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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: What are Your Favorite Yarns? on: January 29, 2005 04:08:23 PM
I actually think Manos is great for beginners because it has so much stretch and its variable width conceals inconsistencies in tension. I used it to knit my first scarf, and it came out great.

--portobello
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: hi, i'm erin, and i'm an addict... on: January 15, 2005 04:18:56 PM
Hi, my name is Andrea, and just today I went to my LYS to purchase one skein of yarn to finish a scarf for my mom. I exited the store with not one but five skeins of yarn. It this wasn't Lion Brand Red Heart, I can tell you. No, no, my tastes  yearn for the designer, luxury fiber yarns. While I was there, I learned about their upcoming weaving class. It's one day, all day, and costs 95 dollars. I might do it.

I can rationalize it all I want with that fact that it was christmas money that was meant to be spent on luxury, but...I'll be regretting it later in the semester when I don't have any extra cash to eat out while I'm on campus.

Should be start a crafter's 12 step program?

--Portobello

PS. Although I love Craftster, this place sure doesn't help. You see all the neat things people make and say.. hey, I want to do that. And the next day you find yourself purchasing supplies.

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dresses over jeans? on: January 15, 2005 03:59:40 PM

I like flared or at least slightly flared pants to wear under skirts--

the flare of the skirt is echoed in the pants and looks organic and sexy.


--portobello
4  California / California: North / Re: NEW Crafting Group in the East Bay area? on: January 15, 2005 10:54:44 AM
Hi guys, I live in Berkeley but would be totally fine coming to lake Merritt, I come there all the time anyway because my mom lives in The Essex (heh.)

I have classes pretty late on Wednesday and Monday but Tuesday and thursday look good for me.

--portobello
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Oh. My. God. I knitted a sweater. on: January 14, 2005 03:57:09 PM
After reading this post, I was at a bookstore and it popped into my head to check out the book this pattern is from.

Although I haven't knitted a sweater from it yet, I can already recommend it.

It is highly encouraging because I can look at the patterns and think, I could totally do that, no problem! Which hasn't really happened for me before.

I have only knitted two scarves and two hats, but I am confident that I could handle one of these babies.

None of this "decrease every five rows and every seven rows simultaneously while rubbing your tummy and patting your head".

Good luck to all new knitters, and have confidence!!

--portobello
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: social studies project board on: January 12, 2005 07:17:56 PM
Another idea is those homemaker mother magazines. Basically they consist of two types of articles: how to lose weight, and how to cook delicious, fattening food for your family. Rather contradictory.

--portobello
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: What are Your Favorite Yarns? on: January 10, 2005 06:17:37 PM
My favorite is Manos del Uraguay 100% wool yarn, hand spun and dyed by a co-operative in Uraguay. Feels great to knit, even better to wear.


--portobello
8  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Re: fiber arts? on: December 20, 2004 08:31:59 PM
Yes, yes, yes. I think weaving is included in crocheting, or something, which is wierd. It's hard to browse for weaving stuff within another category.

Plus I'd love to get information about felting, spinning, etc..
9  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Re: Tutorials on: December 20, 2004 08:27:42 PM
Sorting out the ones already written might be hard, but in the future maybe there could be a check box you could click if theres a tutorial in the post, and it would get filed somewhere else?

--portobello
10  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sugar as an ingredient - A discussion, not proof to remove preservative from on: December 18, 2004 04:08:38 PM
While reading this it occured to me that neither honey nor maple syrup needs to be refrigerated. They do not grow bacteria or mold, and they are almost 100% sugar.

Jam/jelly has too high a content of protein or some other substance, maybe?

--portobello
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