It’s time for Fred Flare’s annual Next Big Thing contest. 27 winners get their thing sold at Fred Flare next to a bio, and the fan favorite wins a thousand bucks. I’ve loved everything that has come out of past years. If you’re interested in entering the contest details are here. Good luck!
It’s true what they say, the CPH pattern manages to be fast and interesting. This sweater is coming along very quickly, it’s luxuriously, thrillingly satisfying. Especially for very slow knitters like myself. [Read more →]
You, Too, Can Be (at) McLeod, at Seattle Weekly. McLeod is open to the public.
Trophy Cupcakes is going to be on the Martha Stewart show!, and they have having a viewing party on April 3rd.
eject powerstrip at Unplugged. I should use one of these to unplug my iron, it would be far safer than kneeling down to a level where the hot iron could potenially fall right on my head.
Find Lost Web Pages at Wired
How to stop young dudes from taking over library â€˜puters, at Ask Metafilter. I like that she adds, “You’ve gotta admire their skills.”
Light Switch by Tobias Wong, at Unplugged. Alows you to put a wireless dummy lightswitch on the other side of the room.
Photoshop Express, the long-awaited free online image editor from Photoshop maker Adobe, will be released as a public beta on Thursday. at Wired. (But don’t forget about Picasa.)
I’ve started knitting the Central Park Hoodie which (you already know this if you knit) is a very popular pattern. It was printed in the Fall 2006 Knitscene magazine but you can purchase a downloadable pattern at the Knitting Daily store that comes with expanded sizes
and corrections. (More on the corrections in the next post.) [Read more →]
What little things do great friends do that sets them apart from others? at Ask Metafilter
Has anyone ever succeeded in faking their own death? at Ask Metafilter
Linda Davidson, Genie was shown online at The Slog and much to the shock of the gallery somebody just went and bought it. I like it too.
Neal Stephensons next novel Anthem is due in August! at Diary of a Phanatique. Yay. You can pre-order Anthem at Amazon.
Author recommendations: Solve the pattern: Patrick O’Brian, Alan Furst, Neal Stephenson… who comes next? at Ask Metafilter
Disney Treasure Ring at Fred Flare. The tiny lid opens to reveal treasure!
DIY Spa Treatment: Homemade Hair Remover at Bellasugar
What to put in a modern day survival kit? at Ask Metafilter
How can I better understand social cues? at Ask Metafilter. The number of questions similar to this at Ask Metafilter make me feel like I’m not alone in my cluelessness.
DIY Concealer at Pink of Perfection
Browning Passage Pet Cave at Uncrate. Expensive but neat, no?
I’d like to learn a new language during my daily commute. What is the best language learning audio cd available? at Ask Metafilter. I’ve had the French Pimsleur tapes on hold at my library, the queue in front of me is so long that it’s been years and I still haven’t gotten them. They must be popular.
Do you really need to duck when getting in/out of a helicopter? at Ask Metafilter
Chef’n SleekStor veggie steamer
Our old metal steamer from Ikea started to rust so I finally had an excuse to buy this one. The feet won’t scratch pots and it is flexible silicone so it moves to fit nicely into most sizes of pot (it doesn’t work in my small 1-quart saucepan). It’s easy to clean and doesn’t take up much storage space, we hang ours on the side of the fridge. I like it. Mine is Avacado green and it also comes in cherry pink and translucent.
I never did get around to buying the Escali Primo digital scale I was so cheerful about back in November and since then the OXO Food Scale has caught my eye. The display pulls out so you can read it if a large bowl is put on the scale, and it’s thin enough to store easily. It even has a backlit display for when you are, um, baking in the dark?
It’s touchless, you just put your hand under the spout and it dispenses your soap. Actually, I wish I had never head of this because then I wouldn’t think about how awesome it would be every time I reach out to my normal soap pump with my flour/oil/blueberry juice/melted chocolate covered fingers. I resent you Simplehuman Sensor Soap Pump. No come back I love you!
Last year I had a crush on a small All-Clad saucepan but put off buying it, and eventually was lured by the “dishwasher safe” sticker on a small Calphalon Kitchen Essentials saucepan at Target. It’s been working great but I realized too late that, duh, the glass lid will inevitably shatter when I drop it (and I will drop it).
So when my four quart saucepan bit it I decided to look for a replacement with a metal lid. I was happy to find that the June 2007 issue of Cook’s Country recommended the Pinzon 3.5 Quart Stainless Steel Sauce Pan at Amazon for a very nice $20, but now I’m sad because it’s not available anymore (or currently, let’s hope currently).
Cook’s Country also recommended the Cuisinart Chef’s Classic Stainless 4-Quart Saucepan, but it’s about $60. Do I buy the Cuisinart Chef’s Classic? Or hope Amazon brings back the inexpensive Pinzon saucepan? Maybe get the saucier-shaped Cuisinart Chef’s Classic Stainless 3-Quart Chef’s Pan that is a not-too-bad $30? Why couldn’t I have needed a larger saucepan last summer when the recommendation came out?
This post at Baking Bites reminded me that I really need to replace my six year old Ikea scissors and get a proper pair of kitchen shears. The WÃ¼sthof Come Apart Kitchen Shears are exactly what need and are recommended by Cook’s Illustrated. And apparently they are comfortable for left-handed people as well.
I have thoroughly annoyed myself with how long it took me to get the zipper into this. I finished the actual (re) knitting back in mid-February but couldn’t seem to find the energy for the amount of focus it takes to put the zipper in. Happily I managed to get it last weekend and it’s FINALLY OVER. [Read more →]
on a color for throw pillows
I need new pillows for a dark gray couch (ok, futon) but I have not decorated the room at all, so I’m having trouble figuring out what color to get. Different shades of gray perhaps? Uh.
Etsy’s service where customers request something and Etsy sellers put bids in on the work, it’s fascinating. I have found a few thing I’ve always wanted as well.
Family Guy Blue Harvest
When this aired we were watching it in an empty middle-of-nowhere hotel bar and a few guys on staff wandered in to watch it with us. This memory is not as bleak as I’ve made it sound.
sour gummi bear vitamins
Apparently I’m so much more likely to remember a daily vitamin if I’m pretending I’m six years old.
Cadbury Creme Egg Muffins at Baking Bites
a brownie baked in an eggshell! on Flickr, sadly I do not know where I first found this
This rosewater turkish delight at Yarnstorm is beautiful
A Sweet History of the Pink Frosted Cookie at Cakespy
mmm rosewater, at Domicile
Successful Lasagne at Thus Bakes Zarathurstra
Candied Bacon Ice Cream! at David Lebovitz
Oh swoon, how have I not seen this before? Teeny Tiny pies baked in a jar, at Lloyd and Lauren
Gah, triple chocolate pudding pie at The Domestic Goddess
The Coolest Blender Trick Ever at Tiny Choices
Baked Pasta Casserole Recipe at 101 Cookbooks
How Do I Make Chewy Caramels? at The Kitchen
Tiramisu on a stick! at Thinking About Food
Dark Leafy Greens Recipes at Mighty Foods
Chicago Steak & Chop Pepper Blend at Sundry Buzz
Recipes for very fresh eggs, at Ask Metafilter
Vegan Chocodiles on Etsy
Poaching an egg in clingfilm, at Delicious Days. The first time I tried this (years ago) the egg stuck to the plastic. I tried this again yesterday with her tip to lightly oil the plastic, but the plastic melted in the water and the egg spilled out. Why do I lack the ability to do poached eggs this way?
After buying some essential oils, how do I use them as cologne? at Ask Metafilter.
I like Moop stuff, on Etsy.
Sew Mama Sew, fabric store to keep in mind
Adorable Knit Strawberry Baby Rattle, over at Blue Arts.
Oudh â€“ the sweet smell of tradition at Gulf Weekly. I wonder if this is the scent that comes on some imported fabrics?
Jen wrote to me asking about a wolf doll with a see through stomach that could eat other characters, which I kindasorta remembered. Happily it wasn’t hard to find: the See-through Predator was made by Lizette Grecco, and you can see a video of her son operating on it at Daddy Types. Awesome.
Knitting stuff found on Ravelry:
Ceallach Dyes Summer Cotton yarn, fingering weight.
KA bamboo circular needle set, #5 to #15
Cabin Fever Cotton Tweed, partly acrylic, the natural and brown colors look great when knitted, DK and Aran
Ballard Denny’s Earns Landmark Status at Seattlest. I once tried to explain this building to visitors, now I have a much more intersting story.
Just Ask Marianne Binetti: Container tips to help get beginners started, at the PI.
Is South Seattle the Next Napa? Ooh, I warehouse winery tour with stops in Georgetown for meals. Perfect.
Starbucks bought Clover at My Ballard. I did not dislike Starbucks until right now.
Softly Now, first Wednesdays at McLeod Residence at Three Imaginary Girls, a monthly acoustic show.
20 Questions For Women Who Aren’t Us, hee hee hee, at The Park Bench
How I Conquered My Cystic Acne, In (Just!) 17 Painful Steps at Jezebel. Yikes, skincare.
The Slot Car Wall Sculpture by Pete Nidzgorski at Swiss Miss
I’d like suggestions for interesting activies/missions that can be done in, say, less than 3 hours. I’d like to fill my time with non-boring experiences… the kinds that stories are made of. at Ask Metafilter
Grass vase at Charles & Marie
When I jog, my heart rate goes to 195 beats per minute. Is that bad? at Ask Metafilter
What is that thrift store smell? at Ask Metafilter
“Tumi Ishi” wooden blocks at Happy Mundane
What stock banter lines do you keep in your back pocket? at Ask Metafilter
Ryan Molenkampâ€™s 17 Place from The Stranger’s Currenly Hanging
Myoung Ho Lee’s Tree #2 at Swiss Miss
Help me find a bridesmaid dress that doesn’t suck! at Ask Metafilter, this is fun if you like shopping for somebody else. I have to recommend everybody to look for a dress that will cover a standard (ie comfortable and flattering) bra.
the Beauty Brains book! is up for pre-order
Flexible hangers holds difficult to hang clothes at Popgadget
36 days of New York Sky at Swiss Miss
What is this cute little succulent and where can I get one? at Ask Metafilter