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I've finally joined ravelry as tannah18. I'm making this: http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer07/PATTwisp.html and it'coming along well after some initial hiccups deciphering the directions (don't laugh advanced knitters). I was given the mohair and then found the pattern. I may not have enough, though, so I need a complementary skein of a similar brown. I've also never blocked a finished piece before, which this will need at the tightly knitted pieces makes the corners curl up.

Also made blueberry muffins with fresh blueberries, and they're only mediocre.

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3/2/10 23:28 (UTC)
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I have found the ability to customize the friends' feed on Ravelry to be quite useful. So I get pictures sent to me via RSS for everything someone faves or queues or enters as a project (but don't get a gob of pictures of people's stashed yarns or a list of comments they post on the fora). I find most of the best projects because they show up in someone's favorites list.

In fact, I usually find out about the new Knitty going up because 20 people will fave the same thing on the same day.

There will be groups where people discuss blocking, for sure. Or you can find me, because I've done it.

I hope you post pictures of your finished project. I wanted to see how that came out when a real person did it.

There is an ability to sort for locally based groups, which might help you expand your RL friends--- and you could lurk online before going to an event so if they turned out to be unacceptable, you wouldn't be there with skin in the game.

America's Test Kitchen by Cooks Illustrated just did an episode with blueberry muffins. They made low-sugar instant jam (which is just like normal jam except no canning) and swirled it into the muffin batter in the cups of the pan. There were a few fresh berrries as well, but the summary was that the jam concentrates the flavors while actual berries have too much water. Since they also added sugar to the batter, I was thinking I might do it with just the jam... maybe an even swap? Not sure about the ratio, but definitely sure that cherry muffins (the current jam flavor I have) would be awesome.

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4/2/10 01:21 (UTC)
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You're welcome about the feed config. It made me crazy in the beginning because I'd get hundreds of feed listings when I had like 3 friends--- because one of them got a new camera and decided to image all her stash. I do sometimes take stash photos, especially if I have just bought something and am taking pictures of something else.

My camera has an SD card, so I put it in the adapter thing (SD on one side, USB on the other) and plug it in. There was a cord that came with the camera, but I promptly lost it.

There's a maxim in geek houses... "Thou shalt label all incoming cords before removing them from the assembly area." Which postdates the purchase of the camera.... we got a second laptop of the same brand. The power converters do a different value... same size, same shape, same logo; there was just a little itty bitty text noting the voltage or something. That got white out painted on it. (Tried metallic marker, but it rubbed off.)

The blueberry muffin thing was just happenstance... I just watched it yesterday because I had no internet and couldn't finish my movie. We don't love everything they do and almost never agree with their product recommendations. But they usually come up with something that inspires me to be more innovative in the kitchen. Like their ridiculously cumbersome Dutch Apple Pancake recipe.... became caramel pecan pan pancake that's made entirely on the stovetop.

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4/2/10 06:19 (UTC)
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One more thing about Ravelry, there's a new feature so it sends you an email when you get RavMail. If you're not on all the time, it can be helpful. I'm almost never on Ravelry... just if I'm adding a project or looking for something, then I joined a group where they notified members of upcoming events by PM and I'd received 8 before I noticed.

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4/2/10 08:02 (UTC)
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They're called "card readers" and you can usually find one for any kind of removable memory. And the $3 ones do work just fine. I bought it because my first phone had microSD and no way to plug it in directly, but it worked out ideally for the camera.

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1/2/10 19:53 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] ak-blackcap.livejournal.com
oooh, pretty!

I've given up on knitting for the time being, having all but forgotten how, but I am thinking of going back to crocheting, which I find much easier.

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1/2/10 20:09 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] thera-flu.livejournal.com
I was going to pick up crocheting over the holidays, but it was so foreign to my fingers that knitting seemed like a better option. I'm trying really hard not to hold the needles or yarn as tightly as I used to.

The [yarn over, knit together] part of the pattern makes for really fast progress, which is always gratifying. Pictures to come!

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1/2/10 23:22 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] jaydeyn-sitari.livejournal.com

Wow! I really like that! I'm so not at lace-work just yet, so believe me, no laughter here. But wow am I tempted...

No. Gotta finish the gloves. Which necessitates needle purchasing!

:)
Jaydeyn

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