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1  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Personal Pizza on: July 23, 2008 09:14:27 PM
I used to work at a pizza parlor, so I love to experiment with toppings other than red sauce, mozzarella, and pepperoni.  I just made this:

I also love to make little personal pizzas just in case my experiment goes awry!
This one is:
Sourdough bread
Cesar Salad Dressing
Cheddar Cheese
Feta w/ lemon, garlic, and oregano
Marinated Artichoke Hearts
Baked at 425 for 10 minutes

I never really give proportions because (especially in a case like this) you may not like the mountain of cheddar that accidentally ended up on mine...  Anyway, it's awesome and vegetarian Smiley
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cable Cardigan for Junuary! on: June 19, 2008 10:25:48 PM
We've had a looooooooong winter here in the Wenatchee valley, and just in time for it to be over I finished my first major (and well fitting) project!  Behold:

check out my blog for all the specs -
I found the yarn originally as a sweater at Ross, but it was hideous.  However the tag said 60% wool blended w/ silk, alpaca and cashmere.  Couldn't possibly pass it up!

When I was finished unraveling the whole thing I noticed that the MSRP on the original tag was $188.00!  Yikes!  Ah well, it went to a better cause and I'm happy Smiley 
I used Clover size 6 needles until I wore the points off, then I used Addi Lace needles.  I <3 Addis! 
The pattern is the Cable Cardigan from Knit.1 Spring 07.  Weirdly I'd been looking for an aran sweater pattern for quite some time, but hadn't found one that wasn't a box or 8 times too large for me.  Then when I found the yarn I started flipping through my magazines and books and found this pattern.  I couldn't believe I'd looked so hard for one and it was just sitting right there!  See?  I love it!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / 3 Unoriginal Hats on: January 13, 2008 12:11:42 PM
I saw the Yarn Harlot's unoriginal hat pattern a few weeks ago and couldn't live without it!  I immediately ran out and bought the suggested yarn (Blue Moon Fiber Arts "Leticia") and made 2.  Then the ladies at the yarn shop I go to liked it so well they asked me to knit a sample and teach a cable knitting class.  Hurray!

This is the 1st one I knit for myself.  It is Blue Moon Fiber Arts "Leticia" in Saratoga

And here it is again!

I knit this one for my cousin, also in Blue Moon "Leticia" in Onyx.  I sent it off with a really big version of Amanda's Squatty Sidekick from Knitting Daily.  I knit that in Naturally "Tussock"

This is the sample I knit for the yarn shop.  It's Manos color #109, called Woodland

And again

I like the way it turned out with Leticia more than Manos since Leticia is so much bulkier. 
With the Manos hat I experimented with knitting top down since my 1st one ended up a bit short.  I knit about an inch of ribbing at the bottom and I think it's a much better fit.  I don't know that I would be able to knit the extra inch with Leticia as I didn't end up with much yarn.  Who knows, I may do another with Leticia someday. 

Thanks for looking, please let me know what you think!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Does the world need more Endpaper Mitts? on: November 18, 2007 04:44:28 PM
Maybe not, but I need some!

Here they are:

Since they're the same, I don't need to show both, right?

1. Knit Picks Memories in Tropical
2. Rowan 4ply soft in aubergine
1. Ribbing - US3 (3.25mm)
2. Body - US4 (3.5mm)

I've heard rumblings about not liking the fake seam stitch, but I tried it without and all the increasing for the thumb looked funky.  If you can make the pattern continue around, I'd get rid of the fake seam, but since the pattern stops at the fake seam it looks really weird w/o it. 

I really like how they turned out with the varigated yarn!
Let me know what you think.

EDIT 8/27/08
I'm thinking of entering these in our local county fair.  Thoughts? 
Judging criteria:
Workmanship - 40
Suitability of article to purpose - 20
Harmony of color & material - 20
Beauty & originality of design - 20
Total possible points = 100
I've worn them quite a bit so I'm guessing that I should wash and reblock them so they are pretty again, but otherwise I'm feeling cocky confident!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / 1948 Swim Suit Pattern on: June 26, 2007 11:37:23 AM
I just came across this pattern:

Vintage Swim Suit

While I doubt it would hold up well in the water, I think it is cute!

It must be a British pattern as it calls for sewing thread and No. 12 needles...

Maybe a vintage suit KAL?  He he... if for no other reason than to say "I knit a swim suit!"
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Entrelac Baby Blanket on: May 16, 2007 10:19:12 PM
Entrelac + 6.75 balls of Patons SWS =

I love how it turned out.  It's approximately crib sized (whatever that is).  I didn't measure it at any point, so I really have no idea how large it is.  I also decided not to calculate time or money put into it because, while I do like my coworkers, I didn't really anticipate spending so much...  Anyway.  I love how the lengths of each color work out to 1 little block almost every time!

Here is the back, too

Let me know what you think!  (If you can't see the pictures try this and this)
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Recycled Art - from bedsheets! on: May 16, 2007 10:05:05 PM
I was informed in February that I would be participating in the recycled art show where I work.  At first it was recommended that I make a bag and slap some motif from a shirt or something on the front.  Since that didn't really sound recycled to me, I set out to find tablecloths to make a shirt and pants with.  Sadly in Wenatchee there were no good tablecloths to be had, so I thought "sheets!"  So I ended up at the Goodwill and made this:

The capris are super comfy and lined w/ a white sheet that we got as a sample at work.  They were see-through otherwise.  The shirt is cute, but not cut properly for me, so needs some modification to the pattern before I can wear it.  I had a lot of fun making it and hanging next to magazine collages and bird feeders made from kitchen equipment, it's been a hit!

In case the picture won't show up, try this then PM so I can figure out what the deal is...
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Sweaterscapes Autumn Road Socks on: March 17, 2007 09:52:42 AM
I found this wild pattern and decided I had to make it!  I hadn't made socks or really done fair isle before, but my swap partner requested socks and we both loved these.  

Here is the finished product

And a close up of the trees

I love how they turned out!  They're a bit tough to pull on, sadly.  

Let me know what you think!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Fly Front Zippers on: March 16, 2007 11:52:26 PM
I am having the hardest time with this.  Can anyone tell me how to avoid the puckering at the bottom?  To my knowledge I've put the zipper in correctly, but the marks that are supposed to meet at the bottom are about 3/8" apart Sad  I've read everything I can find (books, online) about putting the zipper in, but nothing includes tips about how to avoid the puckering.

Thanks for any help!!

EDIT I guess asking for help is like motivation to make me do it... I got it all figured out  Cheesy
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Recycled Art Show on: February 09, 2007 10:30:44 PM
It has been decided that I will participate in a recycled art show.  Now, I don't consider myself an artist, so much as a needle crafter, but none the less I could create recycled art.  I have been told that I will create something from something I will find at the local community cupboard or Goodwill.

I'm still getting used to the idea since I have lots and lots of projects that I already had planned on doing before April, but I think it would be fun! 

What kinds of things have you all done?  I have some ideas in my head, but also want to know what others have done in this realm!

P.S. This particular show is in Leavenworth, WA.
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