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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Sweater with turning leaves patters on: September 02, 2010 06:46:57 AM
Here is a sweater I recently finished after working on it for over a year.  I made it up as I went along, which as usual meant reworked the sleeves four times and the trim at least three.  But it turned out okay in the end.

It also meant that I have no pattern per se, but it's basically a square raglan neck, fitted sleeves, and then I worked the bust decreases into the back to make that sort of pleat back there.  Then I worked a turning leaf pattern (in the round) from one of my stitch dictionaries into it, and added four full repeats where my hips start to widen.  I started them by working in the extra stitches gradually until there were enough to add a full repeat.  Finally, a stockenette band around the bottom to make it tunic length and voila! 

Here are photos.  Please ignore cheesy grin and also the pajama pants. 

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: What can I make out of an old mailbox? on: June 23, 2010 11:51:32 AM
No one has sent you any ideas yet?

You could use it in your kitchen, on the counter as place to store foil, waxed paper, and saran wrap. 

Or, you could use it as a mailbox--put it by the door on a table or stand of some kind, as a place to stash your mail when you walk in the house.

My other ideas are all also storage-based.  But let me keep thinking.
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Hardware chess set, number 2! on: June 09, 2010 01:18:34 PM
P.S.  This is the second one I've made.  Here's a link to the first, for my dad, a couple of years ago:

4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Hardware chess set, number 2! on: June 09, 2010 01:17:00 PM
I want to make a board, but I'm not sure I'll have time before his brithday.  I'm thinking of some flashing in a frame marked out with electrical tape.  Either that or tile something with 2" square tiles, but those add up pretty quickly.  I may have to wait for Christmas to add the board for the set Wink
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Hardware chess set, number 2! on: June 08, 2010 04:54:45 PM
Dieselpunk!  I don't think I've even heard that one before.  But I like it Wink Thanks!
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Hardware chess set, number 2! on: June 08, 2010 04:49:17 PM
I made this chess set for my honey out of hardware!  I guess you could call it steampunk? 

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Kitty bed with matching felt mouse on: May 21, 2010 09:36:58 AM
This is a kitty bed I made from some orange yarn I got with a giant throw from Anthropologie; the throw came wrapped in this yarn that was so thick, it's practically roving.  I knit that in a plain stockinette and sewed it to a backing of grey felt from a recycled sweater (with a little sachet of catnip in it, of course) and then made three blind mice to go with it.  These ones have their tails though.

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Bedlam, A Cabled Beanie, With Recipe! on: March 08, 2009 07:51:29 AM
I love this pattern, I'm getting started on mine now!
9  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Gluten Free/Celiac Recipes on: February 22, 2009 06:24:08 AM
So, I have celiac disease, which means that getting a chocolate fix is sometimes hard.  All the recipes for flourless chocolate cake I could find called for solid baking chocolate, which I never had on hand.  I always had cocoa, on the other hand, so I have made several tries at flourless chocolate cake using cocoa.  The early ones were good enough for the chocolate fix.  But this one turned out rather well. 

Here's my recently perfected flourless chocolate cake recipe:

1 stick of butter (1/2 cup)
2 eggs, separated
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup Hershey's Special Dark (or powdered cocoa of choice)
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup liqueur of choice
1 tablespoon almond or vanilla

Bring butter and eggs to room temperature.  Heat liqueur and sugar until sugar melts and allow to cool to room temperature.  Cream butter and yolks.  Beat in half of cocoa.  Beat in sugar syrup.  Beat in remaining cocoa, flavor, and salt.  Beat egg whites until soft peaks form.  Fold into cocoa mix. 

Butter four 8 oz or six 6 oz ramekins and place in a shallow glass baking dish.  Fill ramekins equally with cake mix.  Pour boiling water into baking dish around ramekins.  Bake in 350 degree oven for 40 minutes, or until knife inserted in center of ramekin comes out clean.

You can top these with toasted slivered almonds, powdered sugar, candied orange peel, or chocolate syrup.  You can also thin jelly with hot water and top with that. 
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: "The time has come," the walrus said, "to talk of many things..." on: February 08, 2009 08:21:11 AM
For the cakes you could do one shaped like a big mushroom and then smaller ones shaped like "eat me" cakes.

Here are some non-weird mushroom cakes I found:



You could find a way to incorporate caterpillar.

You also need Cheshire cat. 

For favors there can be gloves and fans, like the ones the white rabbit drops?

(And I'm assuming, of course, that at your reception will be served be-yooo-oooo-ti-ful sooo-oooup Smiley)

For the invitation verse, I wonder if you can play on the "All on a Golden Afternoon" verse that introduces the story?

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