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1  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re: Completed Spiderweb Capelet on: January 03, 2005 04:28:13 PM
Thanks so much for posting the clarifications.  After attempting to make this on an airplane - I noticed that I was getting all kinds of nutty increases and couldn't figure out what I was doing wrong.  I had a hunch that I'd find a solution on Craftster - and sure enough - here it is! 

What a beautiful project - can't wait to make it!
2  New York / New York: NYC and Long Island / Re: Taking a solo trip to NYC. Yarn stores? Other recs? on: November 21, 2004 03:28:25 PM
Yay!  So glad to be of help.  I think you'll love Purl - they have yarns that I've never seen anywhere else - and while they don't have a specific knitting group - there's always a bunch of people hanging out and knitting in the store.  The SnB group that meets at KnitNY is apparantly a mob scene.

As for stuff to do other than knitting - what are you interested in doing - what kind of food do you like - do you like theater museums comedy shopping vintage stores?  Would be more than happy to send you some ideas.  New York can actually be a really fun place to visit by yourself - there's so much to do - its sometimes cool to putter about on your own agenda.

Melissa
3  New York / New York: NYC and Long Island / Re: you know, moving to new york. on: November 01, 2004 05:02:47 AM
Veg City Diner on 14th - btw fifth and sixth avenue
Candle Cafe on the UES
Angelikas Kitchen


These aren't strictly Vegan - but have lots and lots of vegetarian options:

Wai Cafe - 6th ave and 1st ave
Dojos - 8th Street
Terra - 12th street
yaffa cafe - 8th street
pump energy food - 21st street
evas - 8th street
spring street naturals?  i think that's the name
cosmic cantina, maryanne's both offer tofu sour cream, soy cheese options w/burritos

Hope that's helpful.  There's also a guide to vegan restaurants in NYC sold at Whole Foods.

4  New York / New York: NYC and Long Island / Re: Taking a solo trip to NYC. Yarn stores? Other recs? on: October 31, 2004 03:42:19 PM
Here are my favorites -

Purl - in Soho on Sullivan Street - web address is purlsoho.com
Purl is a beautiful high-end yarn store - with a beautiful selection and really wonderful staff.  The owner, Joelle, is usually there - and she just wrote a knitting book with wonderfully unique projects that are as lovely as her store.  Expensive - but definately worth a visit.  There's a really nice tea place next door called "Once Upon a Tart"

Knit NY is on 14th St btw 2nd and 3rd.  Really nice selection of yarn as well - very creative patterns - and a coffee shop inside - so you can pick up a knitting project, and then sit and have a coffee. 

The Yarn Co - is on 80th and Broadway - I believe - website is theyarnco.com
Very busy yarn store that caters a lot to young moms who live in the area.  Not as mellow as the above two - but very good beginner sweater patterns.  Plus - they will do a custom pattern for you based on your measurements. 

Downtown Yarns - Avenue A and fourth street, I believe.  Very laid back store - with a nice variety of yarns and a very pleasant staff.

The only yarn store i would stay away from is Gotta Knit on sixth avenue - the staff is not so nice - and the selection of yarn feels trapped in the eighties.  They do - however - have great vintage buttons.

Good Luck!

5  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Paris Loop on: August 22, 2004 11:27:09 AM
Just bought the yarn for this very project - and was wondering if any of you paris loop ladies could help me.

When knitting the first row in the round - any advice on how to keep the yarn from twisting?  Is it important to keep all of the stitches in the same direction for the entire first row - or only when  you connect? 

Any advice would be so very appreciated.

Also - the yarn is on sale at the woolie ewe for 1/2 off - four skeins for $16.00.  http://www.woolieewe.com

thank you thank you!

melissa
6  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re: Big Bad Baby Blanket anyone??? on: June 03, 2004 04:59:20 PM
For all who are concerned about Koigu wool and babies - it machine washes and gets softer the more its washed.  I've made a couple of baby blankets out of Koigu - and they always end up being the baby's favorite blanket.  Am working on the BBBB right now - and although I'm sure substitutes work - the hand dyed yarn is just so beautiful - it seems worth the investment. 
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Any Noro Kureyon lovers out there? on: May 20, 2004 08:52:42 AM
I love love love the Simply Noro book.  I made the Kemp Bag with the little flower - substituted their silk ribbon yarn and a rowan mohair - and now i use it to carry my knitting.

Would highly recommend - their patterns are as beautiful as their yarns.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: favorite blanket pattern book/site on: May 20, 2004 08:36:38 AM
I just found a really pretty free pattern at:

www.HeartStringsFib erArts.com

It's a scallop stitch so it has a really pretty border. 

I don't have the direct link - but its called the Elegently Simple Baby Blanket -and its listed in the free pattern section.

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: little girl's poncho on: May 20, 2004 08:30:37 AM
The Yarn Co has a little girls poncho that is so cute.  I'm making one for my niece.  You get a free pattern when you buy the yarn from them. 

http://www.theyarnco.com/knit_display/216

Good luck!

10  COOKING / Dessert / Re: bananas? on: May 16, 2004 07:24:22 AM
if the bananas aren't too ripe - meaning - you can still slice them into pieces and they aren't mealy yet - banana pudding with nilla wafers is always amazing.  when i go to a party - i'll put it in an inexpensive trifle bowl - and then leave the bowl behind as a hostess gift.

banana pudding with nilla wafers

1 1/2 cups cold water
1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
2/3 cup instant vanilla pudding powder
3 cups heavy cream
one box nilla wafers
3-4 medium bananas sliced

on the low speed of an electric mixer, blend the water, milk, and pudding powder until thoroughly mixed, about 1 minute.  refrigerate for at least 4 hours (or overnight) until firm.

in a seperate bowl, whip the heavy cream until soft peaks form.  gently fold the pudding mixture into the whipped cream until well incorporated.

in a large bowl, starting with the wafers, make five to six layers with nilla wafers, sliced bananas, and then the pudding mixture, until all of the pudding mixture is gone.  end with the pudding and decorate with crushed wafers on top if desired.  refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving.
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