hey, this is for you business owners and designers out there-- I'm starting a handpainted yarn business and have been focusing on "socially conscious" yarns (bamboo, soy, wool when I know the sheep, yarn from women's collectives, etc) and have been researching natural dyes. The company that produces the dyes I want requires a minimum order of $350 for the first wholesale order and not only do I now have that, I don't need that much dye (enough for about 500lbs of fiber)! Anyone interested in joining me for a co-op? I can send a price list and the company's info if you are!
Hi, tomorrow morning I have a meeting with a local yarn shop to show them some of my handpainted yarns and to discuss handpainting unique colors just for them. I've thought it through tonight, but now I have questions that I can't seem to come up to an answer for: 1. we'll be coming up with colors exclusive to her shop, and this will probably require some trial and error...do I charge her for the trials? do I just ask that she purchase the yarn that I'm experimenting with? Or do I purchase it, dye it and if she doesn't like it, I sell it on etsy? 2. What if she doesn't like the colors I have (perhaps she wants more muted or something) do I insist that I can come up with something to her satisfaction, or do I take it as a hint that she's not interested? 3. If she's purchasing the yarn and I'm charging a 'handpainting' fee...should we have some k ind of contract? Ack! I"m sure I have more but can't come up with them-Thanks!
Hi. I'm making a zine (a real handheld one for a swap for The Gleaner yahoo group) about knitting. I think I'm going to make it a series of zines about traditional domesticity with my first issue about knitting...so it's going to be more of an art zine than a 'knitting zine' (eg. no patterns) with articles about why I knit, knitting in the culture, knitting as rebellion, and whatever else I come up with. I'm also going to include swatches and yarn scraps. So I'd like some help with this, if anyone has any ideas of ephemera I could add or if you want to write an article or contribute some artwork-I'd appreciate it! I can't pay for the contributions (because I'm not selling it, just swapping it) but if I choose to use your article, artwork, or if you send me some ephemera, I'll send you an issue of the zine. I can't really repay you for ideas, although I'd appreciate it! If you have any questions-ASK! Thanks for your help!
I recently joined a Meetup group for knitters in Dayton and the organizer left and I'm considering becoming the organizer...but only if there's some interest, ya know? I'd open it up to all crafters and we'd meet somewhere convenient (a bookstore or coffeeshop that is central to all) Let me know if you're interested!
I found this pattern here: masondixonknitting.com and found it super simple and fun to mess around with the sizes. Here are the two I made: The first one was made with Cascade 220 and was, in my opinion, too floppy, so you really do need bulky wool (like the pattern says) I've got it next to an Easter egg for scale:
This one was made from some yarn that I recycled from a $1 Goodwill sweater and then dyed with Berry Blastin Kool-Aid: