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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Halloween dolls on: September 21, 2004 09:39:00 AM
Hey peeps-
Made up some pipe cleaner and felt dolls the other day-
Used a simple polymer clay cane for the eyes-glow sculpey over a black core-and poked two holes button-style in the top and bottom of the black part.  Sewed the eyes on to the felt, glued the felt over or in bottle caps, and went crazy from there.  The witches' eyes were the cane over 'white' clay, with holes going side-to-side instead of top-to-bottom.
They were super fun and easy to make-I'd post a tute but you all can figure it out pretty easy!
The cats are holding Poetry Beads from Magnetic Poetry.... I plan on making up a bunch over the next few weeks for presents, etc.  And modifying the idea for the winter holidays, too!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / wavy cast off help!?!? on: September 08, 2004 11:15:31 AM
So how do you cast off when doing a wavy pattern (such as the one shown on the pink slip on the new Knitty, or that awesome colinette throw with the same wavy pattern) so that the cast off edge is ALSO wavy? 


I've been swatching cool wavy patterns out of "Knitting on the Edge" but my casting off is always STRAIGHT across and it looks goofy...basically I tried to make a long scarf and have both edges wavy....It's a good thing I went only 15 rows and didn't do the whole deal and realize it would be STRAIGHT or I would have been sad........am I casting off too tightly?

Any help would be appreciated!!!!
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / **Exquisite Corpse Swap Gallery** on: July 27, 2004 11:36:40 AM
Here's a photo of the doll I assembled from various people's handiwork-
Head from ?? in San Fran, body from Jennie in Vacaville, CA, Flipflop arms from Dixie in FL, and legs from Tracy at Happyowlglass.com!

and the dollie I'm sending out, Myrna the Mermaid-


you can also view them at

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Need advice on finishing this loop...... on: July 15, 2004 11:41:11 AM
OK sorry for the scowl the dude taking the photo is my work nemesis....


I knitted this up in about 6 hours-3 on the couch and 3 on line for the Minnesota IKEA opening (nerd, yes, thank you).  I designed it to wear it for my 10-yr high school reunion this weekend.  I got the idea from the Paris Loop but the What Not To Wear ladies say a bigger neckline is better to show off the cleavage when you get the chance...so.......

Here's the dealio...am planning on wearing with black pants and a black 3/4 length top along the same lines as in the photo but not brown. 

It's cool but it still needs something.  Fringe?  Tassels?  Beads?  Ribbons?  More at the top?  I'm out of both yarns but can get more pretty easily.....I can't crochet very well but would take any suggestions you guys can give......and remember I have to finish this by Saturday!

5  UNITED STATES / Minnesota / spinning instruction in MN? on: June 05, 2004 12:17:12 PM
Hey Craftsters-
Anyone know of a good spinning class out there?  I'm a TOTAL newbie (got lotsa books but no one to SHOW me how) but my dream is to someday soon make my living out of raising sheep and bunnies and dyeing the wool I spin with natural plants and such....but obviously I have a lot to learn first!
Anyone out there who can recommend a class or teachers, or would be willing to arrange a swap for you to teach me yourself, please let me know!

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Anyone used Noro Silk Garden? on: April 16, 2004 10:45:11 AM
Hello! I'm wondering if anyone has used Noro Silk Garden and can give me their opinions on it.
I have used the wool kuyreon by Noro and LOVE it, I'm just wondering if the silk version is as easy to work with and has the same color-changing self-striping pattern.
I knit a hat I sort of made up after sneaking a peak at a Noro pattern book...it looks like a swirly turban with ribbed stripes going up the sides but it's waaaaay too warm to wear after it gets above freezing and was hoping to make a silk/lighter version to wear during summer.  Before I invest the $$ I want to know if it's worth it.  Will try to get a photo of the twirly turban if I can......

PS will silk be nice and cool or am I crazy?
7  UNITED STATES / Minnesota / Great Sales! on: March 25, 2004 11:49:50 AM
Hey everyone-
Here's the info on a great event about to happen in the Twin Cities. This is an AMAZING sale, I volunteered last year and came home with a carload of fantastic fabric, ribbon, yarn, and tons of knitting needles in unusual sizes.  It's also a great way to recycle old stuff that you don't use anymore, and help out the Textile Arts Center in the process! If you've never been there, it's a real treat and the store has plenty of locally made arts and crafts.  


I think if anyone else knows about fun sales/events upcoming in MN, post them here!
Garage sales?  Estate sales?  Fabric store sales? Yarn sales (yeah right!)?

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