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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Do you use delivery confirmation?? on: September 26, 2007 02:38:20 PM
If you would like your Delivery Confirmation on labels that you print at home to be at least proof of mailing, check out this little tutorial I wrote.  Many people do not know about the SCAN forms.  Most of the time, the USPS does not scan items until they reach their destination.  Not helpful if it gets lost before then!


2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help! What to do with leftover bulky yarn? on: September 26, 2007 01:50:11 PM
OFF, check OFF your list.  Sheesh...need more coffee!  (Or maybe just a nap!)
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help! What to do with leftover bulky yarn? on: September 26, 2007 01:49:25 PM
You could also check out your Christmas list with knitted cozies for starbucks cups, chapsticks, and ipods.  Or little sweaters for stuffies (or even stuffies!!)  That is quite a yummy stash...I'd find something to make with it, too!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ravelry! Extra invites... on: September 26, 2007 01:45:15 PM
LOL, I signed up today too.  Looks like quite a line!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Yarn of the Month Clubs on: September 26, 2007 01:29:18 PM
Definitely check out Etsy, I know several dyers & spinners who offer clubs, and have been thinking of offering one myself.
6  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Kool-aid dyeing issue on: September 20, 2007 01:06:22 PM
Just spread that section out on a piece of plastic wrap and dab the dye on the lighter sections.  (Make the mix with less water then normal).  Is the wool superwash?  It really sucks up color quick.

In the future, try adding some salt to your mix...it slows the uptake on superwash a bit so you have a little more time to get it on everywhere.   Another way is to put the same dye amount into a larger tub full of water (like a gallon ice cream tub), then float the section of yarn into the tub....poke it around as the dye takes up. 

If all else fails, just do the whole area over.  The dark spots won't get much darker, and the variation is what we love about hand dyed, anyway...right?!?
7  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dying wool yarn on: September 20, 2007 12:59:24 PM
Are you going for actual stripes, or the type of miss and match stripes you get with variegated?

If you want variegated, then yep, lay them out on plastic wrap after soaking in vinegar & dish soap, then put your colors on each the same way.  You can try laying them on top of each other, but it would be more accurate to do them all separate but equal.  (You can get the dye into all the yarn more easily).  Nuke 'em.  (In your 'for dyeing only' microwave, unless you are using food dyes.)

If you want to do real stripes, you need to swatch to your garment size, measure how long of yarn you need to make the width of stripe you want, and multiply that by the number of colors you want.  Divide in half, set two chairs that distance apart, and wrap the yarn around them.  When you come to the end of a skein, you can tie the next one on.  Be sure to tie your super long skein with lots of figure 8's, so it doesn't get all tangly.   Dye the yarn, measuring each color.  You can make piles of each color, or stuff the length for a color in a jar or other container, and nuke it all.

Good luck...and be sure to show us how it turns out!
8  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: What kind of dyeing you do? on: September 20, 2007 12:49:27 PM
I mostly dye yarn, although I also do silk cord, scarves, and neckties. 

I got into it because our community choir needed matching ties & scarves, and then moved on to yarn. 

It's fun, and quite colorful! Smiley
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