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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / seaweed salad like what's served at sushi restaurants on: December 26, 2006 10:36:33 PM
Hi all,
My husband and I love the seaweed salad served at sushi restaurants.  We have been rolling our own at home for a while and are looking for more ways to incorporate sea vegetables into our diet.  I googled around and it seems like the "restaurant" style seaweed salad is usually sold pre-made?  If the "internet experts" are correct, the salad is made with wakame stems and agar with a dressing of chili flakes, mirin, sushi vinegar, and sesame seeds. 

My problem is, although I have access to Asian markets I can only seem to find the usual wakame leaves, not the stems.  Have I got the recipe wrong?  Any help appreciated.

here's a link to a photo of the salad I am seeking:
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Can't win Interweave Knits on Ebay! on: June 01, 2006 10:40:16 PM
Hi Everybody, I have been really really wanting to knit a sweater for my old roommate's new baby, similar to this: http://mindofwinter.prettyposies.com/archives/000193.html
I keep bidding on the pattern which was featured in the winter 02/03 interweave knits magazine but I can't keep checking ebay all day long at work!  Does anybody have a copy they'd be willing to sell me?  I would be happy to buy a photocopy of just this pattern as well!!  Thanks everyone,
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Rusty drill bits rescued from a torn up zip lock bag on: April 16, 2006 11:43:05 PM
After knitting a load of hats (but never a sweater!) for the old man, I finally found something he actually wants me to craft for him.  He wants bags and envelopes for various tools.  I bought some white canvas and some tan naugahide (sp?)  to line the tool bags.   This was kind of sewn inside out, that is, the tan naugahide that lines the envelope was cut about 1/2" bigger all around than the white canvas that makes up the exterior. I folded the tan around the white and sewed it all around with gold thread. Then I folded the resulting sheet into an envelope and stitched up the sides with waxed sail twine. Finished it off with a brass grommet which will get some left over 3-ply line through it to tie the whole thing off. He likes it, woo hoo!

Outside of envelope:
Folded closed:
Detail of side seam:
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Envelope-style laptop jacket on: April 05, 2006 10:48:37 PM
My good friend Trifarina (stuck out at sea, bless her heart) helped me make this gorgeous laptop envelope on her sewing machine.  She also helped me pick out the colors, provided the padding, and did the sewing.  So I guess you could say she made it while I watched.  Anyway, it's a layer of tapestry and a layer of flannel.  The compass roses on the gold tapestry have moss green detail in the center, which matches the flannel.  We also put a couple extra layers of an old fleece blanket in the center to pad one side of the laptop.  The 3-ply fold over flaps pad the other side.  We got the idea for the shape from a thick 1-ply felt model on a japanese website that I can't seem to find at the moment (if anyone knows it, let me know and I'll add it to this post).  Anyway the velcro is strong and it works great and I've been getting compliments all over the place.

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / knitted hat with celtic braid hat band on: March 12, 2006 12:57:54 PM
Inspired by knitty's Coronet by Alexandra Virgiel (pattern here:

I made it for a guy but I think the colors I picked are too girly for him, anyway it fits me perfectly:

Please excuse the ends which haven't been sewn in yet.  lazy me.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / change color between cables? on: February 27, 2006 11:03:38 PM
hey craftsters,
I'm about to start an Irish Hiking Scarf as a thank you for my boyfriend's pal who has been helping us out lately and lending us tools.  I showed my boyfriend the pattern for the IHS and he suggested I make the outer 2 cables green, and the center one gray.  does anybody have any tips on how I can do this?  My thought was to divide the green ball into 2, keep all 3 balls going throughout, just changing colors with a twist, twice on each row!!! I think I can stagger the twists between the two stitches that bound the center cable,so they won't all line up at once.  Never tried any thing like this before...  any feedback would be much appreciated!  I googled the IHS, found thousands of beautiful examples,but none that switched color like this.

Any tips and hints appreciated!
7  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / UNITED IN PINK - Knit-a-thon for a 50-mile pink ribbon on: February 21, 2006 05:04:59 PM
Hey all,
My local yarn store Golden Fleece (www.thegoldenfleece.com) is spearheading an initiative to knit a 50-mile pink ribbon for Breast Cancer Awareness.  The initiative is called UNITED IN PINK (www.unitedinpink.com).  I have signed up to knit and I'm collecting pledges (pledge by the foot) in honor of my good friend who was just diagnosed last week. 

All proceeds will go to National Breast Cancer Foundation (www.nationalbreastcancer.org).  Go to unitedinpink.com to learn how to participate.  Even if you don't want to knit and collect pledges at the moment, this is a reminder to you to take care of yourself, do a self-exam today, get a mammogram or sponsor one for someone else.  If you have the means, please send a donation to NBCF or another charity supporting research, detection, and care. Breast cancer is the number one killer of women between the ages of 40-55.  If you are interested in pledging please PM me and I'll give you my info.  I should warn you I'm knitting on #11s. 

Love to all of you, stay healthy.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Trifarina made me the best present ever on: January 31, 2006 08:22:36 AM
Oh hells yeah.
Check this out.  My crafty pal Trifarina made this for me from the cowboy fabric we found at Beverly's.  She bought up all they had left.  When we went back later and asked for more, they claimed to have no knowledge of the "sexy cowboys" or "homoerotic marlboro men" or anything along those lines.  ha.

And yes those are my INITIALS embroidered on the pocket of an old pair of GEOLOGY FIELD-TESTED blue jeans.  Does this girl know me or what.

What makes it EVEN BETTER is that the night before she gave it to me, my backpack was stolen and I lost a couple projects and some needles.  So I walked into the knitting store with my sexy new needle roll (prompting great jealousy) and they gave me a sympathy discount on my (sort of justified???) new needle binge!  (because I'm grateful I should mention that the discount came from Swift Stitch in Santa Cruz, they have all the most desperately cool yarn and great patterns.)
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / baby yarn... grown up colors? on: January 25, 2006 08:23:49 PM
hey all,
today my roommate and i went by one of my favorite yarn stores and saw the most sumptuous baby blanket ever, they had it knit up as a sample in Plymouth Heaven.

We'd like to make one for an expectant friend, but we are sick of the cotton candy colors.  Do babies hate color or something?  Why is it always pastel?
Anyway, I was wondering if anyone knows of any yarn similar to Plymouth Heaven (acrylic, buttery soft, washable, funny chennile-like weight and fuzz, super bulky) which comes in non-pastel shades?  any pointers much appreciated

10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Now if i could just get him to shave... on: January 25, 2006 12:12:12 AM
Sailor boy, then the Sailor boy-inspired reconstructed electric shaver bag built out of old dish towel and ratty bits of line removed from self-steering gear on our boat:
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