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Yarn Review: Crystal Palace Panda Silk

Posted by TacieJ on March 29, 2015 in knitting, reviews |
Crystal Palace Panda Silk

Crystal Palace Panda Silk

Crystal Palace Panda Silk

52% bamboo, 43% machine washable Merino wool, 5% combed silk

204 yds/50 gr.

Gauge (sts. / inch): 7

US Needle: 1

Fingering (27-32 sts/4 in)

Machine Wash

The bamboo gives a great feel and a luster, the wool gives a soft feeling core and the combed silk gives it sheen and strength.

http://www.straw.com/cpy/yarns/pandasilk-card.html

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Knitting How-To: Joining 2 Skeins of Yarn

Posted by TacieJ on January 25, 2015 in knitting, tips and tricks |

I don’t know about you, but I really dislike weaving in ends. I’m lazy and when I’m finished knitting I really want to be done with a project. And also, I’m always afraid that my weaving in won’t be enough and the ends will come undone and my entire project will unravel.

What I do is probably – if I did my research – something common. Here is what I do, especially with the fluffier yarns. The join with the smooth yarns (especially bulky) is more noticeable. But depending on what you are knitting and where the join is, it might not make a difference.

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Desktop Publishing Tip: Don’t Throw Out That Mistake

Posted by TacieJ on July 5, 2014 in Desktop Publishing, tips and tricks |

You know that envelope (invitation, response card, etc.) you just ruined? Don’t throw it out. Use it as a template to make your corrections. You now know where you don’t want your text. Make your corrections and just run it through the printer a second (or even 3rd or 4th) time. Just use a different color print each time so you know to where you’ve moved your text.

In the examples below, I’ve blurred the names and address. So don’t worry, your vision hasn’t gone selectively blurry.

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Desktop Publishing Tip: Always Buy Extra

Posted by TacieJ on July 5, 2014 in Desktop Publishing, tips and tricks |

When printing invitations, response cards, etc. ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS over estimate how many you need and buy an extra box. It’s always best to have too many than to run short. You will ruin at least 1 when printing. If you have an unopened box you can return it (just stick the receipt in the box so you don’t loose it) or sell it (online, at a yard sales, give it to a friend, etc).

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How do I sort my Yahoo email by Sender (10/10/13 version)

Posted by TacieJ on October 11, 2013 in rants, tips and tricks, websites |

First off, why on God’s green earth when something is working do they have to go and break it!?  Below is how to change your choices in Yahoo Mail so you can sort your e-mail by Sender.  (click on the images below to see the full image)

The following is courtesy of www.TheWebElves.Net. They found it for me and I just had to share because no one else has!

How to Sort by other than date or unread or attachments or starred (the most unhelpful choices – beyond unread)

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Yarn: the importance of dye lots

Posted by TacieJ on August 4, 2013 in craft ideas, knitting, tips and tricks |

For those of you who are like me and don’t necessarily pay attention to your dye lots, this post is for you.

I never really pay too much attention to dye lot. Granted I do try to buy enough of the same dye lot to finish a project. But I usually say, if it looks the same then the dye lot isn’t too important. That can be horribly wrong.

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Sho’ ’nuff

Posted by TacieJ on November 11, 2012 in TV/Movie quotes |

I’ve been huntin’ hogs since Moby Dick was a sardine.
Jerry Dean Campbell – American Hoggers

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Say What?

Posted by TacieJ on November 9, 2012 in TV/Movie quotes |

Tickle: I’m not gonna lie to you. I don’t think anybody would’ve know under here, was down here.

“Rise ‘n Shine!” Moonshiners
11/7/12 air date

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The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling

Posted by TacieJ on August 30, 2012 in book reviews |

Our favorite burglar is back in the first of “The Burglar Who” books that actually has “The Burglar Who” in the title.  Joining Bernie on his capers are some old faces and some new faces.  Ray Kirschmann, “the best cop money could buy” is back to either arrest Bernie, or not, or maybe just get Bernie to “acquire” a fur for Mrs. Kirschmann. 

We get to meet Carolyn Kaiser.  Carolyn is “crowding 30, with  Dutch-cut dark-brown hair and remarkably clear blue eyes. She stands five-one in high and never wears them, and she’s built like a fire hydrant, which is dangerous in her line of work.” Carolyn is a dog groomer who owns the Poodle Factory, the business two doors up from Bernie’s new business.

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Burglars Can’t Be Choosers

Posted by TacieJ on August 28, 2012 in book reviews |

Welcome back to the world of our favorite burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr.  Bernie gets himself accused of murder yet again. And unfortunately Ray Kirshmann, the best cop money can buy, is the one to find him in the apartment with the dead guy.

Our hero must evade the police, find the real killer and clear his name. Luckily one of his poker buddies, Rod, is out of town and Bernie can hide out in his apartment. And also luckily Rod’s plant sitter isn’t afraid of the burglar in the bed and helps Bernie on his way to redemption in more ways than one.

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