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1  Re: Snowball Cat Bed in Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller by Brae_Day on: August 28, 2005 07:33:59 PM
Here's my cat bed!  I really am quite happy with it, too.   Grin  . 

The kitties sort of use it so far... but it's so HOT here right now.  I'm hoping they'll really snuggle up to it in the winter.  Right now they either just sit in it, or lay ACROSS it instead of IN it.  I wish I had a pic of them, but I have to go to my mom's house to take pictures.  Still, I thought I needed SOME kind of animal pic... here is my parents' dog sniffing, and sniffing... and sniffing... at the lingering kitty smell.  Cute!

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2  Re: Black and White Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Brae_Day on: August 21, 2005 06:13:34 PM
Okay, I FINALLY got pictures of my received items taken, and while I wish I could post individual pics of everything just so you could see how cool it all is, I decided against it for the sake of space.   Grin

So the first picture is of an awesome little bag that looks VERY professionaly sewn, which I love.  'Cause really, a girl can never have too many bags!  Posing on top of the bag is a knitted stuffed bunny which I have to display high up 'cause the cats want to turn it into a toy!  Also in this pic is a femo? clay pen.  A cow print one was also given to me, but that one is at work.  I work at a bank and ALWAYS have to have cool pens to write with, so this was PERFECT!  (And what's even more perfect is that I only write in blue ink.  I thought for sure these pens would be black, but YAY!  They were blue!)  Oh yeah, the stars were an optional add on, which I DO plan on adding on to the bag.  I looove stars.   Grin

Now, this drawing I think is my favorite gift from the swap.  I gutted out the computer room closet and have my craft desk in there, with ONLY crafty stuff on the shelves, walls, etc.  This pic goes PERFECT!!  (I know, I'm totally overusing the word perfect, but I can't help it.  That's waht it all is.)

Last but least, a highly personalized peice of art that made my day!  For the story behind this picture, check out my blog.  (A few entries back)  Grin

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3  Re: easter chick egg cosies + tutorial in Knitting: Completed Projects by Brae_Day on: March 13, 2005 06:56:33 PM

I love them so much!  I'm going to make one for every child in my fiance's family for easter... and he has a HUGE family.  Good thing I started early! 

It took me a few trials to perfect them.  I had to change the number of stitches a little, 'cause my yarn is so bulky and the plastic eggs they're on are a bit small...  I also started smaller, then increased, then decreased again so they hugged the egg better and looked a little less Pack Man ghost-ish.

I also used eyelash yarn that also had little fuzzies mixed in that reminded me of feathers... it's the perfect yarn for this project.  Knitted it held together with yellow cheap Red Heart yarn.

I'm also putting name tags on all of them just to personalize them a bit. 

These were/are SO much fun!!!  (We'll see if I'm still saying that on chick number 14...)

Thanks again, kittenporn, so so much.  You rock!

Edited to fix pix.
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4  Seed beeds and Jump rings and Hooks, oh my! in Beads: Completed Projects by Brae_Day on: February 20, 2005 09:10:13 PM
My first EVER beading experience.  It was fun!  But man, does it strain your eyeballs.   Smiley

The hooks and jump rings look gold, but are infact silver, and the seed beads are as shown.  Don't know if I'll ever wear them, but I'm proud of them none the less.  What do you think?

And yes, that is my towell bar and two hair ties...  I couldn't think of anything else to use.   Grin
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5  Re: The Stereotypical Knitter in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by Brae_Day on: February 20, 2005 11:20:23 AM
I wish I could find the thread I saw n00b tips in, but I can't.   Cry

BUT I am sooo glad I could help you ladies out.  I'm not kidding, when I first started knitting, it took me 20 min. to knit a 20 stitch row because of how tight I was knitting.  I actually HATED doing it when I first started, but couldn't get myself to quit because of... determination? stubbornness?  Who knows.  Then I watched a friend knit, and her stitches were SO loose.  Naturally, I assumed I was a more detail oriented/ perfectionist when it came to MY tight stitches, but the truth is, loose is not bad. 

I still knit tighter than her, but that night when I went home I realized that you CAN get a snug, even, quality product with looser stitches.  I am so obsessed with this issue because of how much stress it caused me, and I don't think I've ever seen it addressed in any "beginning knitting" books!  Embarrassed

Anyway, the pic. below shows two different swatches.  The purple one is the FIRST thing I ever knitted, with my super tight stitches.  The pink one is a blanket I'm working on with my looser stitch technique.  As you can see, they are both just as quality.

What is more important than how tight or loose you knit is your gage, and your needle to yarn relationship, bla bla bla.  You can worry about that stuff later.  Just get comfortable with whipping (comfortably) through your first stitches.   Smiley

Sorry to be so thorough about this whole thing.   Grin  I'm glad I'm not alone with my beginning knitting problem.  I really thought maybe it was just me.  Let me know how it all goes!

P.S. I know it's cheezy, but hearing that I helped you guys out totally made my day. 
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6  V Day Wrapping Paper and Card ::warning lots o' mush:: in Valentine's Day by Brae_Day on: February 13, 2005 03:55:48 PM
After spending WAAY too much on my fiance's Valentine's Day gift, I decided to hand craft him a card and wrapping paper.  This is perfect for any holiday, a lot of fun, and gets lots of "ooh's" and "aah's". 

I put the original photo in the pic. too, so you could see what I started with.  I know it's a bit gradeschool, but that's kinda what I think of when Valentine's Day comes around anyway.  "Will you be my Valentine" how cheezy!  Cheesy

What do you think?
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7  Re: Big Bad Baby Blanket anyone??? in Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller by Brae_Day on: February 06, 2005 05:08:50 PM
My BBBB.   I haven't worked on it for a couple of months, despite the fact that it's about 3/4 done.  It's just such a pain to tote around with me.

It was at one time intended for my fiance's unborn neice, who's now 7 months old, ::cough:: Smiley, but since it's my first big project I think I'll just keep it for myself.    Tongue

I told Jordon (the fiance) that we need to pop out a baby girl just so I can put my masterpiece to work, lol!  Needless to say, he wasn't amused.

I wish the pic. turned out better, it's hard to see all of the wonderful texture and fine detail.  Oh well.  As you can see, I have a bunch of balls of yarn to the side.  This thing is such a pain for me to finish, because I'm doing the inartia, PLUS knitting with two strands held together.  Eek!

I'm open to words on encouragement!!  Or a swift kick in the butt, whichever will get this thing finished faster!!   Cheesy

P.S. Sorry for the double post, if anyone noticed. I think more people read this board.  Roll Eyes
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8  Re: BBBBalong!! in Knitalongs by Brae_Day on: February 06, 2005 02:49:29 PM
Xanthia, your blanket is beautiful!! I wish I could knit that fast.  Here's what I have so far.

I wish the pic. turned out better, it's hard to see all of the wonderful texture and fine detail.  Oh well.  As you can see, I have a bunch of balls of yarn to the side.  This thing is such a pain for me to finish, because I'm doing the inartia, PLUS knitting with two strands held together.  Eek!

Thanks again for the motivation to keep plugging away on this, and thanks for the "what I've learned"s.

One last time, I love your blanket, the lavendar is so beautiful, and just in time for spring!

By the way, who's the recipient of this lovely creation?
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