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1  Barkcloth Summer Bag 2011 in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Ambimom on: June 01, 2011 05:42:49 AM
Here's my latest.  It has  zipper pocket on front and a slip pocket for cellphone on the back. The bag has carry handles as well as shoulder strap that converts to cross body. The interior has three zipper pockets plus three slip pockets designed to carry eyeglasses.

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2  Re: Magic Loop Knitting Aid in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by Ambimom on: January 08, 2011 02:00:14 PM
Yes, the reason for this project is that I am a sock knitter.  These are my first toe up socks and the first pair I've made two-at-a-time thanks to the Magic Loop.  The bag made all the difference.  There was absolutely no tangled yarn anywhere. 

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3  Magic Loop Knitting Aid in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by Ambimom on: December 08, 2010 04:43:28 PM
Though I've been knitting socks for more than 20 years, I've never been able to master the magic loop technique.  Last year, I really made an effort, but everything got so tangled, I just gave up in frustration and went back to knitting one-at-time.  Today, I just happened on a knitting site that had the answer to my dilemma http://www.lisaclarke.net/2010/12/07/upcycled-bag-o-yarn/.

I rushed to my sewing machine and made my own version out of an old pair of blue jeans. 

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4  Flouncy Bag -- My Version in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Ambimom on: May 03, 2010 01:37:56 PM
There was only one project in "One-Yard Wonders" that captured my attention -- the Flouncy Bag.  I love purses and this was a shape I had not seen before.  This is my version.  Took a bit more than one yard, but the basic pattern idea is here. Added a bunch of interior pockets, outside slip pocket for cellphone, cross-body strap as well as shoulder handles. Also added zip top for security.  Forgive the "unclipped" threads still inside the interior photo.

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5  Re: Let's see your sewing machine!! in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by Ambimom on: February 11, 2010 09:00:23 AM
Had to sell this to make room    Sad


Here's my newest Grin. and I love it!  It's a Janome 6600P

The best part is how well it fits in my old Singer Stylist 534 cabinet!
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6  Re: Bread Issues! in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Ambimom on: July 06, 2009 05:58:51 AM

By far, the easiest bread recipe around these days is the http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/08/dining/081mrex.html, if for no other reason than the technique.  I've amended the recipe somewhat: 15 ounces flour, 10 ounces water, 2 teaspoons salt, 1/4 instant (also known as rapid rise) yeast. 

Like all skills, breadmaking and kneading have to be learned through trial and error.  Just relax!  Eventually, you'll learn to recognize by touch and sight.  In the meantime, try mixing the ingredients and let them sit overnight to let the gluten form naturally, about 10 to 14 hours.

Scrape dough onto floured surface, flour your hands and knead maybe 15 times....that's it.  Shape it anyway you like or put in loaf pan.  Bake according to directions.  (I bake mine the same way the original recipe says, in a cast iron dutch oven, but you don't need to do that.) 

Once you see how easy it is and what wonderful results, you'll be able to gain more confidence and bake whatever you like!
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7  No-Knead Sourdough -- Finally Success! in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Ambimom on: April 10, 2009 12:32:47 PM
Finally,  Grin a no-knead sourdough that succeeded.  I've been trying for weeks to eliminate the yeast entirely and make a no-knead bread with sourdough.  Nothing worked.  They were either too wet, didn't rise at all, or were hard, inedible disgusting pancakes. 

I was determined to succeed.  I finally did.  This is what worked for me.

Instead of measuring flour by volume in measuring cups, I broke down and bought a scale that measures in both grams and ounces so I could measure flour by weight.  Instead of trying to make a starter from scratch, I broke down and bought one from King Arthur flour.

I purchased this starter: http://www.kingarthurflour.com/shop/items/classic-fresh-sourdough-starter-1-oz  and followed the directions exactly.
I used this recipe:  http://sourdo.com/recipes.html#no-knead
I measured the flour with this scale: http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=10098024, and I baked it in this dutch oven: http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=5716476

The proof is in the results:

Now all I have to do is taste it....but it is so beautiful I can't bear to take a knife to it! Grin
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8  Purse organizer from recycled jeans and old border print coverup in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Ambimom on: March 12, 2009 06:49:41 AM
This purse organizer has the soft side of hook and loop tape all around the outside so it can be folded and fasted on either end.  The design is culled from lots of pictures of other purse organizers.



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9  Re: How much roving do I need??? in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by Ambimom on: December 28, 2008 01:11:42 PM
4 to 8 oz of roving should be more than enough for a hat but keep in mind that if you've never spun with a spindle, your yarn will not be consistent.  I taught myself how to spin last year.  After a bit of practice, I got into a rhythm and was able to feed a fairly consistent amount of fleece.

Here's the first thing I made. 

Take it slow and get used to it. It's a lot easier than I ever imagined.  Good luck.
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10  Re: What are you making for Christmas this year (2008)? in Winter Holidays by Ambimom on: December 02, 2008 08:17:41 AM

Made from recycled materials with the following FREE online patterns

totebag = http://mamaspocketbook.com/freebies.htm (recycled fabrics from old skirt and sheet)

cellphone case = http://sewing.about.com/od/freeprojects/ss/cellphonecases.htm

plastic bag holder = http://www.doitgreen.org/article/diy/plastic (recycled fabric from old sheet)

socks = http://www.knitting-crochet.com/soc.html

sewing kit = my own design. (Recycled fabric from scraps)

pincushion = http://keyka.typepad.com/my_weblog/2008/10/pincushion-cuff-tutorial.html (recycled sheets and scraps)
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