some reason, I liked the look of one red eye better than two.

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17  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 4 in The Swap Gallery by BlooCanoe on: January 05, 2006 04:07:48 PM
These are the fingerless gloves I made for redstar13: she said she liked black, and skulls.
she received yesterday and is going to post an action pic when she can!

the skulls are duplicate stitch, which I had never done before, which is why the skulls are a bit squidgy looking! I think the one on the right is yawning!   Cheesy  I gave each skull one red eye to spice up the black/grey a bit.
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18  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 4 in The Swap Gallery by BlooCanoe on: December 28, 2005 05:24:10 PM
Just got my fab fabric from redstar13 today! thanks so much, redstar! they are great, and the Betty Boop fabric is so fun! thank you for such a great selection!
yay for building up a fabric stash!  

***runs off to a corner to pet the fabric and murmer "myyyyy preeeeciousssss"***

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19  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 4 in The Swap Gallery by BlooCanoe on: December 23, 2005 08:53:35 AM
I posted this last night but my modem crashed on me while I was posting....

Last night I got home from work and found the most lovely package from padray! Crocheted wristwarmers in soft pretty yarn and the most perfect little earrings! THANK YOU SO MUCH, PADRAY! The wristwarmers fit so perfectly, like they were made for me! Which I guess they were..... but I mean, they REALLY fit like they were made for ME!  And I wonder if you somehow know me, to have made earrings that I would love so much?  (have we met before?? Smiley) They are little silver circles with beads attached at the bottom.  

Sorry for the sad pics that just don't do these justice at all and I know it is hard to see the earrings. I tried to squeeze my arm into my scanner for an action pic and that was just a bad idea all around!

Yay!  Grin I started wearing everything as soon as I opened the parcel! Thanks again!

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20  Thrummed mitts (first project post! :)) in Knitting: Completed Projects by BlooCanoe on: October 31, 2005 04:16:40 PM
Well, just finished these tonight so thought I would share... thrummed mittens.

Picture of the inside, which looks weird but is what makes them so warm!

Pics are kind of funny-looking as I had to squish the mitts onto my scanner, and they are very thick!
thanks for looking!   Smiley
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