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121  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: A Little Nautie Love on: August 16, 2007 09:17:34 AM
 Cheesy So cute! I'm thinking of making some of these for a friend and stuffing them with catnip.

*Edit* My friend isn't a cat...but she has some...hahaha!
122  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Maddy - Lacy Silk Top on: August 16, 2007 06:39:27 AM
Gorgeous! It's an amazing fit on you. I especially love the little cap sleeves.
123  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Entrelac bag & Snowflake on: August 15, 2007 09:10:32 AM
The purse reminds me of a cluster of grapes. YUM!  Grin They both look awesome!
124  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Nintendo Mario Villain Scarf! CHARTS ADDED! on: August 14, 2007 07:11:47 AM
Omg I love this!! If my brother actually wore scarves he'd kill to have this! Great work Grin
125  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Anthropologie-inspired capelet + Tutorial! on: August 08, 2007 11:41:55 AM
Don't iron acrylic. That much heat isn't good for it and it may still curl anyway. Just toss it in the washer and lay flat to dry.
Will do!  Thanks for the tip. Cheesy

You can iron, just not directly. I usually work with acrylics because that's all I can afford and when I want to make something flat or thinner I make it wet, towel dry it so it's not sopping then lay it flat to dry, pinned down on my ironing board and when it's mostly dry I put a thin towel over it and have my iron on a low heat setting. As long as you have something over it, the yarn will be fine. Otherwise it may melt. Of course if you wear it a lot it will probably start curling again, so what you can do is knit a small strip and stitch it to the edge that's curling, or use cotton bias tape and stitch it on (probably not as bulky this way).
126  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: What do you wish people had told you before you started knitting? on: August 06, 2007 09:01:18 PM
1. Don't rib with cotton! (unless you use elastic.....)
2. Mohair is the devil's spawn-child.


I have to disagree on the Mohair. I just made some braid armwamers with some and they turned out fine. Unless because it wasn't all Mohair...just 60%.
127  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: What do you wish people had told you before you started knitting? on: August 01, 2007 02:27:16 PM
This more has to do with what patterns should say...About gauge. That not all people are extremely, super-duper tight knitters! On every single pattern I have followed so far, with the recommended needles AND yarn my gauge has been bigger! And I'm not a loose knitting, in fact I would say I knit somewhat tight. Right now I'm working on a sweater that looks like it would fit a size 8 woman, not a 4. I actually have the gauge correct on that one too but for some reason it looks HUGE and I'm making it in an XS. (Maybe it's just Bernat?) Another one is the Hallowig. I used the recommended Red Heart acrylic yarn. Instead of using size 8 needles like it called for...I used 2 on mine, it came out just slightly small so for my two SIL's I used size 3 needles on theirs and they came out the perfect size. My goodness, no offense to the designer of that pattern but I'm wondering if she had Elephantitis (or whatever it's called)?! If I had made those 3 hats in size 8 needles...They would have been AT LEAST 30 inches all around! Two others are the Kate cat from Knitty and also the Pasha Penguin...gauges are off. Every time I look at a pattern online or in a book I have to use needles at least half of the size it recommends otherwise I'm knitting for an ogre! Am I doing something wrong??
128  COOKING / Dessert / Re: What is the BEST dessert you've ever had? on: July 26, 2007 08:26:17 PM
Not really a dessert. They're more of a little treat. Rum Balls. I have an awesome recipe for them if anyone wants it  Grin My grandmother always made them around the holidays and my mom usually made them in winter (easier on the chocolate, then it doesn't melt) and I've made them I think more than 5 times within the past 2 years. Of course...I put a lot more rum in mine Cheesy

i would love the recipie


Rum Balls

1 stick Unsalted Butter at room temp
24 oz. Chocolate (16 oz. Milk and 8 oz. Dark)
4-9 tbs. Dark Rum (45, 90 or 151 proof, personally I like the 151 but if this will be served to all ages 45 or 90 at 5 tbs is just fine)
2 tbs. Currant Raisins
Your choice of topping - Chopped nuts, flaked coconut, sprinkles or whatever you desire, all placed in separate bowls


In small bowl soak the raisins and rum until ready to use (this makes them more moist).

On a piece of wax paper grate the chocolate using the Zester side or a grater (not sure if that's the technical name for it), pour into a large bowl when complete. The chocolate will melt so it's best to grate 1 or 2 squares at a time while the rest remains in the fridge.

Mix the butter, rum and raisins together, gradually adding the chocolate. (You can use a sturdy wooden spoon but it's much easier and it gets mixed better if you use your hands.)

Form into 1/2-1" balls with your hands (don't roll too much or they will start to melt) then immediately roll in topping. (If they are allowed to sit and then go in the topping they will dry out and the topping will not stick so it's best to do it right away. Another person will come in handy at this point)

Store in airtight container. They can be kept on the counter (just not on a hot day) and in the fridge.

I'm not sure on how much they yield but from my guess, and however big you make them...between 50-100. Enjoy!!  Grin
129  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Alice is sooo jealous of me right now. on: July 24, 2007 06:23:11 AM
Cute!! I love it  Cheesy I suck at doing pompoms (I know there's an n thrown in there somewhere but pompom sounds better Tongue). I made one for the cats...and they ripped it apart 'cause it was loose.
130  COOKING / Dessert / Re: What is the BEST dessert you've ever had? on: July 19, 2007 09:51:10 PM
Not really a dessert. They're more of a little treat. Rum Balls. I have an awesome recipe for them if anyone wants it  Grin My grandmother always made them around the holidays and my mom usually made them in winter (easier on the chocolate, then it doesn't melt) and I've made them I think more than 5 times within the past 2 years. Of course...I put a lot more rum in mine  Cheesy
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