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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Ruffly Party Skirt on: January 22, 2010 03:06:49 AM
I love it!  This looks like a really versatile design, and quite simple as well.  (The last is key for me since I'm quite lazy when it comes to sewing.)  I've been trying to think about how to recon an old skirt I took out of my mum's stash: this might be just the ticket!

Thanks for the tutorial!
12  U.K. AND IRELAND / SCOTLAND / Re: Any craftsters out there in Edinburgh???? on: January 20, 2010 02:36:12 AM
My friend helps organise a knitting night at Sofi's bar in Leith.  I went for the first time yesterday and am planning on going again next week - it's a great atmosphere, just a bunch of lovely people with their projects looking for a chat and a nice cup of hot choc! I may even bring some sewing with me next time...

If anyone is interested in coming I believe it's 7:30 PM every Tuesday, in the back room.
13  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: how do you make mushrooms appetizing? on: January 18, 2010 03:35:23 AM
I'm with ryeblossom - I think white button mushrooms are disgusting!  I don't like the texture or flavour of them as much as other kinds.  I would suggest shitake, but I suppose it's mostly a matter of opinion.  They don't have that traditional mushroom flavour, so they're very palatable.  My sister hates mushrooms and shitake are the only kind she will eat!

My favourite way to prepare them is to saute them lightly with a little bit balsamic vinegar or red wine.  It helps to balance the flavour and make them slightly less...mushroomy!  Soy sauce also works well.
14  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / EUROPE / UK or EU-based online crafty/indie/vintage shops? on: January 01, 2010 08:44:35 AM
[x-posted to the UK board]

Hey all!

I live in Scotland and am looking for good online shops.  I'd gotten so spoiled living in the US with websites like the Modish shop and Cut+Paste, and now I can't seem to find anything other than Etsy or Ebay!  I'm looking for stores that sell independent designers or vintage stuff, or craft supplies like vintage fabric and notions.  Can anyone give me some good recommendations?  I've gotten some things shipped from the US but the customs charges are killing me!
15  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / U.K. AND IRELAND / UK or EU-based online crafty/indie/vintage shops? on: January 01, 2010 08:43:45 AM
[x-posted to the EU board]

Hey all!

I live in Scotland and am looking for good online shops.  I'd gotten so spoiled living in the US with websites like the Modish shop and Cut+Paste, and now I can't seem to find anything other than Etsy or Ebay!  I'm looking for stores that sell independent designers or vintage stuff, or craft supplies like vintage fabric and notions.  Can anyone give me some good recommendations?  I've gotten some things shipped from the US but the customs charges are killing me!
16  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: How to keep my cheesecake from sticking to the tin? on: December 06, 2009 07:48:14 AM
Hmm, sounds like paper is the way forward, thanks ladies!
17  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / How to keep my cheesecake from sticking to the tin? on: November 25, 2009 03:14:01 AM
Hello citizens of Craftsterland!

Today I turn to you for advice on how to keep my cheesecake from solidifying itself to the tin.  I've made baked cheesecakes a few times now and every time the crust refuses to come out of the tin.  I use a round springform pan and usually butter the bottom before I start.  The base has a slightly puckered texture which I think is supposed to help keep it nonstick, although it obviously isn't working in this case.  (Not sure if that should make any difference...but I just thought I'd mention it!)

Any words of wisdom?
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pop art inspired high waisted skirt on: November 08, 2009 06:27:29 PM
I love the colours and your design - it really is like wearable art!
19  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitter trying out crochet, newbie questions! on: April 05, 2009 07:03:42 PM
Thanks to everyone for being so helpful in answering all my questions!
20  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Knitter trying out crochet, newbie questions! on: March 20, 2009 04:45:01 AM
(I tried searching for the answers before posting and couldn't find anything really useful...if somebody has already posted this then I apologize!)

Hello!  I am just starting to learn how to crochet, but I'm an experienced knitter.  When switching over, I have found some things kind of puzzling, so of course I thought of all you craftsters to help me out.  I've been working on the Headphone Whale by Roman Sock (http://littlegreen.typepad.com/romansock/).  I don't seem to have any problems so far, but I've been having a hell of a time keeping track of where I am in the pattern.  Usually if I was knitting in the round, I'd use a stitch marker to keep track of where I was.  But in crochet, there's no needle, so nothing to put the marker on.  I've just been counting my stitches as I go, but surely there is an easier way to do this?

Also, I was wondering if anyone could recommend some resources specifically aimed at knitters-learning-to-crochet?  I've been a bit frustrated because I'm used to doing quite complicated projects and so many of the beginning crochet projects seem a bit lame.  I have enough scarves already!

I'm also used to nice online mags and helpful sites like Knitty or KnittingHelp.com.  Are there crochet equivalents to these things?  Where do all the cool crochet kids hang out?  Enquiring minds want to know!
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