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11  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Filled meyer lemon cupcakes on: April 20, 2009 08:47:25 PM
Ninjanator, meyer lemons are a type of lemons--they're sweeter and larger than regular lemons, and their rind is lovely and aromatic. I saw boxes of them at my grocery store and couldn't resist!

This recipe would work fine with regular lemons though--in fact, I kind of prefer regular lemon curd, meyer lemon curd is a little too sweet for me.
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Lime green branching out on: April 20, 2009 08:13:22 PM
I love this pattern so much. I think I've made 10 of them so far.

Pattern: Knitty's Branching Out:

Yarn: I think it was Malabrigo Worsted, in Apple Green. I love the way the subtle color variations show up in this pattern. And I like this pattern in a thick worsted--it makes it more substantial and funky.

stitch close up:
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Bowerbird scarf! on: April 20, 2009 07:58:57 PM
Thanks guys! I totally recommend making these, it's just the right combination of mindless relaxing knitting and creativity and surprise. I love them!
14  COOKING / Dessert / Filled meyer lemon cupcakes on: April 20, 2009 07:52:29 PM
mmm, lemon cupcakes. My favorite.

I used this lemon cupcake recipe (because I only wanted 12, and it seems very complicated to half a recipe) with meyer lemon juice and zest, and baked them as per the recipe. Then I scooped out the middle and filled them with meyer lemon curd. Super yummy!

Also, I never know what to do with the cupcake innards that you scoop out for filled cupcakes--I hate throwing them away! So I made a little lemon parfait with mine, with extra lemon curd and strawberries. Very delicious for breakfast!

15  COOKING / Dessert / Re: First try at Gum Paste Flowers on: April 20, 2009 07:42:51 PM
Beautiful! I love the design!
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Houndstooth fulled laptop bag on: April 20, 2009 07:40:17 PM
Finally finished!

This was a complicated project. I was playing with slip stitch patterns, and thought about houndstooth and how much I love it, and wanted to try something in that pattern. I looked everywhere for a good houndstooth pattern, and ended up designing my own. I ended up using intarsia instead of slipstitch, to make a thicker fabric.

I originally envisioned making a little purse, much more shrunken and fulled. But I wasn't really feeling inspired, and the project sat in my UFO box for a good couple of years. Then I realized I didn't really need another purse, but I really needed a cute laptop bag. I finished it up, and thought I would line it, and create a laptop bag from scratch. Thinking about straps and hardware, and looking for something that would work, I found this old boring black laptop bag we had lying around that I thought I would cannibalize for parts.

Then I realized it would be way hard to line this and sew the straps on and make it sturdy, and why fix it if it ain't broke, y'know? So I just fulled this a little (by hand! What a pain!), sewed it right around the laptop bag I already had--way easier, more study and more padding! I sewed velcro on to close the front flap, and lined the flap with an orange silk I had.

It's lamb's pride worsted weight, in grey and black. I single crocheted around the edges to give them more structure, and single crocheted the two sides together (but if I did it again, I would knit it in the round--I hate purling in intarsia!).

result--laptop bag that no one else at grad school will have, and finally getting something out of my UFO box into the real world!

17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Silver petals skirt on: April 20, 2009 07:10:57 PM
Thanks so much everyone! Smiley
18  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Loop D' Loops {Pic Obese} on: April 20, 2009 04:35:11 PM
I love this pattern! You rock! I made two immediately after seeing this post, and I've worn them a ton since then.

Blue Lamb's Pride bulky

I forgot what yarn this is, but it's a sport weight mustard yellow merino-silk blend. I strung yellow seed beads on a yellow string and crocheted it together for as long as the string lasted, about 1/3 the necklace.

19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Silver petals skirt on: April 20, 2009 04:27:20 PM
Going to a friend's wedding this weekend, and wanted something pretty and funky to wear. Also, I've been meaning to do something with these beautiful fabrics forever!

It's a very basic a-line skirt that I traced from another that I really liked, made of a dove grey raw silk fabric.

Then I cut lots of circles of different sizes of a lighter and darker grey taffeta, and burned the edges to keep them from unravelling. Each flower is two circles, sewed on with two stitches--I was thinking about sewing them on with french knots or beads or something, but I ended up liking the simple stitches best. If you pull the stitches a little bit tight, they make the flowers lift up from the skirt a little, to give it more dimension.

Detail of the petals:

Bonus extra bathroom mirror shot!

20  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: 4/1/09 - Macrame is Back-rame! on: April 01, 2009 08:09:44 PM
Thanks so much for the support guys! We're really excited that so many of you are so gung-ho for this new direction! Smiley Smiley
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