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31  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Frosted Glass: Chinese, Osprey, & Schroedinger's cat! (IMG HEAVY) on: February 25, 2006 07:24:12 PM
Here are a few projects I've done this winter.  I got the idea from this old craftster thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=17742.0  I'd love your feedback!

First, I made a set of 4 beer steins for my boyfriend for Hannukah. Schroedinger's Cat escapes!

Mugs 1 & 2 (with hibiscus tea):


Mug 3 (with cran-apple juice)
[we do drink beer in these, honest]


Mug 4, front & back (Red Hook ESB):
[See?]


[the frosting looks uneven because the mug was damp when the picture was taken]


And then in January I did this glass for a the firefly/serenity swap.  It says "serenity" in Chinese and is taken from the movie logo:



And finally, for my nephew's 10th birthday, my nephew the avid birder and Seahawks fan, a blue glass with an osprey (a seahawk, basically) on one side and his initials on the other:

[sorry these are so hard to see--the crumpled paper wasn't a good idea]


I cut the designs out of contact paper with an exacto knife and used Armour Etch etching cream. 

This is really, really fun. 

Still wondering if I kill all the little fishies every time I rinse the etching cream down the drain.....
32  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Bi-color cables cardigan? on: February 22, 2006 09:00:39 AM
Has anyone tried the Bi-color cables cardigan in Interweave Knits from this winter?  I love how it looks in the magazine, but am wondering how it knits up.  Has anyone else considered it?

I've never done any cables (and would certainly do a hat or scarf or something before trying this)--are these cables as tricky as they look? 

I'm also wondering if it would be flattering or not--I'm kind of pear-shaped, and though I actually knid of like my butt, I am really hippy, and tend to avoid things that point directly at my hips.  I'm afraid this one might do just that.

Anyway, I'm just really curious if anyone's had any experience with this pattern!

Thanks!!
33  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Homemade Veggie Broth, Croutons--Re-use & Recycle! on: February 11, 2006 07:54:50 AM
Just thought I'd share something I've been doing a long time.  All those vegetable scraps left over from chopping and the slightly wilty old veggies in the fridge you don't want in your salad can be reborn as yummy delicious veggie broth.  And bread that gets a little stale (but not moldy!)=>croutons!

The trick is to keep a couple of ziploc bags in your freezer, one for vegetable scraps and one for bits of bread, and add to them gradually.  (Don't put in broccoli, cabbage and other brassicas.  DO add celery, onions, potato peels, mushroom stems.  The rest is your call.)  Once you have a bag or two full, make a batch of the broth or the bread.

Making vegetable broth is about as easy as boiling water (if a little more time consuming).   For more flavor, add some herbs you like and some whole peppercorns (though it's amazing how delicious just the veggies alone smell).  Simmer on low for a few hours (say, from dinner time to bedtime), let it cool overnight, and in the morning, strain, pour into containers and freeze.

And for croutons, just toss them with some concoction of melted butter, olive oil, herbs and peppers.  And probably salt.  Then toast them slowly on cookie sheets at about 250oF for an hour or two.  Let them cool, then store airtight.  



Hope this is helpful to someone!
34  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Postmodern legwarmers! on: February 01, 2006 10:03:06 AM
I haven't seen much of this pattern on line, so I thought I'd post the pair I made for my sister for Christmas:



This is Stephanie Japel's pattern on knitty: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEspring03/PATTlegwarmers.html

My sister loves them.  And so do I, actually.  Think I'll make a pair for myself. 

I used Schoeller Stahl Merino Stretch in, oh, merlot or something like that, bought cheaply at elann.com.  And I had to double-strand it to get an approximation of the gauge. 

Hope you like them, and hope people make more of them!

P.S. More recent FOs on my blog: child's guernsey, easy lace shawl, etc.
35  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Baby kimono sweater finished! on: January 19, 2006 03:35:55 PM
This took a lot longer than I thought it would (garter stitch--so many rows, so few inches), but it's finally done, just a leeetle late for Christmas.  This is for my nephew who's 4 mos. old.

Front:


Back:


The pattern was the kimono sweater in Debbie Bliss: Baby Style.  It was so gosh-darn cute I just had to buy the book.  It was quite easy and straightforward.  The yarn was Merino Style from Knitpicks.com, in strawberry & crocus.  The number of skeins recommended by knitpicks & debbie bliss was wrong, though--you need 3 of each color, not 2, for the 6-9 mos size.  (As you can see, I ran out of yellow)

I wonder how it will wear?  I wonder if it should be longer?  Anyhow--fun!  Hope  you like it!

36  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Finished "Cozy" shawl from Knitty on: November 07, 2005 07:45:38 PM
Finally finished this!  Even though it was really frustrating to learn the lace pattern--kept having to rip out rows, over and over and over again because of stupid mistakes--somehow I really loved knitting it.  I think it may have been the yarn (Andean Silk from knitpicks.com, cornflower)--so soft and pretty.  The pattern is here: http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall04/PATTcozy.html

This is to be a present for my Grandma, who's now 101.  She taught me to knit years ago and I've never actually knitted anything for her (I've only been knitting seriously for a couple years), so I wanted to be sure I made her at least one nice thing.

Here it is.  I added a knit-purl-knit border along the sides.


And here's the lace pattern up close--it's totally not this color:


And modeled!  It's about 58 inches long--I used 8 skeins.


I love this lace pattern & I'm definitely going to use it again in something--especially after it took me so long to learn!

Hope you like it.  Thanks for looking!
37  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Question on yarn for Knitty's Tie-One-On on: September 14, 2005 11:30:54 AM
Has anyone tried substituting yarn for this pattern?

So I'd like to do the mellow version of Tie-One-On <http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring05/PATTtieoneon.html> for my step-grandma but the yarn she recommends is quite expensive, ~$12/skein.  I can't afford to buy full-price yarns, and get stuff from elann.com, knitpicks.com, and occasionally joann, and that's about it. 

So I want to substitute something, but it's hard to figure out what will work for this one.  The Stacy Charles Ritratto recommended appears to be a fuzzy mohair blend, and it seems to be pretty lightweight, maybe a DK weight? But the gauge is large--12st to 4"--and yet the needles are only #8.  I'm not sure if I should find a bulky yarn to match the gauge or a lightweight yarn that seems similar to the recommended and hope for the best for the gauge.  Also not sure if I could just leave out the ribbon yarn. 

Any ideas?  Thanks!!
38  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Trogdor napkin ring! on: September 08, 2005 09:41:05 AM
I made some napkin rings out of Sculpey last week.

The best idea was Trogdor. (If you're not familiar with this man--I mean dragon-man--I mean, he was just a dragon--see here: http://homestarrunner.com/sbemail58.html)  I didn't get all the details quite right--got the consummate v's, but not the majesty--so consider it an *interpretation*. 



Also made some less exciting rings (my boyfriend made the pepper one):



The idea is that we like to use cloth napkins for a few days at a time (until they get dirty)--being all ecological and all--and so the napkin rings keep them tidy between meals.  And then we decided to make them hangable on hooks to keep them out of the way:



Any ideas for more designs?  Kind of lost inspiration after Trogdor. 

39  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / DKNY/Gap handkerchief blouse on: June 06, 2005 08:54:19 AM
I just saw a blouse like this DKNY one at the Gap and thought, someone on craftster could make this in about 15 minutes!  Somebody should!  (I might even do it, though no immediate plans.)  DKNY price: $225; Gap price: $30.  You: 2 thrift store hankies for <$1 each + 15 minutes sewing 4 obvious seams. 

http://www.eluxury.com/browse/product_detail.jhtml?styleid=10788970&SectionID=5000
(The one at the Gap is made of smaller hankies--maybe waist-length--& not silk)

Just thought I'd note the opportunity.

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