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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Crochet Intarsia? on: January 03, 2007 08:26:41 AM
The only way I can figure out how to do crochet intarsia is by carrying the unused yarn behind the yarn I'm currently using. This is easy but a) it wastes A LOT of yarn and b) sometimes if I'm using several colours you can see the unused strands being carried behind the active strand.

Is there another technique that is more practical than this one? I don't like the idea of just ending off and starting a new strand every time I need to change a colour, esp. if I'm just working one stitch of a particular colour.

Thanks for any help and or tips!
2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Soy Balls -- how to prepare them? on: October 21, 2005 04:47:04 PM
I found a grocery store in town that sells dehydrated soy balls in bulk, and I would really love to cook them. The only way I've had them prepared, though, is battered and deep-fried and I'd prefer to cook them another way. Anyone have ideas? I was thinking maybe marinating them, steaming them...
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Chullo! on: September 18, 2005 08:57:26 PM
Here's a chullo, complete with earflaps for that vicious prairie wind. I made up the pattern -- just started w/a small circle and increased gradually.

4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Canadian Etsy Crafters? on: July 22, 2005 03:43:43 PM
I've just signed up w/Etsy, and was wondering -- are there any Canadian crafters who use Etsy and have found success? The site seems to be very geared towards US users, and I can't really figure out how to price items/shipping the way I'd like -- since there's only two shipping options, US and International. Seeing as I'm in Canada, shipping w/in it is not exactly international.
5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / "sweaty" melt and pour glycerine soap on: July 20, 2005 06:17:08 PM
I've just made a few batches of m/p soap, and I found that a couple of the soaps turned out 'sweaty' or greasy -- beads of oil are forming on the soap's surface. I've wrapped the soaps in paper towel to try and dry up or absorb the oil. They are really greasy.

Is this the result of adding too much fragrance oil to the soap? How can this problem be remedied -- should I just melt the soap down and add a bit more m/p base to it, to accommodate for too much oil? Or will soap dry up, eventually?

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Square-bottomed shark tote on: June 22, 2005 11:58:39 AM
I made this yesterday! So fast and easy. I am obsessed with sharks. This one is a bull shark, the most dangerous kind!

7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Lye? on: June 19, 2005 12:11:46 PM
Where do you find it? Is it the same thing as Sodium Hydrochloride?

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Shirt = skirt pattern in newest issue of Bust?? on: June 19, 2005 12:06:48 PM
Has anyone seen or made this yet? It's amazing!!
9  COOKING / Dessert / (Cranberry) Muffin Assistance. on: June 11, 2005 12:05:43 AM
I'm looking for a perfect cranberry muffin recipe. I have a few books that have basic muffin recipes, but I'm worried -- I want the muffin to be doughy and moist, and heavier in weight, not at all cakey like commercially bought muffins. Any suggestions to how to achieve a consistency like that? I'm guessing that it's the baking powder that makes a muffin cakey but I could likely be wrong.

Moderator edit to move recipe to this thread Smiley

Brilliant advice from everybody!

Now I understand why all muffin recipes I find instruct to mix 'just until moistened.'

I actually found a muffin recipe that worked for exactly what I was looking for. It did turn out a little 'rubbery,' but that was kinda what I was looking for  Wink

1/4 c. melted butter/oil
1 1/2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. sugar (I used brown)
1 egg
1/2 c. milk

Mix together dry, separately mix 'wet,' add to well in dry, mix 'just until moistened' and back at 375 for...The regular amount of time (I can't recall, perhaps 20 mins?)

OH and cranberries. I added those, frozen, about a cup.
10  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Nail Polish from Acrylic Paint on: June 06, 2005 03:35:14 PM
Has anyone tried this? I bought some acrylic paint at Michael's that's just beautiful, sort of a olive/yellow/bronze colour, and I haven't come across anything quite like it in nail polish, so I was considering mixing it w/clear nail polish and seeing what happens. However, I'm wondering if it would dry properly or if something nasty would happen when the chemicals mixed...
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