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November 14

Can any crafters help me with my felt beasties?

I was wondering if any Metafilter crafters could help my wife out with a sewing problem she's having? Here's her question: "I make felt animals, usually of the jointed variety. I draw my own patterns and sew by hand, and it's been going fine up till now, but the last two creatures I made have both had a weird bunching at the neck. I've tried altering the width of the necks, the gussets, basting in advance, what-all, but I can't figure out what the problem is... [more inside]
posted by lucien_reeve at 2:22 AM - 20 answers

November 13

Not that kind of drinking game exactly

Our group of close friends is looking for more group entertainment in the form of board or other games. I’d like ideas and suggestions that will be hilarious and fun and can allow the six of us (or teams) to participate without long waits or taking forever to get to one’s turn. [more inside]
posted by Occula at 11:44 AM - 52 answers

where can my kid get some time with a decent microscope in the SF bay?

I want to find a science center, college biology department, museum or other facility that will allow a visitor to look through a decent microscope for a few minutes, at her own slides or theirs. Anywhere in the bay is potentially useful, the closer to the south bay the better. [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes at 2:23 AM - 5 answers

November 12

....and a craftyyyyyyy new year!

In an attempt to avoid usual New Years Eve misery, a friend and I are planning a NYE Craft "Retreat". Now we just need to come up with the projects. [more inside]
posted by i_am_a_fiesta at 6:35 PM - 10 answers

Help Me Replace Grantland

What should I be reading to replace Grantland? [more inside]
posted by hepta at 7:53 AM - 11 answers

November 11

Best $50 gift for someone who loves camping?

In my family secret santa exchange, I have been chosen to buy a gift for my sister who is a 31-year old lawyer, married with no children. She loves to go tent camping with her husband, usually at drive-in (rather than hike-in) camp sites. I would like to get her a camping-related gift that is awesome but which she is unlikely to already own. [more inside]
posted by 256 at 10:42 AM - 27 answers

November 8

What's some cool biking (or other health/wellness) related stuff to buy?

My work has a use-it-or-lose-it "health and wellness" benefit that I need to use up before EOY. What things (especially biking related) can I spend it on? [more inside]
posted by phoenixy at 5:19 PM - 24 answers

Equipment/techniques for filming small-scale close-up work?

I do small-scale metalsmithing - sterling silver jewellery, specifically. I work VERY small (a delicate ring is about as big as I go). I'd like to make close-up films of my work and process. [more inside]
posted by cilantro at 10:59 AM - 4 answers

How do I model train?

I don't know anything about model trains except the scales. Can you recommend a book or site that will take me through everything, step-by-step? Preferably in Z Scale (I don't have a lot of room and I love really tiny things) [more inside]
posted by dogmom at 8:21 AM - 11 answers

November 7

Electronics tools

What goes in an electronics technician's tool bag? [more inside]
posted by pH Indicating Socks at 9:51 AM - 31 answers

November 6

How to sanitize gymnastics grips

My daughter's been doing gymnastics for several years, and a stinky problem keeps developing. After a season of work on the bars, the grips she uses for that get really funky. [more inside]
posted by Kirth Gerson at 4:28 PM - 14 answers

A Brief and Beautiful Immersion in Another World

Short version: a friend and I would like to have some experiences that allow us to temporarily but deeply plunge into another world/culture/paradigm that is markedly different than our own. We don't want to actually BECOME [Francophones/farmers/Amish/rock stars/Uzbekistanis/etc.]; we just want to quietly, respectfully inhabit their world(s) for brief intervals of time. More under the cut. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew at 10:00 AM - 16 answers

November 4

Your mission, should you choose to accept it....

For my dad's birthday, I am planning to take him to dinner and a movie--the new James Bond. I am planning to make him a whole mission dossier, like something 007 would get. I was already planning to have him meet me at a rendezvous point (the restaurant) with Moneypenny (my mom) where he would have to...hand off...something? To get the tickets? What fun details can I add to his mission? What Bond-y items might I want to include? [more inside]
posted by chatongriffes at 2:47 PM - 15 answers

November 3

Novara Compatible Hood

I have the Novara Express 2.0 cycling jacket from REI. It's great! But it's supposed to come with a "Novara compatible hood," sold separately, which I can't find for sale anywhere. Halp? [more inside]
posted by Questolicious at 6:10 PM - 1 answers

How do I relearn how to play?

I have recently realized that I engage in pain-numbing activities instead of joy-bringing activities in my spare time. I feel like I've totally lost my childlike ability to play--to do something simply because it brings me joy. I have no hobbies and no real non-work-related interests. I'd really like to discover what brings me joy, but I have no idea where to start. How did you discover what form of play is best for you? [more inside]
posted by suncages at 3:15 PM - 17 answers

November 1

What happens to the game if a professional athlete dies on the field?

After watching Ricardo Lockette get knocked terrifyingly unconscious in tonight's Seahawks/Cowboys game, and wondering for the eight minutes he was down if he was even alive*, I'm curious to know what the rules governing various high-level sports leagues are about continuing play in the event of the death of an athlete on the field. [more inside]
posted by KathrynT at 6:33 PM - 22 answers

October 30

Urban Decay & my camera: Central Massachusetts Edition

Since my divorce and recent hospitalization, I've been trying to plan every single day to the fullest. Tomorrow I have plans, but Sunday is empty. Help me fill it. See inside: [more inside]
posted by Draccy at 2:37 PM - 8 answers

October 29

Catalog and organize all the things!

I enjoy what you might call "putting things in order": cataloging, editing, sorting, organizing, compiling information from disparate sources into a single uniform format, arranging things into sets, etc. What hobbies or pastimes might I enjoy? [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet at 2:05 PM - 22 answers

Only young once, but immature my whole life

I'm approaching my 50th birthday, and I'm thinking of buying myself a gaming console, such as an Xbox One or Sony PlayStation. I'm not a gamer (at all), and I'm looking for some advice. [more inside]
posted by alex1965 at 10:20 AM - 40 answers

October 27

De-stenching a canvas tent for one final voyage.

So, I've ruined my Kodiak canvas tent. What steps can I take to make it usable for one more trip? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark at 7:04 PM - 8 answers

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