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181  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re:Cooking Tip thread on: December 29, 2003 09:26:29 PM
Whenever I cook dishes that involve potatoes... I cook the tatters 75% of the way in the microwave before adding them to whatever it is I am cooking... This avoids the hassles of putting the potatoes into the frying pan (or whatever) raw, them getting all stubborn on you, and the rest of the ingredients are ruined since the potatoes will not cooperate and COOK!!!

It also makes many dishes go faster (since now you do not have to wait for the potatoes to cook the traditional way) which is good for impatient people like me, or those in a hurry....  Wink

and an addition to this tip is that I cut the potatoes into whatever shaped they need to be, prior to microwaving them... They cook even faster and let me tell you trying to chop up a hot potato is no fun.... Though I will admit that it is much easier to remove the skins if you leave the potatoes whole, microwave them, then peel off the skins... I like the skins, so hey... It is your choice!  Grin
182  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re:Sonic the Hedgehog Mini Disc Case on: December 29, 2003 07:37:08 PM
Ha! I was browsing the recent posts and saw a picture of your case and I could not help but to scream "OMG IT IS SONIC!!!" Woo! Sonic rocks! and so does the mini disc case!! What a talented lady you are... Myself, I am a bit afraid to try knitting designs... Where did you find the cross-stitch pattern maker? I've been wanting to get over my fears and do an ode to Atari in some form of a knitted item...

oh and nothing wrong about 23 + toys... I am 23 and I got plushies and action figures for x-mas... whee! Now if only someone would have thought to give me a little Sonic bag  Wink
183  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re:fuzzy wuzzy bag on: December 29, 2003 07:00:09 PM
Thanks for all the praises  Grin... The handles are actually black plastic handles molded to look like bamboo, but I agree in the pic it does look like bike chain!  Shocked Which come to think of it, bike chain would make pretty cool handles *takes note of that* The handles were purchased at Hancock Fabrics for around $4, I've also seen Jo-Ann Fabrics with similar handles...

I did not use a pattern, I just made it up as I went along... It took one whole ball (60 yards) plus a few yards of a second ball of Lion Brand Fun Fur to make the bag (plus I'd estimate 100 yards of the acrylic)... I'm sure you could get away with using only one ball if you made the plain stripe wider or made the whole bag shorter...

The bag is knitted in the round - Using a strand of the fun fur and a strand of the worsted acrylic I cast on 60 stitches using size 15 needles and knitted until it was about 6 inches in length, then I switched the fun fur for another strand of the acrylic, and knitted in a garter stitch for 3 inches... Then I switched the 2nd strand of acrylic for the fun fur and knitted for another 3 inches.... Which made the base of the bag... For the bottom I switched the fun fur yet again for a 2nd strand of the acrylic and knitted for about 4 inches... I cast off the whole bag and sewed the bottom seam together....

While the stripe on the bag is pretty solid I definitely recommend lining the bag like I did, or you may just find your stuff escaping through the stitches... Whenever I knit or sew handbags I make the lining about half an inch shorter than the length of the actual handbag... I found this prevents the bottom of bags from sagging...

I assure any non-knitters or beginner knitters that the bag is a breeze to make... and since I used your basic craft store yarn, the bag was reasonably also priced to make...
184  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re:flapper costume on: December 27, 2003 03:18:33 PM
To me the whole key to having the right look is accessories and a drop-waist dress (just think of a straight dress with no waist).....

One year I was a flapper for Halloween... The dress I found at the thrift store for under $5 and altered it to look less 80's party-dress and more flapper chic... I basically gave the dress a quick dye job, removed the hundred layers of ruffles, and added a cute ribbon sash around the hip area... I could not find a cloche in time, so I made myself something that was sort of like a headband adorned with feathers, and added gloves, lot's of pearls, and a few other details to my look.

At some point during the 80's a drop-waist was in style, so I'd imagine it would not be that hard to find one at a thrift... The dress I altered was from the Jessica Mclintock(sp?) / Gunniee Sax label - and I have to admit a lot of their 80's era dresses could pass as flapper....

If you do not have a local thrift store, it is amazing how much people horde clothing in their closet, never to see the light of day again... It might be a good idea to ask around in the "older" crowd and see if anyone has am old party dress that suits the style you are going for... Most are more than happy to pass the item along...

Fashion quite often also repeats itself, so you'd be surprised that you might actually find something flapper-ish at a regular clothing store... For a Christmas party I got this gorgeous slip-dress, the dress had this woven (with glittery silver thread) deco-y rose pattern, and about a foot of fringe along the bottom... The style of the dress was meant to be form fitting, but I bought the dress 1 size too big so instead of clinging to my body it had a bit more of a 1920's fit..

Good luck with your search Wink

185  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / fuzzy wuzzy bag on: December 22, 2003 07:53:16 PM
Edit: I explained how I made the bag several replies down....

Phew. I finished this just in time for Christmas (it is a gift for a friend).. Blue is her favorite color and I really dig eyelash yarns, so I knitted this using a strand of Lion Brand Fun Fur and a strand of a generic acrylic.. I did the stripe with two strands of the acrylic... Not pictured but the bag is lined with a light blue fabric. The lining also keeps the bag from warping all to heck...

The bag is so soft!! I had moments while knitting, where I considered hijacking her bag and turning it into a tank top for myself....  Wink

186  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re:zipper pouch cuff on: December 17, 2003 09:36:07 PM
Wow, thanks for posting - This is the perfect thing for me seeing that I quite often just cram my cash-ola into my back pocket and hope it does not fall out/I get robbed.....

and I may just have what I need in my stash......
187  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re:Picture coin purse on: December 14, 2003 10:06:54 PM
Well now I need to add a laminator to my wants list.... I've been wanting one for some time, but making cute lil coin purses just pushed me over the edge.

Great job on the lil purses...
188  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Re:Stencil Disaster on: December 13, 2003 01:18:02 PM
I use this spray stencil adhesive stuff to affix the stencil to my shirts... Just be sure not to put too much adhesive on the stencil or your shirt may be left with lil globby bits stuck on it... Also make sure that the adhesive is "dry" (sticky feeling not wet) before placing it on the shirt or the damn globby bits may rear their ugly little heads...

I also found on the near the stencil stuff at my local craftstore they have this blank plastic so you can make your own stencil. One side of the plastic is smooth (which is the side you cut the stencil on) and the other side has a bit of a texture and I've found that texture helps prevent bleeding...

Oh... and my last tip is to not remove the stencil immediately after painting, sometimes little globs (ok ok, I must love the word glob or something) of paint stuck hidden in the corners may smear when you remove the stencil... but waiting a bit tends to help prevent that...

Speaking of globby bits of adhesive, I made a shirt for my BF's birthday and I got too little spots of adhesive stuck on the shirt... Now I need to go find out how to be rid of them*grumble*
189  California / California: Central / Re:wanna join a knitting group? on: December 13, 2003 01:04:55 PM
If the meetings were near the Palo Alto area... I may be interested in going, I do not have a car so getting myself around can be a bit of a hassle... heh.  Wink
190  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re:Miniature single-use guest/kiddie soaps on: December 13, 2003 01:04:02 PM
That is a darn good idea!!  Grin
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