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1  Re: TARGET HAS $1 YARN (not just kits!) in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by metamurph on: September 21, 2005 03:09:13 PM
I've been practice knitting with my fringe yarn using size 4 needles and it comes out looking almost like fake fur.  It would probably make good stuffed animals; nice and soft.

And here's some of the super soft fuzzy yarn done on size 4 needles:

The stuff wasn't easy to work with - I found myself pulling up loops of fur, rather than loops of the actual yarn. It's thin as thread, so I don't see that I'll be using it unless pairing it with something.

It does make a light, breezy, fuzzy-soft fabric, though. Excellent for paper embellishment and what-not.
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2  Re: 20 Questions Mix CD Swap 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by metamurph on: September 12, 2005 08:49:59 PM
I got both cds sent by girlfriday and gemjams. Here they are in their cute and classy splendor:

The one on the left is from girlfriday, and I love the little guy on top! He's on a sparkly red background.

There's no CD in gemjams's lovely case because I'm listening to it! I'll post the tracklist if it's all clear to do so.

Girlfriday's track list:

Get Up Off That Thang : James Brown - LOVE THIS SONG!
Purple Shoes : Malia
The Eyes of Texas : Longhorn Band  - All to the tune of "I've been working on the railroad"...yep! Annoying!
Santa Baby : Eartha Kitt - Such a great voice!
Blame it on the Weatherman : B*Witched
Un De Vez En Cuando : Las Ketchup
Liar : Violet Crown
Uptown Girl : Billy Joel - This takes me back to my childhood. Wow.
Tiny Dancer : Tim McGraw - I love this one no matter who sings it. Try Ben Folds's version, too!
How Sweet It Is : Michael Buble
Crash Into Me : Dave Matthew's Band
Knights of the Round Table : Monthy Python - I dance to this one. Really!
I Can Love You Better : the Dixie Chicks - Yay! Another DC fan!
What An Idiot He Is : Ashley MacIsaac
These Boots Are Made for Walking : Jessica Simpson - I LURVE this song, but I prefer Nancy Sinatra's version (sorry!)
We Will Rock You : 5ive - A winner! My niece listens to this one over and over and over...
I Wish I Were The Rain : She Daisy
Devil In Disguise : Elvis
Baby Keep Smilin' : Lou Bega
Hey Good Lookin' : Hank Williams - You just can't argue with a classic!

Thank you both for the awesome cds! Great swap!!!
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3  Re: Virgin Mary/Guadalupe Swap in The Swap Gallery by metamurph on: September 01, 2005 05:24:20 PM
crafty_dame sent an awesome package to me, and I'd like to share a little of her awesomeness and crafty cleverness with you all. Thanks to my partner and stopmoshun for being patient with me during a hard time.

Forgive the crappiness of my pictures. Digital camera what? Instructions, huh?

These are all fabulous things - some plastic button thingies so that I can make my own buttons with my own fibers, a bunch of beautiful Mary buttons (I'm a button freak, and Amy responded to the call), three of the most darlin little charms I've ever seen, and some really cool holographic Mary cards with Oriental writing on the backs! Utter bitchin'-ness! And candy? Yes, there's candy! Gum and mints, with little bible verses on the wrappers. Love, love, love.

She also included the prettiest holographic postcard ever - I couldn't get a good picture of it because it shifted around as I was struggling with the camera, but it's brilliant.

It's an album! She also responded to my freakiness about crochet and knitting and yarns and patterns and provided me a fabulously beautiful place to stash my patterns and ideas. I love this album. It closes with a silky green ribbon and has a lovely green doily on it. And...and...she's knitting! Or doing some kind of needlework. It all counts. I LOVE IT!!

It's a pillow. It's several colors of vinyl. It's Mary. Woohoo - it's mine! It took my breath away when I pulled it out of the box, and now I'm trying to keep it away from my 13-year-old niece, who's decided she's going to sleep with it. She "likes the way it feels." I'm afraid to ask. But I'm not afraid to say that Amy (crafty_dame) makes the straightest stitches I've ever seen.

So that's my bit of swap gallery. I'm glad you liked everything, Amy, and I'm very grateful for your patience (again). I have one more swap to finish up, and I'm going to make the last bit of it between tonight and tomorrow, then take a breath. This has been a nice swap - thank you!

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4  Re: Best Garage Sale Finds!!! in Discussion and Questions by metamurph on: September 14, 2004 07:03:23 PM
These guys have to be my favorite finds ever. And can you believe they were just a quarter each?  Cheesy

Aw, look. He's trying to scratch his brain!

Who's dead now, Hal? JANGJANGJANG

I love garage sales. Among the coolest things I've found have been a set of Shakespearean tarot cards for a dollar, a knitting machine for a dollar, and a set of craft encyclopedias - 18 volumes - for $3. You can always find sewing machines, but they're generally not worth even the few dollars you pay for them. Repairs and cleaning can cost well over a hundred - might as well just get a new machine.
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5  Re: My weird wild doll in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by metamurph on: September 08, 2004 05:29:12 AM
This is a awesome doll. Do you know how talented you are for this to be your first doll. You need to sell these.

Thank you! I'm considering making ONE just to sell - this is a FABULOUS pattern by Phyllis M. Robinson. I found some cheetah fabric, and I'm thinking the next one may have kitty ears and a long furry tail. I never knew animal prints would speak to me so loudly.

I'd have to make her and get her out, though. I find that once I give them names, it's that much harder to let them go.

This is the first doll I ever made, and the first one made from Phyllis's pattern. She's since had a change of clothing, but you might get the idea:

Her name is Sophie. Pardon the pins in her neck.
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