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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Circular needle woes on: September 04, 2007 07:01:16 PM
I have pretty much no experience working with circular needles, except for a couple of projects where I've used circs like straight needles because they're more compact.  (I knit on the commuter rail and I don't like stabbing the passenger next to me Smiley )

So I have a 16" Susan Bates US8 circ that I'm trying to knit something on, and I just cannot do the join!  I'm doing this by eye, so I cast on a bunch of sts, more than enough to go around, but when I turn the needles to knit... it's like the two metal parts taken together are longer than the plastic wire joining them.  It's as if the needles are each 5" long (for a total of 10") and then the wire is 6".

What am I doing wrong?  Maybe I should just give up and get DPNs?
22  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / What to do with a zillion habaneros?? on: September 04, 2007 04:31:17 PM
My habanero pepper plants have gone nuts!  I have about a zillion peppers, but if I leave them on the plants much longer they'll rot.  So I'm looking for some recipes to use them up - sauces and stuff, preferably stuff that will keep in the fridge or freezer.  Any ideas?   Huh
23  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Salad, fresh from the garden on: August 04, 2007 07:40:21 PM
I wasn't sure whether to post this here or in the gardening forum... mods, please move if necessary.  I just wanted to share. Smiley

This afternoon, I was out watering my (very thirsty!) veggies, and I found:
- Two ripe beefsteak tomatoes
- Two ripe Early Girl tomatoes
- One ripe cucumber

I picked them all, DH sliced them up, we threw some Italian dressing on them... heaven.  Healthy and full of flavor.  Only a few hours passed between the picking and the eating.  I've got several dozen more not-quite-ripe tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers waiting to be picked and devoured.

There is just nothing better than veggies and herbs straight from your own garden.  Smiley
24  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Article on knitting in The New York Times on: July 12, 2007 05:52:36 AM

The article is about how crafting, and knitting in particular, has become more popular in recent years, especially among younger people.

Stitch 'n Bitch is mentioned, as is Etsy.  (No mention of Craftster, though.)

Thought you'd be interested...
25  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Burnt stuff on my new pan, help! on: May 30, 2007 01:13:20 PM
I recently invested in a new set of pots and pans.  The other day, I used one of the pans for the first time - and burned what I was trying to cook.  Turns out these pans don't like high heat.  (That's what I get for not RTFM'ing first.  Roll Eyes )

Anyway, the black gunk burned onto the surface of the pan WILL.NOT.COME.OFF.  I followed the cleaning instructions.  I let the pan cool, then washed it in hot soapy water - still black.  I filled it with water, brought it to the boil (over medium heat this time!), and then washed it with hot soapy water again - still black, although a bit did come off.  I used Bar Keeper's Friend, then washed it with hot soapy water again - still black.  The instructions specifically warned me multiple times not to use any harsh abrasives, and I'm resisting the temptation to do just that, because I can't see any other way to get this gunk off.

Any ideas?  These pots and pans were not cheap Sad
26  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / I went a little nuts at the nursery... on: May 22, 2007 08:20:28 AM
My neighbors told me about a nursery not far from my house.  They're very inexpensive, but for anything that's sold in flats, you have to buy the whole flat.  So I have a flat each of marigolds, verbena, impatiens, some pretty purple flower that I've forgotten the name of, peppers, and cucumbers.  I also got a hydrangea bush and a delphinium (which is flowering now - lovely!).  I picked up some tomatoes and herbs elsewhere.

I'm about halfway through planting.  Some of my plants are still in their flats, and the marigolds in particular are looking quite unhappy - I hope I can save them.  The front yard is shady, so the impatiens will go in the ground there... the back yard and deck get full sun.

We have a deer problem, so the veggies and herbs have to go on the deck, out of their reach.  So our deck is going to be overrun by cucumbers.  (Anyone want some cucumbers? Wink )

I'll stop blabbing now.   Tongue
27  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Stealth crafting? (at work) on: May 10, 2007 10:57:18 AM
I started a new job not too long ago.  They're not really keeping me very busy, though.  I'd love to whip out some knitting or cross stitch in my down time, but it would look unprofessional - I'm in an open-plan office, and a client or an interview candidate might see me knitting and go  Huh

What are some crafts that I can do in my down time without it being blatantly obvious that I'm crafting?  The only thing I can think of is origami.

Thanks in advance Smiley
28  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / w00t! I inherited mom's sewing machine! on: May 05, 2007 04:37:52 PM
Wanted to share the good news.  I've inherited my mother's Singer sewing machine.  It's older than I am, but she's scarcely ever used it.  I used it while I was in high school ~15 years ago, and it's just been sitting idle ever since.

So I'm going to have to scare up "sewing machine 101" online...
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Sewing n00b with basic question on: May 04, 2007 10:45:49 AM
I've decided to take up sewing again.  This is quite a step for me, as I haven't done any machine sewing since high school (or maybe middle school).  Back in the day, I made a Halloween costume out of spandex (which I do NOT recommend for a n00b!) and a few other things, none of which still fit.

I'm going to be a little less ambitious this time.  I'm planning to make a plain skirt, y'know, "cut a rectangle of fabric large enough to go around your middle, sew a seam, sew a casing for a drawstring, add a drawstring, ta-da".

Here comes the n00b question: Which way do I orient the skirt?  Do I want the selvage on the top, bottom, or one of the sides, or do I avoid the selvage?  I'm thinking that a selvage on the bottom miiiiight save me from having to hem...

Now, I haven't bought anything, including a sewing machine (I'm hoping to score my mom's old machine, which I used back in high school and which she hasn't used since I was a baby).  So any advice there would be welcome too... I'm going to pop over to the product review board too.

Thanks in advance Smiley
30  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Inappropriate to craft during graduation? on: May 02, 2007 06:08:27 AM
To make a long story short: On Saturday, my husband graduates with his MBA.  I know from experience that commencement exercises are L-O-N-G and B-O-R-I-N-G - speeches followed by a long list of unfamiliar names.  I want to bring a small knitting or cross stitch project, to work on as the names are read, but DH said "NO!!!"  Sad  I guess he thinks I'd miss him getting his diploma?  (I wouldn't - they go alphabetically by school, so all I have to do is keep half an ear out.)

Opinions?  Is it inappropriate to work on a small craft project during graduation (if you're not graduating)?

(Edit: I did a search and came up empty.  My apologies if this has already been asked...)
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