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21  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / from old sweater to glyptodon: evolution in action on: June 10, 2008 01:37:58 PM
I've been reading a lot of books on prehistoric animals lately, and I stumbled across the glyptodons and thought they were the cutest giant armadillo-type critters I ever seen. Here is my first prototype of a glytptodon plush: I used an old wool felt sweater with scraps of craft felt. I wanted to get the dimensions right before I cut into this brown velvet upholstery fabric I'd like to make a bigger one out of. This guy admittedly looks more like a beaver or something than I was hoping for, but he is nevertheless charming. If anyone has suggestions on how to make him more realistic, I would welcome them!

If you want to know more about glyptodons, here's the wikipedia article, but there are many wonderful books to be had on the subject too. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glyptodon

22  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Indian Chicken Soup recipe--anyone? on: May 24, 2008 02:30:39 PM
I was hoping some of you may be able to help me figure this one out!

I had a wonderful chicken soup at an Indian Buffet restaurant called the Yak&Yeti. I've been trying to figure out how to make it again--I've searched All recipes, Recipezaar and Google without much luck.None of the recipes look quite right, and I'm sort of a newbie soup cooker with no real successes--I'm not ready to experiment.

Here's what I'm positive was in it:
Chunks of tomato

What might have been in it-I'm not sure:


Anyone have the perfect recipe up their sleeve? Or even know what it's called, to aid in my search?
23  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Flyaway Cardigan in Spring 08 Knit1--what is this style CALLED? on: April 13, 2008 12:12:54 PM
I've been seeing this style of jacket/cardigan a lot lately and it's growing on me...the pictures on this page change a lot but you might see it, it's green: http://www.knit1mag.com/preview.php

It's called the flyaway cardigan in the magazine, but is that what the actual style is called? You know, the sort of pleated waist that creates a bubble shape. I'm not totally wild about the pattern in Knit1 and I'd like to search for other patterns, if only I knew what it was called...
24  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Sweetheart Sweater on: August 31, 2007 02:33:55 PM

    * Sweetheart Sweater
    * Based on Stephanie Japel's top-down raglan recipe
    * Circular size 7
    * Caron Simply Soft, Wool-Ease and wool scraps
    * Buttons from local yarn shop
    * Heart chart: http://www.soxie.com/valentine.html

I think this is the best fit I've ever had in a sweater, and it's definitely going to get more wear than any sweater I've knit before. I did a bunch of increases for the bust, and in retrospect I clearly have no idea what size I am. I need to learn to make darts.

25  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Forecast: Summer! on: May 22, 2007 09:00:54 AM
I finished this in four days during my vacation to Colorado! It's a modified Forecast by Stephanie Japel, free pattern on her website and Knitty. I used size 10.5 needles and good old dishcloth cotton. I didn't actually follow the pattern, I started off with it and then sort of went my own way. It's getting a lot of oohs and aahs! The ribbing hits me above the belly button, so it's a sort of bolero thing. Anyway it's cute and light and it makes me happy! Enjoy!

26  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Swell 1950s Swap! on: January 13, 2007 05:58:21 AM
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27  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Beautiful Spy Sweater on: January 12, 2007 10:21:57 AM
I shall seduce very important people and obtain very important papers and be generally sneaky, in a sexy sort of way. I shall also wear big sunglasses.

I've been working on this for a long time! It's based on the Fern Diamonds Cardigan: http://zeitgeistyarns.blogspot.com/2006/10/stick-fork-in-her-baby_04.html , but I used seed stitch and 6/2 ribbing instead of lace. There were several spots where I had to pick up stitches and knit for a few more inches because it was too short, but it is still seamless, as a raglan should be.Sorry, even in natural light stitch definition won't show up in black. But you've all seen seed stitch before, right?

28  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Everyone, I need your help! Copyright violation! on: January 08, 2007 06:42:04 AM
I'm so upset. Someone on eBay is selling my Aerial Pig crochet pattern, ( https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=19985.0 ) using my pictures, without crediting me at all.


I can't believe it. When I said everyone was free to make money off it, what I meant was that you could make and sell as many pigs as you liked, not capitalize on my work without doing any yourself! This person is cheating people by selling what is already available for free, and stealing from me.

I have written to the seller demanding that the listing be removed, and reported it to eBay. Is there anything else I can do? What if the person refuses?
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Black Aran Bobble Beret. Now with Wimpy Tutorial. on: January 04, 2007 12:06:44 PM

I don't know why this hat makes me think of aliens. But it does. I finally have the ability to knit aran things without patterns--I've memorized enough stitches. It's great. If you know how to do a simple cable, bobble and seed stitch, and aren't afraid of a little math, it's totally possible. I don't really want to go back and count stitches for a pattern, but here's the basic gist:

Cast on enough stitches to fit around your forehead (on size 6 dpns and worsted yarn, it's 70). Work in 1/1 rib for an inch or so. Switch to a slightly bigger 12" or 16" circular needle (I used size 9) and knit every stitch front and back. You want to double the number of stitches you have. Then count up what you've got and divide them up in your head so that all your cables and whatnot have a place to be. I like to draw a circle on paper and do wagon-spokes to make sure everything fits. That is where the math is. Then you just knit in your Aran pattern for about 7 or 8 inches, K2tog until you just have a few stitches left, run the thread through the hole and pull shut, bind off.

I used a 6-stitch cable, a 7-stitch panel of seed stitch, and a 5-stitch panel of stockinette with a 3-stitch bobble on it in the rows where I twisted the cables. I made it up. Basically. =)

So a Shannon's  Aran repeat would look like this:

*p2,k6,p2 (cable), k5 (bobble)  k1, p1 over next seven stitches (seed stitch), k5 (bobble). Repeat from star to end.
The cabling/bobbling row, every eight rows, looks like this:

*Cable: p2, slip 3 stitches to cable needle, hang in front. k 3, k 3 from cable needle, p2./Cable. Bobble: k2, k,p,k into next stitch, turn work, p 3, turn work, k 3, slipping first two stitches over last stitch, k2. /Bobble.Seed: (k1, p1) over next seven stitches. /Seed. Bobble: k2, k,p,k into next stitch, turn work, p 3, turn work, k 3, slipping first two stitches over last stitch, k2. /Bobble.

Nifty Tip:  If you end up with a few stitches too many or too few, increase or decrease. No one will ever know.
30  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / The Post Office Hat with pattern. on: January 04, 2007 11:48:57 AM
I saw this gorgeous old lady wearing a hat like this in the post office the other day. I'm pretty sure hers was knitted, although I didn't get a really close look. The distinguishing features are the little tail on top and the glorious puff-stitch.
Isn't it ADORABLE?


Worsted weight yarn. Sorry, no good at yardage, but certainly less than one average skein.

I hook.

Starting at the top:

Ch 4. Sc in second chain from hook and in each chain to end.
In last chain, do 4 sc. Now working in the round:
Ch 1, 2 sc in each sc. Join, ch 1.
2 sc in first sc, 1 sc in next sc. Repeat to end*. Join, ch 1.
2 sc in first sc, 1 sc in next 2 sc. * Join, ch 1.
2 sc in first sc, 1 sc in next 3 sc. * Join, ch 1.

Continue in this manner, increasing the number of sc by one every round, until the circle is big enough to cover the top of your head. Most people find that six inches is a good size for hat crowns.

Now, do puff stitch in the round until the hat is as long as you would like. Here is the puff stitch pattern:
Yo, insert hk in next st, yo, draw up 1/2" long lp, (yo, insert hk in same st, yo, draw up 1/2" long lp) 2 times, yo draw through first 7 lps on hk, ch 1.

Try skipping a stitch between puffs on the first round, and working in the ch 1 between the puffs on subsequent rounds. That should take care of it...you never know how things are going to turn out, what with different yarns, tensions and whatnot..but skipping the stitches should fix the rippling!

When it is long enough, do a round of hdc and you are done! I put a nice button accent on mine.

So, you know, I'm sure I don't need to say this, but feel free to use this pattern for yourself and your pals, just don't try to sell it online and be my competition, because that would make me cry into my pillow at night. Thanks. =)
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