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21  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / What should I do with this room?? on: August 07, 2007 06:48:25 PM
Okay, so I need your help! I found a house that I am insanely in love with, it seems like I am going to get it. It has more space than I know what to do with though. It has 3 bedrooms- one will be a bedroom for me and my boyfriend, the other will be a recording/music room for my boyfriend, but I have no idea what to do with the third. I am going to use the finished basement for my craft room. I am thinking maybe a game room (darts, some kind of game table like ping pong or pool). Any other ideas or a cool room that we can actually use. I hate the waste the space. It's a nice sized room.

Thanks Smiley
22  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / I NEED this hat on: July 13, 2007 01:02:17 PM
Okay, I feel really silly posting a picture of lindsay lohan- but I LOVE her hat and I would love to knit one. What stitch is that behind the ribbing?? Does anyone know of a similar pattern? Or any clues as to how I could make this?
23  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / spunky eclectic- on: June 25, 2007 09:36:40 AM
I have a question for those of you in the fiber of the month club- has anyone NOT recieved their fiber for the month of june yet? there was some confusion with my order and I still haven't gotten my fiber- but if a lot of people haven't recieved still I don't want to bother the owner.... thanks Smiley
24  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Favorite south beach recipes on: June 17, 2007 01:41:05 AM
I just started the south beach diet and the website doesn't have too many vegetarian recipes. If anyone else does/did south beach I would love to hear your favorite recipes. I make a pretty yummy pastaless lasagna...

Zucchini Lasagna

2 1/2 cups of zucchini (about 2.5 zucchinis)
1/2 bag of boca meatless crumbles
1/4 cup of onions chopped/diced
2 small tomatoes, cut up
1 (6oz) can of tomato paste
1 clove garlic minced
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1 egg white
3/4 cup fat free cottage cheese
1/4 cup of mozerella cheese, shredded
1/4 cup of kraft free chedar cheese, shredded

Cook (or boil) zucchini until tender (about 8-10 minutes). Drain. Set aside.

Heat the 'meat' over a skillet with onions untill onions are tender and the meat is warm. Add tomatos, tomato paste, garlic, and remaining spices. Let simmer for a few minutes while you prepare the cheese stuff.

In a small separate bowl, add egg white and slightly beat. Add cottage cheese and half of the shredded cheeses.

Okay, now this is a small recipe so I used a small 1 1/2-qt. baking/roasting pan. You'll be in trouble if you try to pull out the big fancy glass dish. Anyway, arrange the zucchini first. My recipe cameout really watery, so dab the zucchini dry with paper towels before layering. Add 'meat' mixture and distribute evenly. Add cheese mixture, and then remaining 'meat' and zucchini.

Bake uncovered at 375F for about 30 minutes. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top. Bake 10 minutes longer. Let it cool off for 10 minutes longer and then BAM. Dinner.

NOTES: you may also substitute zucchini with eggplant. As for the cheese, I used lots of cottage, and a little parmesean on the top.

Now post yours!!!! Wink
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Do I have gauge?? on: June 13, 2007 12:30:27 PM
Please help me if you can! I think I have gauge problems in life. I understand the concept- but I guess I am just bad at judging it. I am planning on knitting the two tone shrug from fitted knits, I just did a gauge swatch and it is a tiny bit big.
The book says: gauge= 20 sts and 26 rows= 4"

My whole swatch is 20 sts and 26 rows. It is a little bit big- but if I went down a needle size I think it would be too small. From my pictures do you think I have gauge? What should I do?

26  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Spinning Demo! on: June 13, 2007 09:13:36 AM
Hello my lovely fellow spinners! I am giving a spinning demonstration at a day center for senior citizens this friday. I went there to research for a term paper on creativity and aging women a few months ago and I had a great time and they asked me to come back and show everyone how yarn is made. They scheduled me for up to 2 hours. I really didn't put too much thought into- I just figured I would go there and spin and talk about it- but I think I want to do an in depth look into the world of spinning. It may be hard for me to keep the attention of some of the people as alot of them have dementia.

So here's what I am thinking... If you have any ideas that I could do that would be cool- please share!!!!! I would also love feedback on what I am planning Smiley thanks!!!!

-Introduce basic principles of spinning- twist makes yarn ect.
-Bring drop spindle and show how yarn is made on drop spindle
-Bring supplies for people to make their own drop spindles
-Talk about how fiber goes from the animal to being spinable- bring raw fleece, combed greece fleece, washed and combed fleece, and roving, pass labeled samples around.
-Talk about different sources of fiber- Sheep's wool, alpaca, llama, bamboo, mohair blend, silk blend- pass around samples of roving and samples that have been spun- both labeled + books about fiber animals (I'm thinking the pictures in the books and samples might make the people who have severe dementia happy- because they will have things to look at and take in at their own pace).
-While everyone is looking at the samples I will start spinning on my wheel, and explain how the wheel works and why I prefer a wheel to a drop spindle. Maybe I will talk a little about why spinning is important to me.
-Take questions and help people put their drop spindles together- show them how to spin.

What do you think??? I'm excited now!!! Grin
27  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / A few skeins I spun up tonight :) on: June 11, 2007 06:09:33 PM
I am officially obsessed with plying with thread. This whole skein spun up in about 15 minutes. I don't know about you- but for me that's super fast. The second one on this page took me about an hour! This thread is metalic silver and it looks very sparkley and cute in real life. sigh... Cheesy

This yarn is the third skein of its kind I have made. I am going to make the little shrug from fitted knits with it. Um hopefully- my yarn might be a little too thin... It's sooooo nice though. Its a merino silk blend. YUM!

28  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Rate your Drum Carder on: June 08, 2007 03:33:02 PM
I love the 'rate your wheel' thread and now I am looking into buying a drum carder so I would love to hear how everyone rates their drum carders...





29  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Technicolor Dream Yarn :) on: June 07, 2007 03:17:44 PM
I am in love with plying with thread. I really like the affect and I am not into how much time it takes to ply two handpun singles together. I got some cool thread from michaels this week and made this---

30  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Unfinished? on: May 17, 2007 12:55:32 PM
I just got my first wheel (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Smiley!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) I am really excited to use it. It is an Ashford Traveller unfinished. The guy who sold it to me told me he strongly reccomends putting finish on it before putting it together. My question is-
How important is finish? Is finish just for color and looks or does it actually protect the wheel?

I bought some wood finish and my mom is going to put it on for me while I go to class. It takes 4 hours to dry and I am hoping it will be fine with only one coat. I don't want to not fully protect my wheel because I am so excited to use it- but I also don't want to wait a long time to use it if finishing is mainly for looks.

Thanks <3
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