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1  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Vegetarian/Vegan potluck ideas on: April 09, 2008 11:04:10 AM
So there is a big vegetarian/vegan potluck festival coming up Sunday at my school. I am a vegetarian, but am strapped for ideas on what to bring. It will take place outdoors on a warm day without electricity for several hours, so the food has to still taste fine after sitting out for a while (so no fried tofu or anything).

Also, I am a student on an extremely tight budget (saving for a trip to Europe this summer) so it has to be cheapcheapcheap. I do have access to all kinds of cookware, most spices, common baking ingredients, and I have a lot of experience baking/cooking so complexity is no problem.

So post your favorite cheap potluck recipes, savory or sweet!
It will be much appreciated!
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Christmas Cooking in a Dorm-easy goodie recipes on: November 26, 2007 09:43:04 PM
I posted this under cooking as well because I was unsure which board would be more appropriate.

So as small gifts for all my friends, I want to make a small assortment of candy and baked goods to tie up in pretty clear plastic bags.

Unfortunately, since i live in a dorm and live in a meal plan, I don't have food staples such as flour and sugar on hand and since I'm on an extremely tight budget I don't want to go buy 10+ ingredients to make these gifts.

So here is where you wonderful cooks come in! I need ideas for holiday bakes that are relatively cheap and use few ingredients, ie peppermint bark.
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Christmas Cooking in a Dorm on: November 26, 2007 09:40:28 PM
So as small gifts for all my friends, I want to make a small assortment of candy and baked goods to tie up in pretty clear plastic bags.

Unfortunately, since i live in a dorm and live in a meal plan, I don't have food staples such as flour and sugar on hand and since I'm on an extremely tight budget I don't want to go buy 10+ ingredients to make these gifts.

So here is where you wonderful cooks come in! I need ideas for holiday bakes that are relatively cheap and use few ingredients, ie peppermint bark.
4  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / RIT dye on stretch Jeans? on: February 05, 2007 06:38:40 PM
I hope this is the right place for this question. If not please direct me elsewhere!

So I have this pair of skinny blue stretch jeans that are 96% cotton and 4% spandex. I like the fit a lot, but they are dark blue and I no longer like the color.

I've been wanting blackblack skinny jeans for a while so it makes sense that I should just dye my blue jeans black.

Is this possible? Would I just use regular RIT fabric to get them black?

Thanks!
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Yarn porn: Green-Eyed Monster and some starry madness! on: August 08, 2006 02:54:54 PM
I've been spinning like crazy and am so proud of my creations!

The first is called Green-Eyed monster and is a wonderfully colored two-ply.





The second is called I'm Glad I Hitched My Apple Wagon to your Star and is inspired by the Boy Least Likely To song. The best part about this yarn is I spun it up with some shiny gold nylon fibers I got from HelloYarn.com, but I can't for the life of me get the sparkly fiber to show up in the pictures. Do any of you wonderful fiber photographers have any tricks?

Here are sparkle-less photos:





Action shot! whoooshhhh




and thank you to all your wonderful spinners on craftster, new and experienced, who inspire me so much! There is so much creatvity here!
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / choosing a spinning wheel for a dorm room on: June 11, 2006 08:54:41 PM
I always said I would never get a wheel because I would have nowhere to put it in my dorm room this fall, but today I went to my first fiber gathering and one woman let me borrow her spinning wheel for an hour and I LOVED it. Spinning on a wheel is so much faster and fascinating than a drop spindle.

So now I am curious on whether I can get a wheel that will not crowd the dorm room. I can take it outside to spin and whatnot, I just need it to not take up space when not in use (though it would be real nice for it to take up little enough space for use in the room). And I want something nice and versatile enough that I can spin different yarns on it often, but of course not too expensive. I don't care at all about appearance.

Also, I know one good way of choosing a wheel is by testing others, but I have no way to do that! The next fiber festival anywhere nearby is almost a year from now and there certainly aren't any stores to buy them from. I'd have to decide and order online

You are a knowledgable group, does anyone have some advice?
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday / June 09, 2006 on: June 09, 2006 08:16:21 AM
I am shocked, I see no fiber friday for today yet! So here we go!

I was busy with exams and whatnot before graduation this week, so all i got done was this, but I am satisfied with it!

Presenting: Strawberry with a dash of kiwi



and here is the action shot:



Now I want to see what the rest of you are up to!
8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / second real try(s) at spinning! on: May 17, 2006 05:13:11 PM
I'm getting addicted!

Strawberry Shortcake Tours the Milk Farm


Frankenstein Goes Trick-or-Treating


The Emperor Gets New Robes
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / First spun yarn!!! on: May 02, 2006 01:53:18 PM
Well not really, I spun a few yards of some lumpy yarn  I received for free for a test drive, but then I pulled out the free brown wool I had received from the site on the mill ends topic and spun away!



I am so proud! It turned out much better than I expected, and I must sing many praises to http://www.dettasspindle.com/ for my wonderful beginner's spindle. She was so helpful throughout the whole transaction! I may dye this bit of yarn with kool-aid to get a more interesting color (i love knitting with colors!) but am undecided as I really like it as it is.

I can't wait to spin more!

I am curious as to what most of you spinners usually do with the two ends of the skein? I had them tied together when I hung them to dry, but do you usually leave them loose or tied up?
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / knitted purse help! on: March 27, 2006 06:10:57 PM
A friend of mine requested a purse, and as I love knitting things for other people I jumped right on it!
I was in the knitting store looking for some good alpaca sock yarn for my first sock project and I came upon a shade of Plymouth Encore Colorspun that was PERFECT for her! Sadly, though, I wanted to make a felted purse and this yarn is 75% acrylics and 25% wool. But I had to buy it anyways! So I went again and got two skeins.
BUT! Now I have a problem! I want to knit her a simple cute purse, sans cables and whatnot to show off the great yarn, but as I am still somewhat of a beginner and have only attemped a purse once before (and it didn't come out near as neat as I expected), I need a pattern to follow for this one! All simple purse patterns I have found over the past week require felting!

So does anyone know of a nice pattern for a simple unfelted purse sans cables and whatnot?
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