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11  Re: The World Appreciation Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Duckie on: May 08, 2006 11:04:38 AM
I received from sharc, in Florida!

Here's the bag with all the goodies. In case you can't see, "Florida" has been (machine?) embroidered on the left, and "Duckie" on the right, with an intriguing pink object sticking out of the bag...

Here's everything inside! Sorry about the blur. Clockwise from top left, it's:
two postcards, one about sand dollars and the other with a key lime pie recipe (yum yum yum!)
a crocheted flamingo!!!
tamarind-flavoured candy
a bag of stitch markers - I already have the pink peace one on a pair of socks I'm knitting right now
knitting needles with cool tropical clay ends
a bag of shells

Thanks, sharc!
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12  Re: DIY craft kit round II in The Swap Gallery by Duckie on: April 22, 2006 01:38:27 PM
I got my kit from my wonderful angel Lothruin yesterday! (Darn Easter postal service . . .) ANYWAYS, here it is!

I know, the picture isn't so great. It's the flash. But there's tons of beads (yeah, it's a beading kit. Probably should have said it before) in all lovely shades of blue and lots of different sizes. Plus tons of intricate-looking tools and a LOT (4) of plier thingies. I know less than zero about beading, so I'm looking forward to learning, and it's especially great to have such a nice angel after being flaked on! Thank you, Lothruin!
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13  Re: Use What You Have Month in Knitalongs by Duckie on: April 03, 2006 10:16:10 AM
I was wondering if there was something like this - good idea in setting it up! I'm currently working on a Minisweater / Boobholder. Here was its progress as of Saturday night:

But I'm much farther along now; have separated the arms and am working on the neckline increases. It was getting really frustrating near the end of those raglan increases when it took forever to finish one row. I am so glad to get all those pesky arm stitches out of the way now.

Arms! I tell ya! Who needs 'em!
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14  Socks galore! Knitty's Thujas and Broadripples in Knitting: Completed Projects by Duckie on: March 31, 2006 04:32:56 AM
It's apparently nothing but all purple socks, all the time here at Casa Duckie!


I made these in Cascade Quatro - love this yarn!


These are in Cascade Fixation. They're going to be a Mother's Day present for my mom - yes, I finally thought ahead this time! I'm making another pair exactly the same for my aunt. (At least she has shorter feet.) As for the yarn, I think this was the project where I stopped hating Fixation! Yay!

More info on the blog!
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15  Re: Stash Swap Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Duckie on: March 21, 2006 04:49:09 AM
Stargirl's received, and she asked me to post pictures!

For the item of clothing, I did an iron-on t-shirt:

I got the design from a t-shirt ohmystars did: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=51587.0

For the useful item, I turned a hardcover book into a notebook (more info and pics here).

And I made Knitty's Kate, except I call her Meg! Again more info and pics here.

For supplies, I was kind of at a loss what to send. Because stargirl lives in Florida, I figured sending wool, the majority of my stash, wouldn't be such a hot (ha ha) idea. So I recycled a thrift store cotton sweater:

You can't see the labels all that well, but they just specify the yardage and 100% cotton. It was fun making them - they're in a Harry Potter font.

I also sent some fabric - cotton too. If I remember correctly the star panels glow in the dark.

And I've received from stargirl!

From left to right: The polkadot fabrics make up my very own needle case! Thank you, stargirl, I have wanted one for ages. Right beneath that is a little zippered pouch with a red ribbon stripe (lined with Batman fabric, I'll have you know!). In the middle is a small purse, and it is lined with the same fabric as the stars are made from. I find the handle very curious; it is quite sturdy. How did you make it like that? Then next to that is a binder that says "Sarah Knit This"!. Inside it is divided into sections like scarves, bags and accessories, and she printed out knitting patterns and put them inside. I particularly like the Gryffindor lion chart - my cousin's eyes went all big when she saw that. Guess I know what I'm making her for Christmas! I've actually done some colourwork before but nothing really serious, and I've been looking for something like that for a while.
Then beneath is a bunch of yarn! The Homespun is so soft, and I think I'm going to make a pair of Very Tall Socks from Knitty with the other yarns. Thank you, stargirl!
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16  Re: knit/sew/crochet swap in The Swap Gallery by Duckie on: March 16, 2006 06:01:54 AM
I am a baaaaad swapper, y'all. I got my package from PinkMafia Monday but have not posted yet. (As an aside, why do profs assign essays worth 25% of the year's grade? Why? Argh.) But here it is, my beautious new knitting tote!

I posed it with my sock-in-progress so you could see just how right she got the colours.

Close-up of the cat fabric:

I love it because it's big enough to haul stuff in - last night it had a hardcover book (Thud, by Terry Pratchett - so good), sock-in-progress, camera, and various other important accoutrements like wallet, etc. But it's still small enough to make me feel like I'm not a crazy old cat lady (which I am, but shhhhh).

Thank you, PinkMafia!
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17  Knitty's Kate, now Knitty's Meg (stash swap 3 spoiler!) in Knitting: Completed Projects by Duckie on: March 10, 2006 03:11:41 AM
Yay for Kate! I liked the pattern but would never make a stuffed animal for myself, so when the stash swap specifies "clothing item, useful item, fun item" then ta-da! stargirl said she liked red and black and white, so I put them all together and suddenly Kate had become Meg! I felted her a bit to make her sturdier and hide my terrible seaming, and hot-glued googly eyes on. The yarn was Patons Classic in black, aran and bright red.

Before felting and eyeballs:

"So, do you come here often?"

"They're sending me messages through my fillings."

Oh, and important thing to note: You start at the bottom of the body, not the top. Had to frog, or else I'd have had a naked-bottomed cat.
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18  "A History of Pirates" notebook (stash swap 3 spoiler!) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Duckie on: March 10, 2006 02:56:02 AM

With a name like A History of Pirates, you would think this book would be incredible, right? Well, you'd be wrong. Luckily I got it out of the bargain section at Chapters so I had no qualms about cutting 'er up and making it into a blank notebook.

I cut out the pages with an exacto knife. I threw away all the pages, but first I scanned in the illustrations. Then I printed them out on plain old 8.5 x 11" paper, and along with lots of other blank pages I cut them to size. Then, using two pieces of sturdy cardboard as covers, I sewed them up using the coptic stitch. Next I glued the cardboard onto the inside covers of the book, then I glued flyleafs printed onto cardstock on top of that. The pattern on the flyleafs is from Reprodepot (best resource ever) and the front one reads "This book be the property of:" in the font Rapscallion from Dafont.

Leafs and pages:

One of the illustrations:

This is probably the best book I've ever made now. It's got everything right, I think. Right now it's winging its way to Florida for stargirl!
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19  Re: 2006 wishlist round 2! in The Swap Gallery by Duckie on: February 17, 2006 01:13:59 PM
I got the most AMAZING DIY stencil kit from the noodle princess!

All the supplies, plus a really great explanation of how to do it. I love all the stencil designs out there, but it's been a qualified disaster every time I try. Finally, cohesive explanations! Thank you!
I'm not sure if you can see it, but she even made a lime/lemon stencil for me, since that was on my list of wishes.

But that's not all:

Three vintage knitting magazines! These are AMAZING. The best thing is that a lot of older patterns (heck, the newer ones too) aren't big enough for me, but there's a great Aran in the middle magazine that is the PERFECT size! Thank you SO MUCH, the noodle princess! SO generous!
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20  Re: Let's do the iTunes Shuffle Part 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Duckie on: January 01, 2006 05:31:08 PM
AstroZombie's CD seemed to have been swallowed whole by the post office, so she very kindly sent me another!

I haven't listened to it yet but these are the tracks:

Wolf Parade - I'll Believe in Anything
Les Choristes - Caresse Sur L'ocean
Bruce Springsteen - Streets of Philadelphia
Puddu Varano - Star 70
Kid Ory - Tiger Rag
The Small Faces - Lazy Sunday
Motion City Soundtrack - When You're Around
Beulah - Don't Forget to Breathe
The Prayers and Tears of Arthur Digby Sellers - Concerning Lessons Learned from the Aliens (awesome name)
The Decemberists - The Bagman's Gambit (my brother keeps trying to get me to listen to them)
The Flaming Lips - Bad Days (am trying to get into them - I love the song Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt 1)
Bob Dylan - Positively 4th Street
M83 - Moonchild
Lovin' Spoonful - Summer in the City
Corey Hart - I Wear My Sunglasses at Night (HELLS yes)
Scissor Sisters - Filthy Gorgeous
The Servant - Orchestra
Sufjan Stevens - They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbours!! They Have Come Back From the Dead!! Ahhhhh! (honestly, how could you lose with this title?)
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