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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / haiku baby cardigan! sailor style. on: October 01, 2007 05:00:24 AM

I finished this a while ago... only getting round to posting it now Undecided. The recipient is my little neice. It's still way too big for her... but she'll grow into it. I used the haiku pattern from knitty and added this anchor patch I found at a thrift shop.

Hope you like.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / dumpstered bookcase - how should I transform? on: September 29, 2007 09:33:54 PM
Hi everyone!

I found this bookcase last night, about to be chucked out.

Structurally there's nothing wrong with it. It's very solid and stable. But it's in need of a little love. It's plain MDF and it has inkstains on the top.

So I was thinking about transforming it and giving it as a welcome home present for my older sister, brother in law and my baby niece, who are moving back to my city after living overseas for years (yay!). They wont be arriving with much furniture so it would be a practical gift too.

I was thinking about doing it for my little niece's nursery (you can never be too young for books, right?). I was thinking of painting it light blue or mint green. I'm not a fan of pink for girls, blue for boys, and neither is my sister, and I love light blue and green. And then maybe some kind of cute design in white? A leaf or bird motif would be pretty, I reckon.

I've never done anything like this. Do my ideas sound good? What kind of paint should I use? How would you go about designing and painting the leaf/bird patterns? I also dumpstered a clock that I could do as a kind of matching set, does this sound lame?

3  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / amazing recipe I tried today - croutes aux champignons from 1845. on: August 13, 2007 01:07:30 AM
I thought I'd share this wicked recipe that I tried out today.  It's called croutes aux champignons (or mushroom toasts) and it comes from Eliza Acton's 'Modern cookery for private families' from 1845! I saw it made here.
You can read the book online here.

Some of it's not so vegan friendly (brain cakes, anyone? Cheesy) but this was DELICIOUS.

How I made it:
I fried some wholegrain bread in vegan margerine till it was brown and crispy. Then I fried a couple of handfuls of chopped mushrooms until they went soft, with nutmeg and a tiny bit of cayenne pepper. 
Then added a couple of tblsps flour and a cup of veg broth, and thickened it all up, added some lemon juice and salt. Then spread it on the toast and inhaled it in about 5 mouthfuls. Seriously, it was amazing. Try it!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / What do you wish people had told you before you started knitting? on: August 01, 2007 05:07:04 AM
I thought it would be nice to start a thread for people to list things that they wish they had known about knitting, before they began. Things that you pick up along the way. Horrible mistakes that you learned something from. I think a list like this would come in so handy! I'm pretty new to knitting and it seems like I'm always doing silly things.

I'll start:

1) stitch markers. I didn't know they went -on- the needle. I thought they went in the knitting!! I tried to follow the pattern using them in this way for about 15 rows and wondered why it wasn't working.

2) you know when a pattern tells you to knit a certain amount of stitches and then purl? Well I thought that when you change the position of the wool, you put it around the top of the needle instead of just moving it -under- the needle! Why? I don't know. It turned into a crazy mess.
5  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / a vegan knitter, saying hi! on: July 29, 2007 11:25:49 PM

After months of lurking, I thought I had better come out from the shadows and register. This site is amazing, and so addictive. All the crafty people here are so inspiring. I can't wait to get started sharing ideas.

So, hi! I'm from New Zealand, land where the sheep outnumber the people. But I'm vegan, and wool makes my skin go crazy anyway, so my yarns of choice are plant-fibres and acrylics. I taught myself to knit  not so long ago, using various books and websites. I've recently graduated from the scarf stage and one day I hope to be able to knit socks. Smiley

I also like attempting to make my own clothes, trawling second hand stores for treasures, and customising clothes. I'm a poor student, so I try to be thrifty in the clothing area, plus individual clothing is way more fun. I'm in awe of ladies from my grandmother's generation, who made everything for themselves.

I also love cooking fabulous vegan food, messing around with beads and wire, cross-stitching and thrifty interior decorating projects. The next craft I want to learn is crochet.

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