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271  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Bringing salad to work - help! on: March 29, 2007 06:02:07 AM
I sometimes buy a bag of salad, which is normally enough for two lunches & it's cheaper than buying "lunch-sized" salads in those plastic containers at the supermarket. You might try that? Also, if you're in the UK, try looking for small tins of chickpeas at Tesco (if there is one near you). My local Tesco has them, but I've never seen them anywhere else. And, as Pearlescent said, you could always try dried chickpeas Smiley
272  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: sewing corners on: March 25, 2007 08:59:29 AM
 I can't remember where I read this tip, as it was years ago, but it promised this was the best way to make your corners look crisp & neat when turned right side out, and I've found it works.  With the needle down, pivot 45 degrees, then do one stitch if you're sewing a fairly lightweight fabric, two stitches for a medium weight fabric, or three for a thick/heavy fabric. Then pivot a further 45 degrees (90 degrees from your original line of stitching) and carry on. I hope this makes sense!
273  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: knitting at work? on: March 13, 2007 02:00:38 PM
I work in the centre of London

I know in the UK your employer is required by law to provide a separate "break area" (at least that's what I was told in my accounting class, of all places!) so there should be somewhere you can go when the weather is unpleasant, and if there isn't, then your employer should get their act together and come up with a place you can go! I can understand not being allowed to knit at your desk, even if you're on a break (though I do think your boss is just being petty), but I don't think they are within their rights to prohibit you from knitting anywhere on the premises. Good luck with the job search & I hope your new boss is nicer than your current one.
274  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Black Dress To Mum's Wedding. An Instant Disown-ment?? on: March 02, 2007 11:45:49 AM
I was also going to suggest grey as an alternative. Or beige with black lace. That would look nice too.
275  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Re: US to UK English translation! Aaaaarrghhhh! on: February 28, 2007 02:06:42 PM
This is a very interesting thread that I never noticed before! I'm American, living in the UK (married an Englishman). A couple months ago an Indian guy in my office asked me if we had any of those razor blade things on a long handle: "What are they called in this country?" I was like, "you're asking me?" I told him they're called Exacto knives in the US. Later my husband informed me that they're called Stanley knives here. At work we still laugh about the exacto knife incident.   Tongue
276  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: UK knitters..or anyone that's used Paton's Knit and Save DK yarn... on: January 23, 2007 01:23:34 PM
From what I understand DK is roughly similar to worsted weight. I didn't knit much before I moved to the UK, and I'm not au fait with yarn weights, so you may want to wait for someone else to verify this  Smiley
277  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Vegan cookie- recipe suggestions? on: January 20, 2007 06:47:52 AM
Not a recipe suggestion, but have you looked into substituting ingredients? half a banana, mashed, can be substitued for 1 egg, and of course soya milk & vegan margarine can be used in place of milk & butter. I've used these alternative ingredients a few times (though never in cookies) and have always had good results. I think tofu can take the place of eggs as well but I'm not sure what quantities to use...
278  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: 3-Hour Sweater Knitalong: dare we hope? on: January 19, 2007 06:39:11 AM
Meh, I didn't realise you had to have 10 posts before you could post a picture, so I've posted a link to the picture instead.

Yay, I love this thread! I've finished the back, which took far longer than 3 hours.
I lengthened the ribbing only (by 3 inches) so that it would be snug around the waist. So far it looks like it will fit. I can't wait to get started on the front, but unfortunately I have work to do first Sad

Everyone's finished sweaters look awesome--very inspiring!
279  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making Sewing Patterns on: January 19, 2007 05:59:07 AM
I have a very handy book called Metric Pattern Cutting, by Winifred Aldrich. It gives very specific instructions on how to construct almost any type of pattern you want. As the name suggests, the measurements are in metric, so if you're in the US you may want to try a different book. Try having a look at http://amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw/102-0718383-8012116?url=search- alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=pattern+cutting&Go.x=8&Go.y=14&Go=Go
You might even find something at your local library.
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