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221  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Advanced Knitting Techniques - I don't know what I don't know on: February 24, 2010 10:38:07 PM
I've finally convinced my non-crafty girlfriend's to give knitting a shot!! They are going to take a 6 week project class at a local yarn shop and I want to join them - mostly to show my support and socialize with my pals but also hopefully to learn a thing or two myself.

I've been knitting for 10+ years and I've made everthing from hats, to scarves, to sweaters, boxer shorts, socks and knitted amigurumi. While I know quite a bit about knitting, I'm sure there are a zillion things I don't know.

Unfortunately I don't know what I don't know Smiley.

Does anyone have suggestions for advanced knitting techniques that I could study in class?

I've never tried magic loop style circular knitting - I thought I could get some professional help with that but I can't think of anything else.

222  Washington / Washington: West / Western Wa Craftster Meet-Up? on: February 19, 2010 09:02:01 PM
Would anyone be interested in a real-life craftster meet-up?

I know there are many of us around the Seattle/Tacoma/Bellevue/Olympia/Lynwood area. Maybe we could find a semi-central location and craft in real life?!

If there is interest I am willing to handle logistics.
223  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Grape Seed Oil on: February 15, 2010 02:20:54 PM
I like to use grape seed oil in salad dressings and recently shelled out a fair bit of coin for a Lime Riesling grape seed oil that's delicious. However, I'm realizing that I really don't know what to do with grape seed oil apart from dressings.

I know that it has a high smoke point so I could cook without setting off my smoke alarm for a change Smiley. I just don't know how the taste might impact proteins or how the flavors might change when cooked.

Since it's a bit pricey I don't really feel like experimenting with it.

Anyone have experience cooking with the stuff and/or any recipe ideas apart from salad dressings??

224  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Chicken (really really really) Little on: February 14, 2010 05:44:01 PM
I made a little hippo amigurumi out of embroidery floss last week and swore I would never attempt a project of that size again...so instead I went smaller Smiley.

I made this teeny tiny tweeter using this pattern http://bittersweetblog.wordpress.com/2007/02/19/birds-of-a-feather/, a 1.4 mm crochet hook and thin thread that I believe is typically used for tatting.

I would not recommend a project like this to anyone that values their vision Smiley.

Thanks for looking!!
225  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / The Inseperable Gertrude and Hank on: February 13, 2010 08:41:36 PM
I made Gertrude and Hank for my lovely partner in the Creepy Cute swap. She's received so I thought I'd introduce them to you all.

I used a pattern from the book, The Knitted Odd Bunch with a few minor tweaks. They were SO fun to make and I think my partner is enjoying their company.

They were made with bamboo yarn (which I loved working with) and have a finished height of nearly 12".

Thanks for looking!
226  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Brain Eating Octopus Zombie on: February 11, 2010 10:36:07 AM
If this isn't the right category for this project please move it to a better spot.

I made this zombie octopus for my partner in the Creepy Cute swap. Since he's officially arrived at his new home I thought I'd share him with you Smiley.

He's made from felt, embroidery floss and a bit of quilt batting.

227  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Pygmy Hippo Baby Amigurumi on: February 08, 2010 09:12:32 PM
There have been so many cute teeny-tiny projects posted lately that I was inspired to make something of my own. With my newly acquired crochet skills I tried my hand at amigurumi.

I used embroidery floss and a little teeny hook that I found in a box I inherited from Grandma to make this little guy. My hands cramped and my eyes crossed looking at the little stitches but I think he turned out cute.

Here he is with his older (more guinea-pig looking) brother...

Thanks for looking!!
228  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Deep Thoughts by Jack Handy Swap? on: February 01, 2010 08:03:46 PM
To me, clowns aren't funny. In fact, they're kind of scary. I've wondered where this started and I think it goes back to the time I went to the circus, and a clown killed my dad.

Even though I was their captive, the Indians allowed me quite a bit of freedom. I could walk freely, make my own meals, and even hurl large rocks at their heads. It was only later that I discovered that they were not Indians at all but only dirty-clothes hampers.

The crows seemed to be calling his name, thought Caw.

These are just a few of my favorite Jack Handy quotes from the Deep Thoughts sketches on SNL. I find them all irresistibly laugh-out-loud funny.

I think there's some potential for a fun swap here. Anyone else?
229  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Animal Fat - Where can I get it?? on: January 07, 2010 04:09:33 PM
This is going to sound weird but for a swap project I'm working on I need animal fat. Don't worry, I'm not sending my partner a block of lard.

I know I could make my own but I'm wondering if it's possible to buy it and if so, where I might find it.

I'm trying to be a little vague since there is a slim chance my partner might see this post but if additional details are required to answer the question I'm happy to post them Smiley.

Thanks for any advice you can provide!
230  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / First Quilt Fabric Choices...What Was I Thinking? UPDATED w/ Pics of Quilt Top on: January 05, 2010 09:44:23 PM
UPDATE!! With your encouragement, I kept chugging along on the quilt and just now finished the top. I haven't pressed the sashing seams yet but you can get an idea of what the final product will look like Smiley.

I was SO close to using yellow for the sashing (even bought the fabric) but changed my mind at the last minute. My friend is decorating her nursery in a shabby-chic-sort-of style and using a lot of rustic white colors so I used this natural color instead.

It's far from perfect but I learned a ton and really had fun. Now to make my quilt sandwich!!

Thanks for your advice and support!


My best friend is having a baby in May. I've been crafting away like mad for the little one and recently decided that it was a great opportunity for me to try to make my first quilt.

I'm using Oh Frannsons MixTape pattern. I spent hours at the store trying to choose the right fabrics. I finally selected, cut and sewed all 48 blocks and now I hate the choices I made Sad.

I think I was focused so much on color that I failed to see that maybe the patterns were all wrong. Dots, stripes, swirls, florals, solids, modern, geometric...WHAT WAS I THINKING???!!?!?!

I really need some advice. Is it as bad as I think it is? Should I start over with new fabric? I have extra of all of these so I suppose I could narrow it down to 6 or 8 fabrics instead of using all 12.

Ughhh - if I survive this whole thing and make another quilt I will think about fabric selection TOTALLY differently.

I appreciate your help. Honest opinions won't hurt my feelings Smiley.
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