Actually, to get a really chunky cotton yarn you could probably recycle old t-shirts or something. Cut them into thin strips, sew the ends of the strips together, and then pull the fabric so that it does that weird thing where it curls into a tube. You could dye it whatever colour you wanted.
Darling, you are brilliant. Why didn't I think of that! And I've got a TON of cotton jersey yardage...
EDITED because I'm a total ass and I forgot to say how rad that is. And I'm not a huge fan of the poncho / capelet craze, but yours is just delicious. And you have an antinavel! You knitting hottie, you.
Ah, the pricing battle! I would really have to see the items to give you a fair estimate, but I -will- share my formula for pricing my goods.
1. Figure out your cost (price of supplies, tools, etc) per item, and multiply that number by -at least- two. I buy most of my supplies in bulk, which keeps my cost waaay down, so I'll usually multiply my cost by three instead. 2. Figure out an hourly "wage" for yourself. Try to keep this as realistic as possible, but also based on the wages companies pay their employees. If you are a relative novice, $6 or $7 an hour is reasonable. If you're more experienced / produce very professional work, $10 - $12 an hour is more the norm. 3. Figure how long it takes you to make each piece.
So, (cost + wage) divided by (# pieces produced in an hour) = instant pricing! (Does that make sense?)
Also, comparative shopping is most definitely your friend. Browse online (and in stores!) for similar products, both handmade AND mass-produced. That way you can get a good idea of what people are willing to pay. And if in doubt, price up! It's way easier to discount a price than to raise it.
That said, and products unseen, your pricing sounds very reasonable. Good luck at the craft fair! Let us know how it goes!
For the life of me, I cannot figure out why the manufacturers use those stupid molded-in plastic nipples to keep the refridgerator shelves in place. Quite some time ago, a bottle of wine slipped in the fridge, and the force of its landing was enough to pop one of those silly nipples right off. Meaning that now, the shelf wobbles in a rather worrisome manner (having only three supports instead of four), and I'm terrified to put anything remotely heavy on it for fear of the shelf deciding to do somersaults.
So, while I was cleaning out the fridge today, I was struck with a Great Idea. E6000! Super-industrial-strength adhesive ought to keep that wayward shelf in its place, right?
The ony dilemma being that the stuff takes 72 hours (or is it 48? a LONG TIME, nevertheless) to cure, and that it's about as safe for humans as nuclear waste. (Really. Have you SEEN the warnings on that stuff?)
I can definitely keep the shelf clear long enough for the glue to cure, but I'm worried about all those hazardous fumes around my foodstuffs. Namely, the fatty dairy products that soak up every stink in the fridge (and just turn downright nasty when kept out in the room-temp heat).
So... will using E6000 in my fridge doom me to a slow and painful death by fume poisoning (or just nasty milk)? I haven't used the stuff yet, so just how fumey IS it? The fridge is about the most un-ventilated a place as I can think of.
Pink Hula, I have never recieved my swap, I have just about given up, I am reporting to Leah that my swap partner flaked on me... Androidnette... I cannot believe that for the first time someone flaked on me.
That's awful! I'd never heard back about the package I sent her, but it really sucks that she flaked on you, too -- especially since it was her first swap (mine too) and she sounded so excited about it! She hasn't been active on craftster since september first, but I checked her blog (the link is in her profile, so I don't -think- I'm stalking) and there is certainly activity there. She even made a post today!
After three rows, two things have become apparent. I will need more than the 4 skeins of yarn I have, and US#8 needles may be a wee bit impractical for a project of these proportions. I'm halfway through one skein already and I have.... maybe an inch. More like 3/4 of an inch.
If it wouldn't make the DBF's eyes bug out in horror, I'd rip it out right now and start over on my #13's. I should just go out and buy some damn #10's, but my budget (and my obstinance, haha) won't allow it. Hmmm.... blatant denial that Project Blankie will take way more time/yarn than anticipated, or obssessive compulsion about getting the damn thing started right?
That's really pretty. If I can figure out a way to make it without the ribbon ends sticking out I'm in.
Actually, the tasselly bits are tied on afterwards. I may put tassels on mine, but not those huge foot-long ones! Maybe just some nice four-inchers.
I've cast on already, and since I'm determined to hate myself, I switched up the pattern a bit. I'm using Target's cheapo beige boucle on US#8 straights -- and instead of dropping a stitch every 5, I'm dropping every 7. And I CO a million repeats (as many as would nicely fill my needle, more like twentysomething), entirely ignorant of how stitches expand after that first row. This makes me mad. I may not have enough room to even work the first row. Poop. I'll see if I can make it work, haha! If not, a trip to Home Depot may be in order, to make some two-foot needles. (HEY! Do they make needles that long already?) YEAH! IT FIT!
And Liqourice, you should do it! Kitten be damned! ...but then, my own little monster is almost a year old already (see avatar, heehee) and he's not nearly as... No, he's still bonkers and psychotic and utterly adorable. I can just take my eyes off him, now. But you should do it anyways!
After months of lusting after all you fabulous Craftster knitters for months, I finally taught myself how last week. (YAY!) And, like all beginners, I'm ambitious. I've only got the requisite scarf, a pair of armwarmers, and a few odd cat toys under my belt, but I've got a hankering for a knitted throw.
Bob & Weave to the rescue! It can easily be altered to blankie-size, and I've got a bag full of $1 Target yarn that's begging for a purpose. (And I can learn how to drop stitches without making a mess of the whole thing.)
I figured I'd start my very first knitalong, in case anyone else wanted to join in on the fun. Also, because it'd be nice to have some folks to pester for answers when I'm stuck (as I'll inevitably be).