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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Twilight Replica ::Bella's Mittens:: With Pattern on: January 12, 2009 05:26:24 PM
what lovely mittens!  thanks so much for sharing your pattern!!!!!!
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Thank You, Have A Nice Day! on: January 10, 2009 09:11:51 AM
super cute!   Cheesy
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Fun mobius cowl on: November 23, 2008 01:44:43 PM
I don't usually like cowls, but I love yours.  I want one....
4  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Tree of Life Mosaic on: November 18, 2008 07:57:07 AM
Amazing!  I bet your swap partner was thrilled to receive this.
5  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Vegetarian help!! on: November 09, 2008 05:29:15 AM
You could just wing it without research, but it might be easier to do some research first.  Especially if your diet is very meat-centered.

If you're interested in doing some book research, there are quite a few books on the topic of becoming vegetarian.  Here's a search result from Amazon to give you some ideas: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw_1_11?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=becoming+vegetarian&sprefix=becoming+ve&sprefix=becoming+ve.  "The New Becoming Vegetarian: The Essential Guide To A Healthy Vegetarian Diet" would probably be a great place to start (maybe you can find a copy at your local library).  My mom bought me the old version of this book shortly after I became vegetarian, and I remember finding it helpful/informative.

My advice is to replace the meat in your diet with veggies, grains and beans.  Try to avoid loading up on cheese, which can be convenient but not very healthy.

Good luck!
6  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: ~*~*Reviews of Prepackaged Vegetarian and Vegan Foods*~*~ on: November 09, 2008 05:08:32 AM
Trader's Joe's Chickenless strips = UGH. Bad taste, bad texture, and with teriyaki sauce on them too! Usually I consider chicken-like alternatives a pretty safe bet, but these proved me wrong.

TJ's Soyrizo was good though

I bought some fake chicken nuggets from TJ's once.  I couldn't eat them.  They were disgusting.  Kind of fishy tasting.  Just thinking about them makes my stomach turn.  I think I got my boyfriend to finish the box.
7  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: ~*~*Reviews of Prepackaged Vegetarian and Vegan Foods*~*~ on: October 16, 2008 05:38:07 PM
Anyone tried the Morningstar Farmes Broccoli Cheddar bites? They are awful. Not Cheesy and they just taste like mush with Broccoli in it. Gross.

I completely agree!  These are disgusting.  I couldn't eat them.  They tasted bad and had a really gross texture.  I expected them to be cheesier, like these really unhealthy broccoli cheese bites my mom used to buy for me ages ago, which were soooo good and now I can't find anywhere.  What a disappointment.
8  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Gathered Pullover? on: August 30, 2008 02:26:47 PM
In the very back of the neck it has you binding off stitches.  Then later for the neckline edging it has you picking up stitches all around.  Do you think it would be ok to just hold onto the very back stitches live and then knit them when you get to the edging?  Seems a lot easier than binding off stitches just to later pick them up, yk?

I don't have the pattern in front of me, and I don't remember exactly how the shoulder/neck shaping was done, but it probably wouldn't hurt to keep the stitches live.  If you wanted to keep the same shape without binding off, you could put these stitches on a holder or scrap yarn at the point where they call for bind-off.  Sounds like a good idea to me.  I'm not too experienced (especially in straying from what's written in a pattern), so maybe there's a better way that I don't know of...

Best of luck with your gathered pullover!  and I'd love to see pics when it's done Smiley
9  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Gathered Pullover? on: August 22, 2008 07:40:14 PM
I measured my bust and it's almost exactly between the smallest sizes.  32" would definately be too small, and 36.25" too big.  Hm.  I've never knit an entire sweater before and not sure what is the best thing to do.  I would not be happy to knit a million rows of stockinette to be unhappy with the fit. 

Or I could try to somehow alter the pattern to make it halfway between those two sizes?  But I was kinda hoping for a brainless knit for a car ride I will be on tomorrow...

If you want a close fit, you should probably go with the smaller size.  If you'd like it a little looser or plan to layer, the larger size would probably be ok.

I had the same situation, where I was between sizes.  I have approx. 35" bust and went up to the 36" size since it was the closest.  I modified the size across the bust slightly by adding waist shaping, decreasing 12 stitches total for waist, but only increasing 8 stitches to the bust.  It's a little looser than I would have liked, but this could at least partly be blamed on my yarn unexpectedly growing when it got wet (I tried checking for this with the gauge swatch, but apparently this wasn't noticeable to me at the time).  I had really hoped for a sweater that could be worn without layering, but this really requires a tank/cami worn underneath because the neck is so big.

Here's a really bad FO pic to give you an idea:
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / labels for knitpicks options set on: August 22, 2008 07:19:42 PM
I just received my new Knitpicks Options interchangeable needle set.  Since I haven't had a chance to use them yet, I can't give any kind of review about the needles, but I wasn't thrilled with the unlabeled needles and storage pouch.  I'm sure I would get different needle sizes mixed up and don't want to use a needle gauge everytime I switch sizes.  So I came up with a solution.  It's really simple, but I figured that other Knitpicks users might appreciate the idea. 
For those unfamiliar with the plastic pouch, info can be found on the Knit Picks website, here: http://www.knitpicks.com/Options+Interchangeable+Circular+Knitting+Needle+Case_ND80403.html
My solution:



I used lavender cardstock cut to fit the pouches (approx 3" tall by 1.25" wide) and hand-stamped the sizes in fuschia ink using little alphabet stamps found in the dollar section at JoAnn Fabrics.  I had planned to simply stamp the size numbers, but didn't have any numbered stamps.  So I spelled out the numbers instead and thought it turned out pretty cute and very practical.  The purple and pink go quite well with the purple needle cables, and the pouch is really pretty great for holding the rest of my non-interchangeable circular needle collection.

Thanks for looking!
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