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21  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Is This Tacky of me? on: October 31, 2007 04:35:17 PM
Well if you email is really nice it wouldn't be tacky per se...I am guessing that if they are like me (ok, I actually don't ever check my myspace) they set their  top 8 a long time ago with other businesses like them at the time and maybe haven't changed it since.
22  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: does acrylic shrink in the wash/dryer? on: October 31, 2007 04:31:45 PM
It depends on how the yarn is processed, but cotton will shrink. 

(Fiddlesticks has a lace shawl based off the cotton shrinking)
23  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Finally, Kim Hargreaves has a pattern book out! on: October 31, 2007 04:29:38 PM
Lovely!  I really like "darcy" and "erin".
24  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: A slew of new (Monet Vest, Ogee Skirt, Cloud Bolero, Beret)- Pics Fixed! on: October 30, 2007 02:29:42 AM
I love the vest!  It is so pretty!
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Leafy Shawlette on: October 30, 2007 02:26:32 AM
I love the way the colors of the yarn worked up in the pattern.  Very pretty!
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: vegan yarn on: October 30, 2007 02:24:23 AM
There's even a new sock yarn from corn!

That being said, watch the dyes for the yarns that are vegan since some of the dyes are insect based.  Most of the dyes are chemical though-which depending on the reasons for being vegan, might be something to try and minimized the use of (never mind the amount of processing some of the fibers go through).  I'm vegetarian not vegan though Smiley

There is also:
Aloo- from nettles.
recycled cotton (ie Second Time cotton)
recycled rayon
recycled viscose
linen paper tape
organic cotton in natural colors (creams,  browns, greens)
pineapple ramie
And of course many more I can't think of late at night.

27  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Socks.. am I missing out? on: October 30, 2007 02:11:09 AM
You could always do a pair of ribbed socks if you are worried about fit, that way they would be super stretchy!

I don't generally have too many problems with fit, though there are lots of books out there (Sensational Knitted Socks, More Sensational Knitted Socks, New Pathways for Sock Knitters, to name a couple) that have specific formulas for all types and patterns of socks if you want to experiment.  The biggest thing for me was trying different heels to see which one I preferred for fit.
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to create belled sleeves on: October 30, 2007 02:02:31 AM
Another way to create slightly belled sleeves is to increase a needle size (or several) over the course of the lower sleeve to change the gauge slightly. Personally I would do an invisible increase, but it depends on the pattern you are using.
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: First timer sock yarn on: October 30, 2007 01:59:40 AM
I should preface by saying that I don't like most washable sock yarns, they feel like acrylic to me.  That being said, I think that yarns with some "grab" to them (read- squishy and woolly) yarns are really good for beginners since they don't slip through the hands as fast so you can get some good tension, especially for people dealing with dpns and small needle sizes for the first time.

I usually suggest that people start with a pair of worsted weight socks (cascade superwash, for example) since they will go faster, especially if you have to frog.
30  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Please suggest a BLOG for crafts. on: June 12, 2007 08:01:14 PM
Do you have a blog to post your crafts? Yes- Midnightsky Fibers Blog and here for LJ people: http://mnsfibers.livejournal.com
Which blogsite you use to establish your blog? Blogger and Livejournal. 
Which blogsite you like? And why? I like blogger and wordpress, but still have LJ because there are so many people there.
Which blogsite is user-friendly and easy to learn? Blogger and LJ are probably the easiest.
Which blogsite is modem friendly? Blogger might be a bit better is you want a blog that is more crafty and seems less like a gossip column (just my opinion of much of LJ and myspace)
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