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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: coffee mug sweater on: August 23, 2010 04:43:09 PM
Thank you for the kind replies!

It doesn't have a bottom because I wasn't sure how I'd wiggle it onto the cup over the handle (one of the ends is a bit too tight), but that's a great idea.

I'm wondering if you made the bottom as a circle, and then the cup part as a rectangle (then sewn to the bottom) that doesn't connect to itself, but has some kind of tie so that the two ends of it can meet under the handle?  Does this make sense?  haha it's a little tricky.  But if this method worked, then it could also be less tall, as it wouldn't have to go all the way up to the top of the handle, and you'd be able to drink out of the cup normally without eating yarn fuzz. 
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / coffee mug sweater on: August 20, 2010 05:42:29 PM
Maybe it's just my mugs, but whenever I have a hot drink, the mugs are always too hot to hold and I have to hold it by the handle which is awkward for me for some reason. 

So I made this little cosy for my mug.  Probably not ideal for people who drink coffee the normal way, but I use straws Smiley 

I already have some better stylistic ideas in mind for round two, I'll keep you posted!

3  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / eggplant pesto stuffed shells on: August 19, 2010 03:49:42 PM
I've been getting creative trying to find things to do with the super-cheap farmer's market eggplant and made this tonight...

Last week, I grilled eggplant and topped with pesto, then baked and it was delicious, but I made way too much, so I froze it (I was going out of town and knew it'd be a yucky mess by the time I got back if I just stuck it in the fridge) and tonight I thawed it out to see what I was working with.  It was too smushy for my taste, so I skinned it and dropped it in my food processor (that thing is the best $12 I've ever spent).  It made this really tasty concoction that I was tempted to make into some kind of panini but then I thought of pasta.

So I stuffed each shell with a little piece of mozzarella cheese and this eggplant pesto thing, then topped with a tomato sauce I made a couple days ago (nothing special) and baked to melt the cheese.  Easy and delicious!   Also very simple to make into a vegan dish -- the cheese made it more hearty and filling, but I think it'd be a very delicious cheeseless meal as well.
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Mushrooms! on: August 18, 2010 06:01:27 AM
Shocked That is stellar! I have seen things made out of plastic yarn before. Where do you get it? Or how do you make it? I would love to make a beach bag out of it.

Get a BUNCH of plastic bags, for starters.  Then, smooth one out, re-folding at any seams, so it lays flat.  Fold in half vertically, then again.  Cut off the handles and the bottom seam, toss to the side (save for later if you're making something that needs to be stuffed!).  Then cut horizontally across your still-folded bag, about 1'' strips.  (I like to fold the bag in half and cut, then fold those in half and cut, then do it one more time to each of the quarters, if this makes sense...it's my lazy way of cutting without measuring).  Then, open up each of the cut strips, you'll have rings.  Join the rings with something of a slipknot:  lay two rings end-to-end slightly overlapping, then bring the opposite end of one of the rings down and pull through its bottom part.  Repeat with each ring you've cut, and keep going until you have a nice big ball.  I'm making a bag right now, too, and I've used about 30 bags so far (I'm just getting past the bottom base of the bag).  Sorry, this is a bit difficult to explain, but if you google "plarn" you'll get tutorials with pictures, which makes this infinitely more clear.
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Cutest Clam Pattern! on: August 18, 2010 05:50:08 AM
Adorable, indeed!   I think it'd be cute with a little scalloped edge on the shell, too!  (..but then again, I tend to think that about everything)
6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Roasted Vegetable Soup on: August 17, 2010 08:12:46 PM
What a great use for all the super-cheap in-season veggies!  Silly question:  do you peel and seed the tomatoes before roasting?
7  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Star Wars Mini Amigurumi - lots of images! on: August 17, 2010 08:00:16 PM
Just got the patterns on etsy -- I can't wait to make them!
8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / my first project -- sea turtle on: August 17, 2010 07:17:37 PM
I'm new to crochet and have loved browsing through craftster for inspiration when the learning process was particularly painful!  This is the first project I've made without patterns or anything and I think it turned out kinda cute..There are certainly some things that could be modified to make it better, but I thought I'd share anyway.

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Mad Men Inspired Clothing! Joan & Betty ;) on: August 17, 2010 07:10:30 PM
Absolutely gorgeous -- really makes me want to pull the ancient sewing machine out of the attic and see if I can get it working!
10  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Anything with Tofu on: August 17, 2010 03:33:59 PM
I try to add tofu to the pre-packaged dry stuff I make (such as a black beans + rice package, or a package of ramen soup). 

In that same vein, I've also made a chickpea/tofu dish in curry sauce and served it over brown rice -- delish!  I just used a curry paste, which made it incredibly simple.
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