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1  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Cable Luxe Tunic KAL? on: March 18, 2008 02:14:07 PM
I haven't posted in a while but, I'm still working on mine.  I can't believe I've had this thing on the needles for 6 months now.  It's taking me FOREVER.  I'm almost done the body, then I still have to do the arms.  I'm a pretty slow knitter anyway and all these cables certainly aren't helping me go any faster. (The fact that the pattern is so badly written and so full of errors doesn't help either.)  I just hope I like it when I'm finally finished. 

Ha!  My thoughts exactly.  I'll consider myself lucky if I get to wear mine NEXT winter.  After all this discussion over how flattering it is (or isn't) I'm worried about whether I'll even like it by the time it's (finally) done.
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Where to find rick-rack and ribbons on the cheap? on: March 14, 2008 03:08:40 PM
Garage and estate sales.  Or put an ad on Craigslist asking if anyone in your area has some they would be willing to sell/give you.
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Single and Welt pocket Help?! on: March 14, 2008 03:06:26 PM
Even though I've done it, it's not easy to explain.  The Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Sewing has good directions with illustrations.
4  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Cable Luxe Tunic KAL? on: January 25, 2008 07:17:51 PM
Also, the increases in between cables could have been a little clearer. I wish they'd bothered to give you a specific type of increase.   

I wish they would have just said which row #s to do the increases on instead of the way it was written.  And I wish that they didn't refer to it as "waist shaping" when it's really just creating an A-line shape that has little if anything to do with the waist.

I also realized halfway through the back that the center cable is upside-down, but there's no way I'm frogging all that work.
5  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Cable Luxe Tunic KAL? on: January 14, 2008 12:28:51 PM
1) On the LB pattern, it seems like the garter part of the yoke is last in the instructions after all the other pieces are done, but in the photos in this thread, it seems like knitters picked it up as soon as the cable yoke was finished and before knitting the torso. Is that better to do? Is that because you can try it on?

Yeah, I did it so I could try it on!  I'm short and I want to see how it fits so I can bind off when I think it's long enough.  Also, the garter yoke is pretty quick and easy, so you get the instant gratification of having completed a section.
6  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Cable Luxe Tunic KAL? on: January 06, 2008 11:29:34 AM
it says to 'work even in pattern as established until Row 2 of second repeat of the center cable has been worked'

On the next line, for the next row, it says to do row 3 of the 3/3LC Cable thing AND row 3 of the 4/4 Center Cable thing. The row 3 of the Center Cable makes sense... after all, you just finished row 2, and so it would make sense to do row three, but if I were to do row 3 of the 3/3 LC, then I would be doing the cable some 4 rows earlier, and in the picture, there doesn't appear to be an early cable.

I think I might be misreading the pattern, and I should repeat the entire Center Cable thing 2 times, and then do the repeat after the 2nd row on the third repeat? Because then the patterns for the 3/3 cable and the 4/4 cable would coincide.

Autumnleaf, did you figure this out?  I just got to the same point (on the LB pattern) and I'm confused.  The other thing I find confusing is that when I "work even in pattern as established until row 2 of second rep of center cable has been worked" I've only knit about 2 inches past the pickup row.  The heading on the next part of the pattern is "waist shaping" but I don't know anyone whose waist is 2 inches below their armpits.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: What Do You Listen To While Knitting? on: January 04, 2008 04:35:43 PM
I listen to This American Life podcasts while I knit!  Unless I'm reading complicated instructions, in which case I listen to music.
8  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Cable Luxe Tunic KAL? on: December 29, 2007 02:10:51 PM
Yay, I just finished my garter yoke!  Now all I need to do is the body and sleeves... I have a bad feeling this thing won't be done before winter is over.

For the cable yoke, I started with a provisional cast-on and grafted the ends using the kitchener stitch because I didn't want a visible seam. I was going to knit the garter yoke in the round, also to avoid a seam, but I realized that after decreasing stitches, my work would be too short for a 24-inch circular needle.



9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Holiday Cookie/Candy/Recipe Swap Round 2 Gallery on: December 20, 2007 02:26:26 PM
Thanks everyone for the great recipes!  I printed out a bunch that I plan to try and if they turn out well, take with me to Christmas Eve with my family.  I'm intrigued by the Velveeta fudge, but I'm not sure if I'm gonna try that one... Tongue
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Holiday Cookie/Candy/Recipe Swap Round 2 Gallery on: December 15, 2007 10:03:41 AM
EDITED TO ADD RECIPES!

I got my package from x0xmanda last night!   Grin  She made three kinds of cookies/candy, packaged them in cute tins, AND included a sparkly ornament.  She said she ran out of time to include the recipes and is going to message them to me, so I'll do my best to describe everything without knowing what's actually in it.

The cookies are yellow cake mix cookies with chocolate chips and nuts.  The dark balls (my favorites) are chocolate truffles.  A few of them are dipped in white chocolate for extra deliciousness.  The white mass that's hard to photograph is peppermint bark.  It's all so good... thanks Amanda!

here are the recipes!

Cake Mix cookies
    * 1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
    * 1 teaspoon baking powder
    * 2 eggs
    * 1/2 cup vegetable oil
    * 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips or other goodies (i split it chocolate/white chocolate/ nuts.. they were either pecans or walnuts)

   1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
   2. In a medium bowl, stir together the cake mix and baking powder. Add eggs and oil, then mix until well blended. Stir in chocolate chips, or your choice of additions. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto cookie sheets.
   3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Bake less for chewy cookies and more for crispy cookies. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Truffles
-8 ounces best-quality bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
-1/2  cup heavy cream
- decorations. i used chopped pecans, i think Huh Cheesy, red and green sprinkles, and melted white chocolate
     
  1.   Put chocolate into a large heatproof bowl. Bring cream just to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat; pour over chocolate in bowl. Stir in liqueur, if desired. Cover with plastic wrap; let stand 10 minutes. Stir until smooth. Let stand until thick, about 15 minutes.
 
  2.   Pour chocolate mixture into a shallow 8-inch dish or pie plate. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until mixture is very cold and set but still pliable, about 30 minutes.
 
  3.   Using a teaspoon or a 1/2-inch melon baller, scoop balls of chocolate mixture, transferring them to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper as you work. I scooped with a tablespoon measure and then rolled them better in my hands, which also made them warm to hold the... uhmm.. garnishes?

4. Roll in your toppings/garnish/decoration
5. Refridgerate til firm.

Peppermint Bark
- 1 bag white chocolate chips
-3-5 peppermint candy canes

1. pour chocolate into a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute; stir. Continue microwaving for intervals of 20 seconds, stirring in between, til smooth.

2. Unwrap candy canes and stick them in a ziploc bag. Crush them (i used a wine bottle)

3. Dump crushed peppermint into the chocolate and stir. Pour onto a wax-paper lined baking sheet and spread into a thin layer.

4. when cool/firm, break into peices!





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