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1  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Zimmerman KAL?? on: April 19, 2008 03:52:53 PM
zimmermaniacs is taking their precious time letting people join.

just started my first fbs and first ez project! so easy so far but i'm not feeling so confident. worsted is really ok for this? i'm using 7's (4.5mm) instead of 5's cause that's what i picked up first and there isn't THAT big of a difference? right? plus the recipients are twins being born in sept in the southern hemisphere so being on the slightly bigger side should work to my advantage. man, i'm totally overthinking this. i think that's why i'm blocked and procrastinating.
question.
do i work 4.5 of the gull pattern or 4.5 total? cause i'm at 4 now and only have 4 rows of gull done.

also, everyone seems to improvise on the buttons. do you guys find that it lays nicely regardless of where you put the things?

thanks in advance!

oh, everyone's projects look great. i love how people take this pattern and run with it. i think ez would be thrilled!
2  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Interweave Knits Bonsai Tunic on: April 15, 2008 06:53:40 PM
i did it and it was wonderful. i loved knitting this and bought yarn to make two more! i totally recommend this pattern to everyone. even if you are a beginner! it was a challenge but so satisfying! i'll post a pic as soon as i can!

3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: eco-craftalong on: April 02, 2008 06:44:25 PM
i don't know if it is a fact, but my dad did it to some mice when i was a kid and they DID die and i saw them and have been scarred for life!
4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dollar store beauty loot!!!!! on: March 31, 2008 05:47:01 PM
i used to use eggs on my hair all the time, if you use the whole egg only use COOL or COLD WATER! it will cook in your hair and be very difficult to get out. flat beer works well too, but that's not dollar store!
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: eco-craftalong on: March 31, 2008 05:44:26 PM
april is gardening? yippee! i started early then!
i finally planted a veggie garden (finally bought and not renting!) this weekend i started my bell peppers, basil and some ornamentals in recycled paper egg cartons. also, the compost heap we started last year is really paying off. i highly recommend it if you are able.

vegans will kill me, but i've put small chunks of irish spring soap at the foot of my plants to keep the deer away. it's a lot nicer than the sprays and chemicals too keep them away. apparently the tallow in the soap repels them. fishing line is working alright too. one deer hit it and ejected a whole lot of hair! you have to be pretty freaked out to do that!

anybody have nice, clean, 'green' ideas for snails? i don't like to kill them, but they are kill my food!
6  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Interweave Knits Bonsai Tunic on: February 12, 2008 04:21:58 PM
ok, after almost a year of really wanting to knit this, here goes!

i, too, am using sonata in some green color. i forget. unfortunately i'm knitting for my sister in law and its a surprise, so gauge will be an educated guess. i'm hoping i'll get a random phone call saying she hates green so i can keep it for myself. i think a few more months at the gym will help it look good on me.

anyone else not too distracted by other projects care to embark?

by the way, i had never ordered from elann and was afraid it was all novelty yarn upon first glance, but let me tell you people, i got a HUGE box yesterday with amazing yarn for 7 different projects for under $100, including yarn for a sweater for DH.

i am an elann convert. i love all of this stuff. maybe i should start an elann fan post.

7  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Dark Mark Illusion Scarf KAL?? on: February 01, 2008 06:48:59 PM
i did it! i used brown sheep lamb's pride worsted in kiwi and charcoal. i needed 2 skeins of each color, however if i made the middle part 46 or so inches instead of 50 then i would have only used one of each. after blocking i will post.

love this pattern. i may seem scary if its your first illusion scarf (it was my first!) but it was easy and fun and only boring in the middle 50.

thank you storm moon knits!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Hemming Jeans Preserving Original Hem? on: November 13, 2007 06:44:04 PM
god bless craftster! i got asked to do this today! I love this place.
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: eco-craftalong on: November 10, 2007 10:05:43 AM
one thing I'll be doing this year is making fabric drawstring bags out of leftover fabric for wrapping family gifts. everyone will get their own color, print, whatever and then i can forget about wrapping paper and all the junk that comes with it! Save a christmas tree! hehe

another thing, we use an artificial tree, so maybe we can concentrate on using artificial or living trees that can be replanted. just a thought... please elaborate if you can....

I'm making and selling ornaments and such for extra money this year. also making all of my gifts this year, so it saves money and keeps me from buying new stuff. nobody i know needs more STUFF. My hubby and I decided to only give gift cards if we couldn't make something. so that saves on 'stuff' as well.

I guess this is more thrifty (cheap?) than ecofriendly, but I feel that usually they go hand in hand. how very unamerican of me!
10  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Anyone else into canning? on: July 15, 2007 11:37:44 AM
I just canned for the first time ever this weekend! I've made pear butter, apricots, plums, plum jelly, grape jellly, and now I'm doing peach butter. I'm not so sure if the jelly will gel... oh well.
my mother has made pumpkin butter for years and never gotten anyone sick, but maybe I'll avoid it (its so damn good though!)
what if you made it with already canned pumpkin? like at thanksgiving when it goes on sale?

about the pepper jelly. I'm in New Mexico, and we have hands down the BEST peppers ever. Hatch Green Chile makes the best ever pepper jelly, so if you can get that, then do so!!! It's higher in vitamin C than oranges!!
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