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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re:Grommet T-Shirt Halter on: April 27, 2004 08:42:29 AM
Wow, I adore the patterns on the top triangle pieces.  Did you put the grommets in yourself?  Which tool did you use?  I always have problems putting in grommets cos they come out ugly on one side.  I've tried the tool that looks like a hole punch as well as the caveman-looking set requiring a hammer.  Yours came out looking great!
12  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re:Non-animal yarn help on: April 19, 2004 10:28:07 AM
I like to use cotton and linen-- organic and nonbleached if possible.  I do succumb to acrylics and polyesters a fair amount.  Check out http://secure.elann.com/productdisp.asp?NAME=Naturelle+8%2F8+on+Cones&Season=&Company=&Cat=Bargains&ProductType=5&OrderBy=+Order+By+Bargain+Desc&Count=12--Naturelle 8/8 on Cones-- on elann.com for a nice, cheap recycled cotton.  They also have some good organic cotton, and some killer bargains.

13  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re:Skully Sweater..HELP! on: April 15, 2004 08:31:06 AM
Thanks!  The yarn I used was Schoeller Stahl Cecil.  The tag on the ball said "5-6" so I used size 6 needles.  I didn't find out until the whole thing was knitted up that those were milimeter measurements, meaning size 8-10 needles!  So the fabric of the sweater is very dense and heavy, which is pretty interesting.  It weighs a ton.

For the ribbing, I did 3x3 ribbing on the sides of both the front and the back pieces.  I did an extra pair on each side on the back, so that the stockinette panel in the back was narrower.  I think I ended up doing about 4 pairs of ribs on each side of the front, and 5 on the back.  I just tried to do the math, and see what looked good.

I used the smallest size of the pattern, and I ended up doing the sleeves exactly to the pattern.  Except that I knit them in the round up to the skull motif intarsia (which I tried in the round 3 times, but, um, it's impossible), knit the intarsia flat, and then went back to round.  I hate sewing up more than anything.  

Let me know if there's any other details you're interested in!  I'd love to see pics of other people's Skully customizations.
14  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re:Skully Sweater..HELP! on: April 13, 2004 05:51:42 PM
my skully ended well, although I must admit it's not technically _completed_... I still need to sew in ends.

Here are photos:




The last one shows how I made the sides of the body in a wide rib, so the overall effect is fitted.  I sewed the skirt from a pattern I made, and appliqued the flowers.  Whew, and now the images are up!
15  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re:How it All Vegan and other cookbooks on: April 12, 2004 03:19:24 PM
I love both of those books, but I did start to yearn for something more complex.  That's when my husband got me a fab bday gift--
<a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1580082076/ref=pd_bxgy_img_2/002-5986955-3289669?v=glance&s=books">The Artful Vegan: Fresh Flavors from the Millennium Restaurant</a>.  That's the second one by the Millennium Restaurant peeps; I can't wait to get the first.

The recipes are challenging and beautiful and everyone will marvel at the outcome.  One of them took me 3 hours, which I enjoyed spending in the kitchen making the 5 separate parts of the main dish.  Whew!

My very favorite basic vegan recipe book is from a commune in the 70s!  <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0913990604/qid=1081808167/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/002-5986955-3289669?v=glance&s=books">The New Farm Vegetarian Cookbook</a>-- please ignore its photos of hippy women barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen.

I also have Vegan Planet, but I haven't been too excited by that yet.

16  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re:BBQ suggestions needed! on: April 12, 2004 03:11:09 PM
curry roasted potatoes!  
Cut potatoes into chunks, toss in a bowl with a mixture of 1 part curry powder
1 part garam masala powder
1 part salt
2 parts olive oil
(yes, that's pretty approximate.  I usually start with 1 part = 1 tablespoon, and add on if the potatoes aren't adequately covered).
Spread in single layer on baking sheets.  Turn after about 10 minutes at 375 degrees F, and roast/bake for another 10 minutes.  That'll vary widely depending upon the size of your chunks, so keep an eye on it.

I also love black bean & corn salads, and they're pretty cheap:

17  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:Boy learning to knit... help! on: April 09, 2004 04:38:10 PM
wristbands!  ie, Powerful Wrist Protection, from the Stitch n Bitch book.  There's a Pacman pair on here, but I can't find em.

How about a Space Invaders hat:

We need more knitting boys!
18  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re:What is crafting felt made of? on: April 08, 2004 12:30:03 PM
The usual stuff in the little squares for cheap is acrylic.  Wool felt is generally more expensive, and I think it comes on the bolt like regular fabrics.
19  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re:Cat Shelf on: April 07, 2004 01:32:09 PM
Eeep!  Great project.  Thanks for the tutorial & great pics.

Prana is gorgeous.  He reminds me of my precious brown tabby babies, who can't wait to have a cat shelf of their own.
20  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Coffee Tins, Glass Jars, Plastic Containers on: April 07, 2004 01:29:28 PM
For the xmas lights, what I meant was to use the blue bottle/tube part as a cover, so the light shines out blue.  You could make a hole in the bottle lid, push the xmas light bulb through, then put the bottle lid on the bottle.  It's a variation on, say, the flower lights already posted on this site.
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