Random Bits of Projects

August 15, 2008

Juggling and Some

This blog is mostly links dedicated to juggling. It is especially heavy on how to juggle for both beginner and experienced. I also have information on making your own props. To go with some links I added files and photos so this will not just become another links page. This page is constantly in progress so do check back often. I have most of this together at another place already, I just need the time to move it here. Most links can be found through searches but I hope to save you from having to plow through the less useful ones.

 

 

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August 4, 2008

How to Raise Meal Worms

Update May 15, 2009: I added a quick note on raising a smaller amount of worms at the very end as well as a precaution against moths and mites.

Meal worms are handy for feeding a variety of animals. I feed meal worms to my fish and to wild birds at outside bird feeders. Other people use them to feed pet reptiles, skunks, sugar gliders, and so on. If you use very many, it can get expensive buying them from a pet shop or wild bird store. Raising them is an easy option not only for less expensive worms, but also to ensure healthy, gut-loaded worms for your pets. Some people also like to eat them (not me-no way!) since they are a healthy protein source.

This picture shows a very full container of medium sized worms.  The bran is about to be refreshed. The clumping of worms is where there are pieces of carrot.

There are a variety of ways to raise meal worms that you may read. There is almost no “right” way to do it. You just need to find what works for you.

In this blog I will attempt to explain a method that has worked for me for nearly a year. (more…)

Knitting Links

  • This post is dedicated to links related to knitting. I have not tried all of the patterns posted yet but I will mark them with an ” * ” if I did. I will blog about any I did as well.

Feel free to leave input if you try them. Keep checking back for more.

Link Categories so far are General Knitting Links, Knitting Instructions, and Free Patterns (including charity knitting), and Not Free, But Worth Mentioning, Holiday Knits, Vote!

Last Update: March 07, 2009. A free Alan Dart Easter pattern. Chick and eggs. Listed under Spring Holiday Knits.

November 13, 2008. Another charity doll pattern added in charity knits and mini Christmas stockings in Holiday knits.

Oct 31: Now in the works in free patterns….Holiday Knits! I hope to represent a multitude of holidays over time as I come across patterns. It might take awhile. Please do not think I am leaving anyone out.

October 31. Link to a basic doll pattern to knit.

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Fish: Black Ghost Knife

Close up of the BGK head

Note 1 US gallon = 3.79 liters. I keep meaning to convert throughout the text in these posts and hope to do so soon. But here is the formula for those who need it in the mean time. 🙂  Hope it helps.

Jan. 2010: For those of you using clear plastic tubes for your fish but need some shade, break clean, red clay flower pots (never used) in half as best you can and place them over the top of the tube. You can still see the fish from the side but it will get some shade from the lights. A quick fix if you do not mind the look. Ours is loving it.

Oct. 24, 2009. A paragraph added near the end from someone talking about his 16 year old Black Ghost Knife!

Sep. 2009. She is now around 12 inches!

Note: I do respond to comments on my old posts.

OK, finally the post…..

One of our favorite fish in the house is our Black Ghost Knife (BGK) named Rain. We do not know its sex but we decided to call it a “she” to be different.

August 1, 2008

Illusion Knitting

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Alien Illusion Scarf

Alien Illusion Scarf

 The pattern for this scarf is located in the book “Stitch ‘n Bitch” by Debbie Stoller. This is my first attempt at illusion knitting. It is neat how you can look one way and only see stripes, and from another direction you see the faces. I would like to make my own pattern next but it will be awhile before I finish this one. I am about 3/4 finished but I became bored with repeating the pattern over and over. Currently it is on hold while I get a few other projects out of the way. Hopefully I will return in time to finish it before it gets cool out. This is also one of my first knitting projects. I started this about a year ago.

You need a fairly tight knit and yarn that is not fuzzy or chunky for the illusion to work properly. Here I use worsted weight yarn. It is not great yarn and I wish I had invested in something a little softer for the time and effort involved in this scarf. For those of you who have been knitting longer, it will probably go together much faster.

Charity Knitting-Comfort Dolls

My first comfort doll.

My first comfort doll.

(Most recent update: March 8, 2010: Near the end are pictures of dolls made by a reader. Hers are going to Haiti!)

I recently ran across this site asking for people to knit these simple dolls for African AIDS orphans. What they do is use these dolls in place of packing material around supplies that get shipped over there. When the supplies are unpacked, the dolls are given out to the kids. They strongly suggest using brown yarn, rather than pink btw.

Yogurt, Yogurt Cheese, Greek Style and How

yogurt makingLast update: May 14, 2009. Another way to cool your milk quickly has been added. This post will also become better organized soon. Also, if anyone has recipes to share, leave a comment! 😀  I do respond to comments on my old posts by the way.

September 14, 2008. Notes added in the preparation and a link to Tzaziki sauce.

Yogurt is a healthy way to replace many fattening spreads, keep the good bacteria in your digestive tract, or just to have a healthy snack. This post will explain a method on how to make yogurt, yogurt cheese, and Greek-style yogurt. I have limited experience doing this and there may be better ways but here is how it has worked so far for me.

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