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1531  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Crafting and Your Mental Health! I Need Your Input! Edited to Add Another Q on: January 24, 2007 05:51:43 PM
Interesting thread.  Good luck with your piece.

How do you feel when you're crafting?
Relaxed and calm - unless I've just discovered that I made a bad mistake that I have to undo.  Undecided

Why do you craft?
A few reasons.  I like to create things.  It's relaxing, especially when I'm doing something mindless like garter stitch or filling in background on a needlepoint project.  Also, I always have to be doing something with my hands.  I can't just sit there and watch TV - I have to be knitting, or stitching, or something.  And I have a long commute, so I stitch on the commuter rail.

Who do you craft for?
Myself, my husband, my family, my husband's family, and friends.  A few of my friends have recently had babies, so I've been making baby gifts lately.

How many hours a week do you average crafting?
Probably about 12 hours a week.
1532  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Easy "I feel lazy" meal (low carb) on: January 23, 2007 07:34:45 PM
I found this recipe somewhere, it stuck in my mind, and I made it for dinner tonight.  Sorry I can't give credit where credit is due.

1 lb ground beef
1 cup shredded cheese
1 cup salsa

Brown the beef.  Stir in the cheese and allow it to melt.  Stir in the salsa.  Serve.  Easy peasy.

If you are not low-carbing, serve this with some rice or tortillas.
1533  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: My Knitted Kitty on: January 23, 2007 07:23:08 PM
Oh that is so cute!!  (Can you tell I'm a cat person? Wink )

I imagine that this would be a safe toy for a newborn.  Any reason it wouldn't be (as long as you embroider the face rather than using easily detachable items like buttons)?  A few of my friends are expecting / have recently had babies, and I like to give handmade gifts to my close friends when they have life events like weddings or new little people... so much more meaningful than just buying something off the registry.
1534  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: My user name on a polo shirt (3 pics) on: January 22, 2007 07:15:56 PM
Ah, I see... you want the tail to dangle.  Never mind... Wink
1535  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: My user name on a polo shirt (3 pics) on: January 20, 2007 06:22:07 PM
That looks awesome! Smiley

If I were you, I'd tack down the tail of the yarn ball.  I've recently learned cording (it's not unlike couching) and if you are familiar with either technique, you can use it to keep the tail from unraveling.  Looks like you've already used something similar on the first bit coming out of the yarn ball.  If you do this, the tail will most likely survive washing.
1536  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: embroidery on neckties on: January 20, 2007 02:31:47 PM
That is such an interesting idea.  Where did you get the ties?  I'd love to experiment with this, and I could see my husband wearing such a tie if he picked the design, but I wouldn't want to blow too much money if I mess up.

If I were you, I'd stitch while holding the tie in your hand, without an embroidery hoop.  But then, I routinely do cross stitch and needlepoint without a hoop or frame, so I'm used to it.

I wouldn't worry too much about sewing through the back, just because of the way a man's necktie is worn.  Just make sure the back is relatively neat.

Please post pics when you have finished. Smiley
1537  UNITED STATES / Connecticut / Re: Metro-North commuters who stitch? on: January 18, 2007 08:12:29 PM
I am guessing that you mean Norwalk Community College?  I commute between South Norwalk and GCT... I drive over to South Norwalk as it is on the main New Haven line and a major station stop => many more trains.

If you ever see someone doing needlepoint on a New Haven line train that leaves GCT between 5 and 6... it's probably me.

The woman sitting next to me on the train this evening admired my needlepoint... Smiley
1538  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Indian vegetarian food on: January 18, 2007 07:59:43 PM
My favorite dhal recipe: My notes in (parens) throughout.

Delicious Everyday Dhal
from Curries Without Worries by Sudha Koul
(my mother gave me this cookbook when I went to college Smiley )

1 cup lentils (I use masoor dhal, which is red)
6 cups water (I use 3 cups; 6 cups is far too much)
salt to taste
3 ripe medium tomatoes, chopped
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbsp finely chopped ginger
4 Tbsp ghee (clarified butter; you can get this in any Indian store or make it from ordinary butter)
1 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp whole cumin seeds
2 dry red hot peppers
1/2 cup chopped fresh coriander

Bring all ingredients, except fresh coriander, to a boil on high heat.  Reduce heat to low, and cook until the dal is tender.  This should take 20-30 minutes, depending on which dal you use.  (Masoor dal cooks up pretty quickly.)

When dal is done, sprinkle coriander on top, and serve hot.

(I serve this with rice, chutney, and/or Indian breads.  I try to grow cilantro every year... unfortunately it likes to bolt before I can pinch off the flowers!)
1539  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: the most heinous thing i have ever created. [pics are large] on: January 18, 2007 07:39:58 PM
Your cat looks less than thrilled...

... but, cute hat.  If it's the yarn I think it is, I've made a few baby blankets from it (for friends - I have no children myself).
1540  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Crafty But Stupid: YOUR CRAFT RELATED INJURIES HERE! on: January 18, 2007 07:33:42 PM
I guess I'm lucky.  The worst I've done is prick my finger with a cross stitch needle.  I was on the commuter rail, and the train stopped short - and my needle didn't.  Unfortunately, when I get a needle stick, I BLEED.  (Not hemophiliac, but my blood is slow to clot.  Bad platelets, bad!)  I was fortunate not to bleed all over my project.
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