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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / southern california planting schedules? on: December 10, 2008 05:49:39 PM
do you guys think it is too late to plant a winter garden here in san diego? It's still sunny out, we've only had some on and off rain, and then more santa ana. I mean it's cooling off, but we're not going to have frost for another month or two, I would say. I meant to plant in October, but we finally got some new good dirt and mulchy stuff and seeds.
I don't want to plant and have them be too weak by the time winter comes around. But who knows how much of a winter it will even be here, anyways.
should I just wait until spring?
2  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / super easy vegan banana chocolate chip (cup)cake on: December 10, 2008 05:34:17 PM
Hi, I saw this recipe on delicious tv totally vegetarian on kpbs
it is sooo easy and it uses up those almost bad bananas everyone has sometimes. Plus, it's insanely delicious. The original recipe was for a 9 in. round cake, but I always make it as cupcakes.
so here it is:

1 3/4 cup flour
1 cup sugar(the unrefined kind if your vegan)
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup soymilk
1/2 cup light vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla
2-3 bananas, mashed. depending on size, of course.
chocolate chips

So basically just mix everything together and bake in a 350* oven until light golden brown. You'll smell how good they are when they're done. I guess you could even frost them if you like, but I think they're good plain. ooh you could even add nuts! mmmm
please try this recipe, you won't regret it. I promise.

3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / handbuilt mushroom thing and some bowls on: December 06, 2008 09:06:22 PM
so this mushroom is the first thing I ever made. The assignment was an organic pinch pot/ coil sculpture, and this is what I came up with:

I just painted it a few days ago.

at first, I wanted it to be a toothbrush holder, so that's why there are holes on the top, but it didn't really work out.. but oh well.

and this is the second bowl I made on the wheel. The first one wasn't even worth saving for the dog to eat out of.

i really like the outside glazes, it's kind of tannish on the other side, i used brown black and vegas purple red i think and on the inside envy green.

but it ran or something and left this really weird metallic ring.
the whole inside is rough, so I'm not going to eat out of it.
I was thinking about putting a plant in it or something, but nonetheless, i'm pleased.

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / I need help understanding this glove pattern on: November 26, 2008 11:28:42 PM
I thought it would be a nice idea to make my mom some custom fit gloves for christmas, since she lost half of her index finger last year.
anyways, i'm at the part where you start the thumb hole, and I just don't know what to do

the pattern says
Left glove thumb opening:
Note: for the left glove the beginning of the rnd is at the pinky finger edge of the hand.
next rnd: K 16, k 8 thumb sts with an 8" piece of waste yarn, return last 8 sts to left-hand needle, with main yarn k 8 sts worked with waste yarn, k 28 to end.

first, it says the pinky finger is at the beginning of the round, so should I go to the halfway point where the thumb should be to start? i don't think so..
then it says k 16, but does it mean knit 16 then knit 8 on the waste yarn or what?
maybe it means k 16, then 8 then put the 8 back on the left needle and knit them again with the main yarn?  but then the thumb would be in the middle, not at the halfway point or at the beginning of the round.
and could i use a stitch holder instead of waste yarn?

ahhh i'm so confused  Huh <--me
please help me

merci beaucoup

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / starting on presents.. scarf and hat on: November 19, 2008 08:52:11 PM
Fall and winter are my favorite times to knit, seriously. And now that i've been riding the bus, I have all this extra time.  Smiley

so here's the scarf:


even more close up

i used seed stitch, and lion brand wool in this really nice purple color (don't know the name)
i'm really pleased with how it came out.

Also, I made Natalie Larson's star crossed slouchy beret

cable detail

I think it's really cute, but it's a little big on my head. It fits better if I tuck my hair in, but I might give this one away and make myself another one, maybe a little slouchier. But I love the cable pattern.

oh, also I made a knitting needle holder! yay i've always wanted to make one, and I finally got around to it.

i love the fabric
I used all fat quarters from jo anns

I'm happy.

now I just need more needles to fill it up with, since I seem to have lost all of mine...
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