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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Jacob's Ladder Scarf on: March 18, 2012 03:21:19 PM
Inspired by fantasticmio's Jacob's Snakes and Ladders Blanket, and made with the help of her Jacob's ladder tutorial...

I want to do this again, but using variegated yarn, as the ladder may show up a little better with some contrasting colors.  Also I need to practice with different lengths of chains, as there's a little but of pull when the chains are looped together.
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Hair and Resin on: March 22, 2011 06:21:24 PM
I've never worked with resin, but I understand it can get warm as the chemical reaction occurs that causes the hardening.

I want to make a friend a ring with a lock of her dog's hair in it - sounds wierd, but I know she'll love it.

Assuming I can get the hair to sit still (I'm thinking put half the resin in, let it get tacky, put the hair in and cover with more resin), do you think it would damage the hair in any way???

3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Where did I find this pattern??? on: March 06, 2011 01:47:44 PM
I'm trying to find the pattern for this flower in the random scraps of paper I write things on, but it's lost.  I found it somewhere online originally.  Any ideas???

All I can remember is that at some point you do a sc from the edge through the centre ring to get those spikes.
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Breast Cancer Ribbon Hat on: February 26, 2011 08:39:27 PM

I wanted to try something out of one of my new books, and here's the result.  It's #123 from Edie Eckman's "Around the Border" - the breast cancer ribbon border.  Rather than adding it to an afghan, I decided to put it on one of my hats.  I think it's fun, and plan to make a bunch of them up to sell, with a certain amount of the proceeds going to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.  I think I'll make some up and take samples to local businesses and see if they'll match the money raised if I sell these at a local craft fair.  Still some modifications to make, but all in all, a good first effort I think.

5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Pattern instructions on: February 25, 2011 10:10:43 PM
I'm having problems with a line in a pattern. It's to make a border that has pink breast cancer ribbons on it. For the ribbon, you ch 34, then do hdc back along the chain. At the point where the two sides of the ribbon cross and attach to each other it says 'take free end of hdc behind current stitch, yo, insert hook into next ch and into base of 9th stitch from end of loop, yo, and pull through all loops on hook". I just can't figure this out.
I'd appreciate any help.
PS - It's #123 from Edie Eckman's Around the Corner book.
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / How to find someone who spins? on: February 25, 2011 07:46:21 AM
I'm peeking in for just a moment...I usually frequent the crocheting boards.

A family member saw some pics of the hats I make and said if I could make one that looked like a Toller, they'd pay for it.  They breed Nova Scotia Duck Toller Retrievers (dogs), and I pretty much said if I could ever find a yarn to match their beautiful coat I might make a hat, but until then I wouldn't be able to do it justice.

This whole conversation was on my photo album on Facebook, so other family members jumped in and (I assume) jokingly said there's enough dog hair around, why not just use the real thing?  (And put a tag on the inside of the hat that no Tollers were harmed in the making of the hat Smiley)

So, of course I started thinking about the posibilites...question: Is it possible to spin a medium length dog's hair into yarn?  How do I find someone to do it?  I looked on Kijiji and only found spinning classes - the ones where you excercise on a bike...

Is there a group I should be looking for, or something that would make the search easier?

I live in Alberta, Canada if anyone is from there - just outside Calgary.

7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Tetris Hat on: February 24, 2011 10:33:24 AM
I have amazingly, brilliant ideas...really I do!  And then they turn to crap when I make them.  Boo.
This hat was several versions in the making, but I finally have the end product.

Here it is!

I started by cutting the tetris shapes out from graph paper, and fitting them together to make a band.

Then I drew the whole thing out so that when my kids mucked up the little paper pieces, I wouldn't forget how it looked.  Also I colored the pieces in so I could see if there were too many of the same color together.

Then I drew out just a part of it, so that each square was one stitch, and I could remember how many stitiches to do for each piece.

Putting the pieces together was hell.  I tried crocheting around each piece in black so they'd stand out, but ripped that out when I realized how much extra size was added to each piece, and that they wouldn't fit together well.  Finally I settled on laying them flat and sewing them together on the back.  To provide the black borders, I remembered how my mother-in-law taught me to "stitch in the ditch" when I was learning to quilt from her.  So that's how the outlining was done.

Once I stopped ripping stuff apart, I took maybe 3-4 days of on-and-off work to complete it.  It was painful, but I'm mostly happy with the results.

8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Eeyore on: February 20, 2011 08:34:19 PM
A friend asked if I could make an Eeyore hat for here, and here it is!

I thought about putting eyes on to make it more recognizable but I thought that would make it too busy, and then my husband suggested adding the tail instead...GENIUS!!!

9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Starting to sell stuff... on: February 20, 2011 02:00:43 PM
K, here's the deal.

I love to crochet, and I wear the stuff I make and show it off, as in "I know you don't know anything about crochet but this was really hard and it's totally cool!"
My friends, family, and co-workers have bought some of my items, and I recently bit the bullet and am registered for a craft fair in 8 weeks.
So far I totally haven't kept track of any of my purchases of supplies.  When I got two large'ish commissions at once, I decided to start monitoring my sales and purchases more diligently.  So I've got a separate wallet, and use the cash from sales to make my purchases.

So the questions:
1) If the craft fair goes well, and I really hope it does, do I need to have a business license to go further?
2) I was asked by a lady who saw my baby's hat if I had a website, so I've created a website that people can go to (again, assuming the fair goes well).  What payment do I accept?  I have a PayPal account - but do they have plans where there are "per sale" fees instead of flat "per month" fees?
3) If I do need a business license, do I just start keeping track at some point, or do I price out what I've bought already and guesstimate that as a starting up expense?
4) If I need a business license, do I charge GST/have a GST number?
5) I've seen people on here talk about a license to purchase wholesale...when does that become a consideration?  Do we have that in Canada?

Yikes!  What have I gotten into?!?!?

PS - I am in Alberta, Canada - that's probably important to know!
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / 1st Craft Fair on: February 12, 2011 11:07:09 PM
I'm thinking about participating in a local craft fair.  I've looked at the list of confirmed vendors and so far mabye only half are "crafts", and I don't know how to interpret that.

I crochet hats, and the vendors so far are Avon, Scentsy, a jewelry company (similar setup to Avon), some home-made soaps, one woodcraft place, etc.  There's only one that looks like it's even remotely like mine, but she makes cloth bows and such as accessories.

It's a high school choir fundraiser, so all I pay is $35 for a table.  It's free admission, and they say that everything I sell is my own revenue.

1) Should I even take part given who the other vendors are?
2) I sell my hats for $20 or $30 (CDN) and plan on taking some impulse things - pop tab bracelets, sell accessory flowers as brooches or hair accessories for a few bucks...what kind of float do I take?  About $100 in 5's, 10's, 20's?
3) How many items do I take, hats-wise?  A sample of everything?  My most popular items in a bunch of different sizes? (So far most of my sales are to friends and family, and are all commissioned, so I don't have a ton of inventory and don't really like the idea of having items just sit around...)
4) If I don't have what someone wants, but I can make up a pattern, or make a different size of something I already have, do I charge a deposit?  Half the price of the item???
5) Do I need to be set up as a business already - GST and such?

If I do this, I plan on taking a binder with photos of all the hats I've done so far in page protectors, so people can flip through and see things even if I don't have them on the day.

Any and all advice would be great!

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