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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting With An Effed Up Finger on: November 25, 2007 11:18:11 PM
So, I somehow managed to SLAM my fingers in the security gate on my front door on Friday. Not just shut them, but basically crush them. FUN FUN. After a few days I can actually bend them, and I've been knitting all day. So here's a picture of my messed up fingers and the knitting I've done this evening. This scarf was originally a cartridge rib stitch bit for my mom, but I have very little patience so I decided to do a dropped stitch pattern instead. The yarn looks much better, for real. Conditions didn't allow for good pictures (bedroom light being out, crappy camera, 2am) so use your imagination!







22  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Brining The Turkey? on: November 22, 2007 12:43:34 AM
So I'm an asshole and got drunk instead of going over to my parent's to brine the turkey. My question is: would it do anything if I could have it sit in the brine for 2 or so hours in the morning? Or is that just a lot of wasted effort?
23  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / What kind of solder do you use? on: November 19, 2007 07:48:23 PM
Aside from the obvious (lead-free) what kind of solder do you guys use? Do you use different types for jewelry and glass art? Is there any kind of solder that shouldn't be used on jewelry- ie: shouldn't be in contact with skin for long periods of time?
24  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Queen of England Soldered Pendant on: November 12, 2007 04:11:07 PM
I'm improving, I suppose. I found a little envelope of Australian stamps from the 80's- and got my microscope slides (no more cutting glass!!!). Oragami paper is behind the stamp. I feel like my cheapo soldering iron isn't quite cutting it. The tip doesn't seem to be melting the solder which creates quite a problem. Has anyone had this problem before? I remember soldering being much easier.


25  COOKING / Dessert / BEST EVER Chocolate Chip Banana Bread on: November 05, 2007 08:31:08 PM
This is a recipe from my mom's friend that I've been making for years. Its the greatest, period. I'm a little embarrassed to say that I've been a bit apprehensive to share it... because its just that good. Anyways, ENJOY.
Also, its a bit more cake-y than bread-y- super moist and sticky. And, if anyone has the balls to try to veganize this, I'd be interested in the results.

1 1/4 c sugar
1/2 stick butter or margarine
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
2-4 bananas, very ripe (the blacker the better)
1/4 c sour milk (gross, I know- 1 tsp vinegar to 1/4 c milk)
1 1/2 c flour
1/2 c chocolate chips (I usually use at least a cup)

Lightly grease one large or two small loaf pans.
Cream butter and sugar together until well mixed. Add baking soda, vanilla and eggs. Beat well and add bananas. You can freeze very ripe bananas and when you're ready to use them just stick em in the microwave for a minute. They'll be nasty and slimy, but they work great. Beat well and add milk alternately with flour. Mix well and add chocolate chips. Bake at 350 for 35 minutes or until golden, gorgeous and a toothpick comes out clean.
Hide from your friends and family. Eat for every meal.
26  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Soldered Pendants on: November 04, 2007 10:50:37 PM
So I've been cutting and soldering all day. I'm still trying to remember all the little tips and tricks to a nice solder- its been a few years. I've been cutting the glass squares myself. PAIN IN THE ASS. So I ordered some microscope slides off of scientificsonline.c om which were less than $5 and used the promo code FLAMINGO for free shipping. So much easier! The bottom pendant hasn't been soldered because I messed it up- it was Run DMC! Also, they need to be polished up a bit.

27  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Soldered (Soon To Be) Pendant! on: November 01, 2007 10:11:42 PM
I used to make these ALL the time in high school and was super excited when my memory was refreshed by craftster. My soldering needs a bit of practice- I used to be really good at it. For the first few minutes I totally forgot to clean the iron. I'll probably work on it some more tomorrow- and also add a loop to make it into a necklace. Also, if I remember correctly, you're supposed to polish the solder with steel wool when its complete, right?
28  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Recipes To Kick a Cold! on: October 29, 2007 08:19:15 PM
Lets talk about this for a bit:
I'm one of those people who's very convinced that eating and drinking the right things when you feel a cold coming on will nip it in the bud, get rid of it, kick its ass! Lets share recipes!
So let me get this started,
You know when you're coming down with something and you're FREEZING and shivery and you're muscles heart?
mix:
hot water
1-2 tbs lemon juice (or more to taste)
about 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (to taste, of course)
a tbs or so of honey

or..
BEST HOT TODDY, EVER
make a cup of tea (I LOVE traditional medicinals gypsy cold care tea)
a slice of lemon
a shot of whiskey
and honey to taste.

and last but not least,
The Most Amazing Soup (that I can no longer make because I developed an 'intolerance' for mushrooms)
Get a big pot of water. Add a handful or two or three of dried mushrooms. Let that heat up and simmer for 20-30 minutes or until the mushrooms are soft. Don't dump the water! Remove mushrooms and put in a food processer with a package of fresh mushrooms, stems removed (1lb? 1/2 lb?) Chop into little bits. Dump back into the water. At this point you can add some bullion if you want more flavor. Add chopped veggies of your choice- potatoes, carrots, onions, leeks- use whatever you have, whatever you want, as much or as little! Cubed tofu or canned white beans can also be added. Add tons of chopped garlic, 5 cloves or more, some grated ginger, a pinch or so of thyme and rosemary and LOTS of cayenne. Simmer for 20 minutes or so. ENJOY.
I never wrote this recipe down- just went with the basic mushroom broth and added what I had and what I craved.


So, share yours?
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Yarn Question! on: October 25, 2007 02:13:06 PM
Hi All,
I'm knitting a scarf for my man, catridge belt rib, using tons of different colors of woolease. Its turned out really cool but I've realized that some of the yarn I used had been knitting and frogged before I started this scarf and some is new. Also it has been stuck to the velcro on my messenger back many many times. So the old yarn is fluffy and looks thicker, but the new yarn is thin and leaves bigger holes. How can I get them to match? I was thinking of sticking it in the dryer.
Ideas?
Its 80% acrylic 20% wool.

30  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Wannabe Caliometry on: October 16, 2007 07:29:12 PM
So I really liked the idea of the caliometry but didn't want to put much effort into it. Lazy, lazy, I know. This one was basic- just to try and get some idea of the pattern- I casted on 3 (4 maybe?) stitches and increased to 12 or so. Knit that for a few rows and then decreased. Same shape, different idea. However, this was all done at the bar so I forgot how many rows between increasing/decreasing and all that important stuff. drrr.. It is all done in garter stitch. And then I threw a button on the end. I'm going to make another one and try to rib maybe. I'm not sure how its gonna work, but we shall see!



sorry for the crappy photobooth pictures. I'm lazy, remember?
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