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1  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Fruits and Veggies Kitchen Towels on: February 19, 2007 08:48:45 PM
I am a bit late, but these towels are for a wedding present.  I'm generally pleased with them, though I am less excited about them than when I started the project and I can't quite figure out why.  It certainly was a treat to work on real linen, though!

2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / anatomical hip bones on underpants on: February 19, 2007 08:44:11 PM
I tend to not cross-post things from swaps, but I just like this one so much I wanted to also post it here.  For the fancy knickers swap, I embroidered the hip bones on the back of a pair of boyshorts.  The embroidery is merely OK (I ended up having the pattern on tissue paper and tried to keep it in place while stitching through it) - it is a bit off-center and tilted and the stitching is uneven with some little gaps.

But with all that, I still really like it.  Yup.

3  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Roller derby T on: December 23, 2006 09:04:17 AM
Ok, OK, I give in and I'm joining you all.  It has been a looooooong time since I embroidered anything and I am very rusty, but I finally realized that embroidered towels are going to be the answer to all my wedding-present problems (Miss Manners tells me I have a year to get presents out the door . . . that means I have six months left for all those weddings this past summer.  Ack.)

So, I was looking around and I saw the roller derby patterns and I thought, "OMG I HAVE TO MAKE THAT FOR MY BARISTA" who does roller derby.

I'm definitely glad I did a warm up project because there are a number of things I'd do better the second time around, but I'm very pleased with how it turned out:



And the barista loves it!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Leaf-lace scarf on: December 07, 2006 07:13:12 PM
I made this scarf-like-thing for my mom for the holidays.  It is more of a thing to drape over her shoulders, as she now lives in a pretty warm place.  It took two skeins of Lana Grossa Merino 2000, which I had in my stash.  And now I have 1 skein left - what to do with it?

The lace pattern comes from "The Lacy Knitting of Mary Schiffman". This took me forever. It required too much attention for most of the times I knit, but not so much attention that it was particularly interesting after the third repeat. But I'm really happy with it. Behold:


5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / help? what sorts of candies/foods are unique to the US? on: September 19, 2006 11:07:49 AM
hi all,

i'm going to be sending some packages to the UK/Europe and i am always impressed by the swappers who include a few little goodies/treats in their packages.  i am clueless, however, about what is available overseas.  does anyone have any suggestions for things to send?  any ex-pats out there who can share a list of the things they miss?


***********list compiled from the responses*********
This page is fantastic - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candy_bar
 - It has all sorts of candy bars and where they are available, so you can see if what you were planning on sending would be available there!

US --> UK and Europe
Kool aid
Jolly ranchers
Boston Baked Beans
Mallow Cups
lemon/grape/cherry/apple heads
Sugar Daddy's
Big League Chew
Sky Bars
100 Grand
Peppermint Patties
Goo Goo Cluster
Idaho Spud
Big Cherry
Twin Bing
Clark bar
Mountain bar
Regional candy shops like See's
Tasty Kakes
Candy Corn
Apple Pops
Big Red Gum
Red Hots
Tootsie Rolls/Tootsie Pops
Blow Pops
Scharffenberger Chocolate
zero bars
take five

US --> Australia
Reeses peanutbutter cups and pieces
most of the US to UK list, too, it sounds like
Tootsie Rolls/Tootsie Pops
Blow Pops
Scharffenberger Chocolate

US --> Canada
pay day
baby ruth
100 Grand
Scharffenberger Chocolate
Goo Goo Cluster
Idaho Spud
Big Cherry
Twin Bing
Clark bar ( I think we used to years ago)
Mountain bar
Zero Bar (also, I think we used to)
Take Five

Canada --> US
eatmore bars
Ketchup chips
Miss Vickie's
Oh Henry
Eat More Bar
Dream Mates
Smarties (ours are like M&M's, but a bit different. We call what the Us calls Smarties, "Rockets")
Coffee Crisp (my favourite!)
Aero (bubbly chocolate)
Crispy Crunch
Crunchie (chocolate with sponge toffee!)
Caramilk (caramel in chocolate)
Bounty (coconut in chocolate)
Mackintosh toffee (hard toffee. Smash it!)
Kinder Surprise Eggs
Different types of food:
Nestea Ice Tea - pre sweetened! (at least in the Southern states) - not "sweet tea" or "iced tea".... except WE call it iced tea!
Plum Sauce! (everyone looks like I'm crazy when I order it for my chicken fingers)

UK and Europe --> US
Cadbury chocolate bars (different forumulation than available in US)
Pontefract Cakes
Rhubarb and Custards
Flying Saucers
Rainbow Drops
Kinder egg
Kinder Beuno
Flake Bar
Double Decker
Galaxy Bar
Aero (mint, chocolate, caramel)
Curly Wurly
Bounty Bar
Cadbury Buttons

Australia -->US
Violet Crumbles

Happy Hippo
Kinder Bueno (white, chocolate)
Maxi Bar
Mini Packets of Nuttella

Pockey (available in Japanese stores in US and some groceries)
Hi Chew
Kasugai Gummies
Shigekix Gummies
Muscat Gummies
Gundam Choco Balls
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Return of the 40 ounce cozy on: August 24, 2006 09:15:08 AM
I am now a professional knitter as I have done commissioned work!  I immediately spent all the money I made on nice wooden needles.  But no guilt!

I made some cozies for 40's:

Someday, I may learn to actually take pictures that do any justice at all to the stuff I make.  There is a much better pacman ghost picture in the background of the q-bert picture.  
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / turing machine t-shirt (my very first stencil) on: August 15, 2006 08:08:31 PM
I love how it turned out!  (my son's name is Turing)

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Turing's sun hat on: July 05, 2006 07:59:17 PM
I made this hat for my son a few weeks ago, as we take him out on walks about three times a day.  It was great.  I got tons of random compliments while walking around . . . then we lost it, yesterday.  Boo!  I guess I'll be making another . . .

I used 1 skein of Plymouth Fantasy Naturale (140 yards).  Turing's head was 18 inches around at the time, though I purposefully made it too bit so he could grow into it a bit

Cast on 6 stitches on size 8 double pointed needles
Put 2 stitches on 3 needles, knit in the round
round 1: [k1, increase1] three times
round 2: [k2, increase1] three times
round 3: [k3, increase1] three times
 . . .
round 6: [k6, increase1] three times

repeat the following two round until you reach the circumference that you want:
round a: [k1, m1, knit to last, increase1] on each needle
round b: [knit to last, increase1] on each needle

For this hat, I knit until there were 32 stitches on each needle (total of 96 stitches)

Switch to circular needles.

knit for 3 inches.

For the hat brim:
round1: increase on every stitch
round2: [k1, slip1, p1, slip1]
round3,4,5: [k2, p2]
round6,7,8,9,10: knit

I used a picot bind off:
[chain cast on 2, bind off 6]

If the hat is too big, tighten it by adding a bow - use some extra yarn and weave [over two stitches/under two stitches] about 1 inch up from the brim.  Tighten and tie off.


Ta da!

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Komi hat on: July 05, 2006 07:55:18 PM
I have wanted to make this hat for years, but never had someone to make it for . . . I decided to just buy the yarn, anyway, and make it and figured it would find a home.  I used a skein of grey and a skein of red of Zara.

This is modified from the Komi pattern in 'Hats On' by Charlene Schurch.  Her pattern has 7 repeats on size 0 and 1 needles.  My modification has 4 repeats on size 5 needles.  Thus, it is finished this year and not languishing in my basement.  It is the first time I knit extra for the lining and the thick yarn makes that extra layer fairly obvious.  I still really like the pattern, though.


10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Random cable scarf on: July 05, 2006 07:53:30 PM
Once, I went to a yarn sale and I bought a fair amount of good yarn, figuring I'd work my way through it eventually. This is a strategy that usually fails me, and I never seem to learn. Because I don't have a specific project in mind, I never by enough yarn, so I end up making (another) scarf or hat. [shrug]

So, I bought this yarn. The last two skeins of Naturwolle by Black Forest Yarn. It was all kinds of colors and handspun with variation in the yarn size. I figured I should add one more level of variation and do random cables. I got the idea for random cables from the 'chaos' sweater off of knitty and this was my first real cabling project. It was fun about 3/4 of the time, then it just got tedious for me. Oh, well. I like the scarf, but it does not match any of my other winter cloths, so I doubt I'll be the one wearing it . . .


This is also the first project I've ever blocked because it was curling up in such a way that it would be far too slim to be useful. All I did was roll it in a wet towel for a day and then lay it out flat for a day. It is certainly not flat, but is now functional.
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