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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Babe Spinning wheels? on: February 12, 2009 06:23:07 AM
I learned to spin on a Babe wheel, and I thought it was great. If I could afford one now I would get one, but they cost a lot more here in Europe.

The best thing about the wheel was that it was easy to understand what the different parts did. Everything was functional and easy to adjust, so I felt I had a lot of control over the wheel. It never acted funny or did unexpected things to my yarn (like my antique wheel does now). It's true you can't spin really bulky yarn on it, but it didn't have any problems with my first crazy looking (very) thick/ (very) thin attempts at spinning.

2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: My weird wheel - Help? on: January 28, 2009 03:26:31 PM
Thanks for your advice, everyone! I tried setting the wheel up to be bobbin drive. I used an old shoelace as drive band, and another as a brake. It doesn't run as smooth as the new and fancy wheels they had in spinning class, but it'll be great for practicing.

Here's a picture of how I set it up, in case anyone has the same problem:

Now, off make yarn Cheesy
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / My weird wheel - Help? on: January 21, 2009 03:41:40 PM
So.. like so many others seem to have done, I spontaneously bought an old spinning wheel without really checking to see if it worked first. It was really cheap, so it was a low-risk purchase.

When I got it home, I cleaned it and de-rusted the rusty parts. Now, things are moving like they should, I am able to twist the yarn, but the yarn won't wind on. While I looked around for information, I noticed that a lot of the sources said  (and I quote) "the whorl on the bobbin should be smaller than the flyer whorl.  If it isn't, use the smaller end of the bobbin, or change the flyer whorl." So I checked, and it seems the whorl on my bobbin is actually larger than the flyer whorl:

There's nothing I can do about this. I can't use the other end of the bobbin, and both the flyer whorls that came with the wheel are the same (small) size. Does anyone else have wheels that work like this?

I'm wondering if some of the other parts of the wheel are supposed to make up for the size difference. Like these strange pegs, perhaps?

Here's an overview of the wheel, in case anyone recognizes it:

Any advice would be very much appreciated Smiley

4  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: College/Cheap, fast, but not horribly unhealthy ---for Vegetarians!!! on: December 27, 2007 06:59:42 AM
When I'm in a hurry, and low on money, I buy canned chickpeas and jars of indian sauces (like tikka masala or korma). Then I just heat everything in a pan, and serve with rice. Mmmm.

Another thing i recently discovered is how easy and cheap it is to make your own tortillas. I actually learned from Robert Rodriguez, the director. They take a while to finish, but they're sooo good. Cheesy
5  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Trumpet Sweater knit-along!! on: September 08, 2006 04:59:58 PM
I'm in Cheesy

I've been looking at this sweater forever. Time to do something about it Smiley

Now off to find some nice yarn ..
6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: I'm sick of my food. on: May 23, 2006 08:52:06 AM
How about stuffing pitas or tortillas with various veggies (and meat if you want to)? You only have to heat the bread and chop the veggies, so it doesn't take much time to prepare. It's really good with dressing too, maybe sweet chili sauce, sour cream or pesto.

French toast is great too. I just add some flour, cinnamon and sugar to a bowl of rice milk, dip a slice of bread in it, and fry it until its golden brown. It's like pancakes, only easier (and cheaper)  Smiley Tastes great with jam and butter Smiley
7  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Vegetarians. What do YOU eat? on: May 11, 2006 03:58:18 PM
My boyfriend and I have been vegetarian for about a year now. After we stopped eating meat we suddenly became very interested in food, and dinner is the best part of the day for us!

For breakfast I usually eat bread with some sort of topping. When I can afford it I buy Tartex (it tastes just like chopped liver...only it's not liver Cheesy ), otherwise I prefer banana slices or some sort of jam.

I normally don't eat lunch, but when I do buy a baguette from the university cafeteria. I have to custom order it every time because all the premade ones have got meat, fish or eggs.. very annoying.

For dinner we often make mexican or indian food because, well, there's a reason why no one has every heard about norwegian food. It's completely tasteless. Often we just stuff pitas or tortillas with veggies, beans and salsa, or cook a can of chickpeas with premade indian sauce. Nachos is also one of those easy dishes that always tastes good, and Pasta with pesto and mushrooms is a timeless classic.

PS: If you dislike the texture of tofu, try putting it in some cornstarch before you fry it. It makes the outside crispier Cheesy
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Gamer and Knitter.... XD ((56K warning)) on: May 10, 2006 09:31:42 PM
Oohh, that looks so great. I've been keeping my DS in a wool sock so far, but you may have inspired me to make a DS-cozy my next knitted project.

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: flourescent pink argyle pattern cableknit sweater!!! FINALLY FINISHED! on: May 10, 2006 09:28:12 PM
Wow, that is one good-looking cardigan.  Shocked

Great job Smiley
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Nintendo=Played out but Rocking Sw00t on: May 10, 2006 07:01:37 AM
Wow, that's really cool Cheesy

Is it uncomfortable to wear?

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