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11  COOKING / Dessert / Litter box cake!!!!! on: October 28, 2007 03:29:40 PM
I made a delicious but disgusting looking cake for halloween last night. It was a big hit with everyone who saw it and it was seriously the best tasting cake I have ever had in my life! The recipe and more details are on my blog. I modified it to make it healthier Smiley


<3 what do you think?
12  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Upholstery Fabric?? on: October 24, 2007 03:05:55 PM
I want to make some slipcovers for my chairs and couches and I am having trouble finding any upholstery fabric that suits my taste. I like vintage retro looking stuff. Does anyone know of a good source for stylish upholstery fabric???

thanks <3
13  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Thanksgiving / Vegetarian Thanksgiving Dinner on: October 18, 2007 03:21:49 PM
This year I am hosting my first thanksgiving dinner. it isn't going to be on thanksgiving because I know that people want to be with their families, I am probably going to have it the weekend before. I am going to invite vegetarian friends for a huge vegetarian feast. I have been veg for 15 years now and I have NEVER had a vegetarian thanksgiving- I am always just nibbling on side dishes while everyone else chows down.

I want to make little gifts for my friends to take home with them. I am asking everyone for a 10 dollar donation for a special thanksgiving surprise. The surprise is going to be the adoption of turkeys. (http://www.adoptaturkey.org/). For 20 dollars you can sponsor a turkey that will live out the rest of its life at farm sanctuary. I think everyone will be really stoked about it. There will probably be about 10-12 people in attendance so thats 100-120 dollars to donate. When the turkey is sponsored they send you a picture of the turkey and a little bit about its history. So we will adopt 5 or 6 turkeys. I am going to make copies of the pictures for everyone.

I want to have a little gift bag for everyone to take home with the turkey pictures and a few crafted items for everyone. I would love suggestions about what I could include in the gift bags.

14  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / seed stitch in the round? on: October 11, 2007 06:52:20 PM
I have a stupid question. I am working on a hat and it calls for seed stitch. I know normally it consists of two rows- k1,p1 to end then p1, k1 to end. Since I am working in the round and I am not turning my rows should I should continue with k1,p1 round after round?

Is it 1x1 ribbing if I do k1,p1, p1, k1 in the round?

15  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Preparing raw fleece? on: October 02, 2007 12:32:06 PM
I did a spinning demo this weekend at an alpaca farm and the owner gave me 4lbs of raw fleece. I am getting a drum carder from my local spinning guild that was used, but I have no idea how to wash and prepare the fiber to be carded without damaging it. Any tips or resources??

thanks <3
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Craft Snobs... on: September 30, 2007 04:47:14 PM
I did a spinning demonstration at an alpaca ranch this weekend and people kept asking me why I made yarn and what I did with it. I told them I mainly knit but I also crochet. This one woman said, "oh, you don't weave?". And I said "no, I'm a knitter". She wouldn't let it go and stood next to me- mind you there were about 15 people standing around me watching me spin- but she kept talking about why I don't weave. Eventually she said, "well, you're young- I guess these things come with time". I was so pissed. Insult me all you want- but don't talk about knitting!!!!!

I just thought I'd share because you guys would understand. Isn't that nuts? Why are people so snobby about their crafts? Does anyone have an experience with a craft snob that they would like to share?
17  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Dog-warming/Outdoor kitty accommodations on: September 05, 2007 09:44:00 PM
Hello friendly craftsters. I have a few questions. We just moved into a new house with a big fenced in backyard. My dog has been living with my parents since I moved out about 3 years ago. I have been living in apartments and with roomates where I couldn't have my dog. She is a toy poodle. So now my boyfriend and I are in our own house and my dog Willow is coming to live with us. I am hoping to make the transition as easy and non-scary as possible for her. I want to craft her some dog warming presents to help her adjust to her new home. She already had a bed and tons of toys. Any ideas on what I could make her?

Also, with our new home came a stray cat who hangs out in the backyard. We have named her Pursenny in honor of our two cats that we had to give away when we found out I was allergic. Since I am allergic we obviously cannot take the cat into our house, but we feel really bad for her (she is deathly thin and freaks out for attention). We have been feeding her and giving her water in the back yard. I feel so bad for her, not having a home or any toys to play with. We were thinking of building her a little shelter for if it rains or snows. Any ideas about things we could do to make her homeless kitty life a little brighter??
18  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / chill pillow on: August 31, 2007 03:14:04 PM
I am about 1/2 way done with my loopy chill pillow. I don't know if I read the pattern correctly. For the loop pattern are you supposed to knit one row then loop stitch the next row then knit the next. Should I be knitting every other row or am I supposed to do the loop stitch for every row?

Thanks Smiley
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / help me modify 'cochella' on: August 27, 2007 04:21:21 PM
This might be too big of an order and I might be better off writing my own pattern, but I want to make a long sleeved version of cochella (the knitty pattern seen here: http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer07/PATTcoachella.html).

It isn't just a normal sleeveless tank so I have no idea where to begin making it long sleeved.

Would it be easier to follow a pattern for another long sleeved sweater and then add the cochella neckline? How would I go about doing that?

Does anyone know of a long sleeved deep cowl neck pattern?

Thanks so much for your help!!!
20  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / TV Cabinet on: August 09, 2007 07:57:16 PM
So I want to make a cabinet type thing that is mounted on the wall and holds (and conceals) a flat screen tv.
kind of like this one-

I don't want the border around the two sides of the cabinet though, because I want to cover it with a poster or some kind of art. Would this be hard to make? Or expensive? PBteen is charging $250 for it!!! It just looks like a simple wood cabinet- Couldn't I just measure my tv and cut the wood in the shape of the specs and attach it? How do you think it's hung on the wall??

Thanks so much in advance. I really like this idea- but spending $250 on it....
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