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1  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re:How it All Vegan and other cookbooks on: April 12, 2004 05:58:58 PM
oh my gosh, i didn't know there was a new millennium cookbook! i have the first one and it's AWESOME.  some of the stuff is really complex, some more basic, but it is all delicious and enjoyed by both vegans and non-veggies.  some favorites are the tempeh piccata, garlic mashed potatoes, the stacked eggplant dish, and the salads.

if you are every in san francisco and have some $$$ to spend go to the restaunt. it's so good.  worth saving up for.

if you like fancy vegan cookbooks, you might want to check out "the voluptuous vegan".  i got it for christmas, it's similar in complexity to millennium, very haute cuisine.  i actually haven't cooked anything from it yet but when i feel up to a challenge, i will.

i also love how it all vegan and the garden of vegan.  yummy.  and i made some of the bath stuff in the crafty sections that turned out well!  

a good mix between fancy and everyday is "fresh and fast vegan pleasures".  this book doesn't do any faux meat or dairy recipes, and the results are very chic, as opposed to the more common hippy or punk vibe in a lot of veggie cookbooks.  a vibe which i personally love, but it sucks when all your cookbooks seem to have the same recipes.    i particularly like the various tartlets, pastas, and risottos.  

anyone need more recommendations? i have soooo many cookbooks!  
2  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re:yet another skully question! on: April 12, 2004 10:43:15 AM
i'm working on the skully sweater too, on the sleeves now, yay!

the part about the neckline confused me at first, too, but the trick is that the pattern considers each shoulder a separate row.  so bind off 2 whenever you are starting a row from the neck opening working towards the armhole, which will be every 2 rows.  the fact that you turn the work means you do this on alternating shoulders.

um, was that at all clear?  here is a pathetic little diagram.

    your sweater from the knit side:

            Bind off 2 here                  Knit all of this side
      VVVVVVVV                       VVVVVVVV
      VVVVVVVV___________ VVVVVVVV
         
          Left            Neck               Right Shoulder
       Shoulder

   
     your sweater from the purl side:

            Bind off 2 Here            Purl all of these
       ~~~~~~                       ~~~~~~~
       ~~~~~~                       ~~~~~~~
       ~~~~~~___________ ~~~~~~~

       Right
    Shoulder          Neck            Left Shoulder

okay, i hoped that helps and didn't just make everything worse!
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re:Flax Powder on: April 10, 2004 06:30:21 PM
ps - whole or ground flax seeds make yummy additions to smoothies, so if you have leftovers after making your recipe, that's a good use!  i'm drinking a strawberry/banana/soy milk/peanut butter/flax seed smoothie right now and it's delicious!  
4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re:Flax Powder on: April 08, 2004 11:56:45 AM
i am pretty sure that would be the same thing...the reason it was in a opaque bag is because i believe flax seed meal will go rancid if exposed to too much light.

i've never seen the meal, just whole flax seeds, so whenever i need powder i just grind up some seeds in my blender or mini food processor, and my "homemade" powder works just fine!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Denise Interchangeables on: April 07, 2004 09:24:28 PM
unless you start getting into 4 or 5 pairs of the same needle size, i say keep your needles!  you never know when you'll need to do a 3-needle bind off or knit a small item in the round with 2 circulars cause you don't have the dpns in the right size...

...just an opinion from the queen of pat rack justification!  

....erm, i meant i'm a pack rat ...
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:knitting questions on: April 06, 2004 08:06:01 PM
i third what everyone else says!  garter stitch scarves get boring, but are good for watching tv or riding the bus and spacing out.  and if you make them out of complicated yarn they can get challenging...i'm making one out of eyelash, chenille, and sequins that my mom sent me...it's been hard to keep everything untangled.

learning new techniques, using visually and tactile-y exciting yarns , doing small projects, and having several ongoing projects to choose between all keep me really into knitting!

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re:Embroidered X-Rated porno Panties on: April 06, 2004 07:57:01 PM
oooh, great job!  love the image and the work!  

i find embroidering on stretchy stuff to be hard.  did you stretch out the material in a hoop, or stitch on it unstretched?
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re:mohair bunny on: April 05, 2004 02:16:26 PM
oh good, i'm glad everyone agrees that adults need cuddly friends, too!  i think i'll probably have some pink and black mohair left over from some tops i'm making...if i ever finish those sweaters, i'll make a bunny!

i think polarspun would be great for any plush toy, you could use one of the varigated colors to make a sort of tie-dyed psychedelic bunny...or the ever classic white rabbit, ala alice in wonderland.

that's so cool you're going to a women's hockey championship game, starlings!  women's sports rock!  have fun!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re:mohair bunny on: April 05, 2004 12:50:57 PM
so super cute! i bet it's all nice and cuddly!  would it be lame to make one for myself as an adult?

i think it's cute the way it is, but if you wanted a tail you could always make a pompom with the mohair yarn...i think that might be softer than a wad of stuffing.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:SPRING KNITTY IS ALIVE!!! on: April 03, 2004 08:15:22 PM
i totally agree with the "no crop tops" sentiment...i don't like any tops to be shorter than about 22" ...or longer than about 26"...i guess i'm really picky!

 but the good thing about most patterns is that it's easy to make them longer, especially if there isn't waist shaping!

my favorite from this issue is the "jewelled" tank...i love mohair...and deep v-necks...but i plan on spicing it up with grommets, studs, and chains instead of beads or crystals.

i have to agree that this issue was maybe just a smidge on the bland side...do you think it was because there was so little in the way of texture and color, and the focus was more on shape/construction?  there are still plenty of things i want to make, so i'm not too worried.  Smiley
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