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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Shrinking Cotton-Ease on: February 04, 2008 07:58:29 AM
I'm making my friend a striped baby cardigan out of Lion Brand Cotton-Ease. I'm getting close to be done but... I was very lazy about doing a gauge swatch and the sweater is two sizes larger than I wanted it to be. That'll learn me. Sad
It's not that big of a deal, babies grow quickly, but it's just a cotton cardigan so it would be nice if the baby could wear it before winter. I'm worried that it'll be the middle of winter before it fits... and then when it's spring/summer again, it will be too small.
I was thinking about tossing it in the wash on hot and then maybe drying it on gentle and see if that gets it a bit smaller. Will it shrink  a little bit, or will really hot water cause the colors to run, thus ruining the cardigan? I've never washed anything out of Cotton-Ease before and I don't know how colorfast it will be.
Any other ideas about shrinking? I was aiming for the 6 month size and ended up with the 24 month size. It's not too bad, but definitely big. Bah, I guess this is what I get for being impatient and taking short cuts!
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / What to make for best friends? on: February 02, 2008 10:35:45 AM
My 4 and and half year old daughter has a best friend at school - they've been best friends for 6 months, and eeeeeeveryone is constantly talking about how they're so close and how much they're into each other. And we're moving next month. =/
Both of the girls are pretty unhappy about leaving each other since it's a BIG move - her best friend particularly, since she's pretty shy and my daughter watches out for her. I really want to knit them each something to have, so that it will maybe be a bit easier. I really don't know WHAT, though.
My first idea was Nottingham, which is a cabled hat. I got that cast on about about 30% finished, but the more I thought about it, the more I thought something else would be better. I set that aside and cast on for the Heart scarf from knitty, to see if it would be a good size for the girls with worsted wight. That's my favorite so far, but I don't really want to give them scarves right as the weather is warming up.
Any suggestions? I'm really liking the idea of making them matching items in their favorite color, but I'm just not sure what. Socks or slippers maybe?
I feel kind of ashamed to admit that I've never knit for my daughter before - I didn't learn until she was a toddler and at the age where anything she touched immediately became sticky and stained, so I'm not sure what would be practical as well as fun and sweet.
13  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Making a t-shirt fit better on: December 17, 2007 04:20:50 PM
I hate the plain cotton t-shirts because the xl size fits in the waist and bust the sleeves are HUGE. they go down to my elbows and look baggy and frumpy. I got a shirt from www.nataliedee.com and I looooove it, but when I tried it on, the sleeves looked pretty crappy. I was feeling kind of bummed until I realized "hey, I have a sewing machine!"
I want to make cap sleeves or something, maybe change the neckline. However, the couple of times I've attempted t-shirt surgery, I botched the thing. I've only had this shirt for like 20 minutes, so I'm kind of nervous about hacking away at it =/
I found a website several years ago that had basic reconstructions but I cannot find it again. Does anyone know of any tutorials that are specifically for changing the sleeves and neckline? It fits everywhere else so I don't have too much excess material to work with and I don't have any other shirts or fabric that I could add, so I'm kind of limited.
14  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / To freeze or not to freeze? on: September 20, 2007 07:09:29 PM
So I haven't seen my fianc for two months and he's coming here on Sunday, so I promised him warm, homemade cinnamon rolls. I was hoping to be able to make them and at the very last minute, instead of popping them into the over, pop them into the fridge or freezer so that when he got here, I could just bake. However, my mom and various internet sites are not really liking the idea because apparently it can affect the texture and taste. Has anyone tried this?
Plan B is cooking them halfway and then throwing them in the freezer/fridge so that during dinner, I can finish them baking them entirely, and voila, warm gooey cinnamon rolls. Basically like those brown and serve stuff you buy in the freezer section of the grocery store. Anyone try that before? I want it to be really special, so I'm kind of nervous about experimenting.
There's just something great about straight out of the oven, but I guess I can always do them Saturday tell him he should be grateful for any cinnamon rolls.
15  COOKING / Dessert / I can't make frosting :( on: September 19, 2007 02:08:29 PM
My boyfriend's birthday is coming up and he wanted a carrot cake. We decided on the one from Vegan With a Vengeance book as well as the coconut frosting she used. I just tried to make some right now because I kind of wanted cream cheese... and it came out horribly.

This has happened to before with buttercream frostings... the frosting was powdered sugar, coconut milk, margarine (I used butter) and vanilla. Instead of frosting, I get this lumpy, oozy... goo. It tastes like... lumps of butter floating in powdered sugar. The butter was very soft but it just won't mix together. I have a kitchenaid mixer and had it going at a frighteningly fast speed... still, ooze.


Could this be because I added all the ingredients together instead of mixing the sugar and butter first?
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