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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Homemade Soda : Ginger Beer on: September 24, 2010 02:12:46 PM
 Hey there,

 I made homemade ginger ale and root beer all the time. I actually bottle in glass. I call them Pirate bottles - they have the cork and the latch. I've never had any bottle bombs.

 I use lemon because it creates a nice rounded flavor.  I've also made a lemon/lime soda and it ferments much longer than the rootbeer. I usually ferment for 24 hours minimally. I have one bottle that I refer to as the "tester" so that I can pop it open and see how the carbonation is going. The home made brew ages nicely in the fridge and tastes better the long it sits.

 I use ale yeast which I get at the beer supply store there is no yeast flavor afterwards and I don't get much yeast sludge in the bottoms of the bottles.

 Mother Earth news has an edition where they made fruit sodas.

 I like this guy's experimentations:
 he also fermented some lemon ginger juice he gets from Trader Joe's.

 I think there is a video on instructables where a lady made some strawberry lime soda? I can't remember exactly.
 ETA: it was CRAFT not instructables:

 Good luck and keep experimenting!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Cloche hat pattern for sewing? on: February 07, 2009 09:49:06 AM

 this might help and has a free pattern and instructions:

3  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: anyone made soy or dairy yogurt? on: June 14, 2008 10:46:00 AM

 I used skim milk with the powdered. I like that it adds some creaminess. as soon as I finish eating this batch I'm going to try the soy. How many hours did you incubate yours? Mine turned out tart, with a little honey its really good but I think I'm going to incubate for less time.

 thanks for the advice and websites.
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / Re: How To Make SOCK TOYS *IMG HEAVY on: June 12, 2008 01:25:22 PM
Ok, firstly, I hope this is in the right spot, it's not really a craft, but it is vintage, so yeah.

I'm on a big sock monkey kick right now and I was over at my Grammas house tonight, and she gave a How to Make Sock Toys book. It's from 1958 and has LOTS of sock patterns, from the good old sock monkeys to bunnies to pigs to kids.

So I thought I'd go ahead and see if anyone would be interested in some of the patterns. I have access to a scanner, but for right now I've just taken some pictures with my webcam (Hence the backwardedness of the photos, sorry!) to give you an idea. If anyone wants I can also make a list of all the patterns tomorrow and then if you see something that interests you then I can scan that pattern.

Anyways, onto my backwards photos!

 I hope its not too late but I'd be interested in any that you've already scanned for folks. these are great patterns. thanks so much!
5  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / anyone made soy or dairy yogurt? on: June 12, 2008 12:28:38 PM

 I was given a yogurt maker and have looked around the internet and found some recipes. I want to make some soy yogurt and wondered if anyone has made it homemade? Any tips? Some recipes add agar agar, some don't.

 Anyway, I made one batch of dairy yogurt, it was ok. I'm going to tweak.

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitty? on: June 11, 2008 03:00:35 PM

 It is but I didn't get the email from Amy, did any of you?
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Spring Knitty 08 on: March 11, 2008 12:41:49 PM

 It's loading slowly, so I know lots of folks are looking at it. I didn't see a discussion started here yet.

 What do you all think?
8  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Home Made Marshmallows! with recipe on: December 25, 2007 11:03:45 AM
The star ones are SO cute, but I an imagine they'd be a pain. Do they taste basically the same as the store marshmallows that you get in a bag? Is the consistency the same? Yours look... maybe a teeny bit denser than store-bought ones (in a good way!). Mint marshmallows sound delicious!! I've had a recipe forever, and never got around to making them... this reminds me that I need to try it out. I love marshmallows! Thanks for the inspiration!

 My friend and I made several batches of these in the last couple of weeks. We used a recipe from egullet.com instead of the Alton brown recipe. I have to say that ours turned out creamier than real marshmallows. they're like sweet pillows. we dusted with corn starch and powdered sugar. If you spray the knife or cookie cutter with oil then it goes much faster.

We also made smores marshmallows by coating the pan with graham cracker crumbs poured in the marshmallow, let it set and then cut into squares and rolled them in graham cracker crumbs to coat the sides and then drizzled chocoloate over them. we gave them away as gifts and people went crazy over them. I think we could sell them!
9  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Knitty's Roam (Fall 2007) on: October 01, 2007 10:39:44 AM
Would anyone care to Roam-along with me?  I saw lots of positive feedback for the pattern when this issue was launched so I'm hoping there'll be some takers!

I cast on last night while watching episodes 11 and 12 of Heroes, and I'm a whole 30 rows in  Roll Eyes  I'm using Jaeger Trinity which is a silk/cotton/some other stuff blend, and the colour's 'Water' which is a light grey-blue; very pretty.

I'll post pics once I've done the rest of the decs on this left front.  Hope you'll join me!

Jane Cheesy

 I just started this sweater this weekend. I'm doing it with Knitpicks Wool of the Andes so we'll see how it differs from the original.

 I find the seed stitch not so bad. I knit with both hands and find throwing is faster and easier on my hands. It's going pretty quickly.

 I'm glad to see others are knitting it as well.
10  Washington / Washington: West / Visiting Seattle, crafty recommendations? on: August 02, 2007 10:44:52 PM
 Hi all-

 I'll be in seattle for a week and I've checked out the other posts on this board but are there any shops, stores, galleries, etc that are a must for a crafter hanging out there? Thanks for the advice.

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