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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Kamikaze Fish Hat on: February 14, 2010 06:34:38 PM
Yes! After starting this...eh, sometime around September of last year, I **finally** finished making the "Fish Hat" by Thelma Egberts: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter08/PATTfishy.php.

The coloring (which didn't quite come through in the photos...) was based off a WWII Japanese fighter plane, the A6M Zero. Why? Because those were the colors I had and it seemed like a good idea. The eyes where crocheted and then sewn on (slightly lopsided...).

2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Once In A Blue Moon Okonomiyaki! on: December 31, 2009 04:38:11 PM
Lord, I missed this place! And, as a belated Hanukkah/Christmas/Yule/Kwaza/Festivus gift, have a lovely Okonomiyaki Recipe.
For those of you who don't know what an okonomiyake is, look here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okonomiyaki
It's basically a Japanese hybrid pancake-omelet which contains shredded cabbage. (Or other crisp greens like ice-berg lettuce.)
Been making okonomiyakis for quite a while now, mainly because they're fast and awfully delicious! While okonomiyaki are traditionally made on a flat-top griddle, I don't own one personally so I make mine in a large skillet or frying pan. My first few tries came out horrible due to the fact that I was using a cast-iron skillet, which got way too hot for good okonomiyaki making. It was also difficult to flip the okonomiyaki due to the skillet's shape and it's weight caused problems when I tried using the "plate" method to flip it. If you go the pan cooking route, I'd advise you to use something with a non-stick coating. It makes the flipping much easier. If you're using a griddle, I suggest using two of the broadest spatulas you have, because half-cooked okonomiyaki have a bad tendency to break in half and make one hell of a mess.

Here's one in honor of both the New Year and the fact tonight is a Blue Moon! It come out very fluffy and pretty damn tasty.

Forgive the crappy focus, but it was the best picture I could get with my camera.


{Adapted from the wikiHow article: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Okonomiyaki

1 cup a/p flour (self-rising if you like it fluffy!)
3/4 cups water
4 eggs
1/2 tsp of poultry seasoning
dash of cayenne pepper
roughly 2 cups coleslaw mix (Or shredded cabbage*)
roughly 1 cup grated carrot
roughly 1/2 to 1 cup cheese (cheddar, especially white cheddar, or blends work well!)
1 clove minced garlic
1 small onion, diced or sliced thin
Blue food coloring
{Any other fillings you'd like can also be added, but keeping with the lunar theme, crab or other kinds of seafood and mushrooms are especially approriate.}

1) Whisk together flour, seasoning, and eggs in a bowl large enough to fit all the ingredents, adding in enough water to make it a lump free batter.
2) Heat a pat of butter and oil a large skillet or on a griddle on medium-high heat till the butter starts to brown. Be careful not to let the pan/griddle get too hot, or it may burn.
3) Fold in the coleslaw mix, carrots, cheese, garlic, and onion (plus any other fillings) into the batter. Make sure everything is coated well, then add in a few drops of food coloring to give it the shade of blue you'd like (Too few, and it will end up a pale green color)
4) Dump the batter into the skillet or onto the griddle, making sure to make it into a circular shape.
5) Cook roughly 5-6 minutes or till the sides of the okonomiyaki are set. If using a skillet, run a spatula around the edge and shake the pan to make sure the okonomiyaki isn't sticking to it.
6) Carefully slide the okonomiyaki onto dinner plate, give the pan or griddle a spritz of non-stick cooking spray, and either place the pan over the plate and then flip or just use the plate to flip the okonomiyaki back onto the griddle. Watch out for splatters, since hot oil? It freakin' hurts.
7) Cook for about 5 more minutes or till you can pierce the middle with a toothpick or knife point and it comes out clean.
Cool Slide onto a plate and cut into 4 to 8 wedges. Serve with okonomiyaki sauce (if you can find it)/a sweet bbq sauce (if you can't find okonomiyaki sauce), Japanese mayo, or any other toppings you'd like.

Makes from 1 to 8 servings, depending on how hungry you and your dinning companions are.


BONUS: A Mayo Sauce Recipe
{Note: Measurements are rough estimates as I rarely write this kind of thing down...}
1 to 2 cups mayo
1 tbsp dijon mustard
1 tsp sugar / 2 1/2 tsp honey
1/4 tsp salt
Dash of poultry seasoning or other spice blend
2 to 3 tbsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp crushed garlic or garlic powder
pepper to taste

1) Whisk everything together in a bowl til well blended. {Tip: Mash the garlic with the salt into a paste. That way, it won't clog the nozzle of the squeeze bottle.}
2) Pour into either a squeeze bottle or some other air-tight container and store in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
3) Squirt or spoon onto okonomiyakis or anything else you'd like. It's especially good as a dip for fired chicken fingers.

Feel free to try these out and let me know how things work for you.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Shrunken Head purse! on: September 11, 2007 06:24:10 PM
The is the result of yet another visit to the AntiCraft (God do I love that place!) .Not much to say, other than I absolutely loved how it turned out! Especially happy with the hair. I started doing the dreads first as in the pattern, gave up and decided to just crochet them instead to give them a very corkscrewy look.

Face detail, showing off tea-stained cotton:

Dreadlock detail!

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / The "Sexy Granny" purse (may be NWS) on: September 07, 2007 11:51:48 AM
Alright. I'll admit it: I enjoy finding weird and unusual things to knit or make. Maybe I'm just strange. Anyway, this purse comes courtesy of me cruising around The AntiCraft's archives and stumbling upon the Snatchel: http://www.theanticraft.com/archive/imbolc07/snatchel.htm
I opted to do the "perky"version and also got a little lazy with the fallopian tubes. But I loved the results. Ain't she a beaut?

The drawstring/shoulder strap uses the infamous Hideous Pink Fuzzy Yarn I got at Wal-mart, with the purse itself being made up of Red Heart in Ranch Red, Amor in Raspberry and Garnet, and  Lion Brand Fun Fur in Lava for that frisky granny appeal.

The bead for the clitoris (detail below) was one I kidnapped from a bracelet making kit.

Overall, I'm very happy with how the old gal looks...unfortunately, I don't think she'll be going out anytime soon.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Poor, poor Nail Bunny... on: February 11, 2007 06:28:16 PM
Thanks to the "Mr. Bunny" posthttps://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=88776.0, I got possessed to make a bunny of my own. But not just any bunny...OH NO! It had to be one of the most put upon little bunnies
in comic history: Jhonen Vasquez's long-suffering creation, Nail Bunny. If you're curious, he's from Johnny the Homicidal Maniac.
Nailed to the lamp!

Nail Bunny still has issues...

but he's recovering just fine. 

Detail of the teeth...

and the eye.

And now, the technical stuff: Knitted on US 6 dpns with the most ungodly pink yarn gotten on discount from Wal-mart. Both his eyes, teeth, nose, and mouth are sewn on with thread dug out of my mother's floss stash. His lips are greenEmbarrassedIt's decomposition...
  It doesn't show in the photos, but there also a ring of stitching around his neck in black yarn. It was done mainly to cover-up a gigantic hole and ended up a design feature. Also, it may not look it, but one of his legs turned out fatter than the other.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Behold! The Terrible Kraken! on: January 25, 2007 01:10:57 PM
Gentlefolk, allow me to show off my first knitted plushie: The Terrible Kraken, a purple version of Knitty's "Nautie"--http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring06/PATTnautie.html.

This is a slightly fuzzy view of the sewn on eye. Let me just say that I do not do well with needlepoint...

And, for those PotC fans out there:

Here's an amateur plush re-enactment of Jack Sparrow getting eaten by the Kraken.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cable Knit Bag on: January 16, 2007 05:20:43 PM
Well, after months of lurking, I've finally gotten around to posting an FO with pictures. First off, forgive the crappy over-all picture. I'm still getting the hang of my digital camera...

The whole bag sitting on my bed.

A detail of the cable pattern.

This bag was my actually the second thing I every knitted, the first being a hat that came out super tiny. Only a beginner and I stupidly decide that "aw, gee! I's like that cable pattern soo much!". In the creation of this, I made two discoveries:
1)Those little "u"-shaped cable needles are evil! and
2) A dpn with some point guards on it works great for holding stitches.

The yarn used was a left over skein my mother had  used to crochet a pillow case. Trust me, the color's lighter and prettier in real-life. I used US size #8 and #6 needles and I don't remember what hook size I used for the cord. Overall, I'm very pleased with this bag. It's big enough to fit my GURPS books in.  Grin
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