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1  California / California: North / Berkeley, CA: Color: A Fiber Festival on: September 04, 2008 10:57:04 AM
Join us!
Saturday, October 18th, 2008
10am - 5pm
Pacific School of Religion
Berkeley, California
The Pacific School of Religion has a beautiful lawn overlooking the Bay. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere to partake in your favorite fiber activity, be it knitting, spinning, or otherwise.

Local vendors will be selling unique, hand-crafted yarns, fibers, and knitting notions.

There will be classes teaching spinning, knitting and weaving, as well as fiber tastings.

This event provides a great opportunity to meet others, purchase beautiful fiber and yarns, and learn new skills.   
2  California / California: North / Berkeley, CA: Color Fiber Festival, April 26 on: April 08, 2008 05:03:05 PM
You are cordially invited to an all day spinning and knitting extravaganza!  Come join in on the fun of outdoor spinning/knitting with great views of the bay.  Local indie dyers and crafters will be showing and selling their wares.  We are also presenting how-to drop spindle and fiber tasting sessions.  Entry is free, sessions are material costs only.  Please see our website for more details and to register for sessions.

Indie dyers and crafters:
A Verb For Keeping Warm
Pigeon Roof Studios
Tactile A Fiber Arts Studio
Girl On the Rocks

Fiber Tastings:
Learn to spin new fibers!
Exotics - 11:30 am
Rare Wool Breeds - 1:30 pm
Cellulose and Blends 3:30 pm

Free How-To Drop Spindle Sessions:
Sessions at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm

Free! Learn to weave on a hand loom:
Sessions at noon and 3 pm.

Learn to Knit Sessions
See our website for more information

Located at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley at 1798 Scenic Ave.
Free parking available on campus
A short walk from the Downtown Berkeley BART station
See colorfiberfestival.com for more details
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Cell Phone Charms on: February 19, 2007 05:49:38 PM
Anyone know of an online resource to get a bunch of cell-phone charm blanks?
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Keychain Crochet hook - a tutorial on: February 13, 2007 09:09:46 AM
I just posted a tutorial to my webpage on how to make a mini/portable/keychain crochet hook. It is essential for on-the-go sock projects!

Pictures work! I'll repost the tutorial here!

I find myself leaving the house and grabbing a to-go knitting project to take with me, often socks. Nothing like knitting away while waiting in line at the post office, or in a waiting room, or trapped at an awful social event. Usually I have just a little mesh project bag with my sock and yarn in it No notions. I will be happily knitting away, then, a moments distraction, and a stitch jumps off the needle.

Of course the best way to remedy this situation is to use a crochet hook to pick up the stitches.
But I dont have one in my bare bones travelling sock project bag. So I decided to make one that I could keep with me, even on the go.

Behold! The keychain crochet hook.

To make one you will need:

    * An Aluminum crochet hook of small size (less than 3 mm)*
    * Wire clippers
    * Needle-nosed pliers
    * Jewelery findings: Jump rings and a clasp
    * Eye protection

To start, clip the hook near the flat part in the middle. You want to keep the flat part connected to the hook, and move as far down the handle as you can. If you get all the way to the round part, it may be too difficult to cut through.

Then, use the needle-nosed pliers to fold the flat part of the handle back into a loop.

Use the same pliers to attach a jump ring and a clasp. Now you can clip it on your keychain and remove it whenever you have a dropped stitch that needs saving.

* I know that it is practically unbelievable, but I got this hook for 25 cents at a thrift store.
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