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1  Re: firefly/serenity swap (picture heavy) in The Swap Gallery by crazycatladymel on: February 23, 2006 03:22:16 PM
I got my package today and couldn't wait to photograph and post! I don't know if Suzie plans to post what she got from me, but if you want a peek, I put it in my LJ (includes pics of the Tall Card deck).

Firefly Swap 1 Package from Suzie - Pic1

This was so much fun to open! And it's not all pictured. Keep going to see the rest.

In the tin: a collection of Firefly and Serenity magnets that are going on the fridge today; a Kaylee-inspired Serentiy necklace; a Zoe-inspired leather thong; a whole set of Inara-inspired jewelry in green: earrings, earcuff (right?), necklace, bracelet and ring. It must have rolled out of the way, but there is also a little rubber ball like the one in "Objects in Space."

Immediately to the left of the tin, you see a bobble-headed geisha doll. Then, a pretty silk sheath that holds two sets of chopsticks. Then a decorated tin (more details to follow), and a little silk coin purse.

It's all sitting on a wool vertical messenger bag that I'll be putting to good use pretty soon!
Firefly Swap 1 Package from Suzie - Pic2

Some detail of the jewelry. It's all so pretty!  Plus the back of the tin.
Firefly Swap 1 Package from Suzie - Inside the tin

A little quote, "Bye now. Have good sex." (Kaylee) And a bunch of knitting notions.
Firefly Swap 1 Package from Suzie - Dino Diorama

I think I might have more dinosaurs than Wash! Plus, the palm trees double as pens. Just to the left, which didn't make the picture (pout) is a little penguin. Not a Firefly thing -- a Suzie thing.
Firefly Swap 1 Package from Suzie - Firefly & Serenity Journal

Suzie spent some serious time cutting and pasting dozens of little pictures onto and into this journal. The front is all Firefly, the back is all Serentiy, and she added little bits on random pages inside.

Plus, a Blue Sun iron on.
Firefly Swap 1 Package from Suzie - Journal Back
The back of the journal.

I'd say this package rocks!
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2  Dog Bone Cookies in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by crazycatladymel on: February 19, 2006 05:11:48 AM
My niece's 8th birthday and her dog's 1st birthday are one day apart, so my niece wanted a dog-themed party, which was last night. I promised to make some dog bone cookies. The plan was to get a dog bone cookie cutter and make sugar cookies decorated in my "usual" style, but then I saw the Scooby Doo graham crackers at the grocery store. Too perfect and way less work! Otherwise, this is my typical method of decorating cookies.

The crackers are actually better than a thinner sugar cookie - it was easier to tap off the excess frosting. Not one broke (unless already broken in the box).

So, this isn't quite a recipe, but they were a huge hit (mostly gone within an hour) so I wanted to share.

Specs: 1 box of Scooby graham crackers (from the cookie aisle), 1 tub of vanilla frosting (thinned in the microwave), 1 bottle of non-pariels. The beauty part of this (besides the no baking and minimal clean-up) is that if your kitchen is a mess (like mine), you can do the whole thing on your ironing board like I did.

I nuked the frosting for 1 minute to thin it, laid out some paper plates, and cut down a plastic cup and poured half the non-pariels into it. Then, I dipped half to three-quarters of each "biscuit" in the icing and tapped off the excess and scraped the bottom mostly clean. Finally, I dipped the end of most of the biscuits into the sprinkles (that was a little messy, so sometimes I just sprinkled some over the end). After they set for a few minutes, the icing was dry enough to put them on a platter.
Close-up. About 70% have sprinkles, 15% or so are dipped but w/o sprinkles, and the rest are plain. If you've ever had a graham cracker & frosting "sandwich," you'll know how good these taste (a little sweet, though).

Lesson learned (at least for my family): Fewer plain, more sprinkles. And 60-year-old men (the grandfathers) will insist on feeding the plain ones to the dog.

My SIL managed to find candy favors for the kids which were little plastic dishes (looked like dog food bowls) filled with candy that looked like kibble and a little candy dog bone. She decorates cakes, so there was a dog-themed cake too. My niece wore dog ears all night that she made out of construction paper. Kind of a strange theme for an 8-year-old's party, but she wanted it that way and had a blast, which is the important thing.
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3  Re: DIY Cloth Pads Tutorial in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by crazycatladymel on: February 11, 2006 01:59:15 PM
One set completed. I thought I'd try out one set of super-duper ultra long overnights (since I need them today and tonight), and if they work out, I'll make more.

The orange isn't quite that neon/radioactive, but there is no sun here, so this is the best I can do. I ADORE the color combo! I pretty much followed the tutorial, but made it longer for nighttime, and added the rickrac on the ends to hold the inserts. I didn't have to go out and get new flannel, since I have a basket full of it from Christmas projects, but I fell in love with the citrus fabric.

When I told my husband what I was doing, his first reaction was "ew, gross!" But he really will support anything that makes me happy (when it comes to my body and my period, I'm in charge (otherwise it's a partnership), but it makes it easier if you don't have to explain stuff all the time or defend your ideas). I'm sure he'll realize this may mean he'll never have to go to the drugstore on an emergency pad run again.
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4  Re: Gone Crazy with Felted Sweaters! (Image-heavy) - Now w/ ice scraper tutorial in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by crazycatladymel on: December 13, 2005 06:46:07 AM
Hope this helps. Apologies for the crap artwork.

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5  Gone Crazy with Felted Sweaters! (Image-heavy) - Now w/ ice scraper tutorial in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by crazycatladymel on: December 11, 2005 06:29:58 PM
I spent the latter part of summer looking for wool sweaters at thrift stores, thanks to a post here about tote bags, and wanted to share my results so far. It's not taking the place of knitting, but it did kind of save my life when it comes to Christmas gifts!

Tote Bags

Mittens, Ice Scraper Mitts
(Ice Scraper Tutorial is now on my blog, here.)

Cat & Dog Toys, Dog Sweater

Christmas Stockings
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6  Re: I've been purling wrong my whole life! in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by crazycatladymel on: November 24, 2005 07:18:25 AM
This summer, I learned that I was purling wrong. I didn't notice it until a mitten that was supposed to be adult size was only child-size!

See the 2 pair side-by-side. The pink pair was purling wrong, the green pair was purling correctly. I happened to mention the size problem at the LYS where I got the yarn & pattern, and they watched me knit and purl, then showed me how to purl correctly. What a difference! And, I don't hate purling as much as I used to (no wonder).
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7  Hot/Cold Pack in Completed Projects by crazycatladymel on: October 29, 2005 12:43:15 PM
Finished last night, but not filled yet, a hot/cold pack. To be filled with rice or other filler. Materials - inner bag: muslin, outer bag: flannel. I'm making up a bunch for Christmas gifts.

 To the right you can see the muslin inner bag, waiting to be filled.

Sewn sham-style so the inner bag can be removed and the outer bag can be washed. No fasteners mean the whole thing can go into the microwave.

I'm waiting to see if the recipient wants me to fill the inner bag, or to mail it empty and have her fill it and stitch the small opening. My personal one is filled with rice, but I'm hoping to find a better resource for flaxseed or another filler (the rice has a faint, well, cooked-rice odor -- I don't mind, but others might).
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8  Super Chunky Baby Hat (Quick Knit) in Knitting: Completed Projects by crazycatladymel on: October 29, 2005 08:09:06 AM
I found a "new" LYS yesterday (new for me), and this fun yarn at the same time. I was looking for something to make a great winter baby hat and couldn't have asked for anything better. I worked on it sporadically last night. In total, it probably took me 2  hours. Would take a faster knitter about an hour, I'd think.

Pattern: my own (I took notes if anyone wants, but it was pretty basic (note that I think this will fit a 3-6 month old - I don't have kids, so I had to guess at the height - got the circumfrence from the mother))
Yarn: 1 skein Jumbo Merino by Knitting Fever (www.knittingfever.com), #180, "Nail Polish." This is a super-chunky merino, and is super soft. I had 2" left over, so for any size larger, you would need 2 skeins (or try going up a needle size)
Needles: US 13 (for ribbing) & 15 circs (16" or smaller), US15 DPNs
Started & Finished: 10/28 PM
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9  Re: Projects from "Last Minute Knitted Gifts" in Knitting: Completed Projects by crazycatladymel on: October 27, 2005 12:11:24 PM
The Rustic Scarf:

Yarn: 1 skein each black & gray Lamb's Pride Bulky (note how much of the black is left).
Needles: Size 11 Addi Turbo circs (unknown length, maybe 30"?)
Started: 10/24 PM (mostly cast on and 1 or 2 rows)
Finished: 10/26 PM

Notes: I didn't follow the pattern exactly. I cast on the requisite number, but followed my own color changes. I did 9 rows black, 10 rows gray, 9 rows black (to keep the color change stripes on the same side, I had to do an even number of the center color, but I like the result). If I did it again, I'd reduce the first and last sections, because that was just too close for comfort, and the finishing was a little stressful.
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10  Re: Fingerless Mitts for my Goddaughter in Knitting: Completed Projects by crazycatladymel on: October 11, 2005 01:06:34 PM
those look great and oh so warm.   i've been making these this week without the thumbs, mostly because i couldn't figure it out.  i think i get it now from your pictures, so thank you!  good work! 

Maybe this pic will help?

You don't have to do the rib pattern, but you can see where I increased for the gusset.
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