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1  Re: Fall Discworld Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Conley on: October 31, 2007 06:35:58 PM
Here's pics! bookstorebabe has to use a scanner, but this time I actually remembered to take pics (of most of the stuff, the biggies anyways) before send off.

Stripey handknit DEATH of Rats Skull and Crossbone socks....

A totebag with Sam Vimes' badge on it, as well as a medal for the most predigious honor he has ever had.... blackboard monitor....

And then there's Flynn (Errol's cousin... get it, get it? Errol... Flynn... ha I kill me). As per usual standard Swamp Dragon etiquette,Flynn ate a bunch of stuff before he left the watch house... luckily though,the Watch's Igor installed a zipper so that you could retrieve the items back should you choose to do so. First two pics show just Flynn, third shows Flynn all full.

Inside Flynn's belly were 2 decks of cards, a small notebook, a small (gnome sized) skeleton that jiggles when you pull the string, and of course the disguise kit... one pair of plastic glasses with mustache and false nose on. Once inside Flynn, it was total out of sight out of mind which is why I have no pics of those items.

Thank you for the compliments babe, you were an awesome partner. Cheesy

(Guess which item it was that was making me insane... go ahead.... Grin )
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2  Re: Fall Discworld Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Conley on: October 30, 2007 09:20:53 AM
I just received from bookstorebabe- pictures forthcoming... watch this space.....!!!!!!!!!

Pictures have been taken, I just have to wait for my batteries to recharge so I can transfer them over to my PC.

ETA: The Pics!!!
The Whole Booty Looty:

Candy From Uberwald... thecandy with bite!

Stitch Markers(bottom left), baby luggage(bottom right), Genuine painting by Leonard De Quirm with stand up easel (top left), Where's my Cow? cross stitch (top right), and Klatchian coffee (middle righty):

Nanny's Bath salts (in her favorite scent... Klatchian Nights):

EggNog, (Nannyism #43- A cold night calls for something to warm you up-and if that's not an option, make nog!   and   Nannyism #174- A cold night means stoking the fire to stay warm. If Itsjust youand the fireplace, make nog instead)

Carrot Seeds so I can grow my own Carrot.... errr... I mean... grow Carrot's carrot... um..... I mean......it een say guranteed firm and long lasting... ummm... I mean........

A bottle of sticky thick water (soap) from the River Ankh which smells of apples... well it has apples in it anyways.....

The Igor box...with hereditary parts, an Igor sewing kit, and an Igor on the Run Go kit with instant blood (just add water), lightning, monster, and coil:

A Zombie Romance novel ritten by Reg Shoe (of which this ocurred to me.... if you are in a relationship with a zombie, you can always just keep what really like about him and get rid of what you dislike....which really wouldn't leave you with much now that I think about it....)

Granny Weatherwax's witches hat....

Complete with kitten beneath!

Baby Luggage reunites with his Daddy luggage who has been living here with me for awhile... after of course me having to wrestle a "where is my cow" magnet from his teeny tiny maw....

Thank you so much bookstorebabe! I love it all!
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3  Summery Star Baby Blanket in Knitting: Completed Projects by Conley on: June 16, 2007 10:26:40 AM
For a while I was coveting the Star Baby Blanket the crocheters were knocking out on here. I'm not a big crocheter though, so I went in search of a knitted star baby blanket pattern.....

Yeah, I looked for a good bit and still found nothing.

I did find this free pattern from Moda Dea for a knitted star pillow though:
Thought to myself, 'Why the hell not?', and decided to knit up only half the required diamonds for the pattern (pattern calls for 10 for the pillow, I made 5 for the blanket). It makes for a smallish sized blanket, one that's good to cover baby in a car seat.

Pattern Details:
Pattern: Moda Dea's star pillow pattern.... halved
Yarn: Pattern calls for a Moda Dea ribbon 'bulky' yarn- I used a worsted cotton (summer yarn for my summer baby due any time now)
Needles: I used the needles the pattern called for, US13 if I recall
Size: From center to point tip is 13in, from center to between point valley is 7.5in
Pattern Changes: I didn't change the pattern at all (except omitting the other half of the pillow knitting), though it would be super easy to do so if you wanted to make it bigger- just add more increase/decrease rows to each diamond you make. I also added a single crochet edge all the way around to keep it from rolling since its all stockinette.

Took me less than 8 hours I'd say, and that's with me stopping to chase my kids around and getting distracted by the TV.
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4  The Purple Ducky Baby Blanket in Knitting: Completed Projects by Conley on: April 02, 2007 11:07:32 AM

This is a gift for my SIL who is getting ready to pop with her first baby. I know, I know, the title is confusing. The blanket is decidedly not purple, nor is there any evidence of the presence of a ducky. The name comes from the originating site:

Its actually blocks knitted up from the dishcloth patterns then sewn together. Since she's having a boy, I went with Dragonflies and Frogs with a Heart for the center. Knitted up in 100% cotton.
My only advice if you want to do one too is make sure the blocks you are going to use all have the same Cast On number (most are 38). I know the ducky is larger, so perhaps one or two more may be as well.
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5  Re: Springtime on Discworld Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Conley on: March 25, 2007 07:01:47 AM
What I am about to show you may shock you............ (cause you didn't receive it)

What I am about to show you may make you squirm.....(cause you didn't receive it)

What I am about to show you may make you die with regret.... (...fyberduck, because you didn't get to join in and totally missed out on this possibly being your package  Wink )

 Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin

I think that's adequate build up.
Yesterday I received from Serial Crafter, and boy.... did I make out like a bandit....

First, she sent me yarn.... make sure you put on a bib or something for the drool.... Some of the yarn she dyed herself, it smells so awesome.

Neener neener, I have Nac mac Feegle yarn.  Cheesy

She sent me some stitch markers.... which I LURVE... I totally dig the hearts on them.

She sewed me a circular needle holder with a Vimes copper badge closure and springtime floral interior....

A A'tuin windchime with the prettiest tinkle, my kids helped me to decide where to put it (its hanging already in the pic)...

A picture frame for all the little boys in my life (including a space for Beans, my current belly tennant) that says "Future Daughter In Law Bait".... (this made me cry a little by the way, and the Mister thought it was awesome).....

She included some stretchy frogs from Granny's well, some balls (I can only assume that Nanny was involved there  Wink ), and some silly putty for the boys. Sadly I have no pic of these as the boys have already run and secreted them away.

Then she sent me a super secret surprise......

What could it be?..........

The Great A'tuin with Discworld on its back Doorstop! How awesome is that?! Its already worked wonders against bathroom lock picking monkeys.

Her note, included inside the box....

Thank you so much Serial Crafter!! Seeeeeee? I told you.......

And as a parting gift, Sam put one of the yarn bras on his head then preceded to run around claiming he was a 'noddy boy' and singing the "bad boys bad boys... whatcha gonna do".....

Nanny would be proud.
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6  Re: I need help with joining yarns.... in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by Conley on: March 03, 2007 06:59:43 PM
I'm with Natasha. I think maybe you could be calling one stitch by another's name (calling garter as stockinette), which could be why no one was really sure how to answer you. Maybe this will help, and see if this answers your question....

Example #1:

In this example, on the left is a swatch of stockinette stitch (knit one whole row, purl one whole row), and on the right is a swatch of garter stitch (knit every single row). This example is showing the "right" (the side people will see) side of the work.

Example #2

In this example, stockinette is again on the left and garter on the right. This example is showing the "wrong" (the side people hopefully won't see) side of the work.

You will always get that odd off row on the wrong side where the colors do the wierd stripey thing after you have changed colors. If it helps, you can always stick a safety pin through a couple of the stitches on the wrong side so you'll always know which side is which.

Hopefully this helps a little, good luck and keep trying.

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7  Girl Genius - Experiment #1213 Scarf in Knitting: Completed Projects by Conley on: February 04, 2007 08:14:30 PM

This is a pattern I was experimenting with/creating this past weekend. Inspired by the web comic Girl Genius ( http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/ ). This one is made with recycled Lambswool from a desconstructed Goodwill sweater. For more info, like details and pattern, you can check my blog linked below.
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8  Re: recyled yarn KAL? in Knitalongs by Conley on: February 04, 2007 05:19:07 AM
I have two FO's from this weekend made from recycled yarn...

The first is a Calorimetry made from the merino I recycled a few posts ago (I purposely made it on the biggish side and added a second button)

And the second was an experiment in intentional drop stitches. The yarn is a deep and vibrant red 100% Lambswool

(edited to add: pattern for the scarf- for those that are interested- is on my blog under "Girl Genius- Experiment #1213 Scarf")
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9  Re: recyled yarn KAL? in Knitalongs by Conley on: February 02, 2007 11:07:49 AM
Conley -- I have found the same with the two strands, it still works of course, but it takes a bit longer to unravel, doesn't it?

No kidding! I was grumbling all through Supernatural last night. Its totally worth it though......
The Crazy Two Strand Took Me Forever To Unravel 100% cotton yarn:

There was also a nice subdued slate blue/grey 100% merino:

A lovely dark grey 100% lambswool sweater (from the GAP, those are my favorites to unravel...so easy!):

And this pretty little mutt, who not only came with bonus free ugly braided ribbon trim (1.5in wide) but 8 hooks and eyes as well:

(get this yarny pedigree... 68% polyester, 10% mohair, 10% acrylic, 7% nylon, 3% other fiber, 2% wool  - I'm curious as to just what the "other fiber" is.... people?)

Not bad for a total expense of $15. I'm thinking maybe Magknits' new Peekaboo in the dark grey yarn for the Mister... I'm not sure he's worth Merino  Wink
Ahhh... and you get a peek at my yarn unraveling OCDness of labeling all my yarns. I'm such a nerd.  Grin
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10  Re: Knitalong dish rags in Knitalongs by Conley on: January 22, 2007 06:48:13 AM
Finished mine this morning (I started last night during American Dad).
I did this pattern:

And it turned out like so:

I think I like how it turned out better than it was supposed to.

Yay for instant gratification!
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