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h'Stitch' follow-up offers new ideas



Published: Sat, January 1, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



h'Stitch' follow-upoffers new ideas

Your grandma never knitted this stuff. Miniskirts. Fishnet stockings. Teeny-weeny tankinis.

Those are the kinds of projects you'll find in "Stitch 'n Bitch Nation," a follow-up to Debbie Stoller's best-selling "Stitch 'n Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook."

Stoller marries the old-fashioned craft with a hip sense of style that appeals to the younger knitters who are taking up their needles in droves. Her new book offers instructions for 50 projects, from the expected scarves and sweaters to cat toys and steering wheel covers. Throughout the book are profiles of Stitch 'n Bitch groups from all over the country.

"Stitch 'n Bitch Nation" is published by Workman Publishing and sells for $15.95 in softcover.

Flashlight accommodatesdifferent battery sizes

No more scouring the house for batteries to fit your flashlight. The new Energizer Quick Switch flashlight will run on either D, C or AA batteries.

All you do is pop in a pair of same-size batteries and move a switch to the matching battery size. The light output is the same no matter the battery type, although the duration will vary.

The flashlight sells for about $9.99 to $12.99 at discount stores, home centers and hardware stores.

Book shows how to carefor family treasures

Q. I wanted to store some older and special linens so they won't yellow. What's the best way to do that?

A. It's important to protect the linens from sunlight and the acid found in wood and many types of paper. In their book, "Caring for Your Family Treasures," Jane S. and Richard W. Long recommend either wrapping precious textiles in clean white sheets or storing them in boxes made of acid-free materials, with layers separated by unbuffered tissue paper. Check dry-cleaning supply stores or archival-supply companies for the boxes and tissue.

Don't store textiles in an attic or basement, because temperature and humidity fluctuations could harm them.

Popular 'flat-free' tirescome in many forms

Harvey Firestone, the founder of Firestone tires, was born in 1868. He was a pioneer in pneumatic air-filled tires. More recent events had his heirs wishing he had dabbled in solid rubber instead.

Today, "flat-free" tires are flying off dealers' shelves. They're for bicycles, lawn and garden tools and have a wide range of industrial uses. The "flat-free" tires come in many forms -- from solid rubber to those filled with lightweight closed-cell foam. All are maintenance-free and puncture-proof.

Newer models use high-tech blends of polyurethane that is even lighter and tougher. And they have an air-cushion feel that rivals a conventional inner tube ride. They're oil- and chemical-resistant, with nonscuff treads that don't leave marks. And they come in lots jazzy colors from yellow and green to red and blue -- as well as traditional black.

The best part: They last twice as long as regular pneumatic air-filled rubber tires.




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