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So I’ve decided to participate in NaBloPoMo for the month of November. NaBloPoMo, or National Blog Posting Month, is a challenge to post on your blog every day for the month of November. So I’m going to try. I might have to do a couple of silly memes, and there might not always be pictures, but I’m going to try. Because why the hell not?

In other news, I have a swap thing to share today. I did a personal swap with craftsunderground/Maria for a sewing accessory. I received the pin cushion she made for me today:

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I think it’s super cool. : ) She asked me to pick from several themes, and I picked chess or champagne (clearly she went with the former). I love that it’s sort of heavy so it won’t fall over and there’s plenty of room for pins. Yay!

I finished the thing I made for her, but I haven’t sent it yet, so I’ll post about that after she receives. I also finished the Brambles hat I mentioned the other day. It’s currently blocking, but I should have pictures of that tomorrow.

I received today what is posssibly the greatest OWS thing ever. bergman claimed me for oven mitts and a wisty surprise. The oven mitts are super pretty, and will get lots of use:

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The wisty surprise she included is the greatest thing in the history of ever and something I’ve had on my wists for a while:

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Dear Bergman,
Here is all of my love.
– Brinn

I recently participated in a swap on Craftster themed around bookmarks. It was a group type swap–you’re put in a group of five, and you craft four bookmarks to send to your groupmates and receive four different ones in return. It took me a while to decide what I wanted to make, but in the end, I decided on embroidered corner bookmarks:

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(If you recognize the book, I’ll love you to death. It’s my favorite.)

I really like how they came out. I used a dollar store flour sack towel for the base, and the embroidery took next to no time at all. The sewing up was also very simple. Cute. I like ’em.

I also really like the bookmarks I received in return:

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The one with the key is currently marking the correct week in my planner. The beaded one was residing in the novel I was reading (And Another Thing by Eoin Colfer), but I finished it and started re-reading HP & the Deathly Hallows, and that’s a big book, so I’m going to replace it with the green corner bookmark. The other ones will probably take up residence in my various school textbooks–one will probably mark the current reading in my Norton Anthology for my British Literature class, at least.

I received from my Battlestar Galactica swap today! I was in a round robin, and the crafter of these wonderful items was the swap organizer, LimeRiot, who is totally wonderful. Check out what she made:

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A sweet embroidery with a cute lil toaster. : ) Frakkin’ Toasters!

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An AWESOME painting inspired by Starbuck’s paintings.

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And two felted bowls, inspired by the Cylon Centurions and Caprica Six’s red dress (which, btw, I totally love). The larger Centurion bowl will be perfect for a key bowl to keep by the door of my apartment next year, and the smaller one will probably hold odds and ends around my craft space.

I TOTALLY LOVE eveything Lime sent me, and I can’t wait to display it in my room in August. For more Battlestar-inspired crafts, the gallery thread for the swap is located here

So I received in the mail today possibly the most awesome knitting-related thing ever:

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It’s a book of stuffed dinosaur patterns. AND THEY ARE AWESOME. It includes a pattern for a 15-inch high Parasaurolophus:

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I discovered the booklet while browsing for stuffed animal patterns to make for Sarah for her cousin. I put out a quick note on the ISO/Destash books forum and within a couple hours, I had a reply from someone who had a copy, so I bought it from them. And, to reiterate, it is AWESOME. Much dino knitting will be happening.

In other news, I’ve been knitting. As I mentioned before, I finished the first Lakeside sock:

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I also started another swap project, a Ribbon Lace Scarf in Malabrigo Lace (which is hella soft and wonderful):

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I’m also working on stuff for another swap, but I’ll tell you about that when it’s all finished. : )

Remember the bird swap I mentioned a week or two (or three or something) ago? Well, I received from my partner PinkChick today!

She sent me a t-shirt with this pretty embroidery:

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and some lovely earrings:

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I love them! For more bird goodies, check out the gallery.

Now, on a different matter, I’ll be going out of town on Sunday (no use trying to rob me; the rest of my family still lives here). I’m spending a wonderful two weeks in DC with my lovely boyfriend, during which time my access to internet and my laptop will be somewhat limited. I’ll be doing my best to continue posting what I’m crafting (and perhaps some nice pictures of the city and such), and when I get back, I’ll have a nice big post about my trip. And then back to regularly scheduled posts about things I made. I have a few things to post yet, so that’s two posts I’ll schedule before I leave, but after that, it’ll be more sporadic.

I received a couple more swap things this week! First, from leighi123:

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Two pretty zipper bags and some very pretty cotton fabric that will most likely become a skirt or summery dress. She also sent a sheet of shrink plastic, some pretty sparkly thread, and some chocolate (which I gave to my brother as I’m not a fan of dark chocolate). Yay! The bags are lovely and large and while I’m not really sure what I’ll put in them yet, I’m sure I’ll think of something. The thread will probably be used to ply handspun, maybe.

I also received from bkrenning4

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I like it a lot. It fits and it’s pretty and will be perfect for wearing over less-than-presentable pj’s. So win!

Recently in the mail I also got some yarn for some swaps, but more on that later. : )

Now that we have returned to our regular schedule of me showing off awesome things, it is Mail Call day! I received some swap things and some other things that I will talk about as I get to them.

First: I received an OWS claim of supplies from hngoodlett, who COMPLETELY SPOILED ME:

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That’s a ton of zippers, stamps, ink pads, sewing thread, glue gun sticks (I’ll have to steal my mother’s glue gun, probably), yarn, kool-aid for dyeing, and some plastic sheets that I’m not sure what are. Also: candy! Yum.

Here’s a close up of the stamps:

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I also received an OWS package from Lucinda879:

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It has a hummingbird quilted in! I didn’t even know you could do that with quilting! I love this thing. It’s so pretty and squishy and wonderful. : )

Next, I received some things from Knit Picks:

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I have a screwy cord in my interchangeable set, so I wrote to customer service, and they sent me a new one! I love Knit Picks–they have such great service! The yarn I got on sale, and I wanted a metal US 8/5 mm 16″ circ to replace the bamboo one I currently have.

Next, I got a skein of Plymouth Colornep, a lovely pink tweed that I don’t have pictures of from a Ravelry destash. It was up for free as half a skein and a mitt, so I claimed it! I’m highly pleased. It will probably became a hat or something for my gift stash I keep meaning to start.

Last but not at all least, I received from MissDolly for my Yarnie/Sewer swap, and she totally spoiled me:

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A nice purse (I have to shorten the strap though), a drawstring bag for my spinning, a cool zippered wristlet, a little wallet, a skirt, (*deep breath*) a tank top, and velcro bags for snacks.

Plus a whole load of extras!

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Candy and a bracelet and magnet hearts, and cute little ice cube trays.

I would much rather have stayed at school than come home for summer (the reasons are long and somewhat personal), but coming home to like six packages did make it better. : )

I received a swap package from icebyrd67. She claimed me for a thread catcher, and it’s great:

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I’m highly pleased with it. The sand bag bit is attached to the bag with velcro, which will make it easier to clean/empty. At any rate, it’s much much prettier than the plastic cup I’d been using.

In other news, I made another OWS claim (for wrist warmers and a soaker), which I’ll be starting soon. Also, I’ve been working on my Featherweight. It currently looks like this:

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I started sleeves! I finished the body and the collar and am working on sleeves! I’m so excited. It’s like the light at the end of the tunnel. The sleeves are taking forever, of course, but STILL.

So received my package for the Futurama swap today! I was in a round robin, as I said last time, and the person who sent to me was Tygermane. Here’s what she sent:

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A box of goodies! With lots of pictures.

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Magnets! They will have a place of honor on my minifridge until next year, when they will have a place of honor on my apartment fridge.

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Brain slug earrings. Clearly I should not wear these when I’m supposed to be learning in class.

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Nibbler necklace. Cute! Though I may move it to a chain if I get a chance to go to a craft store.

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A totebag with an outline of Bender! I love it. It’s perfect for holding knitting.

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And my favorite, a keychain of baby Bender! It’s already on my keys.

If you want to see more crafty Futurama goodness, the gallery for the swap is here.