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21  First wheel-spun yarn! in Spinning: Completed Projects by pollyprissypants on: August 11, 2013 03:16:55 PM
I have been DROOLING over spinning wheels lately. A friend let me borrow one of hers, so I was able to learn and get going. This yarn is the very first wheel yarn I've done- it's blue face leicester that I picked up at a local yarn shop, and I plied it with more of itself (this is actually only my second time to ply, EVER! I learned how to ply from Belladune's awesome tutorial).

I'd love to hear what you guys think- the good, the bad, and the suggestions. I love spinning and I want to get better, but I know most of my mistakes will get better as I practice.

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22  Re: Fibre Friday - August 2, 2013 in Spinning: Completed Projects by pollyprissypants on: August 09, 2013 12:41:17 PM
Hey guys! This is my very first plied yarn, blue merino plied with pink merino (roving from Etsy).

I joined a spinners and weavers guild this last week, I'm hoping it will improve my skills. A very nice lady from the guild is going to give me a wheel lesson tomorrow, then let me borrow one of her wheels so I can see if I like it. <-- who am I kidding, IF? I know I'm going to love it!
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23  Re: July Ongoing Pinterest Swap Discussion and Gallery in The Swap Gallery by pollyprissypants on: July 31, 2013 05:43:11 PM
I've been trying to post for two days now, and my camera hates me!

I received two awesome packages on Monday! This super sweet wrap bracelet from KriSmith was in one:

I wish my camera was better behaved, the colors are quite lovely! It's fantastic, Kris, thanks!

And in package number two, from LadybugsAndBumblebees:

The claim was for a market bag, but she also sent me a water bottle holder and a sweet little mini wallet! I love it all, thank you!
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24  Tie dyed granny square? Just plain bright? Afghan in Crochet: Completed Projects by pollyprissypants on: July 27, 2013 04:31:54 PM
Hey y'all!
My bestie and I are big ole hippies, so I crocheted this up for her. It was meant to look like tie dye, but that's okay; I'm still happy with how it came out.
It's just a basic spiral granny blanket.

Watcha think?
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25  Re: July Ongoing Pinterest Swap Discussion and Gallery in The Swap Gallery by pollyprissypants on: July 27, 2013 12:54:05 PM
Oh man, I received from Breegy today and these things are totally awesome!

Big Lebowski perler bead coasters! SO COOL!

Thanks, Breegy! The Dude is happily abiding on my coffee table!
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26  Re: July Ongoing Pinterest Swap Discussion and Gallery in The Swap Gallery by pollyprissypants on: July 18, 2013 01:39:06 PM
Oh good, I'm so glad you like it Breegy!

Here is what I sent to LadybugsAndBumblebees:

It's multi-crayon crayons, crocheted snowflakes, and a student work display banner using crayons on clothespins.
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27  Whovian Scarf, Ahoy! in Knitting: Completed Projects by pollyprissypants on: July 09, 2013 11:48:43 AM
Hey gang!
I knit this for my best friend's son who loves Doctor Who. He's going off to college this year, and is leaving tomorrow for orientation. I wanted to make him something fun to take along. We live in Texas, and he'll be going to college in Corpus, but he loves it even though it will literally never be cold enough to warrant this kind of winter getup.

I'm not a Who fan, I've actually never seen an episode, so pardon my lack of Who-isms in this post.  Wink

I know there have been lots of Who scarves on here over the years, but I'm really proud of this! I don't like to knit very much, I prefer to crochet, so this was a lot of work for me.

I got the pattern from Ravelry, but the link claims it to be the official BBC pattern. Who knows? Either way, by the end, my carpal tunnel was acting up so badly that I cut a few stripes short of their designated stitches. Le sigh.

Anyhoo, c&c always welcome!
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28  APPLE CHIPS! *with tute!* in Recipes and Cooking Tips by pollyprissypants on: June 02, 2013 02:48:49 PM
Hey gang!
I got a new food dehydrator, and was craving apple chips. Funny how that worked out!
Anyway, here they are, in their organic, preservative-free glory:

They're pretty easy to make, even if you don't have a dehydrator.

You'll need:
-About four/five apples- use your favorite variety. I like organic Granny Smiths. You're going to want to go organic on these because you'll leave the skins on.
-A bowl with water and lemon/lime/orange juice. You only need a couple of tablespoons of citrus juice in your bowl of water.
-Knife/mandolin and cutting board
-Cinnamon and sweetener of your choice (I use stevia, but if you want sugar or Splenda or whatever, knock yourself out)
-Paper towels or clean dishtowels
-Food dehydrator or oven preheated to 250 F.

Ready? Here we go.
1. If you're using an oven, preheat it now. You'll also want to cover some cookie sheets with foil. If you're using a dehydrator, dig it out from wherever it lurks and separate your layers.

2. Wash your apples. Get 'em good and clean. Again, go organic- we're not peeling them.

3. Using your knife or mandolin, slice 'em as thin as you can. DON'T CORE THEM OR PEEL THEM. You can pop the little seed giblets out using the tip of your knife. Note: The thicker the slice, the longer the cook time and the chewier the end result.

4. As you slice, chunk them into your bowl of citrus water. This helps them keep their color and not brown.

5. After they've all been dunked in the water, lay out some paper towels. I use a layer of about four. Assemble your topping- 2 parts cinnamon to one part stevia was what I used; you use whatever tickles your fancy. Place one layer of apples on the paper towels. You don't have to dry or blot them, just let 'em hang out.

6. Sprinkle that cinnamon goodness over them. If you accidentally put too much, use your fingers to wipe some off (or a paper towel, if you're trying to be PROPER).

7. Load up your dehydrator trays/foil lined cookie sheets. You don't want them to overlap, but it doesn't matter if the apples touch.

8. Pop 'em into their destination.

Dehydrator- About four-six hours (if you have settings on yours, aren't you special? You'll need to put it on low. I'm not that cool. One speed/temp fits all.) Play around with what works best for your desired outcome.
Oven- Start checking after about an hour. You'll want your chips to get shriveled up, but not burn or brown too much.

Mine looked like this:

Note that the brown is cinnamon, NOT burned apples!

Let the chips cool completely before putting in storage or allowing them to overlap. Chips will crisp up as they cool. They won't be as crunchy as store bought chips, but guess what? These have no preservatives! They're pretty friggin' tasty, too.

Store apple chips in an air tight container. I used a big ziploc bag. If you're anti-bag, that's cool; just put them in a jar.

These are great in homemade granola (added after the baking process), good as to-go snacks, and a very clean way to get a messy child to eat more fruit. If you make some, let me know how they turn out!
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29  Re: Journal Prompt Swap - Round 2 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by pollyprissypants on: May 23, 2013 05:13:40 PM
Oooooh, art journaling day!

I received from kartiana!

Here are the fronts:

And the backs!

Thanks, kartiana! And thanks to my group for an awesome swap!
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30  Re: Journal Prompt Swap - Round 2 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by pollyprissypants on: May 21, 2013 08:11:31 PM
Hey gang!
Here are my sets from deadsweaters and seneris!

From deadsweaters- fronts

And backs

From seneris- fronts

And backs!

Thank you guys! They are awesome!
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