Well ... maybe not a cookbook, but I recommend Vegetarian Times (http://www.vegetariantimes.com). They have a mix of recipes from the simple pantry-based to the specialty store types.
Plus, you'll also find good info on green-living and environmental issues, etc. The annual sub is around $20, but I might still have an email for a $9.99 annual sub if you're interested. Email me if you'd like it.
I also like the Passionate Vegetarian by Crescent Dragonwagon http://www.passionatevegetarian.com/. HUGE cookbook but no pictures. However, I like the educational side of things, plus variety between your quick-n-easy and more gourmet. Plus, it has the BEST chocolate cake recipe ... and it's vegan.
My first go-round I had 16, even with the 202 fdn chain. So, second go-round was 18 after more careful counting. It might just be a goofy fdn chain ... mine kept twisting so I guessed on some stitches.
One thing I noticed ... the pattern from nexstitch.com says the width is 47-48 inches, and it's stated much longer in the SnB book. Can't figure that one out.
Check your gauge. If it seems to be coming out alright, just keep moving along. I just finished mine (minus fringe yet), and it can really cruise along in the last half when you have the pattern down (and I was confused at first).
You could do personalized note cards for the girls on your floor. Get a pack of cover stock paper, some plain envelopes (or make your own if you're up to it) and make up a few on your computer/printer. Gift with a nice pen or funky pencil, and magnets.
OR ... another option with the cardstock, picture frames (which could double as holiday cards). If you know anyone with scrapbooking gear, maybe you can use the stencil cutters for openings. Decorate, put magnets on the back. Again, gift with something else like your food goodies.
Speaking of food goodies ... puppy chow would be a super hit! The easiest think I could think of for multiple gifts are your food goodies and little giftie items (like your magnets) in a decorated lunch-size paper sack. Something with a little ribbon and a gift tag.
And, for boyfriend ... silly putty, slinky, jelly bellies ... a collage of your pics together
roomie ... a collection of music you create
if you sew & have the time ... fleece socks, hats or mufflers. I made fleece socks one year for Xmas and they were a hit. I just used a pattern I bought.
I can't speak about the pattern with any experience. But, I'm assuming this is done in the round.
I've had that problem when working on items in the round, where the 'seam' walks. I have a chunky socks pattern where I think I lose track of the turning chain and stitch into it, so the start for the next row shifts. I don't know ... just a thought ...
I checked my gauge. That looked right. Then, I counted the fdn. From what I could tell, I was short. I didn't count each stitch, but counted four for each space and one each for each shell & sc. So, that added up to 160.
So, I frogged the two rows. As I frogged the fdn, I counted and looks like I had the 202 I needed. So, how did I get the 16 instead of 20 shells. I was going to go ahead with it, but decided I should try & get it right.
I'm pretty sure I followed the directions to a T ... basically, the pattern is skip 4, make the shell pattern stitch in the 5th stitch, skip next 4 then sc in 5th stitch and repeat. That's right, isn't it?
Well, I'm thoroughly confused ... any suggestions on where I may have goofed?
My only thought is that my fdn was squirelly & I skipped more than 4 each time - doing the math, I would've used an extra 2.5 stitches for each shell - you should have 10 stitches per shell for 20 shells. Right?
I started on this bag this summer (but haven't returned to it). I was using a worsted weight wool, but I think I was working it up smaller.
Umm ... make some swatches and see how your gauge works out. And, I'm thinking the bag works top to bottom to top? I don't have the book in front of me so I could be wrong, and I didn't get past 20 rows (I think).
I just started on the Sweet Pea Shawl this morning. I have up to Row2 complete. Not a difficult pattern, really, but one you do have to pay attention! So far so good, even though it had me scratching my head for a bit as I was starting on Row1 & trying to following the directions properly.
Anyway, by the end of Row1, I only had 16 shells instead of 20? I guess it's possible my fdn was short; I didn't go back and count. I'm using TLC Cotton and size I hook. My assumption is that my fdn count is off because that should have little to do with gauge (??), but I'm wondering if anyone else has done this?
LRS is right. Pricing and getting paid what you're worth is a tough one. It's also a mistake to undercut yourself and not get paid for your time, your creativity, your jewelry and the appeal.
Figure out a price range and find the market that will pay that. You'll have to do your research to figure out the whens & wheres.
Oh, and if you haven't already, get your resale/tax license so you can buy at discounted and more wholesale prices.
I've been selling for a year and have done it all backwards. Plus, I didn't do my research and just have expected things to "work out." Not the case because here I am having to start from the beginning.