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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitted Gift: Looking for Opinions on: May 24, 2011 10:20:58 PM
I've also used the Caron one pounders.  Those are much better acrylic than Red Heart.  The blanket I made with Caron I washed on hot the first time and it came out incredibly soft and no loose tails.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: What are you knitting this summer? on: May 24, 2011 10:17:39 PM
My neice is heading off to college this fall and she's going to need warm clothes so I will be working on some nice wool blend sweaters. That is once I finish my own sweater and felted bag.  That shouldn't be too far off.
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: It's a blanket... a HUGE blanket it is! on: May 01, 2011 10:44:35 PM
I love the colors in the blanket.  I bet it took many months to put it together.  If I remember bedding sizes it probably will fit a twin size bed nicely.

If this is Homespun, my experience is it will shift in size.  When I used it for a scarf it grew in length by about 25% and width went down by 30% or more.  I didn't try blocking it because it worked out for me so I don't know if there's a way to save the size you have. 
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Superwash wool as warm as regular wool? on: December 29, 2010 12:30:14 AM
Kind of off topic here but I do have a suggestion on keeping warm.  Try looking at the "tech fabric" clothing with the wicking properties.  The wicking keeps the sweat and water off your skin.  Wet = cold.  The workout clothes at Target and some of the sporting goods stores carry the wicking fabrics like CoolMax. 

About two weeks ago I got lazy and didn't do laundry so I wore one of my workout t-shirts instead of my regular cotton t-shirt under a sweater and headed off for holiday shopping.  I ROASTED when I normally would have been comfortable. 

Steer away from cottons as it will hold moisture against your skin.  A loose knit acrylic is a better choice as acrylic doesn't hold moisture and the breathing holes will prevent overheating.
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: how-to: woven circles trivet on: December 23, 2010 08:02:09 PM
My mom made these as Christmas presents a couple of decades ago.  When she did she used canning jar gaskets for the rings.  The gaskets are heat resistant because they have to hold up against boiling temperatures long enough to be sterilized.  Look by the canning supplies for the Ball brand. 
6  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: What can I do with the extra eggplant? on: September 21, 2010 09:37:56 PM
I'm new to eggplant too and I've heard (but not tried) that if you sprinkle salt on the eggplant about a half hour before making the dish that it takes the bitterness away. 

Eggplant lasagna sounds good, just replace the lasagna noodles with eggplant slices. 
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing Machine Help on: September 02, 2010 11:16:39 PM
I just looked to see what my old Kenmore model number was and mine was 158.161.  Maybe it's close enough to help.  If you send me a picture of yours I will see what I can do.
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: I need help v.v [sewing machine eats fabric!] on: August 10, 2010 11:36:14 PM
What kind of fabric are you using? Where are the bobbin and top threads when you start sewing.  Where is the beginning edge of the fabric when you start?

If you have pics of when you first start sewing it might help us understand what's going on.  An after picture of the eaten fabric might help too.

The only dumb question is the one not asked.
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: To prewash or not to prewash, that is the question... on: August 07, 2010 06:55:12 PM
I've bought decorator fabric with so much sizing it appeared to be a nice sturdy piece.  Once it was washed all the sizing was gone and it was as floppy as an old t-shirt.  It was god awful to work with and I never finished the bag I was making with it.  I'm glad I knew the bag I was making wasn't going to hold up before I decided to put all of that work into a project that would not turn out the way I wanted it to.
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: What does your partner mean about your sewing? on: August 07, 2010 06:27:44 PM
My BF is totally an enabler and got me into sewing.  He started sewing costumes for ren faires and pirate festivals before we started dating.  Usually I'm asking him for advice but I still do my own thing if we disagree.
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