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1  CANADA / British Columbia / Winter Craft Fairs in Lower Mainland on: October 21, 2007 10:06:04 AM
I was wondering what winter fairs everyone plans to go to or sell at this winter?

I know I'll be at The Point Grey Secondary School one (November 03) and at the West End Community Center one (November 24 and 25) as a seller. I also want to go to at least one Portobello west between now and then as well at the Brittania Community Center show, if I can get the weekends off work.

How about you?

(Also, if you're on facebook, I started a group to post craft fairs in and around Vancouver called, what else, "Vancouver Craft Fairs", and would love to see some craftsters join it.

2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Knit and Crochet blanket Gallery! on: June 30, 2007 08:54:47 PM
Post your pictures here! Post squares and your finished blankets when you get them all together.

Here's the original post: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=176980.0

RECEIVED LIST (changed to show who you are waiting to receive from)

(2) Starpiste (Tinybits, kazkitty*)

(2) chibi elphie (starpiste, tinybits)

(3) pogmothoin (tinybits, kazkitty*, danceisthenewmosh)

(8 ) april_cocaine (chibi_elphie)

(9?) Liralera (tinybits, kazkitty*, danceisthenewmosh)

(3) TheCraftyCat (kazkitty, tinybits)

(1) Ameythestlily (Kazkitty*)

(4) tinybits (pogmothoin, april_cocaine, kazkitty*)

(8 ) Kazkitty (Liralera, tinybits)

DisneyFan: RECEIVED ALL!!!!

danceisthenewmosh: RECEIVED ALL!!!
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / used wheel problems on: June 24, 2007 02:46:54 PM
I got my hands on a second wheel (great because the footman on my other one needs a repair) but it has problems too. It's a different type of wheel that I'm not sure how to fix. The wheel is hand made, but is similar to most louets and is bobbin lead. I have like 5 pounds of fiber and am dying to spin up!

1. The irish tension set-up is missing. I need to somehow replace the break on the flyer, but I'm not sure what it should look like/be. There is a hook on the wheel that I assume is part of it.

2. I can't get the drive band tight enough to turn the bobbin consistantly. It also slips alot. Right now I'm just using cotton string like I used for my other weel but I think I need to switch to something more "sticky". Any suggestions?

oh, and here's some pictures for reference:


4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Knit and Crochet blanket Swap (Sign-ups Closed. First Send Out: June 29) on: June 15, 2007 08:45:53 PM
Swap name: Knit and Crochet Blanket Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Starpiste
Sign-up date range: Until we have 12 people signed up
Date to send item by: First send out will hopefully be June 29 and then every Friday after that for 6 weeks total.

Limited to a certain number of people? 12!

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No

All ages allowed? Yes.

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES

Details of swap:

The goal of this swap is for each swapper to collect 11 knit or crochet squares from different craftsters so that they can make a blanket from them. (You will need to make a square for yourself too!) Every week (on Friday) you will be sending two squares to two different people. At the end of the six weeks every one will have sent to everyone else once and will have 11 squares to add to their own and make a 3x4 blanket (or several pillows or whatever).

This swap is a six week commitment. Please consider carefully if you have the time and money to take this on. You MUST show a proof of shipping (DC, receipt, partner receiving) before your next weeks partner will be able to ship to you. This is to prevent one person from flaking but still receiving several squares. You must also be willing to ship to any country.

The Squares: Your square must be 12x12 inches. You will choose one colour for your blanket so all the squares would be the same colour, just different shades. Please follow the other yarn-specific requests of each swapper for their square. Please try to be creative. No squares of just garter stitch of half double crochet. This is a great time to try new patterns and play.

Crochet Inspiration: http://www.crochetpatterncentral.com/directory/12in_squares.php
If you know a comparable place for 12" square knitting patterns let me know!

And please communicate with me as much as possible if you have questions, concerns, lateness, or whatever you need.

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Knit and Crochet Blanket Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Do you understand you must show proof of shipping each week?
Will you be knitting or crocheting?

Square Preferences:
What colour do you want your squares?
Yarn weight preference? (ex. sport, worsted, mixed)
Do you want yarn that is machine washable only?
Special Pattern requests? (ex. lace, cables)
Would you like loose, open squares or thick, cozy ones?
Any other likes/dislikes? (ex. variegated, fun fur, neon colours)

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

WHO HAS SIGNED UP ALREADY:

1. Starpiste
2. chibi elphie
3. pogmothoin
4. april_cocaine
5. Liralera
6. TheCraftyCat
7. Ameythestlily
8. tinybits
9. anatripsis FLAKED!!!
10. Kazkitty
11. DisneyFan
12. danceisthenewmosh
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / drafting and fiber questions on: April 18, 2007 01:53:30 PM
So I'm really new to spinning and I have a basic wheel. I've been able to spin and am improving but I have some questions about drafting. What hand motion should I be doing? Is it pulling? pinching? rubbing? I understand what the purpose of it is, but need some details.

Right now, I'm not really drafting while spinning at all. I rip my sliver into smaller strips and then stretch them out by pulling so that I have a long thin piece of fiber with lots of air in it. Is there a better way?

Also, I just reserved some unprocessed alpaca and llama fleece from a local farmer when her animlas are sheared next month. So far I've only worked with wool, so how do these compare? And anyone have any idea how much fiber I should expect to be getting from each animal?

Thanks!
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / What? You're buying me a spinning wheel?? on: April 03, 2007 08:35:28 PM
I'm crazy tired but also super excited. Here's the sequence of events. I want to spin. I've been trying with a friends spindle but just not getting the hang/joy of it. I'm a working student though, and a wheel wasn't in my budget. Then I remembered my grandma had a wheel in her living room. So I get my mom to call her. It's an antique so she doesn't want me to use it, but will place an ad for one in our paper. That was almost two weeks ago. Today, my mom called me at work and someone called my grandma and wanted to get rid of a second wheel that was given to her. we went and picked it up and my grandma paid $60.00!!!!! for it as a belated birthday gift. I have heard this could happen but I never imagined it would to me.

So here's pictures. I'm trying to sort out if it's a single or a double drive. I think it's a double but I was hoping someone could tell me for sure. Also, how can I find out what ratios it will do? And I know I need a drive band (about how much is this going to cost me?) but do I need anything else? oh, and it squeeks so I know it needs oil so what other than actually wheel oil can I use? Thanks in advance to anyone who can help!





7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / product opinions from felters please on: March 31, 2007 09:08:16 AM
I've been dying a lot of roving recently and REALLY like it, but don't really like what's involved in making it into something else. I was thinking of selling some at an upcoming craft fair, but I wanted some opinions first.

Would you be interested in a grab bag with smallish amounts of several colours? What's your idea amount of roving to buy? do you prefer solid colours to colourways? do you have specific fiber preferences? Any other things you'd love to be able to get in terms of roving?

Thanks everyone!
8  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / to lighten acid dyes on: March 25, 2007 04:40:22 PM
is it water to dye, or fiber to water that makes the colour lighter when dying? For example if I to make my dye lighter do I add more water to the mix or add more fiber to it?

hope that makes a bit of sense.
9  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / CANADA / New shipping method? (large picture) on: February 13, 2007 11:46:27 AM
Today at work, I discovered something called Light Packet for shipping from Canada to the US or International. Here we ship a lot of small envelopes that are larger than letter mail, but still really light. We use small packet, but it's expensive. Light Packet is larger than letter mail but cheaper than small packet, and the delivery times are the same as letter mail. You can't get tracking or singnatures on it but sometimes that's ok. Is this new to anyone else?

So, for work, I did up a sheet of the rates and dimensions allowed for light packet, small packet and letter mail. Then I thought it might be super useful for me when I ship jewelry, which would make it super useful for a lot of people here.

It's a pdf document that I can email to anyone who wants it, but here it is as an image of not great quality because it's as big as I can post it:
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / transfering designs to wood? on: January 12, 2007 11:50:23 AM
I got a wood burning tool for Christmas and I'm itching to use it. I have some designs I'd love to try but I'm much better at tracing then drawing. I can transfer patterns onto fabric, glass, acrylic, but not wood.

If I have something simple I want to freehand can I just use a pencil? That almost sounds too simple but somtimes that's they way it is. What about for more complicated designs?

oh, also, is there a thinness of wood that's too thin to burn? Like can I use balsa?
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