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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Want to plunge into bra-making--size issues on: January 07, 2006 09:10:08 AM
I read somewhere that 70% of women are wearing the wrong size bra.  I think the bra "formula" is inaccurate, at least for some people, as it would put me in a huge band size as well.  In my experience, bra sizing is relatively consistant.  If you go to a store and try on sizes with the aid of the 3-way mirror until you find one that fits (start with utilitarian styles: size can be hard to judge in push-up bras) you should have a pretty good idea what size pattern you need.  The important things to remember are that the band should fit and the cup should fit (duh). 

The band shouldn't be so loose that it rides up or down, or makes you overly tighten the shoulder straps to compensate.  It should be parallel to the ground and not uncomfortably tight or straining.  The entire band, including the shaped bits around the cups and the underwire, should fit closely against the body, especially between the breasts.

The cups should be big enough to fully contain the breasts, no pooching out at the armpit. For demi- and push up styles, the edge of the cup shouldn't be so tight that there's a dip between the covered and uncovered parts of the breast (no muffin boobs).  The center front of the bra should fit flush against the sternum, separating the two breasts.  The breasts shouldn't be touching each other and forcing this part of the bra away from the body.

I know finding a properly fitting bra can be difficult, as most stores only carry up to a size DD, but I say, ladies, stand up for yourselves!  It's possible to buy larger sizes in specialty stores and online.  Stop squeezing yourselves into DDs just because that's all the department stores deign to stock.  You'll be much more comfortable!

[end of rant]

I too have been wondering if it's feasible to make seemless cups at home.  The fabric on mine looks like it's been stretched into a cup shape rather than knit that way, could it be possible to mold your own cups?  Failing that, manufacturers must buy the fabric from somewhere.  Maybe there's a textile mill that would be willing to resale some of its cup material to home sewers.
2  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Digestive System Knitalong: Part Five, Stomach! on: January 01, 2006 11:04:02 PM
You're right, I forgot to put the yarn for the pancreas on the list in the beginning, but it's just more cheapo red heart worsted in a buttery yellow.  I'm sorry for kind of abandoning this knitalong; it's nice to know that more than one person was actually working on it.  I'm going to have a complete pattern on my site in a little while, with pictures in the style of my patterns for the squid hat and penis cozy, but right now I have about half a dozen med school application essays to write. Embarrassed
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Exploring the Asian food market - need international help! on: December 31, 2005 09:59:00 AM
Thanks for the links, but does anyone have first-hand experience with any of these?
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: belated snarky Christmas cards (a wee bit image heavy) on: December 29, 2005 10:37:11 PM
Wonderful.  I love the Hanukkah one, because it IS kind of offensive.  Makes ya think.
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Exploring the Asian food market - need international help! on: December 29, 2005 09:20:03 PM
Every time I go to my local Asian food store I curse myself for not bringing paper to right down the names of the more esoteric vegetables so I can look them up when I get home.  Well, this time I remembered, but after excitedly googling each one I'm still mystified.  I can find crude descriptions and recipes for them, but I don't know what I really need to try, or how best to prepare it.

Here's the list:

Banana blossom
Bac-Ha/Vietnamese rhubarb
Sinquo/chinese okra/silk gourd
Opo/bottle gourd
Arrowhead/Chinese potato
Galenga root
E-too (I couldn't find out anything about this - it's some kind of leaf)
Rau-ram/vietnamese coriander
Mogua/hairy melon
Nagaimo/mountian potato/long yam
Ngo-om/sweet cumin/rice paddy herb
Ngo-gai/mexican coriander/saw-tooth herb

So for anyone who's eaten any of these, what I'm wondering is:
What's it like?  Does it resemble any western vegetables?
Is it good?
Is it worth making an extra effort to try it?
How do you (best) prepare it?

I know I could just be adventurous and try them all, but I'm worried that in my ignorance I'll break my back in the kitchen just to try four different kinds of potato.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Penis Cozy! (work safe) on: December 23, 2005 02:20:28 PM
I can't open the pdf file. It says there's an error Sad I want this patt.

Is this happening to anyone else?  It works for me.  Maybe you need a newer version of acrobat?  If you still can't get it to work I can email it to you.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Penis Cozy! (work safe) on: December 22, 2005 11:07:12 AM
On my site made the mistake of asking people for suggestions of what I should make next.  Someone wrote to me requesting a pattern for a Penis Cozy, and I thought, since there'd been so much discussion of them in blogland, that there must be a pattern somewhere.  I googled in vain, finding no pattern and, in fact, no proof that anyone had actually made one.  So I decided to remedy the situation.



The pattern is on my site, and more pics will be there soon.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sock construction questions - heels, toes and reinforcement on: December 16, 2005 11:35:25 AM
I'm afraid I don't have any answers for you, but your post has finally given me the courage to ask something that's been on my mind for a while.

So... do hand-knitted socks wear well?  Is it worth it?

Personally, most of my store-bought socks give out after a few months, but then I usually buy the cheapest brand.  I'd like to try making my own but I don't think I could take the heartbreak of having to throw all my hard work away after only a dozen wears.  Also, I've seen patterns that give ideas for reinforcing the heels and toes of hand made socks, but my socks always seem to wear out over the Achilles tendon.  And my sweetie, who really needs some aran knee socks so he can wear his kilt in the winter, puts holes through the toes of his socks like nobody's business.
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Squid Swap Gallery! on: December 11, 2005 10:06:49 AM
Glad you like the hat, bbonnn.  I was worried, seeing as it's not really very practical.

determinedimprovisation: I'm not that fast a knitter.  I was actually almost a week late sending.  Embarrassed

ax174: more easily said than done.  I'm going to start selling patterns on my site as soon as I get the whole shopping cart thing figured out.  The squid and GI  patterns are going to remain freebies, though.

I started a thread for the squid hat on the knitting forum.  Iit's got the link to my site with the pattern, for those who were interested.  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=67245.0
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Squid Hat on: December 11, 2005 10:05:47 AM
I made this for the Squid Swap.  It's supposed to be a Squid Hat, but it's more of a squid-head-attack-simulation.



More pics and a pattern at my site http://www.StrangebutTrewe.com/squidhat.htm
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