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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: New Year's Knitting Resolutions on: January 02, 2007 03:22:00 PM
1. finish late christmas knits by the end of january
2. give myself more time to finish gifts ahead of/on time (eek - new baby in the family in march - better get started!)
3. no more "omg it's on sale I must buy it even if I don't know what to do with it!" purchases.
4. Quit being a snob.  Natural fibres are sooooo nice, but the only reason those well loved, ancient afghans from my grandparents are still around is because of thier indestructible polyester and acrylic contents.  Also, the cheque book can't handle $15 skeins.
5. Donate the un-spent monthly wool allowance to charity.
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do you wear your hats? on: November 30, 2006 11:13:47 PM
I read somewhere that if you take sort of a chunk of hair at the front/top of your hair (like the part that people fluff up for the ponytailed fauxhawk look) and twist it loosely back and THEN put on your hat, when you take it off just kinda shake the twist out and it should leave you with some volume.

Uhhh, I apparently have lost some of my communication skills because I'm afraid I haven't explained it very well...
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: if your boyfriend is weird like mine... on: November 30, 2006 10:21:46 PM
Oh man, these are hilariously awesome.  He looks like he needs a matching cape to go with his super-hero pose!
14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: USB-along?? on: November 30, 2006 07:24:31 PM
Muhahauhaha.  This is DEFINITELY on the post-x-mas crafting list.

Ooohhhhh the possibilities...
15  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Why are you Vegetarian/Vegan? on: November 28, 2006 09:38:56 PM
I think i'm one of the few vegetarians who doesn't like PETA all that much. 

PETA didn't affect my decision to become vegetarian, and I don't like some of their practices. 

Am I alone on this?

Nope, even though the pamphlet was the final push for me, I reaaallly disagree with a lot of their tactics.

Along with being kind of cultish, they seem to be rather black-and-white, and there are a TONNE of grey shades in these issues, I think.

And then there's the Peta2 phenomena...  it's like they're trying to sway kids over to veg
  • anism because some bands they idolize say they should.  Gah. 
16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: USB Death star? on: November 26, 2006 11:30:41 PM
Holy crap that would be awesome.  The only thing I can think of, though, is buying a flashdrive, connecting it to a ubs extension cord  (in my head, the deathstar should always look like it's floating or hanging from something.), and doing some modification of a pre-made death star toy (micromachines used to have a few kind of cool ones... garage sales or ebay might pan out, too).  Actually, a thumb drive would probably work better than a flash drive (they're probably the same thing, but I always think of flash drives as long and narrow and thumb drives are a little more square) and then... yeah... drill or hollow out a sleeve, somehow in the plastic toy, and glue in the drive?
you wouldn't even need the extension cord, really (it'd work okay, as long as you leave enough space for the usb to plug in.)

And yeah, if you've got some decent art skills, you could always just paint a deathstar and do the same thing.  (obviously, cut out the shape you need to fit the drive before painting)... I think a large wooden bead or ball type thing would be a little less destructible, though.   Styrofoam might get chipped and dented kind of easily.
HmmMmMm.  must. create.
17  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Why are you Vegetarian/Vegan? on: November 25, 2006 10:00:27 PM
Growing up, I never really liked meat, and I toyed with vegetarianism in High School.  Shortly before grad, though, a girlfriend of mine forced me to read some PETA vegan propaganda brochure, and I finally decided to actually try it when I moved away for school.  That was five years ago, and it's mostly just habit now - if I'm grocery shopping and need to pick up sandwhich meat for my partner, he has to be super specific about EXACTLY what he wants, because I'm pretty lost in the meat isle, now.    (I'm veggie for semi-political reasons, but I'm not going to push my ideas on anyone else.   I draw the line at cooking it, though.)

18  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: lys hard sell on: November 25, 2006 09:37:51 PM
Oh man... I went to a different LYS yesterday because my usual one didn't have what I needed (and I won't be here long enough for her to order it in.)  The saleslady asked me if I needed anything, and I said I was basically just looking at colour choices of the yarns in front of me, unless she had anything that else that was close to the sts/rows I needed.  She  gave me a dirty look and went off about how they measure things by yarn diameter here (new zealand - they do the... 3 ply, 4 ply thing, apparently but ALL THE YARNS STILL HAVE rows/sts on them), and that, no, she couldn't help me.

Gah.  I'm probably not communicating things well, but, mostly, it was *how* she said everything.  Glad I don't shop there regularly.
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: LYS Stories - All Sides on: November 25, 2006 09:19:48 PM
Wow, that sucks.  I work at an internet cafe right now, and I know exactly what you mean - sometimes you get great customers that are a joy to help.  And then sometimes you get your face torn off my someone who can't understand that there's really nothing you can to do help if they don't know their own email password.

Gah.  That really sucks, though, when you've got one of those jobs you really really enjoy, and some people just don't understand that workers in the service industry are humans too.
20  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: doggy legwarmers? on: November 25, 2006 08:25:20 PM
Hahaha... true story.  I think you guys are right - just tying them at the top probably wouldn't work.  (Hah, it doesn't really work with MY legwarmers!)

Hmmm, don't think I'll do the sweater thing (the dog is about 15 KG - a little larger than your standard "dog sweater" dog), but for sure a strap of some sort... (hmmm... a doggie shrug?)
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