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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Loopy on: February 05, 2013 09:04:58 AM
I just finished knitting this scarf. I am so happy!

12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: so, apparently my potholder is a nazi supporter... on: February 05, 2013 09:00:46 AM
NEIN NEIN NEIN! I love the colors, and you made my day!
13  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: I'm a craftster not a chemist! on: February 05, 2013 08:55:36 AM
So sorry for that! I remember I wanted to do a scrap book for my husband one day and I spend my day with a Polaroid camera taking pictures of the place we meet and stuff and I decided to cut and well you know what happens when you cut a polaroid picture. Until this day, it still makes me sad.  Sad I was not able to give him a gift.
14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: this is your brain on fabric... dealing with our addictions on: February 05, 2013 08:49:59 AM
I've been doing that here lately. I think "Okay, what will I use this for and am I really going to be using it soon?" Most of the time the answer is no so whatever I'm looking at goes back on the shelf.
The only exception was after Halloween: I found an 8 yard bolt of black and white striped costume satin on sale at Walmart for 86/yard. I love stripes and I knew I probably would never find it that cheap again.
I have lots of yarn but it's all acrylic. Sadly, the nearest place with wool yarns is 60 miles away.
I want to start making plush dolls with some of the fabrics I have and sell them online and at a local flea market.

I love going to shops because you can feel the material you want to buy. Sometimes what I do is go to a shop see how much it cost and then see if I can get it on Ebay. You can find interesting stuff in there. Where I live I can contact some wool shops and in their websites you can order wool or any other supply that you need and they send it to your home. It has saved me sometimes of driving.
15  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Easy Teriyaki Chicken Recipe on: February 05, 2013 08:41:38 AM
It is! You can use ready made teriyaki sauce but it won't taste the same as when you do it!  Grin
16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: this is your brain on fabric... dealing with our addictions on: February 04, 2013 02:28:13 PM
Well, it is hard to restrain yourself and not buy the things that you want. I crochet and knit, so I have a yarn addiction. My problem is that I am really picky when it comes to wool and I want the best wool I can find. Once I spent more than I have to for wool. I think the best way to go is to really think if you need what you are going to buy, and have the guts to tell yourself NO! Even if your inner tells you BUT PLEAAASSEEEE!!! It is soooo cute and blah blah blah! Really think about it. Then you can graduate and maybe this can help. I save certain amount of money every month and say how much do I really want to spend? and what projects do I want to make and really after you buy the yarn or textile, really but I mean really use it and you are not allowed to buy more unless is really necessary (extremely necessary). This has helped me a lot.
17  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Easy Teriyaki Chicken Recipe on: February 04, 2013 02:08:40 PM
I found this recipe and I've done it for dinner. It is pretty easy and delicious.

INGREDIENTS

    3/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
    1/4 cup honey
    1 1/4 teaspoons peeled, grated fresh ginger (from about a 1-1/2-inch piece), grated on the small holes of a box grater
    1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
    Freshly ground black pepper
    1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
    2 medium scallions, thinly sliced

INSTRUCTIONS

    Bring the soy sauce and honey to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring often until the honey has completely dissolved, about 5 minutes. Add the ginger, stir to combine, remove from the heat, and set aside.
    If using chicken breasts, place them on a cutting board and cover with a sheet of plastic wrap. Use a meat mallet or a frying pan to gently pound them to a 1/2-inch thickness. Cut each in half so you have 4 pieces roughly the same size. (If using chicken thighs, no need to pound or cut.) Season both sides of the chicken with pepper.
    Heat the oil in a large frying pan over high heat until shimmering. Add the chicken in a single layer and cook without disturbing until browned, about 3 minutes. Flip and cook the second side until browned, about 3 minutes more.
    Reduce the heat to medium, slowly pour in the reserved sauce, and cook, flipping the chicken occasionally to coat in the sauce, until cooked through, about 3 minutes.
    Transfer the chicken from the pan, letting the excess sauce drip off, to a clean cutting board. Reduce the sauce in the pan over medium heat until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes more. Slice the chicken crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces. Place on a serving dish, top with the sauce, and sprinkle with the scallions.

18  EUROPE / GERMANY / Hello! on: February 04, 2013 09:46:00 AM
Hallo!
How are you? I hope everyone is doing great! I recently found about Craftster, and I am so exited that there is a group for Germany. I learned how to knit and crochet 2 years ago while I was learning German. I am from El Salvador, Central America and my husband is German. I go to Berlin and Nrnberg often and I live in Bayreuth. My question is, is there any monthly meetings in Germany? Like, to meet up with other craft colleagues and share your projects, crochet or knit together and drink a cup of coffee or tea?
It will be really cool if there is something like that, I have been looking for people to share the same interest in crafting, but I haven't found nothing like that. Does anyone have an idea if there are some meetings like that?

I hope I don't bother, and I wish all a beautiful day!
19  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: All The Totoros! PDF patterns attached on: February 02, 2013 02:46:15 PM
 Grin They look so cute! I want to create a totoro, I just have a question what type of yarn have you used?
20  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Rainbow Butie Monster on: February 02, 2013 02:42:07 PM
It looks cuddly! I will make one for my niece.
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