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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Recycling yarn from a stained sweater? on: April 29, 2007 11:57:53 AM
Hi all,

I have an old (storebought) sweater that has a few grease stains on it.  I don't wear it anymore but I've saved it because I love how it fits and I wanted to recreate it in a different yarn.  I've measured it, and would like to recycle the yarn.  Does anyone know how stains on recycled yarn show up when you use the yarn in a new project?  It's light grey-blue cotton, about 5 st/in as it's knit in the sweater.  Thanks!
22  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Homemade Vegan Cheese? on: April 20, 2007 08:04:20 AM
So I'm trying to give up dairy (again...).  I've got the soymilk thing down, no problem.  Soy ice cream?  Great.  But vegan cheese?  Eeew.  (I like nutritional yeast a lot, and it makes a decent mac-and-cheesish, but doesn't sub well on a cheese sandwich or as a salad topping...) 

I've seen some recipes for homemade soy cheeses and nut cheeses, and was wondering if anyone has tried them.  If not, I'll give it a shot, but I didn't want to get my hopes up unnecessarily  Undecided

Thanks!
23  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Salad Dressing Recommendations? on: March 28, 2007 07:30:43 PM
First, a joke from my childhood:

Q: Why was the tomato red?
A: Because it saw the salad dressing!  Grin

Can anyone recommend any good salad dressings?  I'd prefer storebought since I don't have a ton of time to cook right now, but recipes are cool too.  (I already make lemon-garlic dressing and vinaigrette at home, but it's getting kind of boring...)

My favorites are vinaigrette-type and Asian-style dressings; I don't care much at all for French or ranch, and I usually think that storebought dressings are too sugary.  My "typical" salad is romaine lettuce, protein (usually canned beans but sometimes tofu or nuts/seeds), and then whatever veggies I have around: tomatoes, carrots, green onions, etc.

Thanks in advance for any advice -- I've wasted way too much money buying dressings and then thowing them away!  I do live in a decent-size US city, so I can probably track down any natural food brands...if it's worth it  Smiley



24  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / X Stitch? on: March 17, 2007 06:17:51 PM
I know that this has already been posted, but I've searched everything that I can think of and I'm not getting any results.  Does anyone know the thread that talks about an "X" stitch?  I think that it was used on a headband (maybe a scarf?) and might have involved dropping stitches.  Thanks in advance to anyone with a better memory (or better search ability...) than I have!
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Oh, you musta been a beautiful berry... on: February 15, 2007 12:53:29 PM


Yep, that's right, another self-designed berry-baby hat.  But that's kinda like saying, yep, that's right, another baby.  They're all unique and wonderful and that's why we love 'em.  Grin  Acrylic yarn, knit in the round (which I hate but it makes Fair Isle about 10,000 times easier), made it up as I went along.  The leaves are my favorite part because they stick out in all directions.  It's a little larger than I intended -- hopefully my friend's daughter will grow into it during a cold time of the year.  Wink
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / DPNs & Dropped Stitches on: February 09, 2007 09:27:56 AM
I feel like the answer to this must be out there somewhere, but I can't find it...  Huh  What's the best way to transport a WIP on DPNs?  I've had to rip out a hat 3 times because several stitches fell off of the needles when it was in my bag (to and from school).  The best that I've come up with is to wrap the yarn several times around the ends of the DPNs, and pack the project so that it moves around as little as possible.  It's worked well once, but I'm afraid to try it again, and I'm hoping that there's a more trustworthy way.  Part of the problem is that the needles are aluminum and the yarn is acrylic...but the dog eats any needles that aren't metal.  Sad  Any help will be appreciated!
27  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Cutting Felted Knitting? on: February 09, 2007 09:23:40 AM
Hey all,

I've never felted before, and I'm in the process of "concepting" what I'll be making.  I know that in general, you can't cut knitted fabric, but can you cut a piece of knitting once it's been felted?  It would probably just be a short cut, like for a buttonhole or to thread a ribbon around the edges of a bag.  Thanks!
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Tangled Up In Blue on: January 30, 2007 01:34:27 PM
With apologies to Bob Dylan Smiley  It's done in laceweight (I think) Twisted Sisters yarn on size 6 needles.  I probably would have used size 4s but I didn't have any...



Close-up of the pattern:


Action shot:


The bead pattern is from http://beadwork.about.com/library/weekly/aa111797.htm and it's meant to "parallel" the lace.
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / How do I unravel a bound-off edge? on: January 15, 2007 07:35:12 AM
Hey all,

Apparently I bind off really tightly...it's never mattered before, but with the current project, it's just not working for me Tongue  I've bound off the entire project but haven't cut the yarn yet.  I'd like to go back and bind off using needles a couple sizes larger, but I have NO idea how to unravel bound-off stitches.  Thanks for any help! 
30  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Favorite Vegan Pizza Toppings? on: January 03, 2007 07:47:43 PM
Hey all,

I've been in a pizza mood recently, and, although I'm not a strict vegan, I tend to cook that way at home.  I've made a couple good-but-basic pizzas (one was vegan pesto with chopped olives and sundried tomatoes and the other was chopped garlic, sauteed in olive oil with dried basil and topped with chopped tomatoes) and I'm curious as to what y'all put on your pizza...and drooling already.  Wink  (I'm up for anything but soy cheeze!  Tongue
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