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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First socks! on: September 16, 2007 06:06:10 AM
Hooray, I've graduated from the land of scarf-only knitters! (well, I did once make a shawl but it hardly counts because it was just a YO at each end to make it triangular.) In any case! Pictures!

I used #3 dpns and TLC Baby in Bunny Print. I was at Michael's, they don't have much selection of sock-type yarn there, but TLC Baby is a really really thin sport weight and it worked great. I used Silver's Sock Class rather than a straight-up pattern and adjusted it so the leg wouldn't be all ribbed, which I don't like, so I like this much better. In all this project took me about 5 weeks, but that's coz I put it down for nearly a month in between. I got sock 1 done in 5 days (with surgery in there somewhere) and cast on right away and got nearly done with sock 2 in another 2 days, but then set it down until 2 days ago, so if you scrunch the time together, it took about 11 days. Not bad for first socks!

Things I learned on this project:
-DPNs aren't scary! Really! You feel like you're going to poke your eye out for the first 3 or 4 rounds and then it just makes sense. I love them!
-I looooove turning heels. It's some kind of crazy voodoo. So awesome.
-Picking up stitches is kind of cool and not hard at all. I expected far worse.
-Kitchener stitch is not that bad either!

Next up- some serious cabling or intarsia, or maybe lace! I love knitting socks!
12  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / A short pictorial telling of the first part of Beowulf. on: September 10, 2007 03:26:48 PM
AKA Saga of the Sock Grendel.

Grendel, vile descendant of Cain, ravages the frozen Danish countryside.

Exhibit A- vile countenance. Look at the evil in those beady (buttony?) eyes.

The hero, Sanji- I mean Beowulf, comes to battle with him, bare-handed! Will he triumph?!

Beowulf rips Grendel's arm clean off (ah, the power of velcro) and Grendel runs away like a little baby. Later his mom comes and tries to tell Beowulf off for killing her son, but Beowulf kills her too. What a jerk.

But later, Beowulf gives Grendel his arm back and they become the best of friends. (This doesn't happen.)

The End.

Grendel is made of socks, polyfill, buttons, and a bit of velcro. He's for an English assignment-- "draw, paint, or build a visual representation of Grendel". I'm a senior in college, in a British Lit survey class, and this was our first assignment (along with "read Beowulf"- duh)

...best english assignment EVER.
13  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Spicy Zucchini Black Bean dish on: June 02, 2007 04:28:13 PM
Here's a great recipe for y'all- my mom made it up a while ago, with chicken in it, but I switched that out for zucchini and adapted the recipe a bit. It's delicious, and SUPER good for you. And, of course, completely vegetarian (vegan, if you don't add butter to the rice)!

1c brown rice
2 tbsp butter (optional)
1 whole zucchini, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 med yellow onion, chopped finely
3/4 tsp cumin
3/4 tsp chile powder
black pepper to taste
salsa as needed
1 can black beans, drained
1 can tomatoes, drained
1 can green chiles, drained

Put rice, 2 1/4 cups water, and butter in a pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and cover. Cook 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large pan, cook garlic and onion in a small amount of water on high heat. Add cumin and chile powder (and pepper if you wish). Add zucchini, small amount of salsa, and 1/2 cup water. Cover and allow to cook for 5-7 minutes. Uncover and stir in beans, tomatoes, and chiles. Cook til hot through and zucchini is easily pierced with a fork. Serve over rice.
Serves 4-6, depending on hunger. Cheesy
14  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Another beginning veggie, some quick questions on: May 25, 2007 08:27:51 PM
Hey everyone, I've recently decided to go vegetarian (possibly pescatarian, but probably full veggie) and I have a few questions (and am looking for support wherever I can get it ^^; ).

1. Where do you all get your iron? Just broccoli and spinach? Enriched foods? Supplements? I've always had a problem with getting iron-deficient so it's something I have to be pretty careful about. Any tips?

2. What's the best (and preferrably cheapest) meat-replacements? Like fake chicken or hot dogs. I know I like Morningstar Farms burgers a lot, but I don't know about other meats.

3. Any quick snack tips? I get hungry a lot, so far anyway. I'm used to huge meaty (literally) portions, have to get used to huge veggie portions, haha.

4. Did any of you really like meat before? I LOVED it but have always sort of wanted to become vegetarian for ethical and health reasons, and when I decided to try vegetarianism I was intending to go gradually and still eat poultry/seafood for a while but suddenly ALL meat looks gross and I don't want it at all. It's like I had an inner vegetarian who just needed the opportunity to come out!

5. Any other useful tips to a (poor >< very, very poor) beginning vegetarian? Quick, CHEAP meal options for two people, one of whom is not veggie (my fiance who is being wonderful about this and doesn't mind at all and even said he's fine with only eating vegetarian at home and getting meat when we go out)? Any general tips?

Thanks so much! I'm excited about this, but I feel a little guilty coz I'm worried I'm making things hard for my friends and family. Though, it's totally a personal choice so if they are upset it shouldn't phase me, but still...  I need some support here!
15  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Kind of strange product. Opinions? on: May 22, 2007 01:03:21 PM
Ok, I don't think I've ever seen anything like these before, they're just something I came up with on a whim last night and fell in love with. They're kind of silly, really, but fun. The pictures aren't fantastic as it's overcast today, but I think you can get the idea.

They're pretty small, like 4-5" tall, I'd probably only charge like $6 for them. What do you all think? Would you buy one?
I'd put a little personality/biography card in with them, and they'd have little names like "Plotting Cat" and "Uncomfortable Bunny". I call them Disgruntled Pocket Critters.
16  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Those cupcakes again... on: May 01, 2007 06:12:02 PM
Well, it's not very original, but after posting these in the regular crochet forum I realized I should probably at least enter, even though I won't win. So here is my entry, Cuppin' Cakes (yay homestar runner reference  Tongue )

aaaand again, for size.

17  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / had enough crochet cupcakes yet? (4 large pics.) on: May 01, 2007 05:29:54 PM
TOO BAD. mwah ha.

I was not entirely happy with the crochet cupcake patterns that I'd seen previously, and I was pretty sure I could make some I liked better. So, I did. I'm pretty pleased with 'em.

for size:

comments very loved!
18  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / I made a sweater!! on: February 28, 2007 06:49:38 PM
Okay, so it's a baby sweater. It's still cool!

The hood folds a little funny, but it should be cute on.

Side view. Pointy hood!

What's that you say? Oh, yes, those ARE stegosaurus buttons. Hee.

I used this pattern from caron, with simply soft. http://www.caron.com/projects/br/br_cno986_baby_hoodie.html
Obviously I did buttons instead of a drawstring. I like it better this way.
It's for a little girl named Lily, who will be born in June of this year to my cousin Jen. It's sized for 6 mos to 1 yr, so Lily should be able to grow into it and wear it next spring! Cheesy
19  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / DORMANT: Fuzzy animal from PlanetJune-along (with pattern link) on: February 19, 2007 02:58:14 PM
So last night I found this pattern:
Aaaand I thought it was just about the cutest thing ever. I was wondering if anyone would want to do a crochetalong for it just coz it's so cute and I'd love to see other versions!
I know it's not free, but it's cheap and think how useful of a pattern it is. Who doesn't like fuzzy bears?! Coupla safety eyes and a nose and you have a perfect baby gift! Or teen gift! Or... really anyone gift. I know I want one.

Anyway, I'm starting tonight, with an H hook and a big fat skein of Patons Divine in "Soft Earth". So fuzzy. hehehe. I also picked up four skeins of Patons Cha Cha in "Night club" (aka black. Tongue). Can you tell Patons is on sale at Michael's? haha.

Feel free to join in- I'd love company.  Grin
20  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Attention craftsters. We have achieved amigurumi. on: February 13, 2007 06:57:46 PM
So the other day, I was sitting there, thinking about amigurumi. I started crocheting SPECIFICALLY so that i could do amigurumi, and I've been crocheting since December so I figured it was time to try.
I started by looking at the tutorial on crochetme, but decided I didn't want such a huge thing, and since my yarn was green, I chose to try to make a frog.
This is what came out of that decision.

I could not be more pleased.
I made everything up as I went along, and completely forgot to write any of it down, so sorry if you were gonna ask for a pattern, I have none.
He's gonna go to my cousin's baby, Lily, when she's born in June.
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