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11  Re: Harry Potter Favorites Swap- SUs Closed SO Aug 12 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by najaorama on: July 10, 2014 09:21:17 PM
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12  Re: Wes Anderson Swap, Round 5 (SU 5/26-6/7, SO 7/7) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by najaorama on: June 24, 2014 12:44:46 PM
Im here eating my elephant, but making good progress.
Here is a teaser.

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13  Frida Kahlo Hat (mostly knitted) in Knitting: Completed Projects by najaorama on: May 29, 2014 09:28:40 AM
I have good news and better news. First I finished grad school, thats right I'm a licensed therapist (insert applause here). And that means I can re-enter the land of the living. While I haven't been positing I have been crafting and taking pictures.

I made this for my mom for Christmas. We have a tradition of making each other gifts and she requested a Frida
Kahlo (or as she says it Frida Carlo  Tongue ) hat.

I knitted he main body form a Princess Leia wig  pattern on Ravelry. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/princess-leia-wig and I just kind of fudged the rest. I chain crocheted the black and purpley red yarn together and braided that. Then I used the same color to crochet flowers. I kind of wish I used a redder color, or maybe made different colored flowers. Other than that I am pretty darn pleased with myself, and my mom loved it. She wore it for a month straight.

And this awesome lady is my mama!
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14  Cheater Carrot Cake with Candied Carrots and Greek Yogurt Icing in Dessert by najaorama on: February 14, 2014 11:08:48 PM

It was my dads birthday on Sunday and I asked him what he wants. He said he wanted a carrot cake. ARE YOU S#%^ING ME?!?!? I am in my last 4 weeks of graduate school and this man wants me to bake him a carrot cake. Every recipe I looked at required more time and effort than I had to spare. And truth be told I dont like to bake. Its all so precise. I like to let Betty Crocker do the heavy lifting.

Imagine this picture with apple juice, a can of crushed pineapple, and greek yogurt instead of butter.


Cake Mix

1 cup shredded carrots

1 small can crushed pineapple drained

A bag of chopped pecans (or nut of your choice.)

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp ginger

Cream Cheese Icing:

2 boxes of cream cheese

1 medium size container of plain Greek yogurt

1 tsp vanilla

2/3 cup powdered sugar


2 Carrots

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

Crushed pecans (or nut of your choice)

Sugar for dusting

1. Chop up the shredded carrots by going over them twice with a butcher knife (I was worried the carrot pieces were too big. )

2. Prepare the cake following the directions- substituting apple juice for water (that I happened to have in the fridge) and adding the chopped carrots, pecans, pineapple, cinnamon and ginger.

3. Pour the batter into two well greased and floured 8″ cake pans and bake according to directions until a fork poked in the center comes out clean.

While the cake is in the oven lets work on the garnish.

1. Slice the carrots thinly using your mandolin. Dont have one? Get one, its worth it.

2. In a medium size saucepan dissolve the sugar in the water. Boil the slices over a medium heat forsay20 minutes.  

3. Dust the slices in sugar and lay on parchment to dry. (This was the most tedious part.)

Now for the icing.

I googled recipes for cream cheese icing and the general consensus is  1 part cream cheese to 1 part butter. But this is my dad we are taking about. I want him to have many more birthdays. So instead of butter I mixed the cream cheese, greek yogurt and powdered sugar to make a perfect just-barely-sweet icing. Just mix until well blended. Then put in a frosting bag for ease of icing.

4. Once the cakes are cool stack and ice like so. I used the ring of a large mason jar to get a perfect circle of nuts. Then I places candied carrot slices around like petals.

I had to make the cake the day before (because I had class) and the sugar on the carrots dissolved. This made them look even better.

The cake tasted great. It wasn't brown at all, but it tasted like carrot cake. It was moist, but crumbly. Maybe an extra egg would have helped.

Here is good old patronis major making his wish.

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15  Annies mitts with pattern in Crochet: Completed Projects by najaorama on: February 05, 2014 02:28:21 PM

I know I know I have been MIA again, but I have a good excuse. I am 5 weeks and 20 contact hours from finishing grad school.

And I have had the best clinical supervisor. She has been amazing to me, and she is also resigning this week. She is an avid mountain climber so I wanted to make her some mitts to keep her wrists warm. To be honest I bought a pattern and I hated it. So I made up my own. And I am going to share it with you.

Now its my first pattern, and here might be (probably are) mistakes. If you have questions or suggestions let me know. And have fun.

Sock weight yarn I used a 240 yard skein and had plenty left over
Size B hook
1 Stitch marker (or a paperclip)

Slip stitch
Dc2tog, double crochet 2 together         
Dc3tog, double crochet 3 together

Chain 40 and join being careful not to turn

Left mitt
Row 1: Ch3, Dc2tog in 3rd chain from hook, *chain 1, skip 1 chain, Dc3tog in next chain *, repeat * to end, join with a slip stitch in chain 3.

Row 2: Slip stitch to first chain 1 space, chain 3, Dc2tog in same space, *chain 1, Dc3tog in next chain 1 space*, repeat * to end, join with a slip stitch in chain 3

Row 3-6: repeat row 2

Row 7: Slip stitch to first chain 1 space, chain 3, Dc2tog in same space, chain 1, Dc3tog in next chain 1 space, chain 6, skip 2 chain 1 spaces, Dc3tog in next chain 1 space, *chain 1, Dc3tog*, repeat * to end, join with a slip stitch in chain 3. This is the thumb hole.

Row 8: Slip stitch to first chain 1 space, chain 3, Dc2tog in same space, chain 1,  Dc3tog in first chain, chain 1, Dc3tog in third chain, chain 1, Dc3tog in sixth chain, *chain 1, Dc3tog in next chain 1 space*, repeat * till end, join with a slip stitch in chain 3.

Rows 9-11: Repeat row 2

Row 12: Slip stitch to first chain 1 space, chain 3, Dc2tog in same space, (chain 1,  skip 1 chain 1 space, Dc3tog in next chain 1 space), repeat ( ) 1 more time,*chain 1, Dc3tog in next chain 1 space*, repeat * till end, join with a slip stitch in chain 3.

Row 13: Repeat row 2

Row 14: Slip stitch to first chain 1 space, chain 3, Dc2tog in same space, chain 1,  skip 1 chain 1 space, Dc3tog in next chain 1 space, ,*chain 1, Dc3tog in next chain 1 space*, repeat * till end, join with a slip stitch in chain 3. Cut yarn and fasten off.

Lay mitt flat with thumb hole to the right. Find and mark the center cluster.

Row 15: Beginning on the chain 1 space on either side of the marker- slip stitch to attach yarn, (chain 3, Dc2tog, chain 1, Dc3tog  in same space), *chain 1, Dc3tog in next chain 1 space*, repeat * to last chain 1 space, in last chain 1 space (Dc3tog chain 1, Dc3tog), do not join.

Row 16: Slip stitch to first chain 1 space, (chain3, dc2tog, chain 1, Dc3tog) in first chain 1 space, *chain 1, Dc3tog in next chain 1 space*, repeat * to last chain 1 space, in last chain 1 space (Dc3tog chain 1, Dc3tog), do not join, fasten off.

Weave in ends to finish.

Right Mitt
 Follow pattern rows 1-14. Lay mitt flat with thumb to left. Continue rows 15-16.

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16  Elven? crazy fingerless gloves in Knitting: Completed Projects by najaorama on: August 31, 2013 07:17:21 PM

To start off I once saw a pattern that listed the experience level as advanced-beginner and I think that perfectly describes me. I can kind of do stuff but I'm still a beginner and if I can't finish a project in a weekend I'm probably not going to.
Secondly, I'm the last person you would guess to make or wear elven gloves. No judgment just not my style.

But I was looking for a pattern to practice Undecided lace and I found this Vogue http://store.vogueknitting.com/p-1902-fingerless-gloves.aspx one and talked myself into buying it. It's was awesome! I did it in two weekends, one for each glove, and it was fun.

I had the skien of Souk which I don't like because it breaks so easily but I loved the color. I bought it with fantasies of making a leafy something or other. The pattern wanted 2 200 yard skeins but I did it with just one.

The construction is what I love most. Basically you make two stars, stitch them together, then fold in half and stitch at the points.

There are a couple mistakes but hey for a first try I am proud, I love them, I think they are badass, and I would never wear them. So my favorite part of this whole story is that I wrapped them up pretty and left them at my friends door. She would totally sport them and I got to do a random good deed.

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17  Re: Fibre Friday - August 2, 2013 in Spinning: Completed Projects by najaorama on: August 02, 2013 07:00:31 PM
Still spinning, getting better.

These were bulk roving samples- a mix of silk and merino? maybe some camel the lady wasn't sure. But it was fun. There is 48 yards of the purple and 146 of the blue.

Do I have to stop buying yarn now?

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18  Re: Fiber Friday - July 26, 2013 in Spinning: Completed Projects by najaorama on: July 26, 2013 12:46:21 PM
I was anxiously waiting for this thread to start cuz I have been spinning away. I've only had my wheel for a couple I weeks but I'm hooked on making art yarn. Here is some merino spin with fake pearls on a string. Not sure what one would do with it but I saw a tut on YouTube and had to try.

And this one has been my favorite so far. It's merino core/plyed on mohair with silk noiles.
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19  Yarn ball jar in Completed Projects by najaorama on: July 23, 2013 12:09:52 PM
Just a quickie.
I am having a bum day and want to my moms house for some pity and a hug. She said "when you can't solve a major problem solve a minor one." So I made a yarn ball holder for the knitting project in my purse. I found the pretty pasta sauce jar in her cubbies and all the thing I needed in her junk drawer. Hammer, nail, bigger nail, super glue, and the plastic casing to a drywall screw. And I hAve to admit it felt good to acomplish something.
Oh and I'm fond of using clip one earrings as stitch markers.
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20  Stash Buster Art Yarn in Spinning: Completed Projects by najaorama on: July 11, 2013 08:05:13 AM

I made a mess. My yarn was a tangled jumbled mess. I saved most of it but this portion was unsavable.

But it seemed a shame to throw away such good yarn. There is some Noro in there and some Malbrigo. Most of it was wool, but there was cotton and some silk ribbon and a bit of acrylic too. I had that tangle for about a year now stubbornly refusing to throw it away. Then last weekend I got an Indian Head spinning wheel. Here I'll show you that too:

So I went through my tangle and cut of 1'-2' pieces and put them in no particular order in a container.

Then using the wheel I plied it with this yarn (originally because it was the finest wool I had but I love how the rainbow effect lent to the eclectic quality of the yarn)

I would show you the in process pictures but I'm still very new to spinning and it takes all the concentration I've got (plus some). But I ended up with this.

It's 199.75 yards by my measure. Now to think of a project to use it on.
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