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11  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Anthropologie-inspired capelet- By julsey723 on: November 15, 2005 10:54:55 AM
yay! finished!




i like the stockinette side more with this yarn, it shows the little details better.

Made with awesome thrift store wool that I've had lying around for ages! I have tons of it left too...Smiley
I probably won't wear it with that brooch, but it was the one i grabbed for the photo.

I love it! I think I'm going to make my mom a pretty one for christmas.

12  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Anthropologie-inspired capelet- By julsey723 on: November 12, 2005 02:29:48 PM
i actually started knitting this soon after julsey723 posted the pattern, but it's been slow going because i have deadlines at uni!

but i just wanted to say hi! and this may end up being the first KAL that I've ever completed! Smiley
13  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Re: attention london yarn enthusiasts! on: October 27, 2005 04:56:39 PM
they have a selection of vintage buttons but otherwise it seems to be mostly knitting & crochet stuff
14  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / attention london yarn enthusiasts! on: October 25, 2005 11:24:00 AM
has anyone been to loop (http://www.loop.gb.com yet? it's in islington, on cross street just off upper street past st. mary's. and it's awesome! the ladies working were very nice and had a lovely stock of yarn, books, vintage buttons and gorgeous handknitted & crocheted goods. i bought some amazing teal handspun & dyed yarn for a fiver. i would definitely recommend checking it out. they also have a full schedule of classes from beginners to intermediate and a free knitters help clinic coming up soon.

just thought i'd share the wealth!
15  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Sebastian the Cat. on: October 17, 2005 10:59:29 AM


Meet Sebastian. One of his legs is smaller than the other, his ears are rather large and he has no tail. But I love him!

Sebastian is my first ever crocheted softie and I made him to give to my boyfriend back home in Texas when I finally get to see him in a month. He is for the boyfriend to hug when he misses me!

No pattern, entirely guesswork and scrutinizing other people's softies! I'm rather proud of myself.
16  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: Ferragamo Bag on: October 11, 2005 01:49:28 PM
has anyone made progress on this bag? i just found the crochet-a-long and i must MUST make this bag. but as i'm a bit of a newbie...i think i'm going to need at least a basic pattern. i'd love to see what you all have come up with!!
 Smiley
17  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / fresh vietnamese spring rolls! YUMMY. on: September 18, 2005 02:49:48 PM

Ok. So I don't know how authentic this recipe is, but from my experience with Houston's amazing variety of Vietnamese restaurants, they're pretty darn close. I found the recipe on allrecipes.com and it was so easy and quick and the results were so yummy! I recommend heartily.

For your reference, the wrappers need more time to soften than it says in the recipe. You can tell by the texture when they are ready. Also, go easy on the mint and basil because they can really overpower the other flavors.

All ingredients can be found at an Asian food market. For all you Texans: HEB carries everything you need. Just find the asian food section.

Also, I wasn't too keen on the sauces: the fish sauce seems more appropriate for the fried variety of spring rolls and the hoisin with peanuts was a poor version of Vietnamese peanut sauce. I am currently on the hunt for a good peanut sauce recipe...I want something not too spicy. I've tried Thai peanut sauce and it just isn't the same. Any suggestions?

Enjoy!!


INGREDIENTS:

    * 2 ounces rice vermicelli
    * 8 rice wrappers (8.5 inch diameter)
    * 8 large cooked shrimp - peeled, deveined and cut in half
    * 1 1/3 tablespoons chopped fresh Thai basil
    * 3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves
    * 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
    * 2 leaves lettuce, chopped
    *  
    * 4 teaspoons fish sauce
    * 1/4 cup water
    * 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
    * 1 clove garlic, minced
    * 2 tablespoons white sugar
    * 1/2 teaspoon garlic chili sauce
    *  
    * 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
    * 1 teaspoon finely chopped peanuts

DIRECTIONS:

   1. Bring a medium saucepan of water to boil. Boil rice vermicelli 3 to 5 minutes, or until al dente, and drain.
   2. Fill a large bowl with warm water. Dip one wrapper into the hot water for 1 second to soften. Lay wrapper flat. In a row across the center, place 2 shrimp halves, a handful of vermicelli, basil, mint, cilantro and lettuce, leaving about 2 inches uncovered on each side. Fold uncovered sides inward, then tightly roll the wrapper, beginning at the end with the lettuce. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
   3. In a small bowl, mix the fish sauce, water, lime juice, garlic, sugar and chili sauce.
   4. In another small bowl, mix the hoisin sauce and peanuts.
   5. Serve rolled spring rolls with the fish sauce and hoisin sauce mixtures.


18  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Marc by Marc Jacobs Bangles - Crochet? Help? on: August 26, 2005 03:34:38 PM
hey guys, thanks for all the help & suggestions!

i posted this so long ago, before i actually began crocheting and now that i look at it again i see it isn't crochet. but i still think they're rad, so i'm gonna have to try all your ideas out!
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: super soft yellow tie front SHRUG on: July 21, 2005 04:44:34 PM
thanks for the tutorial, skirt. here's my version reconstructed from a band hoodie



that looks RAD! i hope the tutorial helped Smiley
you did an awesome job!
20  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Inspired Tote Bag (Jennye's pattern!) on: June 25, 2005 05:11:33 PM
isn't the pattern great?! i really enjoyed making this purse too.

yours came out lovely! i really like the pink bit at the top. very summery. Smiley
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