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1  Re: Alcohol/Bar Related Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by subliminalpolka on: July 23, 2008 08:44:29 PM
Heh...based on her coasters, plucky1_08 is clearly better at Scrabble then I am.  Smiley

Here are my goodies, courtesy of StrwbryMlkmmmmmm:

Rainbow-tastic booze charms!  Dual-purpose, no less; I was thrilled to find that they fit perfectly over the neck of beer bottles, in addition to wine stems. 

These coasters may well be my favorite of the lot.  They're cork-backed magnets adorned with magnetic beer caps, so I can move the caps around to suit my aesthetic preference (or just stick 'em on the fridge).  Very rad idea.

Wine-cork photo holders (modeling my cat's Xmas card from last year)!

Tied for the title of "Most Favorite", this is a mega-book about various alcohols and cocktails, and includes chapters on my two favorite poisons:  Makers Mark and Miller Lite.  I started feeling insecure about my own package as soon as I saw this thing; Megin clearly put a ton of time and effort into this!

The cover.  Heh.

Overall, I'm wicked-pleased with my package and partner.  Thanks, Megin!
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2  Re: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by subliminalpolka on: May 27, 2008 05:17:47 PM

First off, this was my first swap through Craftster and H_Pets360 really delivered; I couldn't have asked for a better partner.  Onwards!

O hai, recycled packaging.

Bags!  The painted one was rescued from a Goodwill bin, the other was crocheted using gardening string, free pile cotton thread and stash yarn.  The latter has already undergone a test drive at the farmers market; we are pleased to report that it is a superior radish holder.

As described:  "The yarn should be about a sweater's worth, as it WAS a sweater.  A horribly patterned UGLY sweater, but a sweather nonetheless."  My yarn addiction is pleased.

Lovely buttoned cuffs, also the result of a sweater deconstruction.  Currently tied with the above crocheted bag for "Most Favorite".

Art, courtesy of a wooden block found at a construction site.  The telephone poles are pieces from a toaster that H_Pets dismantled.  Clever, yes?

Mmm.  Reading material.

In sum:  Yay!  Thanks again, Stephanie!
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3  Finished! Counterpane Carpet Bag from Handknit Holidays in Knitting: Completed Projects by subliminalpolka on: November 02, 2007 02:13:20 PM
Knit this bag up for my sister's 23rd birthday.  The knitting itself took no time at all; it's the fabric lining that damn near killed me.  As illustrated in the photos below, hand-stitching?  So not my forte...

I used almost-but-not-quite four balls of Noro Kureyon in colorway #95.  Pattern from Handknit Holidays, a book I purchased for this pattern alone.

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4  Re: Fitted Knits-along ? in Knitalongs by subliminalpolka on: August 06, 2007 05:04:26 PM
Tube top in Burnt Orange Pima Tencel, modeled by my bustalicious sewing dummy, as - sadness! - I knit a size too large and cannot simultaneously hold the top up and take a self-portrait. 

Ends still need to be woven in, knitted i-cord strappies are in the process.  Will post a really-and-truly-FO shot soon.  Smiley
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5  Re: Coachella from knitty.com in Knitalongs by subliminalpolka on: July 06, 2007 11:14:43 AM
April_Cocaine:  It looks great on you!  Are you happy with the drape?

Cough.  On the other side of the fence:
Stuck mine on scrap yarn last night to see how many more inches I wanted to add to the length, and am kind of frustrated with the drape.  (Not a reflection of the pattern itself, which I love; I knit a size Medium, but should have gone down to Small.)  Neckline is a bit too baggy/peep-show for my taste.  Tried to solve said bagginess by rolling the neckline a bit and came out with this:

(** Note:  This is my "Hmm...Not Sure If I'm Digging It" face, executed in conjuction with "Been Knitting For Four Hours Straight" ponytail.)

Not sure if I'm pro-roll or whether I'd rather frog and try again in a smaller size.  Thoughts?

On a more positive note:  Hurrah for the back!

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6  Re: Orangina a-long in Knitalongs by subliminalpolka on: September 21, 2006 07:03:23 AM
nevergirl - Thank you!

Fortunately, everything knit up perfectly; the wool is a similar gauge (if not identical) to the cotton, and it knit up in exact accordance with the pattern.  (My only mod was switching to a smaller needle for the ribbing section.)  No seaming or stretching issues; I blocked it per usual and it fit just fine.

It *is* definitely a bit cozier and more substantial than the cotton...but I kind of dig that.  Smiley  Here's a close-up of the lace portion, so you can see the difference:

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7  Re: Orangina a-long in Knitalongs by subliminalpolka on: September 20, 2006 10:11:36 AM
Photo taken at 1:15a this morning, hence sleepy eyes and sloppy hair.  Be kind.

Accidentally knitted in Rowan 4-Ply wool (versus cotton), because I'm just that perceptive.  (In my defense, the yarn store was closing in three minutes and I was a tad rushed.) 

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8  Re: Bridie along (for best friends!) in Knitalongs by subliminalpolka on: April 12, 2006 11:47:46 AM
Ooh...lovely pattern; that's one more for my queue of things-to-knit.  Smiley

embley:  Be a dear and send my cat home when he's finished modeling your sweater?

Did a bit of a double-take when I saw your picture.  Same facial markings and striped tail.  Separated at birth?
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9  FO - "Daisy" Baby Cardigan from Knitty! in Knitting: Completed Projects by subliminalpolka on: April 04, 2006 01:18:37 PM
Hello!  Long-time lurker, first-time poster, tragically inconsistent commenter...

Just knit up [a href="http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEsummer03/PATTdaisy.html"]Daisy[/a] from a pattern in Knitty's archives using fabulous Pakucho organic cotton.  Sorry that I don't have any model shots; at time of writing, the recipient - (daughter of my boyfriend's ex-girlfriend, good times, good times...) - is only three days old.  Smiley

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10  Re:80's charm necklaces in Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions by subliminalpolka on: February 17, 2004 08:20:48 PM
Ooh!  *jumps up and down*

Circa 1980-something, no less.  Smiley  (No idea where my red chain went, though...?)  I loved those things...and had no idea that they were scoring so high on eBay.  Hmm...*contemplates nostalgia versus empty wallet*

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