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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Loop-d-Loop hooded capelet - done! on: October 08, 2005 02:10:43 AM
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.
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Loop-d-Loop hooded capelet - done! on: October 08, 2005 01:35:04 AM
I LOVE that capelet!    The colour is a bit to bright for me - but the style is just "WANT!"  It is a pity I wouldn't get much use of it in South Florida Tongue

I feel your pain!  I'm a new knitter just west of Tampa  Cheesy  and how I long for seasons!  Why can't they make more kinds of 100% cotton yarn?  It's the only kind that isn't miserable in Florida!   Cry
13  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: Pricing craft fair items HELP ME PLEASE!! on: October 07, 2005 09:39:34 PM
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!
14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / E6000 in the refridgerator? on: October 07, 2005 12:29:22 PM

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.
15  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Hairpin Crochet Scarf on: October 05, 2005 09:32:51 AM
*dances the first post dance*
 
That is so rad!  I love the blue and green together.

What exactly IS hairpin crochet?  I've been wanting to get into crochet, but this is the first I've heard of this style, and it looks so cool!
16  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Name swap gallery on: October 04, 2005 06:46:37 PM
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! 
17  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Bob & Weave KAL (Knitty Winter '04) on: September 23, 2005 03:36:32 PM
Yay, Liquorice!

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?
18  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Bob & Weave KAL (Knitty Winter '04) on: September 23, 2005 12:57:57 AM
Bente, that is beautiful!

And yes, I'm silently dreading the weaving, especially since my only tool will be a crochet hook.  But I have a bizarre love of that kind of patient tedium, so it probably won't be -too- bad.
19  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Bob & Weave KAL (Knitty Winter '04) on: September 23, 2005 12:26:10 AM
That's really pretty. If I can figure out a way to make it without the ribbon ends sticking out I'm in. Smiley

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.   Angry   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.   Wink  But you should do it anyways!
20  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Bob & Weave KAL (Knitty Winter '04) on: September 22, 2005 07:45:15 PM
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.   Grin  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).   Wink

Bob & Weave pattern, Knitty 10 -->
http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter04/PATTbobweave.html
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