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January 20

How do you do fiber arts, fellow kids?

What's a good source for knitting patterns for hats for teens? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 9:25 AM - 7 answers

January 18

Leveling Up (Hiking)

I'm looking for tips and stories from regular hikers about how you got "better". What helped early on, what gear made your life better and you wish you had had it much earlier, judging trail difficulties, etc. [more inside]
posted by lesser weasel at 10:16 PM - 19 answers

New Bike! Linus Dutchi vs. Electra Loft

I'm looking for a new bicycle and am drawn towards the upright styling of the Linus Dutchi and the Electra Loft. I am 5'10" and live in a flat-ish, midsized city. I will not be riding in winter. [more inside]
posted by nathaole at 11:13 AM - 8 answers

Should I buy the S7 edge phone with "free" smartwatch and VR headset?

At the moment the Galaxy S7 edge is being advertised heavily in the UK and if you buy one you get a free Gear Fit 2 smartwatch. I can also get a free Samsung VR headset. Do I want this stuff? [more inside]
posted by hazyjane at 4:46 AM - 13 answers

January 16

Antique Sewn Toy Restoration in Pacific Northwest USA

Looking for recommendations for a place (preferably near Seattle) that can do some cleaning/restoration on antique sewn toys (cloth dolls and a teddy bear). The items in question are at least 70-90 years old, and have been stored reasonably well, but could use some love to make them shine. Any experience with antique toy/doll consignment or sales would be useful too.
posted by matildaben at 9:49 AM - 4 answers

January 13

Concussion-free play spaces in for babies in Brooklyn

Brooklyn parents: I'm looking for a baby-friendly play space/jungle gym, preferably in central Brooklyn off the B/Q trains. I'm imagining foam objects, a soft floor, a tiny slide, etc. Help! [more inside]
posted by Hwaet at 8:29 AM - 2 answers

January 11

Digital piano upgrade: what's better than a Casio Privia?

I want the best digital piano money can buy, and I think it's a Kawai. Question: Am I right, and which model? I have read every review and discussion I can find but still need answers, if I can get them. Details follow. [more inside]
posted by queenofbithynia at 12:16 PM - 19 answers

January 10

What are some good party games that can be played remotely?

What are some good party games that can be played remotely? [more inside]
posted by phoenixy at 6:25 PM - 11 answers

How to make prop food (medieval setting)

So, my daughter's theater group is putting up a Robin Hood play. I've made carriage wheels and wooden swords, but now I'm being asked to whip up some prop food. This is slightly outside my comfort zone. [more inside]
posted by Harald74 at 1:07 PM - 13 answers

Styles of Salsa?

This year, I want to learn how to dance Salsa. To that end, I enrolled myself in two beginner classes simultaneously. I figured that they'd be teaching the same dance, I'd get two different perspectives on what was most important, double the in-class practice and at the end, I'd likely choose one teacher and keep going with him/her. But...the Basic Step for the two classes is reversed. Teacher #1's first step (for the men) is left foot forward. Teacher #2 has left foot back. Do different styles of salsa have completely different (i.e., opposite) footwork? [more inside]
posted by sirion at 9:04 AM - 11 answers

Wiring an electric guitar

Asking for my SO: In wiring an electric guitar, how do we make sure to get the right pots for the pick-ups. This is for a passive system, btw. [more inside]
posted by PlantGoddess at 7:40 AM - 8 answers

January 9

Looking for glow-in-the-dark art paints for watercolor painting

Looking for a good brand of glow-in-the-dark paints in various colors that can be added to a watercolor painting that is available from a reliable online retailer. Bonus: warm colors like red and orange besides the usual blue/greenish yellow. [more inside]
posted by whitelotus at 8:53 PM - 8 answers

Securing Thermos to backpack

I have this thermos. I'm looking for a way to secure it to my backpack. [more inside]
posted by backwards guitar at 12:21 PM - 6 answers

Looking for sledding saucer (or other sled) suggestions

Recent east coast snow storm got our family out sledding. We've gone through 8 saucers in the past 3 years, what's a better option (or longer lasting) ? [more inside]
posted by k5.user at 9:37 AM - 11 answers

January 8

What can I do with a Baofeng UV-82 ham radio?

For reasons lost to history, I put a Baofeng UV-82 handheld ham radio on my Amazon wish list list one day. I then forgot about it entirely. Many months later, my mom bought it for me as a Christmas gift (in a delightful fire engine red). However: I have no idea what to do with a radio like this, or even really how to begin learning about what the ham radio scene is like in 2017. (I live in Brooklyn, NY, if that's relevant). What do people do with cute little walkie-talkies these days? [more inside]
posted by Sokka shot first at 1:45 PM - 11 answers

January 6

How would you spread a $100 bet on the Super Bowl?

I'm an American living in the UK (sports betting is legal here). Let's suppose I had $100 to spread on various bets between now and Super Bowl LI. How would you suggest I spread those sweet Washingtons, using current odds? [more inside]
posted by Optamystic at 5:32 PM - 3 answers

Computer Bag Refresh

So I own this bag. I've had it for over a year and it has served me well. But let's be honest, it's not that cool or hip. I was thinking of buying a new one. But maybe this one can be saved.Any ideas on how to give it a new look without just sticking pins and/or stickers on it? The only criteria I have is that it has to be cheaper than buying a cool bag (i.e. $50+) and it can be done in a weekend.
posted by chartreuse at 5:01 PM - 15 answers

January 5

Family card game for mixed skills and size?

Recommendations for a card game with strategy, lots of luck (my poker-playing kid stopped playing chess with any of us years ago) and for 2 to 5 teen/adult players to play in an hour or less. I really want one that uses decks of plain cards as we end up losing bits of game pieces after a few months. We'd be willing to put in time learning the rules but Bridge is too rigid, Uno way too simple. Meaningless points betting is fine. What's worked for your family?
posted by dorothyisunderwood at 11:52 PM - 42 answers

January 3

Treadmill and Elliptical recommendations

We are thinking of buying a treadmill and/or an Elliptical [more inside]
posted by metajim at 4:24 PM - 11 answers

How to win friends and influence Lip Sync contests

We are new to town and we have been invited to a new friends' lip sync party - yay! We want to do a good job so everyone knows what amazing friends we could be (kidding not kidding). What song should we do (one cis guy, one cis girl, um, one 20-month old toddler). Details inside! [more inside]
posted by andreapandrea at 2:33 PM - 12 answers

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