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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Recycled yarn swap? on: April 11, 2006 11:09:25 AM
I know a good amount of people recycle yarn for various things, and I thought it might be neat if we did an exchange of some of the yarns we've collected. Some fibres, it seems, seem to be easier to get ahold of in different cities. I, for example, nearly always seem to find angora, but rarely to I get my hands on cashmere. Some people, however, seem to find nothing but cashmere!

I thought it might be fun to organize a recycled yarn swap, just so we can broaden our yarn horizons and play with some new fibres. Anyone interested in this?
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Call this a dumb question, but . . . on: April 10, 2006 04:03:56 PM
How much more dificult is it to spin on a spinning wheel as opposed to a drop spindle? I've heard that it's best for beginners to use the drop spindle, but is that because of increased ease, or because spinning wheels can cost an arm and a leg and it's best that beginners don't make such a huge investment?
3  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / How do I report spam PMs? on: March 25, 2006 03:46:56 PM
How do I go about reporting someone for spamming my PM box with something that looks like it belongs in a junkmail folder of my email. (One of those "Please send me your info and I'll send you lots of money" type deals.) I'd like to report this member so that they'll stop doing this, and hopefully won't do it to other people. But I can't figure out how to go about doing that.
4  CANADA / Atlantic Canada / So, Lewiscraft is Saint John is going out of business . . . on: March 09, 2006 12:34:49 PM
Can't say I'm too upset. I mean, they fired me without giving me a reason, so I bear a bit of a grudge against them. But it is a shame to see a smaller business die out because a big corporation like Michael's came in. First Maggie's and now this.

So yeah, if anyone's in Saint John and hasn't heard about it, Lewiscraft has a 70% off closing sale, so go take advantage of it!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Blocking question. on: January 14, 2006 12:52:44 PM
I know that blocking is really only good for natural fibres, since synthetics just, well, bounce back. But what about natural/synthetic blends? Can a fibre be blocked if it's only 50% natural, for example, or will the sythetic fibre mixed in prevent it from keeping the right shape?

If blends can be blocked effectively, what's the minimum percentage of natural fibre required in a yarn to have this come out right?
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Mystery yarn swap. on: January 12, 2006 06:36:51 AM
I posted the suggestion for this a while ago, but now I actually have the money to participate in it myself if I actually do it. Smiley The basic idea behind it is that everyone who buys yarn has at some point bought mystery yarn. Unknown fibre content. Some crazy kind of texture that you can't make heads or tails of. But theoretically, it's in your stash somewhere, sitting there, and it's never going to be made into anything.

So I propose a trade. One ball of mystery yarn for another. The fun part of this swap is that you really have no idea if what you're going to get will be useful. But there's always the chance that it'll be just what you're looking for. And even if it isn't, it's always fun to get stuff in the mail.

If I do this swap, I am, however, in need of some advice. Not everyone has multiple balls of yarn in their stash, so it wouldn't be fair to have one person only send one balls, and others to send, for example, 10. Do you propose a limit on the balls? Would anyone be willing to volunteer to send to multiple people, if they have multiple balls of mystery yarn to swap? Who's with me on this one?

(This'll be the first swap I'll have organized, so if I do it, you may have to bear with me a little. :p)
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Pattern request? on: January 11, 2006 07:21:53 AM
Perhaps my google-fu just sucks lately, bt I'm trying to find a pattern for a 4-slot toaster cozy, and damned if I can find anything anywhere. I know I probably shouldn't ask here, but . . . has anyone seen one? Heard that one exists somewhere? Would be willing to help me design one? I've never knit one before, but a coworker of mine would like me to, as a gift for his mother, and I'm always up for trying new projects.

Y'know, assuming I can figure out how to do them. :p
8  COOKING / Dessert / Chocolate chip cookies . . . on: November 23, 2005 05:29:23 PM
Does anyone have a recipe for good chocolate chip cookies that doesn't involve any brown sugar? I can't seem to find anything, and I'm in a cookie-baking mood tonight.

Thanks in advance!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Out of curiosity . . . on: November 17, 2005 09:12:28 AM
How many people here use recycled yarn as opposed to going out any buying new stuff all the time? And by recycling yarn, I mean going and buying sweaters or other knitted objects (second-hand, of course) and unravelling them.

Just curious. I told my ex-boss that I meant to do that to some sweaters I had, and she looked at me like I had a serious screw loose. This would have bothered me less if she hadn't been the assistant manager of a craft store where half their business is done in yarn. Treating me like I'm odd because I happen to take a different approach than she did . . . And no offense to her, but after two months or working there, I may not have been able to make a sweater (mostly due to lack of funds to buy enough yarn), but I sure as heck knew how to do more than she did, in terms of knitting . . .

Ahem. Job experiences aside . . . yeah. So how many of you do recycle yarn?
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Puzzled on stitch abbreviation. on: November 16, 2005 07:43:44 PM
A friend sent me a pattern, and I can't make out what one of the stitch abbreviations is supposed to be. It reads "skpo," and the closest I can get to understanding that is "Slip knit purl over," which makes no sense to me. Am I missing something? I can't seem to find this abbreviation anywhere online.
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