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1  Re: Twinkle's Big City Knits Book Knitalong in Knitalongs by Neuromancer on: September 29, 2007 01:37:37 PM
Well...for what it's worth...

And here's the link back to my Flickr photo with modification notes.  I can never remember how to get that code to work:
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2  Flame Plum Tart in Dessert by Neuromancer on: August 30, 2007 07:06:32 AM
Last night I used some of the Italian prune plums we bought at the farmer's market to make a Flame Plum Tart from The Pie and Pastry Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum.  This cookbook challenges me every time I think I am a good baker.  I've yet to perfect one of its recipes.  But it is fun to try!

1. The plums were pretty good when eaten raw. They were AMAZING when tasted in this tart. Something about the sugar mixture brought out a tart sweetness that did not exist in the raw plums.
2. The presentation was beautiful.
3. I learned a tip I'll use again. Freezing the dough (which was like a sugar cookie dough and I don't know if this works for all dough) in the pan for several hours eliminated any crust shrink without the use of weights during blind baking.

1. The sugar cookie crust did not work well. First, it was quite hard to roll out and I ended up having to press it into the pan. Then, it got too brown in baking. This was partly my fault, as I read the crust-specific directions for the blind baking but missed the plum-tart-specific directions to underbake. Also, the sides of the tart unmolded easily, but the bottom crust stuck to the bottom of the tart pan and fell apart when I tried to cut pieces. Perhaps I'll use a thicker crust next time.
2. The finished tart was very, very juicy. It was a bit of a mess. But I did moisture-proof the bottom crust with melted apricot preserves and sprinkled it with the cornstarch mentioned in the recipe. Maybe if my plums had been a little less ripe it would have been less drippy?

Ultimately, the plum flavor was so amazing, I'll have to try this again. The plums on their own would have been great over ice cream, too.

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3  Re: Too many WIPs-along in Knitalongs by Neuromancer on: April 01, 2007 04:15:36 PM
I finished another one!  The scarf for my dad is complete:

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4  Re: Too many WIPs-along in Knitalongs by Neuromancer on: March 26, 2007 07:08:49 PM
This is a good thread for me. I had three projects I have been needing to finish.

1. Wrap/wide scarf for myself (started around August or September):

2. Scarf for my father (he got an IOU for Christmas and picked out the yarn himself):

3. Shawl for my grandmother (my first knitted lace) (started in and not touched since August):

I just finished #1 (wore it to a wedding Saturday evening) and am 4/5 done with #2! #3 MIGHT be done by Christmas 2007...if I'm lucky.
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5  Re: rapunzel snow cap in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by Neuromancer on: January 29, 2007 05:52:08 AM
I'm working on a version of the anthropologie cap right now.  I found a top-down hat pattern shared in someone's blog and then switched to a very thick "Fisherman's Rib" (as described by Barbara J. Walker) for the body of the cap and the earflap-scarves.  The hat is actually a tad bigger than I would have desired, but except for the very top of the cap with the increases it looks a lot like the one in the catalog.  I'll share a pic when I'm done, but here's an in-progress shot:


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6  Can you ID these sewing machine feet? in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by Neuromancer on: November 11, 2006 05:47:50 AM


These five feet/attchments came with my new-but-used Viking sewing machine, which arrived without a manual.  I'm a novice sewer and need some help.

Actually, I'm not sure that #4 (from left to right) is a foot at all, but I got the others to snap on and I'm hoping someone can help me determine which of these are special feet and what they're meant for.  Also, is #5 supposed to look like that, or is it broken?

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7  Re: Let's see your sewing machine!! in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by Neuromancer on: November 10, 2006 02:22:07 PM
I just got my first sewing machine!

It's a Husqvarna Viking 6440 (from sometime around 1975) with 8 embroidery stitch formers.  It was damaged in shipping -- boo, Ebay seller!-- and didn't work, but we got it fixed.  I'm waiting to get the manual, since it didn't come with one, and don't know what all the feet are for, but I played around with it last night after getting it home and so far I'm in love!
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8  Re: Knit and Tonic's Somewhat Cowl? in Knitalongs by Neuromancer on: August 11, 2006 07:01:20 AM
hollydeanna, it looks great. 

Gezellig_girl, I went with my exact bust size and wouldn't want it any wider, but I am tall, so it's maybe a little short.  I'm wishing I'd bought one extra ball of yarn.  I'm having to skimp a little on the sleeves and waist ribbing (I did the neck ribbing first).

I have one sleeve and the neckline whipstitching left to do.  The neck is pinned in this picture:


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9  Re: Knit and Tonic's Somewhat Cowl? in Knitalongs by Neuromancer on: July 29, 2006 06:59:18 AM
Is anyone still working on this? I am doing the waist shaping and have also simultaneously started the neckline ribbing. This picture was taken before I started the waist decreases, but now I'm up to the increases.


I think I did the M1 incorrectly, though, because it left small holes. There's no way I'm frogging at this point, so I'll check out the video on KnittingHelp.com before I do the 2nd round of increases.
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10  Re: Pedicure Socks from Knitty in Knitalongs by Neuromancer on: May 21, 2006 03:11:03 PM
I made mine in two colors and found that they're reversible!  You can wear them upside-down or downside-up.

I've worn them around the house for a couple of days, and they stay on really well.  The cuffs are slightly less fitted than I would have liked.  But I did this with stash yarn, not "sock yarn," so I can't really complain. Here's a pic of it with a flip-flop:

I like them better without the flip-flops on, so I think these will be around-the-house slippers more than wear-out-and-about.
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