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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting rant on: January 19, 2013 10:00:26 AM
Hello,

A good friend has just had a little girl and I feel compelled to knit something adorable and tiny.  I have only ever knitted in straight lines before  but convinced myself I could try something a little harder armed with my stitch and bitch handbook and some youtube tutorials.  Went out and bought the Rowan Baby Knit Kit baby cardigan which is super cute and seems to only use basic stitches, you know knit two togeter, basic increases....

Anyway it is written in such a silly way that makes it impossible to follow, so I have to write it out again row by row.  Here is a excerpt for you...
"Inc 1 st at beg of next row and at same edge on foll 8 rows, then on 2 foll 3rd rows and at same time shaping side seam by inc 1 st at bed of 4th and foll 6th row."

Am I just being slow, are all knitting patterns written like this?
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Accepting credit cards with just a laptop? on: February 15, 2011 03:50:22 AM
Is there any way you can accept credit card payment using a laptop with wifi at a craft fair (without having to buy a card reader)?  Has anyone done this before?

Thanks,
Claire
3  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Teaching class for charity - easy cheap project ideas needed. on: October 26, 2009 04:40:21 PM
I've been asked to teach a class to a group of people who are crafting for Project Malawi - a childrens charity in Malawi.  I usually make jewellery, but can't think of any projects that are cheap and easy to make for absolute beginners.  The class of adults will be asked to bring their own materials so it can't be too expensive, then the items will be sold for the charity.  Any ideas?

4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Corporate gifts?! Help!! on: July 21, 2009 02:51:49 PM
As part of my degree I have to do a presentation with a team.  A large part of the mark is for audience participation, and we've decided to to a quiz with little prizes.  As I'm "the creative one" the rest of the team have decided it's up to me to design a little trinket that we could give out to guys and girls, and that's cheap to make.  The logo for our team is a gold fish, so maybe something along this theme?  Ideas I've already thought about are logo pin badges made from shrinky dinks, and maybe tie pins or something, although I'm not sure how to make them!  Any ideas?
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Building a craft fair booth on: March 13, 2009 04:37:47 AM
Hmm I wasn't sure where to put this!  Anyway, instead of doing the usual boring table display I've decided to create something a bit more interesting.  This is my original idea (drawn in word lol!)  The middle panel will be covered in wallpaper, with a big mirror in the middle so people can try things on (I sell jewelley) and some pretty frames with information written in them, or photos of products.  On the two folding out panels, which are on hinges, I will put interesting hooks for hanging my jewellery from.  I want it to look a bit vintage eclectic, but also encourage people to touch things and try them on.  I'll put a small desk to the side of the booth where people can pay and I can wrap purchases.



So what do you think?  Do you think it will stand up ok, or is the whole mirror idea a bit risky?  Any crazy ideas to add to it?
xox
6  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / 1000s of Brand New, Clear DVD Cases on: February 27, 2009 03:43:46 AM
Ok so to cut a long story short - credit crunch blah di blah....bye bye family DVD rental store.  We're now left with a garage full of clear DVD cases and I'm not going to throw them away!!  Any crafty ideas?  Anyone want to take a few off our hands, if you have a use for them (I live near London)?  I called round a few DVD shops but no one wants them!

Thanks for reading  Grin
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Meeting Jewellery Professionals on: February 26, 2009 08:41:13 AM
I hand-make and occasionally sell beaded and fabric jewellery.  I've decided to turn my hobby into a business to support my studies at university.  I contacted a fashion trade organisation to ask of they could give me any advice on where to start.  Amazingly, they liked my ideas and invited me to their London office to talk to the head of marketing, and an expert in sourcing ethical materials.  I'm only 19 and really have no idea what is expected of me.  I've started putting together a short business plan, and I'm going to take nice photos of my jewellery and make a portfolio.  Below is what I'm thinking of wearing, do you think it's appropriate?  Should I wear more / bolder jewellery?  Yes or no to heels?  I can walk fine, but the journey's going to be almost 2 hours so maybe not...

This is what I think I might wear (I love photobooth!)  Grey slouchy trousers, cream silky shirt with puffy sleeves, and a necklace I made.


Here's a lovely blurry shot of the necklace.


And here's a picture of the necklace that will go in my portfolio.


Sorry, more questions!!
Anything I should prepare for/take with me?  Any tips on business plans?

Thanks for reading!
Claire

[edited because most of what I'd written was a load of gobbledygook!!]
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Fair trade / ethically sourced gemstones and beads on: November 26, 2008 05:49:10 AM
I've been making and selling jewellery for years but have started to read more into how gemstone beads are produced.  Often the conditions are awful and completely unregulated.  Up till now my main reason for buying certain beads was their cheap price, but now I'm looking for something more ethical.  Saying that my jewellery is lovingly handmade is so hypocritical when the beads were produced in a dangerous factory with child labour.

My problem is that it's impossible to find any supplier who stocks ethically sourced semi-precious stone beads.
Could anyone help?  Also if you have the same problem please reply, because if there is enough demand I might look into sourcing the beads from factories myself.

Thanks for reading!
Claire x
9  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Fair trade / ethically sourced gemstones and beads on: November 26, 2008 05:47:51 AM
I've been making and selling jewellery for years but have started to read more into how gemstone beads are produced.  Often the conditions are awful and completely unregulated.  Up till now my main reason for buying certain beads was their cheap price, but now I'm looking for something more ethical.  Saying that my jewellery is lovingly handmade is so hypocritical when the beads were produced in a dangerous factory with child labour.

My problem is that it's impossible to find any supplier who stocks ethically sourced semi-precious stone beads.
Could anyone help?  Also if you have the same problem please reply, because if there is enough demand I might look into sourcing the beads from factories myself.

Thanks for reading  Grin
Claire x
10  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / U.K. AND IRELAND / A-level results....and crafting in Brighton on: August 14, 2008 06:29:22 AM
Okok it's not strictly crafty but a massive well done to everyone who passed their A-levels today.  And to everyone who's going to university....is anyone off to Sussex??  I'm a London girl atm but I'm moving to Sussex for uni yay!  I found the bead shop already, but are there any other Brighton craft shops?

Well done again, and I hope it's all smiles today!
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