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41  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / jumping in the deep end! on: September 22, 2009 12:28:54 PM
Hey crafty people! I'm about to go pick up a bag of wool straight off the Jacob's sheep. (I heart freecycle! Yay!) I've always wanted to try out spinning but I don't really know anything about it. I know that I need to somehow turn the wool into roving, and I need a spindle to spin it, but that's about it. So I'm off to scour the reaches of the internet, but in the meantime, I throw myself before you. Impart to me your wisdom oh wise women (and men)!
42  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Moms, I need your help! (aka: Eeek! Everyone's having babies!!) on: August 26, 2009 12:35:59 PM
I feel like everyone I know is getting pregnant and having babies! Well, everyone except for me. So I need your help. All you moms out there, what new baby gifts do you use/appreciate the most? I can knit, crochet, sew a little and I'm open to learning new crafts, so hit me with whatever you've got. Smiley

43  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / what kind of paint? on: August 16, 2009 02:23:49 AM
I'm thinking about repainting some furniture and I was wondering what sort of paint should I use?  I painted my hubby's desk a few years back with semi-gloss latex paint and things sort of stick to it even after all this time.  Like if you leave a cup or a book or something on it, it sticks and sometimes leaves a mark in the paint.  What kind of paint do people normally use for furniture?

44  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / kusudama on: January 23, 2009 12:59:11 PM
Inspired by the Holiday Handmade Crusade, I made some ornaments out of old maps.

I used this great tutorial from Folding Trees.  They're very easy, but a bit time consuming... especially the part where you're waiting for the glue to dry.

I've made 3 so far.  The bigger 2 are made from 4 inch squares and the little one is made from 2 inch squares.

I absolutely love these and I'm thinking that next year I might decorate my tree entirely with recycled map ornaments!  If you know of any similar patterns, I'd love a link. Smiley
45  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / question about gloves and mittens on: December 14, 2008 06:11:11 PM
you know when you're knitting a glove or mitten, and you pick up stitches to knit the thumb or fingers?  Is there any special technique or tip to avoid those annoying holes that you get at the base of fingers?  I've been stitching them closed when I weave in the ends, but I'd love to avoid them in the first place.
46  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / hangover food on: November 16, 2008 04:26:32 PM
What's your favorite hangover food?

I like to keep it simple with scrambled eggs, toast and gatorade.
47  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / persimmons on: November 05, 2008 02:34:08 PM
Anyone have a good persimmon recipe?  I've been getting fuyus (the flat, crunchy kind) in my CSA box, and other than giving them away, I just don't know what to do with them.  My hubby and I both don't like them at all.  But maybe with a good recipe we could actually find a use for them? Undecided
48  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / 4 FOs on: October 22, 2008 05:03:49 PM
Here's my latest knits.

Brea Bag for my mom:
pattern: Brea Bag
yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes, Cranberry
needles: US 9

This a bag I promised to make for my mom last year. It's fully lined with repurposed denim. I can't wait to finally give it to her this weekend!

Fern Lace Scarf
yarn: Spinning Bunny Merino/Tencel Hand Dyed Yarn, Blueberry Patch
needles: US 10, bamboo

I've made about a million scarves since I learned how to knit, but I've sold and given away almost all of them. I got this gorgeous yarn from freecycle and decided that it's finally time to make a wearable scarf for myself. The lace pattern comes from Vogue Stitchonary. I love it!

Stripy Gloves
yarn: Knit Picks Felici, Atmosphere
needles: US 3, bamboo DPNs

I started these back in January when a wind storm knocked out our power and heat for 3 days. While I was freezing my butt off, I decided that it was an absolute travesty that I didn't have a decent pair of (non-snowboard) gloves. So I picked up my needles and some sock yarn and started these. When the power came back on, I totally forgot about them and didn't pick them up again until this fall.

Fall Fingerless Mitts
yarn: Mystical Creation Yarns Wool Silk
needles: US 5, aluminum DPNs

Our chilly evening walks with the puppy inspired me to finally pick up this yarn and knit up a pair of fingerless mitts for the fall. I love this yarn. It has a really rustic look, but it's so soft and wearable.

ps. To keep the number of pics down, I didn't post all that I have.  If you're interested in seeing more, you can see the rest on my blog.
49  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / apples! on: October 11, 2008 01:15:46 PM
I'm going apple picking today.  Yay!!  What are your favorite fall apple recipes?

So far, I have plans to make apple crisp and maybe some hard cider.
50  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / vintage yarn question on: October 02, 2008 03:56:50 PM
I recently was got a bag of vintage yarn through freecycle.  (Yay freecycle!!!!)  I got about 48 skeins!  I'm super excited about it!  I would totally post pics, but my frickin' camera is effed up. Angry

Anyways, it has a bit of an old smell to it.  You know that smell that things get when they spent 20 years in your grandma's attic?  Yeah, that smell.  It's not too strong, but definitely noticeable.  How do you get that smell out?  Should I wash the yarn before knitting with it, or would it be better to knit up a garment and then wash it?  It's all cotton and synthetics. 

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