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1  Re: Cable Luxe Tunic KAL? in Knitalongs by carinalou on: December 29, 2007 02:10:51 PM
Yay, I just finished my garter yoke!  Now all I need to do is the body and sleeves... I have a bad feeling this thing won't be done before winter is over.

For the cable yoke, I started with a provisional cast-on and grafted the ends using the kitchener stitch because I didn't want a visible seam. I was going to knit the garter yoke in the round, also to avoid a seam, but I realized that after decreasing stitches, my work would be too short for a 24-inch circular needle.

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2  Re: Holiday Cookie/Candy/Recipe Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by carinalou on: December 15, 2007 10:03:41 AM

I got my package from x0xmanda last night!   Grin  She made three kinds of cookies/candy, packaged them in cute tins, AND included a sparkly ornament.  She said she ran out of time to include the recipes and is going to message them to me, so I'll do my best to describe everything without knowing what's actually in it.

The cookies are yellow cake mix cookies with chocolate chips and nuts.  The dark balls (my favorites) are chocolate truffles.  A few of them are dipped in white chocolate for extra deliciousness.  The white mass that's hard to photograph is peppermint bark.  It's all so good... thanks Amanda!

here are the recipes!

Cake Mix cookies
    * 1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
    * 1 teaspoon baking powder
    * 2 eggs
    * 1/2 cup vegetable oil
    * 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips or other goodies (i split it chocolate/white chocolate/ nuts.. they were either pecans or walnuts)

   1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
   2. In a medium bowl, stir together the cake mix and baking powder. Add eggs and oil, then mix until well blended. Stir in chocolate chips, or your choice of additions. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto cookie sheets.
   3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Bake less for chewy cookies and more for crispy cookies. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

-8 ounces best-quality bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
-1/2  cup heavy cream
- decorations. i used chopped pecans, i think Huh Cheesy, red and green sprinkles, and melted white chocolate
  1.   Put chocolate into a large heatproof bowl. Bring cream just to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat; pour over chocolate in bowl. Stir in liqueur, if desired. Cover with plastic wrap; let stand 10 minutes. Stir until smooth. Let stand until thick, about 15 minutes.
  2.   Pour chocolate mixture into a shallow 8-inch dish or pie plate. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until mixture is very cold and set but still pliable, about 30 minutes.
  3.   Using a teaspoon or a 1/2-inch melon baller, scoop balls of chocolate mixture, transferring them to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper as you work. I scooped with a tablespoon measure and then rolled them better in my hands, which also made them warm to hold the... uhmm.. garnishes?

4. Roll in your toppings/garnish/decoration
5. Refridgerate til firm.

Peppermint Bark
- 1 bag white chocolate chips
-3-5 peppermint candy canes

1. pour chocolate into a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute; stir. Continue microwaving for intervals of 20 seconds, stirring in between, til smooth.

2. Unwrap candy canes and stick them in a ziploc bag. Crush them (i used a wine bottle)

3. Dump crushed peppermint into the chocolate and stir. Pour onto a wax-paper lined baking sheet and spread into a thin layer.

4. when cool/firm, break into peices!

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3  simple brioche lace scarf with pattern in Knitting: Completed Projects by carinalou on: November 21, 2007 04:23:23 PM
I wanted to make a simple lace scarf that wouldn't require me to count or look at a pattern while I was working on it. I started it in the spring, abandoned it for the summer and recently decided to finish it.  Please ignore the goofy face I'm making... my husband always takes pictures when I'm not ready.

This is the pattern:

1 ball of Crystal Palace Kid Merino
US 11 needles

cast on 30 sts

k in garter stitch for 4 inches

switch to brioche rib: k1, k the st below the 1 on the needle dropping st off left needle as usual *repeat to last 2 st, k2

continue in brioche rib for 50 inches

k in garter stitch for 4 inches

bind off

After blocking, the scarf measures about 66" x 8.5"

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4  Re: Fall/Winter Scarf Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by carinalou on: October 31, 2007 03:49:29 PM
Since I know doe_eyes has received, I'm gonna go ahead and post the scarf I knitted for her...

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5  Re: Fall/Winter Scarf Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by carinalou on: October 31, 2007 03:47:32 PM
Here is the fleece scarf and hat that doe_eyes sent me.  She also included in the package some yummy pumpkin spice lip balm and room spray.

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6  GIANT gauge sweater in Sept. Vogue in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by carinalou on: September 07, 2007 04:43:01 PM
I laughed when I first saw this... but now I kinda want one.  Any idea where to find yarn that thick?  Would I measure the gauge in stitches per foot?  Side note: it says in the corner it's $3675!!

There's also a scarf, that I would never wear, but it might make a cool-looking blanket.

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7  little girl armwarmers in Knitting: Completed Projects by carinalou on: May 25, 2007 11:03:04 AM
Just finished these recently for a coworker's 3-year-old daughter.  I can't remember the name of the yarn, but it's a sport weight wool/acrylic blend in a 1x1 rib.  The flowers are felted 100% wool.

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8  mirror/key holder made from old medicine cabinet door in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by carinalou on: April 15, 2007 10:42:23 AM
This was so easy, it barely feels like I made something.  I got the idea from here: http://www.rebuildingcenter.org/refind/5.html.

I started with an old medicine cabinet door...

... added screw eyes and picture hanging wire on the back...

... and added hooks on the front!  Now it's hanging next to my front door so we have all our keys in one organized place.

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9  FOs: Fetching and Anthropologie capelet in Knitting: Completed Projects by carinalou on: March 03, 2007 10:29:54 AM
I know these are two really popular patterns, but I'm really happy with  how they turned out and figured I'd post them anyway.

The first is Fetching (from Knitty, of course.)  I made these in Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk and they are sooo soft.

The other is the Anthropologie capelet posted at https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=62184.0.  I made it in Garnstudio Eskimo yarn, which is soft, warm wool.  It's much more teal than it looks in the pictures.  I didn't like where it originally ended on me, so I pulled out the ribbing and added 8 more rows of stockinette before redoing the ribbing.

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10  weird fit of Twinkletoes from Knitty Winter '06 in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by carinalou on: January 08, 2007 11:56:55 AM
I just finished one Twinkletoes slipper. http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter06/PATTtwinkletoes.html  I love it, but it fits kind of weird and I'm reluctant to start the other one.  It just seems kind of big and I especially wish the back edge was 1" shorter.  I wear shoe size 7 1/2, which I think is pretty average, so it's not like I have tiny feet.  Has anyone else made these yet?  Maybe blocking will help??  (I used Rowan Soft Baby, which is 50% wool, 30% nylon and 20% cotton.  I know the wool and cotton can shrink, but not the nylon.)  As a last resort, maybe someone has an idea as to how to alter the pattern to make the back shorter, but I'd really rather not frog it.  Any advice is appreciated.

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