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1541  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Partners in Crime - Raggedy Ann and 2 kitties on: January 16, 2007 08:28:19 PM
Thank you. Smiley

I usually work on my large projects when I'm at home watching TV.  (I multitask.  It drives my husband nuts.)

I took some progress pics while working on this project.  I'll share them if y'all are interested...
1542  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Indian vegetarian food on: January 16, 2007 07:43:23 PM
My favorite cuisine is Indian.  It is my mother's favorite cuisine also, and she's an avid cook, so I grew up eating a lot of Indian curries.  Neither I nor my parents are vegetarian, but my parents are old-school Catholic, so on Fridays (Lent or not) we didn't eat meat.  We'd eat cauliflower-and-potato curry, or dhal (lentils), or vegetable biryani.  I'll share some recipes if there's interest...
1543  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: needed: cool onigiri/rice ball recepie on: January 16, 2007 07:25:31 PM
I'd love to know more about onigiri.  I enjoy sushi, and I'm familiar with nigiri in the context of "rectangular rice ball with raw fish on top", but I gather this is something a bit different?  Rice balls with various ingredients in the interior of the rice ball?  Please enlighten me...
1544  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Partners in Crime - Raggedy Ann and 2 kitties on: January 16, 2007 06:38:47 PM
I've just finished a cross stitch project I've been working on for the past few months.

It's from a kit.  Don't hurt me. Smiley  The kit is Sunset #13709, Partners in Crime.  It caught my eye for two reasons: (1) I'm a cat person, and (2) my favorite childhood toy was a Raggedy Ann doll that a friend of my mother's made for me for my second birthday.  I still have the doll, and she's a bit the worse for wear (her face is embroidered, and I've had to re-embroider her facial features more than once), but perhaps I will pass her on to a daughter or granddaughter someday. Smiley

The kit introduced me to cording, a technique I haven't used before.  I used it for the strand of yarn that the cats are pulling out of Raggedy Ann's head.  As soon as I read about the technique, ideas for pillows and Christmas ornaments started popping into my mind.

So here it is:

Please forgive the poor picture quality.  I got the image by plopping the finished work onto my scanner.  I don't own a digital camera (yet).
1545  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Well-meaning family members who ruin projects on: January 15, 2007 08:32:13 PM
I've learned the hard way that if I want to keep my projects and supplies intact, they have to be kept well away from my husband.

My sweetie is a neat freak.  On more than one occasion, he has gathered up my just-sorted embroidery floss in a big ball and shoved it into a ziplock bag, so I have to go and re-sort it.  On one occasion, he THREW OUT a bunch of my floss because he thought it was scrap!   Angry

Please tell me I'm not alone...  Should I start keeping my stash in a safe??
1546  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Re: How Did You Find Craftster? / Craftster Sightings! on: January 15, 2007 07:55:19 PM
I just skimmed through this thread really fast, so I could be wrong - but I think I am the first person to post in this thread who found craftster via podcast.  And not a crafty-related podcast either!

I'm a fan of a (sadly, short-lived) sci-fi series called Firefly, that aired on Fox a few years back.  (Created by Joss Whedon, the same person who created Buffy the Vampire Slayer.)  Firefly fandom really took off after the series was cancelled, and this led to the movie Serenity, which was released in 2005.

There are several Firefly-related podcasts out there.  I subscribe to one called The Signal.  In an episode late last year, the topic of the Jayne Cobb knit hat came up, and craftster was specifically mentioned as a source for a Jayne hat design.  They referred specifically to this thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=19076.0

I was on the commuter rail when I listened to that particular episode.  When I got home, I popped over here and promptly settled in Smiley
1547  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: BUSINESS PLAN FOR HANDBAGS on: January 15, 2007 07:21:45 PM
Are you selling handbags as a sideline in addition to holding a full-time job (or being a stay-at-home parent)?

If it's a sideline, you probably won't need to put together an elaborate business plan, but it's a good idea to crunch some numbers to make sure you won't lose money.

If your intention is for this to be your primary source of income, then definitely do a business plan, and talk to a lawyer and a CPA.  You will need a business plan if you decide to incorporate or seek a business loan.

Good luck. Smiley
1548  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitting needles on airplanes? on: January 15, 2007 03:06:54 PM
I'm too chicken to try to take my knitting on a plane.  The TSA allows knitting needles, but it's up to the discretion of the screener, and I would be upset if my needles were confiscated... even if I were allowed to keep the project, I'd be spending the entire flight thinking about all my hard work slowly unravelling without any needles to keep it together.

I do take small cross stitch or needlepoint projects with me when I fly.  I carry nail clippers instead of scissors to trim my floss.  I've never had a problem with security - what, am I going to hijack a plane with a tapestry needle??   Tongue  The nail clippers are useful for their intended purpose as well - I've broken more than one nail loading bags into the overhead bin.

she told me that scissors are now allowed (but must be blunt tipped), knitting needles of all types are allowed if there is a project on them (empty needles must be checked).

So empty needles are weapons, but cast on three stitches and you're ok?   Huh  Seems a bit odd, but whatever.  Hee hee, I can just imagine someone waiting in the security line, hastily casting on so her needles won't get confiscated...
1549  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: 15 and Wanting to Start a Business on: January 15, 2007 07:28:20 AM
I just want to say how much I admire all of you for starting your own businesses at such a young age.

The Internet will make your lives much easier.  When I was your age (you young whippersnappers! Wink ) the WWW didn't exist, and dialup was all that was available to most consumers.  If you have any knowledge of HTML, you should be able to code up a quick-and-dirty web site, then use Paypal to accept payments.

I also suggest that you write up a business plan.  It doesn't have to be a huge formal document, but it's a good idea to crunch some numbers and make sure you're not losing money, and it's also a good idea to think about how much time you're planning on spending on this - you don't want your schoolwork to suffer.

Good luck! Smiley
1550  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Jayne Cobb Hat! on: January 14, 2007 05:03:42 PM
Yes, it really depends on what yarn you can get your hands on. I recommend the thickest you can find, it makes the knitting SO much faster! I'm all about the instant gratification!  Grin

And then use the thickness of needle that the yarn band recommends. That's assuming you go and buy all new materials (which I rarely do, in fact most Craftsters probably scavenge through their enormous craft stash like me).
You can definitely find some Jayne hat patterns for free online. I did.  Smiley Show us a picture when you're done!

I'd be buying all new materials.  My main vice is cross stitch, so I don't have much in the way of a yarn stash (embroidery floss, yes... yarn, not so much), and I don't own any circular needles.  I may hit my LYS tomorrow, if they're open (I have the day off, for Martin Luther King Day).  I'm sure they'll steer me right.
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