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11  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Knitty's Monkey-along? on: January 03, 2007 10:59:33 PM
Oh my god. I just saw this pattern and am in love. The only problem is that I've never knit socks before, so I'm a little scared. I've knitted numerous lacy shawls/sweaters before, and I've used DPNs many a time, but I've never ventured into sock-knitting. Would this be too hard for a first-time sock knitter?
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Interweave Knits Flower-Basket Shawl question on: August 27, 2006 10:08:40 PM
I'm coming close to finishing the seventh (and last) repeat of IK's flower-basket shawl. At the moment, my shawl seems a little small, even though my gauge was spot-on. I know that it should get bigger with blocking, but how much bigger does it actually get through the blocking process? Should I work an extra repeat, or will blocking take care of all that?
13  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Vegetarians. What do YOU eat? on: August 25, 2006 04:54:16 PM
I'm not vegan (I'm a vegetarian), but I highly reccommend Sarah Kramer's "La Dolce Vegan" if you're on a budget. Most of the recipes in there are pretty simple & quick, and almost all of the ingredients are thing you can find in your local grocer. The most expensive ingredients she uses are dairy/egg substitutes (like soygurt, soy-milk, soy-cheese, etc.), and if you're a vegetarian, you could probably just use the "real" thing instead.

I'm also a big fan of Madhur Jaffrey's cookbooks, especially World of the East Vegetarian and World Vegetarian. The only problem with her recipes is that a lot of them call for more obscure ingredients, and some of them can be pretty time-consuming. But even if you don't have the time/money to make everything in her books, they're worth a look, because they're very, very informative (she gives basic cooking tips, health tips, substitute suggestions, etc.).'

Anyway, as far as what I eat on a daily basis, I usually eat a lot of wrap-sandwiches with hummus and raw veggies. I'm anemic (and it's not because I'm a vegetarian--I was anemic before I made the switch), so I also eat a lot of dried fruits , which are high in iron. A lot of dry fruits can be a little on the pricy side (especially my favorite--dried cherries), but if you fish around farmer's markets, you can often find them at a lower cost.

I'm also a fan of throwing together a simple stir-fry with whatever I have lying around the fridge--onions, tomatoes, snap-peas, broccoli, etc. I have a light appetite, so a stir-fry with a light sauce (usually tomato sauce or soy sauce) will fill me up, but if you want to make it heartier, you can pour it over rice, cous-cous, or pasta.

I could ramble on and on about cheap, good vegetarian food, but I'll cut myself off here. If you want a little more detail, feel free to e-mail me (thymian@gmail.com) for tips & recipes.  Good luck! Smiley
14  UNITED STATES / Michigan / Re: visiting Ann Arbor! on: May 07, 2006 07:55:00 AM
I could show you around! I live on campus at the moment and I don't have a car, so I couldn't take you out to some of the cool off-campus craft stores. But I could definitely show you around some of the cuter areas within walking distance. Private message me if you'd like my phone number.
15  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / Re: "Women's Illustrated" on: April 23, 2006 04:19:50 PM
Another yes!
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: The new Knitty is up. on: December 05, 2005 08:02:24 AM
I'm really excited by this issue! I really love Tubey and Mrs. Beeton. Forecast is cute too, although I'm not sure if it would look flattering on me or not.
17  UNITED STATES / Michigan / Re: SnB in Ann Arbor on: October 28, 2005 11:48:29 AM
I wouldn't be able to attend tonight, but I'd love to join up with you guys next week.
18  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re: Fairly Easy Fair Isle knitalong, anyone? on: October 25, 2005 08:22:35 PM
I've been thinking of knitting this too. I'm not sure what yarn to use, though.
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: MST3K baby blanket on: October 18, 2005 09:37:20 PM
Oh my god...that is beyond amazing. Would you mind posting the chart?
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Survey: Continental vs. English on: October 18, 2005 10:36:50 AM
1.Where do you live? Michigan, USA

2.What style do you prefer? English

3.Who taught you how to knit? (do you know their lineage?) My mum. My mum comes from a very heavy Irish background, but since she taught herself how to knit from a book in the 1960's, I'm not sure how relevant her lineage is.

4. Have you tried, successfully or not, to change styles throughout your knitting life? If yes, why? Nope. I'm afraid that I won't be able to pick up Continental as quickly, so I'm content to continue knitting English style. I'm a pretty fast knitter as is, so I don't see why I should have to change.
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