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21  Re: Pet Lovers Swap (Sign-ups 12/07/08-12/28/08; Send-outs 02/11/09) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by sweaterbrau on: December 08, 2008 12:44:14 PM
I sent in my info! Here's Bug:
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22  Re: Post Secret Swap Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by sweaterbrau on: June 17, 2008 05:22:19 PM
Received my tenth (and final  Sad) secret.

"Sometimes I wish I was still anorexic."

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23  Re: Post Secret Swap Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by sweaterbrau on: June 12, 2008 02:28:13 PM
Look at all the secrets that were waiting in the mailbox for me when I got home from work today!!

Back says: "Sometimes I wish I was in a terrible car accident so people would pay some attention to me."

"I feel like I'm leading my girlfriend on because I don't think the relationship will last past the end of the summer."

"I heard him FART on our first date"
Back says: "And 4 years later, I still haven't told him! Even though, these days he thinks it's hilarious to do it openly in front of me!!! I still giggle!!"

"I have 2 or 3 good friends that I feel like I can't trust."
The handwritten text says CIRCLE OF TRUST: openness to truth --> willingness to delegate --> shared decisions --> feeling valued --> sense of involvement

"I don't think my counsellor understands me."
Back says: "But then I don't understand me either!"

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24  Re: Post Secret Swap Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by sweaterbrau on: June 08, 2008 09:20:28 AM
I received another card on Friday but haven't had a chance to post until now:

"I constantly worry I am not a good mom."

Click to enlarge.
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25  Re: Post Secret Swap Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by sweaterbrau on: June 03, 2008 03:14:25 PM
My third card showed up in the mail today!

"I miss my dogs when I'm at work"

The back, with a thumb strategically placed to cover the secret code:

"Sometimes more than I miss my husband"
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26  Re: Post Secret Swap Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by sweaterbrau on: May 31, 2008 08:53:20 AM
I got my second secret today!

"SEX: Why does this always feel like a chore to me?"
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27  Re: Post Secret Swap Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by sweaterbrau on: May 24, 2008 01:19:14 PM
I received my first secret today:

"I would LOVE to be a writer but I don't think I'm creative or imaginative enough to do it"

Click the picture to see the full-sized image.
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28  Re: Slouchy Tam Hat! in Knitting: Completed Projects by sweaterbrau on: April 03, 2008 10:38:52 AM
Very cute interpretation of my tam! I love the colors and they suit you very well.

By the way...you seem to remind me of a friend of mine:
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29  Mermaid Slouchy Tam (with pattern!!) in Knitting: Completed Projects by sweaterbrau on: March 10, 2008 08:13:02 PM
A while ago I posted a tam I made here. Unfortunately, it was cool yet totally impractical as it was a.) way too damn loose and b.) freakin' GIGANTIC and HEAVY.  Needless to say, it hasn't seen the light of day because I don't have a head like the elephant man...

I've written two more tam patterns since then, the first of which ended up way too small and looked more like a puffy little mushroom cap than a tam, but the second finally ended up exactly as I wanted it to!! It's big and slouchy and I can fit all my hair in it but it stays firmly on my head and it's soft and squishy. The yarn is just some Malabrigo I had in my stash and I admit, they weren't my first choices for a color combination but I really like the way it ended up. It reminds me of the little mermaid Wink.

This picture shows the overall shape the best...see, nice'n slouchy!


Obligatory arty type beauty shot.

The stitch pattern is an incredibly easy slip stitch brick sort of pattern (think ballband dishcloth, but in stockinette).

If anyone is interested I could post my pattern.Smiley Here's the pattern, gals!

Gauge: 4.5 sts on size US8 needles = 1 inch

With MC, CO 80 sts, divide among 4 dpns.
Work in k1, p1 rib for 1.5 inches

RND 1: (Increase round) increase as follows *KF&B 3 times, K1 (rep from * to end of round)

You should have 140 sts

RND 2: Knit one round even

RND 3 & 4: With CC: K3, Sl1 purlwise (you're slipping a red stitch) to end of round

RND 5 & 6: With MC, knit from beg. to end

RND 7 & 8: With CC, k1, sl1 purlwise *k3, sl1 purlwise (rep to end of round)

RND 9 & 10: With MC, knit from beg. to end

Basically, you repeat RND 3 - RND 10 ad nauseum till you have a length you like.
Mine was about 7 inches when I stopped.

You can decrease however you like but I chose to put a stitch marker in the middle of each DPN and k2tog at the beginning of each DPN and right before my marker.

**For those not in the know, MC stands for MAIN COLOR (it's the red in my hat) and CC stands for CONTRASTING COLOR (light teal in my hat)

If my pattern writing skills are crap, let me know and I'll try to be a little clearer. Smiley
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30  White Chocolate Cherry Mice in Dessert by sweaterbrau on: December 18, 2007 06:57:08 PM
I made these little mice for the folks in my office at work. They're sort of a joke because we have a bit of a mouse problem now that the weather is bad! They've all come inside to escape the snow and they leave behind little presents under desks and in storage closets.

They're not terribly original, I know I've seen them on here before.  They just turned out so cute I had to share them!

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