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41  Socks de-feet-ed in Knitting: Completed Projects by HelenM on: August 07, 2007 01:51:20 PM
20 months in the making, I present to you, my esteemed crafsters, finally, my first pair of socks:

They're made from Regia 4-ply in a self-striping wool (or yarn, if you prefer  Wink) To read the Ballad of the First Sock, please see my blog.

I even finished them whilst in my 20s. With whole 2 days to spare  Grin If I ever make socks again, they will be ankle socks. Or trainer socks  Roll Eyes
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42  Re: Favorite Children's Book Swap: Round 4 in The Swap Gallery by HelenM on: August 05, 2007 10:12:57 AM
And I have received!

I've been having proper issues with getting my photos sorted and up online. But now they are sorted.

My book was "A Tale of Time City" by Dianna Wynne Jones. I received an genius time capsule, a time egg necklace (time eggs are used to travel in time in the book), a magnet showing the city, some World War II stuff (one of the characters is taken to Time City from her WWII evacuation), including clothing coupons and info on gas masks), a box, an awesome swap book to keep a record of my swaps - including my avatar on each page  Grin, and, my favourite item, a magnetic snap bookmark - just brilliant and in use as we speak!

Thanks FlowerWitch!
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43  Re: Traveler's Swap in The Swap Gallery by HelenM on: July 18, 2007 01:03:52 PM
I know we finished this a while ago, but having just got back from a short holiday, I wanted to show Auntiem my bag in use during travel. I actually use it every day for work too  Smiley

I love my bag and it is so useful  Cheesy
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44  Re: Geek Pride Swap Round 3 in The Swap Gallery by HelenM on: July 18, 2007 12:15:19 PM
And now for the photos  Cheesy

First up, everything:

The awesome dice bag. Natch, its based on a Swedish bog find (I'm an archaeologist and Midnightoak is a medievalist)

A dice patterned needle roll - perfect for my blog (http://www.diceandneedles.blogspot.com/  Cheesy) and a fob - for dice bag or trowel  Grin

Serenity/Firefly goodness

Hmmm, can i knit with those chopsticks  Cool

and a mug

It's a good, big size for my coffee. Mmmm. And it was filled with White Rabbit sweets. Double mmmm. They have milk in them for healthy bones & teeth  Grin Calciyummy!

Last, but not least, the absolutley amazingly fantastic journal. It was tied up in brown paper and string, with a letter for my Horror on the Orient Express game (which you can listen to on-line at http://www.yog-sothoth.com/ - plug, plug  Wink ). Inside was the most amazing handcrafted journal, tailored towards Call of Cthulhu with code discs, fantastic pictures and envelopes with picture cards (including a bestiary and methods of madness), and both plain and graph paper (for mapping!). I love it so much, it's too nice to use. I keep just looking at it and can't wait to show it off to my gaming group. In fact, assuming Midnightoak doesn't mind, it will be paraded for adoration on yog-sothoth where it will cause much much jealousy. I have even worked out how I can fit the accompanying letter (from a solicitor and the journal was the inheritance) into the game. Geek? Moi?  Cheesy

Thank you Midnightoak. I love love LOVE everything. I hope you like your things too (darn it that you are away till Monday!!!).
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45  Re: Favorite Children's Book Swap: Round 4 in The Swap Gallery by HelenM on: July 05, 2007 01:45:13 PM
As Flowerwitch's camera is not playing, here's a photo of the things I made her:

I redid the BFG's waistcoat after taking this picture as it was too short.

I'm glad she liked it all!
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46  I'm bringing Sexxxxy Back... to legwarmers! in Knitting: Completed Projects by HelenM on: July 03, 2007 01:39:18 PM
These are the Sexxxxy Legwarmers from the January 2007 issue of Knit Today. As the friend I made them for (who lives in the U.S.) is coming to visit this weekend, I thought I ought to post them up!

They're made from two strands of RY Classic Cashcotton DK held together (the pattern called for Aran but by coincidence I had bought the right wool but in DK in a sale).

Crochet is my kryptonite so I left the crochet edge up (this is sounding familiar Sad)
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47  Queen of Hearts Bikini & Windy City Scarf in Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller by HelenM on: July 03, 2007 01:27:33 PM
I made these for my sisters. My middle sister got the Windy City Scarf for Christmas and my youngest sister, an artist, wanted the bikini top before she went to an art and music fair in Barcelona.

I can't find the label for the wool I used for the windy city scarf, but I think it was a fairly cheap acrylic. I pretty much followed the pattern but did it all in pink.

The bikini was made out of Jaeger Aqua Cotton in a dark blue. I failed at the crochet pick-up to attach the waist band but instead picked up the stitches along the bottom of the cups.

I gave her dire warnings about getting it wet, just in case, but I think she just wanted it for show   Cheesy


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48  Re: Traveler's Swap in The Swap Gallery by HelenM on: March 16, 2007 12:17:26 PM
I got my things on Tuesday, but a busy week means it has taken till now to have the time to upload my photos! My package was awesome.

First of all, here is the box (with a curious Lulu...)

All of the items unwrapped:

Meet Sheldon...

I hate flying so Auntiem has made me a flight-friend. He has been imbued with good flight mojo from Auntiem's flight buddy Tigger  Grin I'm sure all flights will now be easy!!! I have to say he was much admired at work.

My small travel bag, with lots of handy pockets:

And finally, my fantastic tote. Its so comfy to carry and has been used every day this week for work! And it has loads of space.

It has several internal pockets and the other side has a clear pocket for easy access to magazines. Or, as my husband suggested, a notice that says "Place money here". Hmmm  Cheesy (I didn't photograph that side because of flash problems).

She also sent me lots of lovely leaflets (including one for a bead shop!), some cotton buds, lip balm and nail files for travel, the tiniest playing cards with dice (woo dice! I roleplay so was pleased with them!), and, huzzah, a SHARPIE! I keep reading about them here and I've never seen one before!

Thank you so much for everything Auntiem!
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49  Re: What to knit with just one ball of Noro Silk Garden in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by HelenM on: January 30, 2007 10:46:57 AM
I've just made a calorimetry with Noro. Sadly, I'm not 100% sure what type of Noro yarn it was as I received it in the latest round of the Magic Yarn Ball swap and the label is playing hide and seek at the moment! Here's a photo:

Hope you find something you like!
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50  Re: Magic Yarn Ball Round 3 in The Swap Gallery by HelenM on: January 29, 2007 12:14:59 PM
I'm so glad you liked everything! The elephant is a finger puppet (based on Knitty's Puppers) but he looks a little forlorn due to my hand-sewn eyes! I always struggle with embroidery on knitted things! The neck-warmer is loosely based on one in AmaZing's wist.

I have finally taken photos. There's quite a few, but then AmaZing sent LOADS of stuff. Please excuse the swirly carpet, it was inherited!

I'll start with a photo of the ball I sent her:

The two (!) balls I received, the lovely hand-made stitch markers, some escapee lip gloss and the bag project:

Here's everything. Too much to list but includes bags, buttons, tape measure brooches, head bands, lovely hand-made earings, ribbon, some bonus patterns, a hand-embroidered heart design, pens and a cross-stitch kit:

Soooooo many things  Cheesy

There's more. The Calorimetry I made with the main ball of wool:

And some of my favourite things:

but the tape measure brooch and earings ought to be in here too  Smiley

Thanks for a great first swap  Cheesy
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