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1  COOKING / Dessert / Hubby's marshamallow fondat cake on: May 30, 2008 11:46:42 AM
THis is my husband's first time working with marshmallow fondat.  Talk about interesting stuff.  SUPER sticky and sweet.  The cake was for our son's first birthday.  I think it turned out wonderful!!

2  COOKING / Dessert / Pink Fairy Cake on: February 20, 2008 03:36:46 PM
My husband worked all night on this cake.  It is three layers, covered in buttercream icing (dyed pink to match) and with a Barbie Fairy.  He also added tulle, and paper roses to give it a more delicate look.  I am soo proud of him!  Our newly 3 year old daughter was pretty impressed too!

And considering this was transported through a small Alaska snow storm, and into the humidity of a swimming pool facility, up a flight of winding, SLIPPERY steps, to where it sat on the table in the balcony area and held up beautifully!!

and from the side

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Oh Gauge, why do you hate me so? on: February 07, 2008 11:14:09 PM
Sooooo, I am learning to knit 2 socks at time on one long circular needle.  Ok, got that part all figured out.  In fact I have worked 3 pairs already.  All are the same pattern and for toddler size 2-3 years old and all are the same worsted weight RH SS.  The problem is that the first pair was knitted on size 4 circs (as the pattern suggested) but they came out very tiny.  Like newborn baby tiny.  Ah well, I wanted a new set of Addi Turbo needles anyway, right?  So I bought size 5 and gave it a go.  And yet again, tiny.  Hmmm.  Angry knitter you say?  I agree.  Sooo again I go and get a nice shiny new set of size 6 Addis and knit like a fiend.  And once more tiny.  In fact they are so small I cannot even get them on my 8 month old son's foot (he is a large baby, but a baby nonetheless!) and so I am trying to figure out how the hell to get my gauge where it needs to be.  I am about 2 stitches and 2 rows off as far as I gather.  Any advice or suggestion?
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Addi Turbo Straights? on: January 09, 2008 03:29:10 PM
Are the Addi Turbo Straights as buttery smooth as their circular needles?
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Hubby's first lace!! on: December 20, 2007 11:58:58 PM
My husband and I took up knitting over the summer, and he has far surpassed me.  Here is his first attempt at lace, a scarf for my brother's wife.

6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Felt Food need help! on: October 27, 2007 09:48:28 PM
I am trying to make felt foods for my daughter.  Nothing complicated, I thought.  Just two sheets in simple shapes with a bit of batting in between.  I searched on the forum but had no luck.
Ok so here are my questions. 

How do you get the nice scalloped edge?

Are you using old cheap-o felt or wool felt?

How do you cut the pattern?  Do you free hand, trace, or template the pattern?

Hopefully I can managed to pull together some resembling food for x-mas!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Turtle Hat for new son on: August 24, 2007 01:11:58 PM
So I tried following a real pattern for a hat.  I think it turned out wonderful!  The only thing I changed is that instead of a rolled brim I added some ribbing.  But my count was off and I ended up with an uneven spot where there is more rib than -ing.  But it fits my 3 month old son and he seems to like it.
The hat itself is made of Blue Sky Alpaca's Organic Cotton (Unbelievably soft!) and the little turtles are crocheted with Caron Simply Soft in Brites.
I now have about 5 people who want the same hat!  But I am off and running on a bonnet type hat for my 2 year old.
YAY for understanding patterns!  And for the designers who make great ones for beginners!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Baby bib! on: August 05, 2007 11:28:28 PM
This is the second knitting project I have finished, and the first one from a pattern (I made a hat first).
I am very proud of how it turned out!  Super easy first time project from http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/getting_started/

Here it is on my son, Fischer

9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Tested snail on: August 02, 2007 02:19:30 PM
I tested this snail for Sanda the other day.  I think he turned out wonderful and my daughter LOVES him!  She named him Saruba

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Slip stiching the first and last? on: August 02, 2007 01:58:17 PM
I just read a post about slip stitching the first and last stitches on each row to avoid them being all loose and ugly.  How do I do that?  Do I literally just slide it off one needle onto the next?  Will that mess up the height on the sides?
I know that sounds dumb, but I am crocheter learning to knit and in crochet slip stitch is a different thing.
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