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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / An antique tin toy...knitting! Who is it? Look and see..... on: June 20, 2005 02:03:26 PM
It's Minnie Mouse! They have a display of antique tin toys from Japan on display in the Japan area, and I just had to take a pic to show you guys. Isn't she adorable? I'd love to see what she looks like when she's wound up.
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / help with blind stitch hemming by machine on: June 14, 2005 09:05:32 AM
I cannot figure out how to work this. I have checked all over the net and found no good tips or directions. Every time I try and do it how I *think* I should, it ends up having like a crease, cause it's sewn on the inside, if that makes any sense. Can someone please explain how to do this? Oh and my blind stitch foot has the guide on the right side if that matters, and I have 2 blind hem stitches, one that faces left and one that faces right. TIA!
3  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Butterick 6347 view C on: May 20, 2005 10:51:23 AM
I did Butterick 6347, view C, which are capri pants. It's a fast and easy pattern, took me about 2 hours total from cutting out the pattern to finishing. I did everything on my serger, except the waist casing and hemming. The only thing I don't like about the pattern is the waist is super high. I cut off about 4 inches to make it fit the way I wanted. Other than that, quick, easy, comfy, cute pants!

4  COOKING / Dessert / Cadbury cream eggs on: March 22, 2005 07:08:03 AM
Got this recipe from topsecretrecipes.com
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups powdered sugar
4 drops yellow food coloring
2 drops red food coloring
1 12-ounce bag milk chocolate chips
2 tablespoons vegetable shortening

1. Combine the corn syrup, butter, vanilla, and salt in a large bowl. Beat well with an electric mixer until smooth.
2. Add powdered sugar, one cup at a time, mixing by hand after each addition. Mix well until creamy.
3. Remove about 1/3 of the mixture and place it into a small bowl. Add the yellow and red food coloring and stir well to combine.
4. Cover both mixtures and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or until firm.
5. When mixtures are firm, roll a small, marble-size ball from the orange filling, and wrap a portion of the white filling around it that is roughly twice the size. Form this filling into the shape of an egg and place it onto a cookie sheet that has been brushed with a light coating of shortening. Repeat for the remaining filling ingredients, then refrigerate these centers for 3 to 4 hours or until firm.
6. Combine the milk chocolate chips with the shortening in a glass or ceramic bowl. Microwave chocolate on high speed for 1 minute, then stir and microwave again for 1 more minute, and stir.
7. Use a fork to dip each center into the chocolate, tap the fork on the side of the bowl, then place each candy onto wax paper. Chill.
8. After 1 to 2 hours of chilling, dip each candy once more and chill for several hours, or until completely firm. (http://www.topsecretrecipes.com)
Makes 2 dozen candy eggs.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / modifying needles to be proper length? (circulars) on: March 03, 2005 07:58:10 AM
Hey, I have tons of circular knitting needles from my thrift store forays, but I've never found any of the short ones patterns ask for (even in stores!) So my question is, have any of you modified them? Like, cut them apart, taped together or superglued? I need some techniques or I'll just have to try on my own!  Tongue
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / 650 yards of pink linen-any ideas? (knitting) on: March 02, 2005 11:57:18 AM
I have this really pretty cone, approx. 650 yards, of pink linen. I want something summery and cool (preferably a clothing item) Any ideas? It can't be anything teeny-I wear a medium in shirts.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / The Great T-shirt book! by Carol Taylor on: January 23, 2005 05:09:01 PM
This book covers everything from batiking to stenciling to tiedye and more! Has detailed instructions and great illustrations of finished products. I love it!
8  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Organic beauty by Josephine Fairley on: January 08, 2005 08:39:57 PM
I just got this book from my library and I'm going to have to go buy it. It has tons of recipes for making your own natural beauty care, as well as living a more healthful organic lifestyle, to help you look your best. Here's amazon's link if you're interested.
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0789471914/qid=1105245581/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/002-8336062-8299211?v=glance&s=books
9  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Burda 8316 view A on: January 03, 2005 10:37:52 AM
This is one of Burda's starter pants patterns, meant to be very easy, for someone who is a new sewer. The pants were very easy to make and I had no problems (other than with interfacing, but that's my fault for not labeling iron on vs. sew on) I highly recommend these pants. They're comfy, they fit great, and they're so easy. I used a basic twill from Joann's that was around $2-3 a yard, add in the zipper, I had a button, and the pattern, these pants cost less than $20 to make. And I will be using this pattern again and again (it's SO easy to customize! the fit is what is important)  Hope you like! If you have any questions, feel free. Oh and if you're making white pants, don't be like me and wear purple undies when modeling! lol

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / stuffed animal patterns on: December 14, 2004 07:19:40 PM
Someone posted this on a knit list I belong to and I thought I'd pass it along;
Lucy the Lamb
http://www.sullivans.net/90340.cfm
Monty the Monkey
http://www.sullivans.net/90343.cfm
Molly the Mouse
http://www.sullivans.net/90342.cfm
Guinea Pigs
http://www.sullivans.net/90346.cfm
Easy Toy Rabbit
http://www.sullivans.net/90345.cfm
Benny the Bear
http://www.sullivans.net/90341.cfm
Easy Teddy Bear
http://www.sullivans.net/90344.cfm
various animals
http://www.joyfultoys.bravepages.com/knitting.html
Skele-Fish
http://www.fjsmjs.com/Mary/skelefish.htm
Wombles
http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Ridge/3073/wombles1.htm
Quick Knit Teddy Bear wih Pussy Cat Variation
http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/patterns/toys/anyyarnteddybear.htm
Any-Yarn Toy Cat
http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/patterns/toys/catty.htm

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