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41  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Red Velvet Cupcakes end up as liquid pink evil on: September 06, 2007 12:31:50 AM
Okay, Wikipedia says that to replace buttermilk in a recipe you can put a tablespoon of vineager in a cup of milk and leave it to stand for ten minutes. Is this a horrible, horrible lie? I tried to make this recipe for red velvet cake and the batter ended up tasting like liquid evil (I mean sour). What went wrong?

And I used self-raising flour instead of cake flour - what difference does that make?

Also, the only red food colouring I could find was pink. I don't mean too-dilute-doesn't-look-like-true-red pink, I mean fuchsia. That's mental.
42  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: You know you're a craftster when... (part TWO!) on: September 04, 2007 03:43:57 PM
YKYACW... you start talking about zombies and robots, and feel the need to add "and bears, oh my!"

(and everyone looks at you like you're a crazy person. Which, to be fair, you are).

Where did the "x and y and z, oh my!" turn of phrase come from, anyway? It's not something I've ever heard outside the internet.
43  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: The Doctor Who & Spin Offs Swap Gallery!! on: September 04, 2007 10:28:43 AM
are those cards done with watercolours?

No, they're chalk pastels.

Glad you liked everything, Luinecu!
44  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Offset Square Wrist Pincushions on: August 29, 2007 11:43:43 AM
Pincushions this shape are usually called biscornus. I loved the fabrics you chose, and the idea of having one of those on a wristband is brilliant! I should so try that Grin
45  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: You know you're a craftster when... (part TWO!) on: August 29, 2007 10:54:38 AM
YKYACW... you watch American Pie for the first time, and when they're talking about Stiffler's mom, your first thought is "LIKE ON CRAFTSTER!!"
46  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: The Doctor Who & Spin Offs Swap Gallery!! on: August 28, 2007 05:57:06 AM
I finally have photos! It seems every piece of photographic equipment I own has some kind of personal vendetta against me, so in the end I just borrowed dad's camera and had at it.

First: the cutest polymer clay earrings you can imagine:

From the left: K9, a cyberman head that you can't really see because I photographed it sideways, the TARDIS and a dalek. Just look at the detail!

These came inside this Altoid tin: (again I implore you to look at the detail)

Along with this Jack and Ianto bracelet:

And then the rest of the package. This notebook is set to become my next diary:

"Doctor Whom" (which is very funny) now has pride of place on the Things What Are Somewhat Geeky shelf of my bookcase:

The most jealousy-inducing thing ever:

MY VERY OWN CAPTAIN JACK HARKNESS DOLL. I know I've used the word "detail" a lot already, but look at his little collar! and the fingers! and the vortex manipulator! Also, the fact that his arms are stretchy has afforded me no less than an hour of solid amusement.

And the MOST AWESOME THING OF ALL, which has gotten many favourable comments from people:


Luinecu: offically the best swap partner ever.
47  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: You know you're a craftster when... (part TWO!) on: August 18, 2007 03:32:52 PM
Also, YKYACW you read all of Teacosies With Irony in one go. (I started with small print, on my small-screen-with-high-resolution, and I got through maybe 40 of them before someone told me there was a gigantic link to a "big print" version)

I've done that fifty times myself and I write the damn things!  Roll Eyes You Know You're A Narcissist When...
48  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: You know you're a craftster when... (part TWO!) on: August 17, 2007 10:05:03 AM
So what were the class distinctions between knitting and crochet during that period?

Don't smack me down lol apparently some crocheter's find this offensive (I crochet though and I don't I just find it interesting) but crochet was originally a lower class handicraft.

We have very little evidence for it pre 1800 in Europe  when it became tremendously popular due to its ability to create beautiful lacework much quicker than the traditional methods. It came to have associations with the lower classes during the Irish Famine when Irish Nuns and poverty stricken women took it up as a means of providing some income for their families; Wealthy American women couldn't get enough of it brought it as a form charity relief. In England during the nineteenth century it was taught in homes for fallen women and thus gained an association with prostitutes that was to lower its appeal for many middle and upper class women.

By the early twentieth century it was ok to wear crochet if you were of the upper or middling classes, but not be involved in its creation. Upper class women would knit. Particularly during the arts and crafts revival of the 1920s. This continued until the resurgence in all forms of handicrafts following the second world war, and as we all know it was the craft du jour during the 70s.  Wink

YKYACW... your first reaction on reading that is "I wonder when I'll be able to tell somebody about this."
49  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: You know you're a craftster when... (part TWO!) on: August 15, 2007 03:36:48 AM
So what were the class distinctions between knitting and crochet during that period?
50  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: You know you're a craftster when... (part TWO!) on: August 12, 2007 10:58:56 AM
Bushbaby! I'll be in Edinburgh for two weeks starting tomorrow...where's the nearest craft shop?!

OK I live  in Glasgow (a place you should also take the time to check out, it's only 50mins by train from Edinburgh) but here are a few suggestions:


or there is this place - http://www.renewalrus.co.uk/

also there is this on->  http://www.edinburghcraftfairs.co.uk/events.htm

if beads are your thing - http://www.beadshopscotland.co.uk/

for General craft stuff there is the Haberdashery section here http://www.johnlewis.com/Shops/DSShop.aspx?Id=2

and if clothing is your thing then this shop is worth checking out - http://www.grassmarket.net/featured/Armstrongs.htm

(I also seem to remember there being a small toy/craft/bead shop just over the square from Armstongs in the Grassmarket)

for Fabrics there is - http://www.mandors.co.uk/

and if you come to Glasgow there is:

http://www.damselflycrafts.com/ - for cards/scrapbooking
http://www.millers-art.co.uk/ - fantastic Art shop
http://www.artstore.co.uk/ - even more fantastic Art store with lots of beads and scrapbooking/cardmaking stuff
http://www.vvrouleaux.com/index/page.asp?page_no=5 - these guys have a store in Glasgow that just makes me drool

And on 26th-28th October 2007 the big craft fair is on http://www.ichf.co.uk/craftsalive/index.php#dates

further afield (don't just stay in Edinburgh - it's nice but Scotland has so much more to offer) there is:

Perth - http://www.scottishbeadfair.com/index.html
   there is also a nice bead shop called 'Bead Crazy' in Perth. Perth is a lovely little town.

Ayr - http://www.scoot.co.uk/548367846 - don't be fooled by the 'cross stitch' tag, this shop may be super tiny but it is the only specialised embroidery shop in Scotland. Ayr is also a nice seaside town to visit with near by attractions

thats all I can think of of the top of my head - hope it helps!

So........YKYACW..you can name most of the craft stores in your country!   Grin

WAAH! I was in Edinburgh last week, if only I'd asked you before I went! Woe. Probably for the best though, I bet people get pissed off if you knit while they're performing.

YKYACW... seeing a million kilt shops makes you want to draft a kilt knitting pattern... it could work! You'd have to simulate the weaviness in some way, and I'm not sure the checks would translate straight across unless you had a perfectly square gauge... but it could work!

The thing is... I couldn't really knit tartan of my clan, since the McMillan tartan has often been declared the most unattractive thing since fast food uniforms. So I'd have to go with something a little more generic. BUT IT COULD STILL WORK!
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