-gift for SIL (ugh. decide on a pattern and get mats) (dec 15) -project for planeride home (30 hour and minimal weight/room left! whoo!) (dec 3) -totoro for friend (Jan 15) -design/create r2d2 bag -scifi themed wristbands(Dec 10) -wrist/armwarmers/gauntlets for MIL (Dec 15) -doggie boots/legwarmers for friend (jan 1) -housewarming gift for friend.. afgan maybe? (dec 10)
wow. this list seems.. minimal. Ah, I'm forgetting the non craft related stuff (heh, now that's a whooollle other list.)
So, it's so cold right now, my friend's dog gets leg cramps when he goes outside. I could make him a doggy sweater to help with the heat loss thing, but some sort of doggy legwarmers would probably address the problem a little more directly.
Any thoughts? I'm thinking if I basically make tubes, they can be slipped on over his legs... it'll probably need to be a bit stretchy, so I might knit them instead, or make them lace up?
muhaha. I brought my new dpns and some scrap wool to play with at work (it's really slow) tonight, and decided this was the best pattern.
Unfortunately, I'm reminded of how much I hate variegated wool. I always get sucked in by the colours (oooh! BRIGHT!) and then when I knit/crochet them up, I'm always disappointed by how much it looks like some kid ate a box of crayons and then threw up.
Ah well. Someday I will dye my own (or only buy Kureyon?) and be rid of this problem.
thanks so much for your replies, guys! This has definitely given me a lot to go on... There are a few towns of similar size with LYSs within a few hours drive, so I think I'll talk to them and see what the market's like, and then talk to the local crafters.
So excited! I've talked to a few distributors who have also been really helpful, but I think the plans have been put a little more on hold, now (I didn't realize just how much startup inventory would cost, and think I should pay off my student loans before doubling the debt...)
Thanks, guys! I'll keep you posted on how it goes!
Hi guys. Looooonnnng time lurker (uh, like two years) first time poster.
SO. Here's some stuff about me: I'm currently in New Zealand doing some post-graduation travelling - I'm due to return to smalltown Alberta (Canada) in a month, but have fallen head over heels in love with the AMAZING wools here that I can't seem to find anywhere at home.
AND. I have decided, that perhaps I should open a yarn shop - however, I must do some relatively intense market research first, to make sure it would survive. (My hometown has a Walmart for craft stuff and that's about it. The nearest specialty shop or Micheal's is just over an hour away. But a 'need' doesn't mean it will be successful...)
SO! If any of you are interested in helping a lady out by answering a few craft-purchasing related questions, please PM me! (How often you buy wool? how much, on average, you might spend per purchase? Where do you shop for wool: specialty stores, craft stores, or walmart type stores? How large is your city?)
ANYHOW, onto the other things (for stock decisions, etc.):
What are your favorite yarns? What do you look for in new yarns? Is price or quality more of a factor? Do you have a favorite brand?