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May 30

What is the most economical way to get into spinning yarn?

I really want to spin yarn as a hobby. I have a spinning wheel and I've spun up my first skein of (super bulky, bumpy) wool yarn. I really want to do more of this! However, is there a cheaper way? [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp at 7:32 AM - 10 answers

Help me buy a road bike!

I've been doing road cycling on a mountain bike and it's time to get a road bike. I'd like to spend around $1000. I'd appreciate any tips on searching for one. Assume I know nothing about getting a road bike. I'm riding in LA County, if that matters. Thanks!
posted by persona au gratin at 3:45 AM - 11 answers

May 29

I need to see better while biking.

My plan A for prescription lenses for my biking glasses isn't going to pan out. What should plan B be? [more inside]
posted by pdb at 11:12 AM - 19 answers

Is there a makerspace on Seattle's eastside?

I love TechShop, but there's none anywhere near here. I think there's some makerspaces in Seattle, but I'm looking for something on the east side (Redmond, Bellevue, Kirkland). Some place with tools and space to use them. [more inside]
posted by triscuit at 1:14 AM - 1 answers

May 28

What is the name of this book that is tangenitaly about fly fishing?

My SO asked for this for his birthday and I forgot the title. It's a book about a guy who takes a break from his (tech/math/physics??) career and does a lot of fly fishing. It has a MC Escher bird-to-fish print on the cover and may have been featured somewhere like BoingBoing. Any help?
posted by genmonster at 11:04 AM - 4 answers

Backpack recommendations for the thoroughly confused

I'll be honeymooning in Iceland soon, and we'll be doing lots of light hiking and general wandering around. I'd like to take a backpack, but there seem to be lots of options and I'm not sure what I'd want. [more inside]
posted by The Notorious B.F.G. at 9:56 AM - 15 answers

Chaotic Neutral 8 Yr Old Needs NerdFood

My son, who is turning 8 in June, has out of the blue asked for Dungeons and Dragons for his birthday. I played some D&D as a kid, so I am comfortable DMing whatever game he gets, but am not sure what system would be the most fun for him. [more inside]
posted by joelhunt at 7:07 AM - 11 answers

May 27

What are these jewelry findings/medal components called?

...and where can I buy them? Jewelry/trophy/award makers of MetaFilter, I'm hoping you know some standard trade term to describe these two different components of medals/ceremonial jewels that are typically worn pinned to the left breast. [more inside]
posted by usonian at 7:04 PM - 2 answers

May 26

How to buy home playground equipment

My kiddo is turning three this summer and we are thinking about getting him a playground set for the backyard. I've been looking at some online and realize I'm not even sure where to start on this - the prices vary to a crazy degree and there are so many different options. If you have a playground set, what do you like or dislike about it? What should I consider when making this purchase? Was it worth the money, or is it just collecting dust?
posted by galvanized unicorn at 7:55 AM - 17 answers

May 25

UkeFilter: Help me rock out!

Ukulele-playing mefites, please give me your best recommendations on an electric solid-body ukulele. [more inside]
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 11:18 PM - 2 answers

Weekend Project Ideas

I have 3 days on my own this weekend – what projects can I get stuck into that will take about that long? [more inside]
posted by Law of Demeter at 6:07 AM - 16 answers

Name that Horror Game

I'm trying to remember the name of/find traces of an old horror computer game that I came across when I was a young kid (early-mid 90s-ish). [more inside]
posted by C'est la D.C. at 5:39 AM - 4 answers

May 24

Overwatch & advice on gaming reentry

Been out of console or PC gaming for years, but the pending release of Overwatch has me excited about getting back in! What platform do I want? [more inside]
posted by kanuck at 4:21 PM - 6 answers

Saiing crew options

I began to sail over a year ago and love it. I am a part of a club in which I pay monthly dues. At this moment I would like to explore other low cost/no cost opportunities I may have to crew. All suggestions appreciated.
posted by goalyeehah at 11:57 AM - 9 answers

May 21

Mindless iphone games?

I'm looking for a truly mindless game or two to pass the time. Low stress, quick play, no major commitment. Examples within! [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:14 AM - 36 answers

Somewhere to watch England v. Russia in Boston 6/11/16?

I'm meeting a friend in Boston on June 11th and we'd very much like to watch the England v. Russia Euro football (soccer) in a pub. We'd be looking for ideally the closest experience to watching it in a pub in England, i.e. a place dedicated to watching just this match with a partisan crowd shouting for England, or as close to that as possible. Anyone got any suggestions for venues? Thanks!
posted by merocet at 3:52 AM - 2 answers

May 20

Headphones for Bounty Hunter Tracker IV metal detector

Hello; I bought a Bounty Hunter Tracker IV metal detector. I need headphones for this. Can I use just ear buds for this? Any tips about headphones for this? Stereo,mono,adapter etc? The manual says this: Bounty Hunter Stereo Headphones Use with Bounty Hunter metal detectors. Lightweight and adjustable with true stereo sound, adjustable volume, 1/8 jack with 1/4 adaptor, 4’ cable. HEAD-W Thanks everybody.
posted by LOOKING at 2:02 PM - 3 answers

May 19

Call in phone games?

When I was a kid, I would play these Choose Your Own Adventure style games that you played by dialing a phone number and then pressing numbers on the keypad to make choices. Is there anyway I can hear these games again? [more inside]
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 5:35 AM - 4 answers

May 18

GPS / Heart Rate Monitors, Linux, Cycling...

I have various questions related to GPS watches and cycle computers, particularly when used with Linux. [more inside]
posted by andrewcooke at 3:32 PM - 4 answers

How to be a good (murder mystery) host

We're having a murder mystery party this weekend, and I'm acting as the "host". I need some advice. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 6:29 AM - 5 answers

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