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1  UNITED STATES / Nevada / Las Vegans Untie! ROLL CALL! on: November 05, 2006 06:44:20 PM
Hi all.

My grrl and I are newish here. (She's rachelo.) We've been in town for about three months now. Aside from the traffic, life is great. In short: We're frigging loving Las Vegas.

I wonder, though! What if we Las Vegas Craftster folks united to... do stuff! Think of the potential purchasing power! The voting blocs we could form! How many of there are us, anyways? What if we laid out who we were, what we did, what we could offer - why... We'd be Voltron-esque! We could storm the Wynn and take it over in the name of STUFF!

I'm talkin' unlimited upward potential!

ROLL CALL!

I'm Tom. 30. I teach ESL Writing at CCSN. I just started knitting and am thinking about getting into spinning. I'm an old hand at leathercrafting; did it as a bidness for a spell, as a hobby long before. I've got a bit of experience in woodwork, but none of the tools to be useful. But if anyone needs leatherstuff or leatherhelp, I'm yr man! I'm also half-proficient at tuning/fixing bicycles and motorcycles. And teaching ESL. Hm.

HI!

NEXT!
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Las Vegas Spinning Silliness on: November 04, 2006 02:30:24 PM
Hi all,

N00b lurker here. Hi!

Anyways, I went to a certain un-named YLS today because they're the only ones in town that have spinning gear. My girlfriend knits, and I've been toying with the idea of getting into spinning. I figured I'd go in, look around, maybe have someone show me the different models they have... y'know!

Well.

Immediately after I tell the owner that I'm thinking about starting spinning, she starts in with the hard-sale to take her class. Not her class, but her "private lesson" for $50 an hour.

She didn't say: "here, let me show you our models", (they have four) , but heavy pushing for her silly class! Even though I kept making it clear that I was a try-first-and-fail kind of guy!

I then ask about her price on a Kromsky Mazurka. She then tells me that the Mazurka is too small for me, because I'm a man, and tries to upsell me to a Schacht! A full four hundred dollars more expensive than the one I was looking for!

The whole time, of course, telling me that I need to take her class.

Then, and this is the kicker, I finally say "listen, I don't want the class. I think I'm going to go to the local spinning guild's meeting next weekend," at which point she starts in with RAGIN'-FULL-ON gossip about the members! Talking about their supposed "illegal" activities! Mind you, at this point I had talked to her for all of ten minutes.

To end the conversation, and at this point I'm just curious about the depths to which this woman will stoop, I say "So, if I come and drop a grand on a wheel, a drum carder and some fiber, will you show me how to use it all?"

I'll let you go ahead and guess her response.

Moral of the story: Some YLSs are wretched, terrible, scary, horrible places owned by horrible women.

The end.

(/W.W.)
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Selling Handspun Yarn? on: November 01, 2006 07:57:23 PM
Hi all.

Let me start by saying some of y'all are incredibly talented and do amazing stuff and are completely and utterly inspiring. Seriously. Wow and wow.

I'm Tom. n00b-extraodinaire. Hi.

Long story shorter:

I'm selling a modest lot of stocks and have decided, in an entrepreneurial fit, to think about starting spinning. The whys and wherefores are pretty boring, suffice it to say adjunct professoring only pays some bills and leaves lots of free-time for doing krafty things.

(My girlfriend knits which planted the original thought; my shopping with her and seeing the price on small-run-type yarns made me think "Hey!" Her teaching me to knit and having played around with it for a few days makes me think it's a fine and honorable thing.)

Before I go on, please don't crucify me for my capitalistic leanings. I've done craft stuff in the past - high end leather / exotic wood chess sets - and my REAL drive comes from my enjoyment of playing with stuff. And Craftster is great and I'm a n00b. Hi. You guys are awesome and I enjoy reading your posts. Hi.

ANYWHO!

I've been shopping for some stuff, and since y'all are pros I figured I'd run my shopping cart by you. I'm thinking of ordering from The Woolery, because at least some of you seem to have had luck with them, and their prices seem reasonable enough.

I'm thinking about the Kromsky Mazurka. My thinking goes like this: there are a lot of wheels, and it seems (to my n00b brain) that the Kromsky will do a fine job spinning most kinds of yarn. Plus, it's purty.

I'm further thinking about picking up Strauch's Finest. Expensive and flexible, yes? Probably a skeinwinder in there as well.

I'm also going to just get kinda whacky and throw a bunch of different sorts of fiber(/re)s into the shopping cart.

So! Here's the top-hat-rotten-capitalist question I have:

GIVEN
1) That I have a fair amount of time to learn to spin - roughly until the paychecks stop in May.
2) That I'm not completely incompetent
3) That a worldwide sheep epidemic doesn't happen
4) That I'm a capable marketer

THEN
Is it possible to make money spinning? A little bit? Etsy and eBay and LYSs and things? I know it's not going to be an over-night type thing, but I really have lots *lots* of free-time, and I'm a fairly quick learner. I'm not in this to get wildly rich, but I really, seriously, *seriously* need something to supplement my meager salary, and doing something wholesome and beautiful and non-ridiculous and with a long a storied and neat history like spinning seems right up my alley. 

I know that you pros out there might be unwilling to divulge all their industry secrets, but let me remind you that competition is what makes capitalism work, and my inferior product will make yours that much more impressive!  Grin

I love you all and Craftster is great and thanks for all the knowledge that you've already given away and I hope you have a delightful November and thank you.

Hi.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My First Knitting Thing (all praise to teacher rachelo) on: October 30, 2006 12:14:54 PM
My girlfriend is really great (really, really), and yesterday she taught me how to knit.

I have a very short attention span though, so I chose not to be all fastidious about it. I just kinda tried stuff. Garter stitching and some purling and some random increases and decreases and then dropping stitches and taking three or four or five ladder-rungs at a whack. About ten percent of it is sensible. The rest was ad-libbed.

The green stuff is some dual-stranded lumpy 100% wool business and the rainbow stuff is handspun hippy cotton stuff I picked up (for my girlfriend, who is great) in Alma, Michigan. (Actually, some small adjoining town. I forget the name. Lovely place.)

I used 35 gauge needles for most of it. I got bored towards the end and switched to 10.5. I quickly switched back to 35, though. Just because.

http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r141/xcbxcbxcb/10.jpg

is the final outcome.

It looks better on than it does on the couch:

http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r141/xcbxcbxcb/10-1.jpg

I didn't know how to finish it (it was late and my grrl was sleeping) so I just tied it off.

http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r141/xcbxcbxcb/10-2.jpg

And even though it was an impromptu gift for my girlfriend, she hates green and didn't wear it today. But I wore it on the motorcycle trip to work and it did a fine job of keeping out the chill. So.

I later discovered (after an astute student pointed it out) that it is roughly tie shaped and can therefore be tied in a half windsor. Thanks to a random screwup, I even have an errant piece of yarn that doubles as a back-of-the-tie-tuck-in-stabilizer-thing.

My girlfriend is great and I want to publicly thank her for being great and teaching me how to knit.

The end.
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