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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Green Cabled Afghan of Awesomeness! on: March 01, 2012 01:34:48 PM
I've been wanting to make a squashy cabled afghan only just forever. So... I finally took the plunge and and made it! And can I just say? I really love this thing. I love the color and the soft, squishy yarn and and the big ol' cables. It's definitely one of my favorite knits that I've ever, well, knit. Cheesy

The pattern is called Lover's Knot Afghan and it's by Lion Brand. The yarn is knitpicks Swish Worsted in Peapod.

oh and ps. I totally messed up the cable pattern in a few places but I kind of love it that way. It makes it feel more personal and handmade, I think.

22  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / WIP: Mr. McFluffypants as Black Bart on: December 13, 2011 07:57:51 PM
I'm working on this for my 16 year old brother as a Christmas gift. I'd love to get some feedback before I finish it. Constructive criticism is welcome.

It's pen and ink wash on watercolor paper, 7"x10"

23  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Cinnamon Teal's Big Ol' Thread Of Christmas Swag on: December 06, 2011 10:50:23 AM
Hidey ho there crafty peoples! Instead of making a new thread for each Christmas thing I make, I'm just going to put them all right here, starting with...

Christmas Cards!

I made 50 of these suckers. To make them, I carved the lino cut and printed it in silver ink on the black paper. Then I stamped the letters in red using this nifty old school stamp kit thingy. (Sort of like this one, but not exactly.)
24  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / What's on your holiday wish list? on: November 27, 2011 01:12:25 PM
I think I'm going to be a bit boring and ask for sock yarn this year. What crafty swag is on your wish list?
25  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / What are you making this Thanksgiving? on: November 16, 2011 10:35:27 AM
I'm hosting Thanksgiving at my house for the first time this year! It'll be small, just 5 of us. I'm really excited and nervous about it!

Here's what I'm planning to make:
- I'm doing it a little different. I'm going to cut the turkey into pieces and make confit with the legs and wings. That's going to be served over some greens. The breast is going to get rubbed with herbs and roasted.
- Wild Rice and Porcini Stuffing
- Mashed Potatoes
- Green Beans
- Gravy
- Cranberry Sauce (from a can)
- Relish Tray with dill pickles, pickled beets, olives and pepperoncinis
- Apple Crisp
- Sweet Potato Pie
- Homemade Butter Pecan Ice Cream

How about you? What are your plans for Thanksgiving?
26  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Feed A Cold: What to eat for cold/flu/allergies/sinus pressure on: May 26, 2011 01:09:30 PM
I'm getting over the flu right now. Not the stomach flu. No, this is the achy-exhausted-feel-like-you-got-hit-by-a-truck variety of flu, complete with sore throat, headache, cough and congestion. (Woo! Fun times!) So I'm getting over it and all of a sudden the pollen count skyrockets and I get hit with allergies on top of it. Yay for sinus pressure, another headache and more congestion! Sad So my question to you is, what do you like to eat when you have a head cold from hell? My favorite so far is a simple, spicy noodle soup that takes about 15 minutes to make, including boiling the water. Here's the recipe.

Sinus clearing ginger and cayenne noodle soup for one:

- In one medium/small pot bring some water to a rolling boil. Add a handful of thin rice noodles (also called rice stick, found in the asian section of your supermarket) and boil for 3 minutes. Drain and transfer to a good sized soup bowl. (I have also used ramen noodles with good results. Throw away the flavor packet because it's mostly msg.)

- At the same time, in a second small pot, bring 2 cups of your favorite broth to a boil.
- Toss in a bunch of cayenne powder and powdered ginger. (I never measure but I probably use about 1/2 tsp of each.)
- Add some garlic in whatever form floats your boat. Since it's spring, I've been using minced green garlic, which is like green onions, but from garlic plants.
- Add some veggies if you like. I usually add diced carrots to mine.
- If you want some protein in your soup, you can also add some chopped, precooked meat or an egg. Once, I poached an egg in the broth and it turned out pretty good! Shrimp would also be lovely.

- After a couple of minutes, pour the broth over noodles in your bowl and season with a dash of soy sauce, a drizzle of sesame oil, a little rice wine vinegar and some thinly sliced green onion.
27  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / light healthy breakfast? on: April 26, 2011 01:29:53 PM
Hey gals and guys! I would love some breakfast ideas! I've never been a breakfast eater. But lately I've been trying to take better care of myself and I think breakfast would be a good place to start. I never have much of an appetite first thing in the morning so something light but sustaining would be ideal.  Sometimes I have oatmeal if my hubby has already made it, though I'm not the biggest fan. And if I plan ahead, I'll make a batch of muffins for the week. But that doesn't happen too often. Tongue This week I've been trying plain whole milk yogurt with some fruit and honey. It's pretty good, but I think maybe a bit too sweet. That's the other thing. I'm pretty sensitive to sugar so things like pancakes just mess up my blood sugar and then I feel crummy all day.

Thanks for your suggestions!
28  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Ugg Boots on: April 07, 2011 04:22:54 PM
I had a pair of uggs and a pair of mi woolies (similar to uggs) that were old and past their prime - soles and uppers worn out and holey. So I chopped off the tops, tossed the bottoms and now I have four pieces of shearling fleece. Each is sort of rectangular and about 6" by 14". I feel like there should be something awesome or at least useful that I can make with it. Any ideas?

29  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Question about wool dryer balls on: February 13, 2011 01:47:09 PM
I'm interested in making a set of wool dryer balls. I have very sensitive skin and the chemically stuff on the commercial dryer sheets just does not work for me. Also, I like that they cut down dryer time! But I have a couple small concerns. First, do they shed lint onto your clothes? Or do they bleed colors at all? Would it be disastrous to use red or black ones on a load of whites?

Thanks so much!
30  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Swap paintings on: October 07, 2010 09:05:51 PM
Here are some paintings and a couple mixed media pieces I made within the last few months. The motorcycle is ink and watercolor, the bee and chicken have a bit of paper cutting and colored pencil thrown in, and all the rest is acrylic on masonite.

I'd love to know what you think. Constructive criticism is always welcome.

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