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11  COOKING / Dessert / Re: muffin recipes needed! on: May 25, 2005 09:03:31 PM
Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Muffins

(from my website, http://www3.sympatico.ca/anne.whitcombe/cookbook.html --- see the website for more muffin recipes!)

I used to bake these so often that I had the recipe completely memorized! You can subsitute whole wheat for the all-purpose flour, and/or bran for the oatmeal if you want to vary the recipe a little. Good however you make them!

375F / 20 minutes / 12 large muffins

1 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
5 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
1 c. white sugar
1/3 c. chocolate chips
1 1/4 c. oatmeal
2 eggs
1 c. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. vegetable oil

Mix in the food processor. Fill muffin cups 3/4 full and bake!
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: iPod Cozies on: May 25, 2005 04:46:13 PM
I whipped up a little cozy for my friend's new iPod this afternoon, using some ribbon yarn left over from another project. It's a super-simple design... I did stockinette stitch, but did a purl row instead of a knit row wherever the fabric was to bend --- it gives it a nice sharp edge. There's a wee eyelet hole in the top, for the earphone cord. The front flap buttons up or down for easy access to the controls. I do so love projects that can be measured in minutes or hours instead of days or weeks!

13  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: sideways wrap on: April 29, 2005 04:50:14 PM
Glad you all like it!

The pattern's simple enough:

I cast on a loooong row of stitches on 6 mm circs (I did 250 st, but it's almost too long --- 200 or 225 would probably be perfect) and then did 8 rows of stockinette. Then I did the yarn-over-drop-stitch row (on a knit row, wrap the yarn twice around the needle for every stitch, then on the subsequent purl row, only purl into the first loop of each of those "double" stitches, letting the second loop just slide off the needle). Then, another 8 rows of st st, another yarn-over-drop-stitch row, then the centre panel of st st (I did 10 stitches, but you could stay consistent and do 8, or make it more distinct and do 12). Add another yarn-over-drop-stitch row, another 8 rows of st st, another yarn-over-drop-stitch row, and a final 8 rows of st st.

In retrospect, I might have been better to put another row of the drop-stitch close to either edge, because that might have helped stop the tendency for it to roll. Also, you have you be careful to bind off reallllllly loosely at the end, since the cast-off stitches have less stretch to them and the whole thing could end up looking gathered if you're not careful.

Anyway, once you have the piece knit up, and the ends woven in, just take a piece of the ribbon yarn, tie it to one end of the drop-stitch row (leave a piece that's the same length as your fringe will be, so it will blend in) and use a tapestry needle to weave it through the "ladder" of the drop-stiches. Keep untwisting it as you go. Tie it off on the other end, and again, leave a tail that matches the length of your fringe. Attach the fringe and you're done!
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: sideways wrap on: April 29, 2005 04:31:48 AM
Alrighty then, I took a couple of images of the whole thing for you all:

I couldn't get a decent picture of myself wearing it, so I used the dressform --- but it's hard to make the shawl-thing drape right (either as a wrap or as a scarf) on a form with no arms and no neck!
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / sideways wrap on: April 28, 2005 08:08:41 AM
For Mother's Day, I knit my mother a shawl/wrap/scarf/thing. It's knit end-to-end, instead of sideways, out of cheap-but-super-soft Red Heart Symphony in River Blue. Through the drop-stitch stripes, I wove a variegated ribbon yarn, ONline Linie 15 Orlando in Lost Lagoon. (Not only does that add visual interest, it also gives some stability to the long and very stretchy wrap.)

The fringe is so light-weight that it floats in the air as you move.

16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Preserving icing roses- is it possible? on: March 18, 2005 07:00:05 AM
Yeah, I second xmelinda's thoughts there:

Most icing has too much butter, so it would tend to melt (and eventually, go rancid). Royal icing might work --- we made and stored boxes and boxes of tiny sugar flowers and so on for decorating truffles, at one chocolate shop I worked at. I don't know if they'd last indefinitely, though, since they have egg white in them. Plus, they're solid, but brittle, so over time they'd crack...

I think I've seen some kind of caulking or construction putty of some sort used to make imitation "icing" --- perhaps that would let you create a replica?
17  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: Foucault? Fuck yeah! on: March 09, 2005 05:30:46 PM
Not exactly crafty, but have you seen these? Foucault action figures! From the website:

Keenly aware of the fluidity of social identities, this 6.5" Michel Foucault waves his baton in poststructuralist style at all challenges. Shrouded in a special removeable French cloak and with a built-in thoughtful head movement, this superb action figure is essential for both professional philosophers and junior postmodernists.
18  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: Foucault? Fuck yeah! on: March 06, 2005 07:05:11 AM
Oh. Wow.

Thumbs up for anthro geeks!  Wink
19  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: wedding knitting project... on: February 28, 2005 07:38:26 PM
What about knitting your garter? Or a tie and pocket square for your groom?

When my cousin got married, my aunt knit shawls as gifts to the bridesmaids --- you wouldn't have to do shawls, necessarily, but a pretty felted bag or scarf (lacy, since it's summer) or something, for each bridesmaid, might be nice.
20  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: smaller knit or crochet wedding gift? on: February 25, 2005 06:56:18 PM
I think a felted pillow or two could be great --- if you know their colours and style.

How long do you have before the wedding? If you've got a bit more time, what about a lap-rug/throw knit up on chunky needles in a big drop-stitch pattern (possibly with ribbon woven through, la Knitty's Bob and Weave --- http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter04/PATTbobweave.html)? The Knitty pattern is officially a shawl/poncho thing, but who says it couldn't be a throw?

Or you could be more practical: give them a stack of hand-knit cotton dishcloths (http://www.jimsyldesign.com/~dishbout/kpatterns/grfavorite.html) to match their new kitchen, packaged up with some retro-kitsch magnets, tea towels, etc., and maybe a book like 'Hip Home Ec' or 'Good House Magic'... (I find I can do a dishcloth in 2-3 hours, so you'd be able to whip up a set in no time.) For bonus points, address this package to the groom, so it's clear who you expect to do the washing-up!  --- Speaking as a bride-to-be, I'd appreciate this sort of thing far more than yet another picture frame or set of candles or whatever.
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