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11  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Seeking Macrame Owl Pattern (seriously!) on: May 04, 2009 02:40:33 PM
Hello.  I have some horribly scratchy nylon yarn from the 70's.  My roommate and I are both really into ugly 70's stuff, and I really want to use it to make some horrible Macrame Owls for our kitchen wall.  Problem: I can't seem to find any patterns for them online.  I have never done macrame before, and I don't think I could figure out how to make owls if I just learned the basics somewhere.

Does anybody know of a good book that shows how to make macrame owls?  Or a website that shows you how to do it? My internet search did not come up with very good results.  And it doesn't seem like there are many macrame posts on craftster besides that April Fool's post this year!
12  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Quinoa Stuffed Red Pepper on: March 06, 2009 07:56:42 AM
Tell me - how long should I leave the pepper in the oven before I pull it out to stuff.  Just until it looks roasted, or what?

I didn't time it.  I put the red pepper in the oven right after I put the quinoa on the stove--so it must have been baking for around 15 minutes.  It didn't look roasted at all, but it was warm and cooked through enough for me, plus it was in the oven for a few more minutes with the quinoa.

I subscribe to the tao method of cooking.  I never measure or time anything unless there's chemistry involved, so it's really hard for me to write up good recipes!
13  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Quinoa Stuffed Red Pepper on: March 04, 2009 10:42:55 PM

I've been eyeing the beautiful red peppers at the store lately, but couldn't think of a reason to buy one until this week.  I have a recipe for stuffed acorn squash I really like, and decided I could stuff a pepper instead.  Here's what I did:

Rinse and soak 3/4c quinoa for a few minutes, then drain, add 1 1/2 c water, and bring to a boil.  Once boiling, cover, reduce heat to low, and cook for 10-12 minutes.  Then remove from heat, leaving covered for another 5 minutes.

After starting the quinoa, cut a pepper in half and remove the seeds.  Brush with olive oil and place on a baking sheet in the oven, preheated to 350*

Chop up 4 cloves of garlic and about 1/2 c of any other delicious morsels.  I threw in some chopped mushrooms and leftover burrito "meat" from a few nights earlier.  Fry in a pan at medium to medium high heat.  When tender, season veggies with 1 tsp ground cumin, 1 tsp chili powder, and around 1/2 to 3/4 tsp cinnamon, along with some salt.  After mixing in the seasoning with the veggies, dump the quinoa in the pan once it's cooked.  Stir for a bit, mixing the veggies into the quinoa.  If you find the quinoa to be dry, add a tablespoon or two of fruit juice.  I've had to do this before, but not this last time.

Pull out the baking sheet with the peppers and spoon them full of quinoa stuffing.  Put back in the oven for 5 to 10 minutes.

Enjoy!  I love quinoa like no tomorrow, and this is my favorite thing I've made with it.  It's so fun to make too since it practically explodes when you cook it.  If anybody tries this, let me know what you think!
14  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: Holy Crap! & Other Lite Sock Yarn (IMG heavy!) on: February 15, 2009 11:26:50 PM
I am IN LOVE with Spring Rose!
15  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Freshly Dyed Merino Sock Yarn on: February 10, 2009 10:23:38 PM
These are from my third round of yarn dyeing.  I think I'm getting the hang of it now Wink
For reference, I use yarn recycled from sweaters and learned how to dye yarn from this tutorial on Knitty and this tutorial on PieKnits.




Giant Squid

The Plankton is super-bright, but at a cost.  I used way too much dye.  In fact, I used so much dye, that the leftover dye in the cups as I was rinsing them out was enough to dye the base of Iceberg to the nice pale blue.  If I'd found a way to save all the dye that bleed from the Plankton as I was rinsing it, I probably could have dyed another skein.  It took me 10 rinses to get the water to run clear!  So let this be a lesson to you: 1 1/4 tsp of the Wilton's dye is WAY TOO MUCH for 100g of sock-weight merino.

Another fun story about this batch: the Giant Squid is so named because of the elusiveness of the colorway.  The subtle gray, brown, and purples were a complete surprise: I actually used dye from a bunch of different dye-tests, all mixed together, to dye this yarn.  The dye water actually looked dark forest green! I had no idea I was going to end up with this color, but I'm definitely not complaining!
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Bernat Glow-in-the-Dark Yarn on: January 29, 2009 03:42:55 PM
My roommate just finished this horrendously tacky argyle vest with all the diamonds made out of three different glow-in-the-dark colors.  It's awesome.
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Basic Slip from Knitting Lingerie Style on: January 29, 2009 12:33:24 PM
You look amazing!  You have inspired me to learn how to knit!  (It can't be too much harder than crochet, right?  I just picked that up last year Smiley ).  If I successfully learn, knitting lingerie style will be my first book!  (maybe second, I should probably try something a bit more basic first Wink )

Crochet is hard!  I have a much easier time with knitting because once you cast on, you do things to the stitches that are already on the needles.  With crochet, you have to find where you're supposed to go next, and it's a lot harder for me to do that, especially with some yarns.
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Basic Slip from Knitting Lingerie Style on: January 28, 2009 11:18:04 PM
I'm no knitter so I can only suspect that this took a lot of work! It turned out darling and is very classic looking so that style will do great for a long time!  Great job!

Thanks!  This was actually one of the easiest projects I've done.  The hardest part was finding the ribbon--seriously! 
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Basic Slip from Knitting Lingerie Style on: January 28, 2009 10:43:13 PM
I actually finished knitting this dress in August, but it took me until just a few days ago to actually find the right kind of ribbon to make the straps.  You'd think it would be a lot easier to find plain black ribbon, but it's really not!

The pattern is the Basic Slip from the book Knitting Lingerie Style by Joan McGowan-Michael.  She has a bunch of other great patterns on her website White Lies Designs.  The pattern calls for Cascade Fixation, a great stretchy cotton-elastic yarn, which allows the dress to be so form-fitting.  The drop-stitch accents are done in a ribbon yarn.  I used Lion Brand Trellis, a different yarn than the pattern called for, and I love how it turned out.


An in-progress pic that shows the drop-stitch parts a little better

I altered the pattern a little bit: I knit the smallest size because I'm thin, but I'm bustier than the smallest size was intended for.  I did a few extra increases for the bust shaping to prevent the dress from being too obscene.

I can't wait for the weather to warm up so I can wear this outside!
20  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Greasy Classics made Vegan--MOZZARELLA STICKS and chili cheese on: January 28, 2009 09:20:04 PM
i never knew you could get iron fortified cereals!!
this makes me fairly happy Cheesy I'm already anemic, severe iron deficiency. I take iron supplements as is, and always with vitamin C...When I was pregnant I was taking 4 supplements daily, and my hemoglobin was still ridiculously low.

Pretty much all breakfast cereals are fortified nowadays, especially kid's cereals.  When I have money, I eat Clif bars regularly too, which are also filled with vitamins and minerals.
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