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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: baby e - a noro entrelac scarf on: January 05, 2007 01:17:04 PM
so i loved this scarf so much that i already started one. but i have a problem. i don't understand under 'pass 1' where to pick up the 'X' stitches? you didn't happen to take pictures during the process did you?
12  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / weird cookie cutters? on: November 28, 2006 10:25:04 AM
i was wondering if anyone knew of anyplace that sells 'strange' cookie cutters. specifically i am looking for cookie cutters in the shape of human anatomy (like hearts and brains). i want to make some cookies for my med student boyfriend.
i found this site, www.foosecookiecutters.com, which is awesome (they have sewing themed cookie cutters!) but they do not have what i am looking for.

OR, does anyone know how to make cookie cutters? what supplies would you need?

thanks!
13  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Sampson's cool guy shirt on: November 16, 2006 08:58:33 AM
oh my word, that is sooooo awesome and adorable.

have you ever seen the show Sifl and Olly? Well, your cool guy reminds me of Chester:
14  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Looking for cookie recipes 1 from each state 50 recipes. on: November 14, 2006 07:24:42 AM
ooh, i don't think there is an NC listed yet! I don't think my home state has an official cookie, but I found this recipe for a cookie that involves our state vegetable, the sweet potato! and it also has pecans, and there are tons of pecan trees all over NC. this is from the website http://southernfood.about.com/od/sweetpotatodess/r/bl91112a.htm

Sweet Potato-Pecan Cookies
From Diana Rattray,
Your Guide to Southern U.S. Cuisine.

Sweet potato cookies with pecans, butter, and an optional orange glaze.

INGREDIENTS:
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
4 ounces unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 large egg, room temperature
1 cup well-mashed or pureed sweet potatoes
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 tsp finely grated orange rind
1/2 cup chopped pecans
.
Optional Glaze
1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons orange juice
PREPARATION:
Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg into a bowl; set aside. In another bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Beat in the egg, sweet potato, vanilla, and orange rind. Gradually beat in dry ingredients. Stir in pecans.
Drop batter by teaspoonfuls onto lightly buttered cookie sheets, leaving about 1 1/2 inches between them. Bake in a preheated 400 oven for 12 to 15 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool on racks and store in an airtight container.

If desired glaze with a mixture of 1 cup confectioners' sugar and 2 tablespoons orange juice (or enought to make a thin glaze consistency) while cookies are still warm.
Makes about 3 dozen.

15  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Razor cami knitalong? on: October 18, 2006 09:22:01 AM
i'm starting this tonight at my knitting group...so excited.

i'm using microspun in the hot pink color (yeah, it's really flashy, but i wanted to get the yarn yesterday and didn't like any of the colors in the store but this one. they had black but i have so many black camis).

i'm a size 38" bust, does that mean i should add 24 stitches?

16  UNITED STATES / Massachusetts / Re: Melrose/ Malden and other Slightly-North of Boston Crafter: Want to Meet? on: October 18, 2006 09:01:43 AM
hey, i live in malden and am interested. i do lots of things too, but mostly knit and embroidery.

i'm going to start going to the Spark Craft Studio's Wednesday night Stitch n' Bitch, but I'm also up for have a group more local.

i wonder if there are others on here?
17  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Clapotis from Knitty on: October 11, 2006 11:27:16 AM
thanks for all the commiseration and advice! I promise I won't iron it, I was pretty sure it would melt, so I thought I'd ask first.
Here's the finished project (haven't weaved in ends yet) in Simply Soft (greyer than in photo):


Here is what I was talking about the squiggles. I guess there is nothing I can do about it, but as you can see they are different from the squiggles on the rest of my scarf:

Not a huge deal, I'm just not really sure how it happened. Now that I've sat with it a few days I'm less sullen and once I weave in the ends I'll take it out on the town.
18  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Clapotis from Knitty on: October 09, 2006 06:33:44 PM
mine's done, but it kind of makes me want to cry. it was very anti-climactic after so many hours of work, and it didn't even turn out too well.

i think the problem is that i used Caron Simply Soft in grey (way too boring for such a great pattern) and i used size 8 needles. I should have gone with a variegated yarn like most of you did, or at least a yarn i could block.

it has crazy squiggles in some of the dropped rows, is there any way to iron acrylic? : (

and this was just my own stupid not-paying-attention, but there are quite a few twisted stitches so it just looks sloppy. ew.

anyway, i had to start a new lace scarf that knits up quick and in a great color right away so that i wouldn't cry when i finished it.

but everyone else's is awesome and i look forward to using a more beautious yarn when i get some cash!
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: yarn weight for knitty's "Broad Street Mittens"? on: October 02, 2006 10:11:01 AM
woolease, thanks so much for the suggestion! i thought it'd be ok to use worsted weight, but i'm really bad at yarn substitutions.

i'm making them for my boyfriend so hopefully i won't have to frog it a whole bunch of times to get the fit right.

thanks for the replies.
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / yarn weight for knitty's "Broad Street Mittens"? on: October 01, 2006 06:23:11 PM
hey all. for those who have made Knitty's Broad Street Mittens or who can read a pattern better than I can, what weight of yarn does the original pattern call for? This is what it says:

 "Approximately 300-350 yds of sock-weight wool. Merino is nice.
 5 US#2/2.75mm double pointed needles
 5 US#3/3.25mm dpns
 yarn needle

Editor's note: Janis spun the yarn for this project herself. She suggests 6-ply Regia as an alternate. It and other options can be obtained at Patternworks."

I have not made socks, but through deduction I figured out the sock weight is usually Fingering weight or 1 ply. Am I right?

However, the suggested yarn (which I couldn't find at Patternworks. must be and old link) says it is 6-ply which I believe is extremely bulky.

Anyone have any hints? I know I still have to do a guage swatch, but being as I've never made gloves before I'd like to stay as close to the original pattern as possible. (I'm aware there were errors to the pattern, I'm on the lookout for those).

Thanks for any help!
Steph

ETA: I looked on other threads about these same mittens, but I couldn't figure out what yarns they used and wasn't sure they'd get checked because they were from last year.
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