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1  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Christmas in July on: July 27, 2007 11:23:33 PM
Last winter I had grand intentions of not spending a cent on holiday gifts. I made lots of earrings with beads and findings in my stash, painted a couple canvases for close friends, and picked out knitting patterns for all my friends and relatives. I ended up buying everyone books.

But not this year! This year, I've picked out the patterns, put a moratorium on my stash, made a list of recipients and have started knitting my Christmas gifts - in July. Absurd? Perhaps. But am I alone?

I'm starting this knitalong for anyone else who's begun knitting for the winter holidays. Don't be shy! Speak up and share your ideas, pattern recommendations, and - of course - FO's!

One pattern I'm fond of is Kim's Hat, from the book Last Minute Knitted Gifts. I love it because it's versatile and a fetching use of those leftover dozen yards of yarn you can't fit into larger projects, and it knits really fast. I started and finished one yesterday, knit from scraps and leftover yarn in my stash.



I hope to hear from lots of you!

Edited to add: I've noticed that, with a few exceptions, I'm making most of my knit holiday gifts from only a few patterns:
1. Kim's Hats, from Last Minute Knitted Gifts
2. Fetching, from Knitty
3. Dashing, from Knitty

These patterns are well-suited to my purposes since they employ both speed and economy: I've never spent more than a few days working on any of them, and at most they use about 250 yards of yarn (I'm not sure of an exact number, since I'm using scraps and tiddles from my stash).

Have you found a few patterns that you'll be repeating for multiple recipients? Which ones?
2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Food for a Journey? on: May 08, 2007 04:22:31 PM
So, I have a question for you.

Two of my friends and I are going to Ashland for four days. The trip entails an eight hour drive there and an eight hour drive back, and we're all students. The travel and board expense of this trip is going to keep me broke for weeks, so I thought it would be nice to bring a significant portion of food with us to cut down on dining expenses.

Do you have any suggestions for foods that
- can keep without refrigeration?
- can keep for at least four days?
- are tasty?

I've also posted this in the Vegetarian board, since one of my traveling companions is vegetarian.
3  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Food for a Journey? on: May 08, 2007 04:21:51 PM
So, I have a question for you.

Two of my friends and I are going to Ashland for four days. The trip entails an eight hour drive there and an eight hour drive back, and we're all students. The travel and board expense of this trip is going to keep me broke for weeks, so I thought it would be nice to bring a significant portion of food with us to cut down on dining expenses.

Do you have any suggestions for foods that
- can keep without refrigeration? (we might have a fridge at the hotel but I'm not counting on it)
- can keep for at least four days?
- are tasty?
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Acrylic recommendations for a natural fiber lover? on: January 17, 2006 09:03:36 PM
I'm trying to curb my budget in order to build up more in my savings, and I noticed that I'm spending a lot of my recreation money on yarn. This probably has something to do with the fact that I knit exclusively with natural fibers, and even though I usually only order from more economical purveyors like KnitPicks or elann.com I know that acrylic yarns can be suitable for a lot of projects and are usually even more affordable.

Given that, what acrylic yarns would you recommend for a knitter who prefers natural fibers? I'm intrigued by Caron's Simply Soft - I found myself surprised by how soft it was - but I'm not sure how it knits up and was wondering if you knowledgable people had any experience with it.
5  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Lauren [Aran Skirt from Knittingfog.com] on: December 23, 2005 05:01:03 PM
I just cast on for this pattern last night and it occurred to me that, what with all the positive attention it received, other people might be working on it as well. Anyone in?
6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / moving out (FINALLY) on: February 23, 2005 01:29:57 PM
Come this summer I'll be moving into a space of my own, much to the relief of myself and my mother. I'll probably be living with my boyfriend, and we've both agreed that it would be cozier (and cheaper) to eat out only about once or twice a month and cook all our meals ourselves.

However, we'll both be full-time students and working to keep the landlord at bay, leaving precious few hours for coq au vin or other fancy dishes. Do you have any suggestions for nutritious recipes that don't take long to make and keep well in the fridge? (I'd like to avoid dinners featuring ramen for as long as possible.)
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