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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Buying fleece from farm? on: April 04, 2012 05:55:50 PM
I had to fill out some 'where I want to be in 20 years' thing for a class this semester, and I put 'Own my own alpaca/sheep farm with fiber studio'. My professor proceeded to ask me what the heck I was talking about. : )
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: My First Craft Fair!! on: April 04, 2012 05:53:33 PM
Thanks for the advice! I think I may go ahead and set up an Etsy and just make a few simple business cards on my computer. Display wise I was thinking of a stand-up sort of peg board, just because it may grab attention better than baskets.
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Ebay vs. Etsy on: April 04, 2012 05:49:41 PM
Thanks for the advice! I checked around on Ebay, and you're right about the costs not justifying the work.
4  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: T-shirt Yarn Dyeing Bonanza! on: April 04, 2012 05:48:36 PM
Also do you think you could dye with Kool-Aid? These are just so pretty.
Kool-Aid doesn't really like to stick to cotton too well, it looks really pretty when you first do it but then it comes out with the first wash. If you're not planning on making something washable with your yarn it might work for you. It might be just as cheap to get a tie dye kit, Kool Aid can be expensive. Then your yarn would be pretty forever! Grin

Yeah, Kool-Aid doesn't work well with cellulose fibers like cotton, but they do work as an acid dye with wool. I initially started dyeing these with Tulip dyes from Wally World, because it was the middle of the night and I just HAD to dye them! Just make sure if you buy a tie-dye kit it comes with soda ash. In a lot of craft stores, you can buy the soda ash for something like $2, and it should be right next to the dyes. I switched to Procion MX dyes I got online when I decided I was going to sell these, as I wanted them to exhaust well and wanted more color options. The best part about these yarns is how unbelievably forgiving it is. I tend to be of the 'let's pour this on here and see what happens' school of making stuff, so it's incredibly fun to work with.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Two bags on: March 31, 2012 01:59:58 AM
Thanks! I can't stop craving bright colors now that it's finally warming up here in Indiana.
6  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: T-shirt Yarn Dyeing Bonanza! on: March 31, 2012 01:58:47 AM
I am a fiber junkie, and I just learned how to make t-shirt yarn about a month ago, and became COMPLETELY addicted to it. A few weeks later I got an opportunity for a small craft fair (my first one!) and I went to the thrift store, spent $20 on a bag full of white t-shirts, and spent HOURS cutting them up! I used LetBirdsFly's tutorial to learn: (http://letbirdzfly.blogspot.com/2011/10/how-to-make-t-shirt-yarn.html) Now I just have to try to stop knitting with it so I actually have some to sell. Each skein is only about 35 yards, and I usually only take the 2x shirts and up. I use the leftover t-shirt upper half as lining in the bags I knit out of the yarn.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Two bags on: March 30, 2012 04:45:18 PM
Knit in hand dyed t-shirt yarn, and the yellow one is lined in excess t-shirt material (I think the crafter's motto should be 'every part of the buffalo'...I don't know how many times I've said, 'Don't throw that away! I can use it to make something!). Vintage buttons 'borrowed' from my Mom's HUGE collection.




(Sorry for the fuzzy pic, I kind of needed three hands.)
8  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / T-shirt Yarn Dyeing Bonanza! on: March 30, 2012 04:40:57 PM
Finally got all my white t-shirt yarn dyed for an upcoming craft fair. Our dining room table looks like a mad scientist's laboratory! A combination of hand dyed and dip dyed in procion mx dyes.


9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Buying fleece from farm? on: March 19, 2012 12:25:39 AM
Yeah....I'm a spinner and knitter who's allergic to wool. But I keep buying it when I find it's just too beautiful to resist! Methinks I need to find some more free time and contribute to craftster's swaps.....
10  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Cotton yarn in dryer without tangling? on: March 17, 2012 01:37:49 PM
I like hand-dyeing the white tshirts after I've made them into yarn, only because I get to see how the color plays out more. I'm thinking I might try putting the tied skeins in a pillowcase....
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