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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / big ole dinner party on: April 09, 2009 09:14:31 PM
so, due to the fact that i can't go home for easter, i'm going to be hosting dinner for all my friends. probably about 25 total. i'm going to do pasta and sauce, plus roasted vegetables and salad. i don't mind buying a ton of food, but i'm nervous that i won't make enough. any tips on how much stuff i should make? i tend to go overboard sometimes, but I want to make sure I make enough without overwhelming myself.

any tips would be fabulous.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / pattern help (for a free people dress) on: July 07, 2008 04:04:58 PM
for some reason, we get sent the catalogue for free people every so often. i was flipping through july's today and came across an awesome cable dress that looks like it could be easy to make:
http://www.freepeople.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/products.detail/productID/0607b2bb-06e8-40a5-ba94-dd77bf348de6/categoryID/eb344a5e-2eb4-44f2-9bd1-39502a8fe6d1

i think it might be a pretty basic top-down, but the sleeve holes are odd to me. they are very square.

anyways, i just wanted a pattern to use as a jumping off point in making this. any good sweater patterns i could sub in?
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / what hat? on: May 28, 2007 06:27:41 PM
everybody, meet jesse lacey. he's the lead singer of brand new. as you can see, he has an awesome fashion sense:


after seeing this lovely hat, i became determined to have my own. random google searches gave me nothing. "no problem" i said "i can make it!" so i set out to joann fabrics with a 40% off coupon. they had absolutely horrific faux fur. i couldn't find any grey! the closest was this white haired stuff on an olive green background. ugly! so i settled for some nice brown fur. then, as i was walking out of the parking, i realized there aren't any brown wolves, as far as i know. whatever, i decided to make a bear hat instead! (plus, after one last google search, i managed to find the wolf one online).

hooray:



it's lined on the inside with some lovely flannel, because i plan on using this in winter:



anywho, if anyone can direct me to some grey faux fur, i can make the wolf hat rather than pay 10 bucks for it.  this hat, by the way, was really easy. i looked at a couple of hats made on here and modified their ideas. about.com also has a nice section on working with faux fur that helped immensley. it took about 2 and a half hours. the ears actually took the longest.

and, if you're bored, you can find out why i named it "what hat" in the first minute of this video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayFWtRR1XTo
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / webs/ yarn.com on: March 02, 2007 01:33:05 PM
has anyone actually been to the webs store in northampton, MA? i was thinking of venturing over there, but wondered if it was worth it.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / I am Warm(hat) and Powerful(self-designed) on: November 05, 2006 07:24:57 PM
so here's my first self-made pattern and also first double knitting piece. inspired by lovely bomber hats and the cold weather of central NY:



details on the blog.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / double knitting help on: October 25, 2006 06:46:08 PM
so i've been looking at this site for the past hour: http://www.stitchdiva.com/custom.aspx?id=148

and i still don't understand how to double knit. it says to "Insert the needle knitwise into the next stitch and yarn over with the facing yarn to knit the next stitch." what the heck? i mean, i've been trying to move the stuff back and forth, but it ends up carrying. i really need an ultra simple explanation.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / eureka! something to do with fun fur! (need a pattern, though) on: October 14, 2006 02:48:27 PM
so i came up with something for fun fur that makes it useful, not ugly. i want to make a knit aviator hat. like this: http://www.amazon.com/Columbia-Sportswear-Wabbit-Black-X-Large/dp/B00062NT2S/sr=1-2/qid=1160862168/ref=sr_1_2/102-2724928-7200969?ie=UTF8&s=apparel

i was thinking i could do two things. the easier, to me, would be to double-knit a hat with the fur on the inside and  the regular yarn on the outside. or i could knit  two hats and sew them together, so the fun fur is the lining. is it possible to double-knit a hat?

i also need a pattern. or if not an exact pattern, at least something to start from. any ideas?
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / fun fur on: October 11, 2006 04:44:36 PM
for some reason, everyone is obsessed with giving me balls of fun fur. everytime, i always get two balls of it. now i have 4 pairs of fun fur balls and nothing to do with them. i know i can use them as trim, but i'd much rather use them all up.

any suggestions?
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Dino-mite! 2 sweaters on: October 04, 2006 05:18:22 PM
yay! using SNB's "peppermint twist" I decided to declare to the world that I wish I was 5 again, with bright colors and an obsession with "The Land Before Time."



yeah, size two needles are no fun. also, if your stitches ever get twisted, put them back! don't just keep going. I have a line of about 20 stitches that are twisted and you can tell when you look (cotton is not forgiving, i can see all the weaved in ends sticking out already).

second swearter:



this was my first! using as many AC Moore 40% off coupons I purchased over a few weeks a bunch of Moda Dea "Metro" and made this last November. The yarn is very warm and I knit super tight so it almost looks felted.

There's more information in my newly created blog. I'm way too lazy to repeat it, so read there!
10  New York / New York: Central / just got to Syracuse on: August 25, 2006 09:58:55 PM
i'm just starting my first year at SU. i'd love to know any local craft places that i could check out, mainly for knitting as i don't have my sewing machine at present. actually, i'd just like to know about anything cool in the area (rather than just the same stuff they tell us about).
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