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11  Oregon / Oregon: Southwest / Eugene get together/ skill exchange? on: October 03, 2005 03:26:33 PM
I know there are a handful of Craftsters in Eugene, anybody want to get together?

I knit, sew and crochet.  I've done some pattern drafting and some kool-aid dying.  I'd be willing to teach anyone who was interested.  I'd love to learn spinning, dying, silk screening, advanced sewing techniques or just about anything someone'd like to teach.

So how 'bout it?  Anyone interested?
12  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Wedding UNtraditions? on: October 01, 2005 10:33:37 AM
My sweetie and I are planning on getting married in either August or December 2006.  We're not religious and our families barely celebrate any holidays.  However, I'd love to have a ceremony as a celebration of our relationship and a party for our friends and families.  In that vein I've been trying to come up with anti-traditional (and tongue-in-cheek) wedding ideas.  Here are some:

1.  We're not religious and both of our mothers have god-shaped chips on their shoulders, so getting married by a minister is out of the question.  Nor do we want to be married by some random bureaucrat.  My solution:  hire an amateur actor, rent a costume and have BATMAN officiate.

2.  Flowers are overpriced and way too clich, so I'm going to have a bouquet consisting of fresh dill, fennel, and maybe a few bulbs of garlic.

3.  Instead of rose petals, our flower girl is going to strew snappers (the tiny fireworks) down the aisle.

4.  One of my fianc's nephews will carry my train, and by train I mean MODEL train.  As in choo-choo.

5.  Renting a tandem bicycle to get to the reception.  If I could convince the entire wedding party to ride their bikes I might tip off the local paper.

What do you think?  Any other ideas?
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Copyright stitches? on: September 13, 2005 08:58:40 AM
So, obviously you can't take a pattern for a sweater out of an old book, recopy it and sell it as your own, but what about using published knitting stitches in original patterns?  I've recognized a lot of lace and cable designs in commercial patterns from my various stitch dictionaries, does that mean they have the publisher's permission?  So say I wrote a pattern for an original garment, but I used a stitch from a published resource.  Could I then sell the pattern, including the chart/stitch directions I got from the book?  Would re-copying the chart or directions (as opposed to just scanning them or typing them word-for-word) be enough?

Similarly, if I invented a new stitch pattern, say an original lace design, could I then copyright it alone so that no one else could publish it?
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Mongol Kiss on: August 31, 2005 10:01:40 AM
I made this hat for my sweetie.  I can't decide whether it makes him look like a Mongol Warlord or a Hershey's Kiss.

Despite the pained expression, he really does like it.

Basically, I chose a cable pattern, knit it long enough to go around his head, picked up stitches for the top and decreased, adding cables.  Here's a picture that better shows the spiralling top.

Please ignore the filthy carpet.
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Pirate Gansey on: August 30, 2005 11:18:16 PM
I had to wait to post this so it would be a surprise for my Pop. 

It's a pretty traditional Fisherman's Gansey, knit in one piece, with a knit/purl skull design.  I had some yarn left over so I made a matching aran tam.  No skulls on that, though.

This is my father.  People say he's where I get my looks.

I think they're right.

Here's a close up on the knit/purl skull with the contrast turned up.

I used Paton's Classic Wool in Deep Olive.  I've definitely become a fan.  Lots of warm wooly goodness for your money.
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Name that fiber! -- Resolved on: August 30, 2005 08:33:46 PM
Can anyone identify this fiber?  It's from a Goodwill sweater with no tag.  It smells like hair and leaves no residue when burnt so it must be something natural/protein based.  The yarn's really lustrous, with long, fine, smooth fibers.  I haven't worked with many luxury yarns so I don't recognize it.  I'd like to see if I can find some similar yarn as there's not quite enough for the project I have in mind.

Here're the best photos my camera can manage:

Excuse the curliness, I've frogged but not yet washed the yarn.

Any help's appreciated.
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Doknit (with pattern) on: August 25, 2005 01:18:28 PM
Inspired by mental__floss's baby cousin.


Knit Donut

Worsted weight yarn, maybe 15g
contrasting yarn for sprinkles
waste yarn
stuffing, such as polyfil or beans
1 stitch marker
Size 6 (4.25mm) double-pointed needles
Tapestry needle

Cast on 20 sts using any temporary cast on method, place marker, join.
Round 1: Knit.
Round 2: Knit 2, make 1 around (30 sts).
Round 3: Knit.
Round 4: Knit 3, make 1 around (40 sts).
Rounds 5-14: Knit.
Round 15: Knit 4, make 1 around (50 sts).
Round 16: Knit.
Round 17: Knit 5, make 1 around (60 sts).
Rounds 18-21: Knit
Round 22: Knit 4, K2 tog around (50 sts).
Round 23: Knit.
Round 24: Knit 3, K2 tog around (40 sts).
Rounds 25-34: Knit
Round 35: Knit 2, K2 tog around (30 sts).
Round 36: Knit.
Round 37: Knit 1, K2 tog around (20 sts).
Round 38: Knit.

The end product:

(To make sprinkles, carry a strand of contrasting yarn and knit a stitch from this yarn every few stitches in rows 6, 8, 10, 12, 14 and 16.  For frosting, knit rows 6-16 in a contrasting color.)

Remove the temporary cast on and weave those stitches together with the final row as pictured.

 Don't forget to stuff the donut before weaving the final stitches!
18  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Vegan chili recipe, very well tested on: July 25, 2005 10:39:38 AM
A lot of vegans have been coming out of the woodwork complaining that it's hard to find decent recipes so I thought I'd share this.  I'm an omnivore but I developed a taste for meat-free food while living with a vegetarian roommate and heck, TVP is cheap and easy.  I make this all the time and it's always come out delicious.

Soy Chili!
(Crock Pot Vegan Chili)
12 cups

1 c. dry beans (I like kidney and black beans)
1 large or 2 small onions, coarsely chopped (at least 2 cups)
~1/2 c. dry soy strips or TVP
6+ cloves garlic, minced or pressed
28 oz. canned diced tomatoes (one big can or two normal-sized cans)
8 oz. can El Pato salsa (or 1 cup other hot salsa)
2-4 tbsp. tomato paste
1 bouillon cube
1 tbsp. chili powder
  Optional / to taste
-1 fresh jalapeno, minced or pressed
cayenne powder
liquid aminos

1.  Rinse beans and cover with hot water to at least three times the depth of the beans.  Let soak 4 hours to overnight.
2.  Drain beans, rinse and add remaining ingredients with enough water so the mixture comes to a little more than an inch from the top of the crock pot (for a 12 cup crock pot). Cover and set the crock pot on high until it begins to boil then turn it to low and simmer 6 hours to overnight.
3.  Turn off crock pot, stir chili and taste.  If its not tomatoey enough add tomato paste; if its not hot enough add cayenne.  If its plenty hot but doesnt have enough of a chili-like flavor, add cumin.  If you want it to have a more meaty taste add liquid aminos. 

Pretty much everyone loves those brown soy strips from PC market and doesnt care about the lack of meat.
You could also use 1 - 2 cans of prepared beans instead of dry, in which case it could simmer for half as long.
Nutrition (per 1 cup): Total Calories 180, Fat 1g, Carbohydrate 24.8g, Fiber 7.4g, Protein 15g
Calories from Fat 5.9%, from Carbohydrates 58.6%, Protein 35.5%
Vegan, no cholesterol, low fat, no added sugar, no refined flour
MRT rev.9/04      
19  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Watermelon slush recipe? on: June 05, 2005 07:38:03 PM
I had a neat little cook book as a child about a brother and sister; it would have little stories about them that would accompany the recipes (i.e. "it snowed today, so Jane made hot chocolate" followed by a recipe for hot chocolate).  What I liked best was a recipe for watermelon slush.  Basically you cut up watermelon, blended it, possibly with some honey, then put it in a pan in the freezer and stirred it every fifteen minutes until you got something like an icy sorbet (granita?).  At least that's what I remember from fifteen years ago.l

Does anyone else remember this book?  Failing that, does anyone have a recipe that sounds similar?  It's getting to be watermelon season around here and I'm feeling nostalgic.
20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Can I glamify my bike so jerks won't steal it? on: April 24, 2005 01:09:49 PM
My boyfriend had both the wheels stolen off his bike a few months ago and the seat stolen after that.  Just the other day we found that someone tried to cut through his cable lock.  I've heard of people painting their bikes to cover up the brandname, but by most accounts this doesn't really work.

What can we do to his bike that will A:  Make his bike look really cool and B:  Stop people wanting to steal it (at least for monetary gain)!  The only stipulations are that it has to be weatherproof and not affect the bike's rideability.

I'm thinking fake fur, but I don't know if that would stand up to the rain.
Papier mache dinosaur head?

Please help!
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