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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Backyard Critters (Knit Amigurumi) on: January 05, 2007 09:55:59 PM
<3 I knit the fox last night whilst watching the X-files. I didn't have any worsted weight yarn in the right colors so I used bulky-- lambs pride for the orange and reynold's lopi for the white. He came out cute. I just have to sew his tail on, and do his little eyes.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Christmas Stocking (somewhat img heavy) on: December 17, 2006 08:31:41 PM
That is so awesome.

My estranged stepbrother (estranged for about 14 years or more) came home this winter and my sister crocheted a new stocking for him and one for each of his kids and wife. I got to help pick out the yarns since I don't crochet but knit and everyone's stocking is crochet @ our house since I am the black sheep. Wink

What a wonderful way to be close to family.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Zombie Penguin w/victim on: December 17, 2006 02:23:17 PM
 Cheesy fair isle blood.

He's so cute I almost don't want to give him to his intinded recipient. But, he's rather fast to knit so I guess I could always make my own legion of zombie penguins...

I wanted to get a little music box to stuff in him, the kind you get for dolls? But since I appear to be completely lacking in the google dept. and my 2 local craft stores didn't have them, I couldn't.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Zombie Penguin w/victim on: December 17, 2006 10:22:47 AM
I saw a zombie penguin stuffie here https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=128150.0 and thought, what a great idea! As luck would have it, my MIL sent me Knitted Toys by Jean Greenhowe and it had a whole family of penguins. So I knitted up a zombie penguin!

He's about as tall as a postcard, so between 3 and 4 inches tall. I added some details, like a splash of blood on his chest, blood on his beak and flippers, and in his side I have a little hidden pocket where his guts go. Also, I knitted another penguin head, to be his victim.

http://theknittingdiva.com/penguin/index.htm  this is a gallery of in progress and finished pics so you can see what I did to him. I knitted him in Pattons Grace (the green and black) the white is also mercerized cotton, but the red and yellow are dk weight wool.

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Jayne Cobb Hat! on: December 15, 2006 08:32:57 PM
I did one!

I used the pattern/kit from wear with style and thought it came out great.

that's my husband modelling it before I trimmed up the dangly bits and weaved in my ends.
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Magic Yarn Ball Round 2 on: December 06, 2006 05:04:13 PM
April (Avesthel) sent me this lovely yarn ball. Smiley

Imagine my surprise when I got to see the goodies inside!

There's pretty rhinestone barrettes, a bracelet, eyeshadow, lipsmackers- which is awesome (a tradition we haven't celebrated since I was 20... my sister and I ALWAYS got the big holiday pack of lipsmackers in our stocking every year from the time we were like 6 & Cool, a necklace, beads for the pattern she sent (a bag), some tapestry needles - oh which you can never have to many, a spiced apple candle, nail polish, an interesting stamp, a gingerbread snowglobe, stitch markers, and a little bag with what looks like candy corn on it! The snowglobe is awesome, it has the cutest little gingerbread house on the bottom... I love it. They yarn was 2 skeins of a really pretty handspun in purple, my favorite color.

Thank you so much April!

7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Magic Yarn Ball Swap Round 2 (SIGNUP Nov. 4-18, SENDOUT Dec. 4) on: November 04, 2006 10:34:49 PM
This sounds so awesome! I can't wait to participate Smiley

I'm just wondering what I will do... Smiley

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Textural Scarf on: October 08, 2006 12:31:53 AM
Last year I swapped 2 knitted throw pillows for an Erica Weiner Textural Scarf kit (as seen on plainmabel.com !)

I finally got around to knitting it!

the ammount of tiny balls of yarn you start out with is daunting, as is the 100+ stitches the pattern called for (I think) since one 10yd length of the yarn doesn't go very far. I cast on and tinked this thing at least 8 or 9 times since I got it in 2005. However, I finally knuckled down and cast on with a similar color yarn that I had on hand, and went from there, once I was started it was fairly easy.

Golly, isn't that gorgeous? The textural bit is so true, and even though the greens aren't my colors, I get a lot of compliments on it because it is so beautiful. I am donating it to a fellow blogger who is trying to sell enough stuff at her local craft fair to be able to purchase a knitting basket for needy people in a 3rd world country. Socks for Sheep I hope someone @ her craft fair likes it Smiley

9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Winter ornament ALREADY? sampler style swap! Gallery for winter inspiration! on: October 08, 2006 12:13:45 AM
I feel so mean for not posting! I recieved my ornaments from Stacy Sews and Kmac sometime last week (or more) and although I've been showing them off to everyone, I forgot to come here and post them! I also just received the one from Superstitch:

Without further ado:

This is Kmac's superbly awesome, wonderfully amazing, ABSOLUTELY MUST BE ATTEMPTED (by me) acorn. I am in swooning, awesome love with this acorns. It could be that I have a thing for acorns, but I still think its amazing, and she made the wire hanger/display as well. PLUS! she told me where I could go find the little gourds, which was way nice. Thank you so much!

StacySews sent me 2 really cool glass ornaments that just rocked my world. 1, I tried the glass ornaments, but imo my paint didn't come out nearly as thick, rich, or luxurious as hers. These ornaments were great!!

Finally, just arriving today:

A really cool stuffed christmas tree with a button and sequin embellishment. The fabric is a really neat mosaic-y holly pattern, and like acorns, I have a thing for holly too.

You guys rocked! Thank you sooooo much!
10  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: English Sausage Rolls? on: October 01, 2006 06:32:57 PM
Puff pastry

My MIL always uses pie dough but it never comes out tasting like the greasily delicious stuff from Greg The Bakers. The dough feels crisp but greasy, so last time I made them for Christmas I did it with puff pastry.

the trick is to get as many layers of butter and dough as possible. so that when the stuff goes in the oven, the butter melts and sends out a puff of air... puffing the pastry up.

I think you can also use puff pastry for cheese straws, so that way you can do both?
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