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1  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / Um...help? -long, rambling story ending with a loom question- on: August 05, 2008 01:47:00 AM
Okay, so myself and a few members of my family finally got up to my grandmothers house to help clean out her living room, which had been the same way for at least thirty-five years, last Sunday. This involved much removing of books, vacuuming up all the dust/cobwebs, smashing two couches, and taking out a HOT TUB, which sat, in their living room, behind the couch, for 35 years. And which everyone thought was empty, only it wasn't (and was also holding 12 mice, which my brother described as 'smooshy' after he fished them out Tongue. And his thought of bringing the thing home to use it were dashed).
Anyway, behind the hot tub was a four harness floor loom, in many pieces, which I got to take home and clean. This by itself was fairly nasty, as I had to haul the thing down a flight of stairs and down a decently steep set of outdoor steps to even get it out of ther house (ah, the joys of grandparents who live on a freaking mountain. not.) and then had to unload it from the back of our pickup to get it in the backyard so I could clean the damn thing.
As far as I can tell, it's a fairly nice loom, handmade by a guy in Bellingham, WA, who's most likely dead now, as some girl in my grandmother's college weaving course got the last loom he ever made. I have the instructions for putting it all together, but as I know absolutely nothing about weaving or looms and the instructions seem to be written for someone who kind of knows what the heck they're doing, I need a website about four harness looms/weaving in general. I know I can get loads of books from my grandma, but I won't be going back to their house for a while, and I'd like to be able to stick it together enough to see if it's at least useable. If I can't use it, but it's useable, I could at least sell it, which is better than BURNING it, which is what my grandfather wanted to do.
Oh, and I totally got eaten by mosquitoes while I was there. It was so worth it though. That's seriously the most floor I've ever seen at one time in that house. Besides, I got a spinning wheel as well, and that I KNOW works.  Grin
Thanks for advice and for reading through all my blather.
2  COOKING / Dessert / Re: 5 Minute Delish Chocolate Cake on: July 28, 2008 10:56:05 PM
Just tried this, very interesting.
For some reason, it didn't seem very sweet to me, or very chocolaty.
I think next time I might add vanilla and maybe some salt.
Otherwise, I learned that you can sort of make buttercream (ish) frosting in a measuring cup with a whisk if the butter is practically melting in the dish, as it has been since, oh, the end of June.
Tasty, though.
3  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Re: Project Runway 5 (beg 7/16) on: July 16, 2008 10:46:00 PM
The first runway shows take so LONG! man. Tongue
why do the seattle people have to be crazies? why? gives us a bad name
I liked the solo cup dress, super cool
I personally would have taken the plastic bags the store gave out for free, ironed them together, and used that
cos I'm weird like that.
I've never seen trash bags that are so papery and rustle-y.
I think I've seen that grocery store before, though
when I was in NYC over spring break
That, and I went to the Hershey store in times square
and they had flat screens behind the cashiers playing the Hershey's episode of last season.
I squeed. And my companions looked at me as though I were insane
Best quote-in the clip montage for next episode-"This is a pterodactyl from a gay Jurassic park"~Tim Gunn
My brother, who doesn't even watch PR, wants a sound clip.
It's automatically funnier since Tim said it.
4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Come one come all post your new tattoo IDEAS! on: May 02, 2008 10:57:02 PM
Do you guys think that putting a possiblity of a tat on yourself in henna or something is a decent idea? To make sure that you're sure you want it there for a damn long time? See, I wouldn't be able to actually get a tat for some time, thanks to still being a minor, but I desperately want a nautical star on the top of my shoulder, where the joint of my shoulder is. I was thinking that if I did it with henna a couple of times, I'd get used to it being there and be sure that was what I wanted. I have the luck of having a cousin who has lots of ink, including stars on her feet and a sanskrit prayer that matches one on our grandfather, so I'd talk to her about actually getting the thing, even though my mum would hate it. My dad, on the other hand, is talking about getting one on his fiftieth birthday so he won't regret it when he turns fifty, like your mother always told you (You'll hate it when you're fifty!). I'm not super squeamish about needles, thanks to having one broken off and removed from my hand when I was in the third grade and stabbing my self accidentally in my crafty escapades, but I'll probably do the henna anyway, since I'm really paranoid I'll hate anything I do to myself. This is kinda negated by the part where I got freestyle henna done on my hand about a month ago, and it still hasn't gone away, and I both still like it and forget it's there, ha.
So, yeah, my tat idea is to stick a medium sized nautical star in black and purple on top of my shoulder. I got the idea from Project Runway, where Jack from season four has star outlines on his elbows, so the placement would be like that, only on my shoulder instead of the elbow. I always thought I'd get one on either my shoulder blade or the inside of my wrist, but I wouldn't be able to see it on my back and I write all over my wrists because the ink washes off my hands...My homework is currently written there...
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Yarn! I has some! on: February 17, 2008 09:17:28 PM
purple I couldn't fathom to dye.
That, and it looks a hell of a lot better than my second plied yarn.
Keep going!
Spinning's addictive, innit?
6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: I'm sorry this isn't really crafty but....that color pulse stuff on: February 07, 2008 11:05:31 PM
oh,dear lord...don't use this on blonde hair unless you want it really bright. I used it in like the sixth grade, the funky cherry, I think, cos I remember that they didn't have the colour I wanted, which was the plum. This was before my hair really started darkening, so it was really dark blonde when I used the dye (cos I deluded myself into thinking it was light brown). It turned my head bright red. this kid in my class called me devil girl for weeks. And then it took like two months to rinse out completely. but damn, do I want purple hair now. Bright purple, so I think it'll work. If not, eh. one of my friends has two tone jello red and black hair (it's bright red from the top of her head to her chin and then black from there to her waist) Oh, and the 'fruity' smell of the stuff gave me a headache, since I always get headaches from artificial mango scent, and thats what I think it was... This may be the one time I go to the retched Walmart for something, If I can't find it anywhere else...
7  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Venezia from Interweave Winter 06 by Eunny Jang on: December 28, 2007 12:31:37 AM
Yay! I got yarn for christmas!-dances about to japanese techno madly- and I got some really shiny harmony needles too!! So I have been obsessively starting on the left sleeve, since the needles I got are lovely shiny...dpns. I was wondering, though about the colour conversions into palette, since I got what I saw listed, but now that I go back and look at the picture, the colour for ivy in the spindrift is there, but not listed in the conversions. maybe its just the light...anyway, mine is simply not going to have any ivy, cos I'm too lazy to go order more. I do have an idea running obsessively in my head about taking this pattern, ribbing the edges (as I am now, cos folded hems annoy as much as they delight), adding pockets and a hood, possibly lining it, and doing it all in black and white. the hood needs to be massive though, to fit my general hairstyle of a bun pinned up with metal dpns. My math teacher calls me lethal weapon, and that's seriously what he calls me, and what I put on my papers. I think the other teachers, when they grade tests, wonder who the hell lethal weapon is. and once again, I have rambled long enough.
8  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Re: Project Runway 3 (see first post) on: November 30, 2007 09:00:21 PM
aaand for once I wrote notes so I didn't have to remember it all...especially now, two days later. Tongue So, yeah, four small pieces of notepad paper's worth of notes. A summary of what they say, with notes on what the cruddy notes mean:
I thought that Christian was MUCH less twerpy and is getting more fun to watch...and he obviously weighs NOTHING, since he fit in his bag, even if it was gimongus and since Jack was carrying him.

and then some quotes that will go at the end of this giant post

the models... oh, dear, they looked NOTHING like Tiki but holy god were those models hot (the notes actually say "holy god are those models hot")

I would not have pegged Elisa as being so shy, more like she'd be at least partly willing to live in a nudist colony or summat like that

I strongly dislike Rami, he seems rather preachy to me...like if you can't do what he can, you're not good enough

I think the main issue this challenge was that most of the designers had no experience with men's wear, most of them over challenged themselves, and the always prominent time issues.

Also,the answer I chose for the poll (Question: which sports celeb would you design for?) was Maria Charapova, because I think it would be much easier than men's wear.

I love kit (and want her hair, but mine is,alas,too fine)

the guy models seemed somehow stiffer than the regular girls, like they were trying to be macho or something.

Ricky needs to learn that safety pins, unless you are going for punk rock or emo or goth, where safety pins belong (which is why a large box of them lives in my bag at all times) are BAD. and visible. and that Nina is not like Paula Abdul... and is not stoned and/or stupid.

Heidi apparently does not like David Beckham, though she does like Tiki's butt


'I gave you cherries on your ass'
'The menswear makes the claws come out'
'Pants are just two sleeves sewed together'
'wow,these fit your ass really well'
'I love Asians. Asians are fierce'
'What was they had on the Titanic right before it sank? Oh, yeah, PANIC'
[on the chalk board in one of the apts] 'LORD HELP US '[on the side] 'more V-8 please!'
'America, start praying for us now'
also, who wants to bet the next one is a team challenge?

um...yeah...I think I'm done now...
9  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Re: Project Runway 3 (see first post) on: November 22, 2007 01:21:18 PM
by the second show i'm matching former contestants to current ones!
I think Christian is this seasons Santino, with the whole "I'm gonna do whatever the hell I want and if you don't like it then f@$k you" asthetic
Elisa=hippy of Angela+ insanity of Vincent
I think that when Elisa is put on a team with somebody who can control the 'multimedia' thing, she can make pretty clothing, like the outfit she made with Sweet P. in the second ep.
Is it just me, or does Ricky always seem to be having a breakdown?
He seems to cry a lot
I don't see why SJP was the "biggest judge ever". I think they could have had a bigger person judge...but I don't love SJP that much anyway.
and that was very long...
so I'm gonna stop now...
10  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Re: Project Runway 3 (see first post) on: November 16, 2007 10:14:43 PM
We could also edit the first page to include 'season four begins on page 171' as has been done for season three, just so all the PR discussion stays in the same thread...or add a link to the season four thread on the first page
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