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1  Re: We Love Our Blythes, Pullips and DALs Swap Round 3! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by jese on: December 29, 2006 01:54:57 PM
Like I mentioned in my swap signup, I'm new to the world of actually owning a Blythe (I have been a TIB lurker for over a year, feels good to finally post!)  Anyways, here is my Blythe of 4 days, Solange:

She doesn't have any sort of special clothes or anything (YET), so sorry it's only a headshot.
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2  Re: Magic Yarn Ball Round 2 in The Swap Gallery by jese on: December 09, 2006 07:33:21 AM
I finally received my package from Rachpie22!  I got it on my way to work, and was unable to restrain myself from opening it before I could take pictures of the box.  The packaging it arrived in was full of what my boyfriend called "some secret knitting code"  ^.^

So here is the ball, as it arrived in my happy little paws.  I love the colors!  And the pattern, a felted cabled clutch.  I've never cabled or felted before, and I've been dying to try!  It's absolutely perfect.
It also, mercifuly contained a few outside goodies, or goodies on the edge that I fished out while I was at work (I had 8 hours to stare at this thing!)

There's some lovely grey yarn, cabling needles for the pattern, lipgloss, measuring tape (how did you know I just lost mine?!) chocolate, a teeny little magic 8 ball, a frog pen, and super yummy smelling lavender soap!

So I started frantically knitting away last night.  And here is my progress at night's end.  The yarn ball remains mysterious and has not given me ANY more presents =(  I do see a Hello Kitty head peeking out though!

I also got a little impatient and managed to pull this Hello Kitty bag out of said yarn ball, (immediatley after the last picture) and it is a perfect yarn ball traveling bag!

Initially, I was planning on unraveling my yarn ball the minute I got it, but I was so excited about the pattern I decided to try.  Anybody else been good?
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3  amigurumi (i think) turtle in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by jese on: December 04, 2006 05:07:53 PM
'ello 'ello craftsters!
this little guy is going to go live in texas with my boyfriend's mom.  she collects turtles.  i decided all the free online patterns weren't cute enough,so  i designed my own.

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4  knitty's broadripple socks in Knitting: Completed Projects by jese on: November 08, 2006 12:47:03 PM
I made these socks for my wool-allergic mother a while ago.  I thought they were pretty simple, and the cotton yarn (Cascade Fixations)  makes them light enough to knit another pair for my mother-in-law in Texas. 
I was a little dismayed that even though the balls of yarn were in the same dyelot, the socks didn't turn out quite the same.  It's alright though because it saved me from having to knit the same thing twice. 

in progress!

before blocking (afterwards they were actually the same size!)

stitch detail

cuff detail

sometimes, my dachshund wants to knit too...

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5  mocha brownies in Dessert by jese on: November 08, 2006 08:49:21 AM

I made these for my dad for his birthday.  They are coffee brownies topped with meringue cookies. 

First, I made plain vanilla meringue cookies http://www.inmamaskitchen.com/RECIPES/RECIPES/Cookies/meringuecookies.html
and instead of dropping them onto the baking sheet, I used a pastry bag so they resembled whip cream, and topped with cinnamon before baking.

Then, I added:
 2 tbs finely ground (turkish setting) coffee
 1 tbs cinnamon
 1 extra tbs oil
to a brownie mix

Before the brownies were done baking, I added the meringue cookies on top and let them bake on for just a few minutes so they would stick. 

They were super tasty!  And made an excellent gift.  I mailed a few out to friends and they survived the postal system as well.
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