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1  UNITED STATES / Hawaii / Re: Just moved! on: October 23, 2010 12:27:54 PM
The Aloha Knitters have meetings in Honolulu, Kailua, and Kapolei - some members have also been meeting occasionally in Aiea. Despite the name, we are not just knitters! Many of us crochet and some also spin and weave.

We used to be called Honolulu SNB, but when the whole trademark kerfuffle went down, Yahoo! shut down the Honolulu SNB group. I'm still a little annoyed by that - SNB is more inclusive and cuts down on the confusion of who is welcome (which is everyone - even if you don't stitch - one of the regulars is the spouse of a knitter and just hangs out and chats).
2  UNITED STATES / Hawaii / Re: Just Moved to Kauai! on: October 23, 2010 12:22:29 PM
Ace Hardware & Crafts may be your best bet currently for meeting people into quilting and scrapbooking - they have demos and classes, which could get you in contact with people who can recommend other places to find supplies.
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Basic Beanie for Pullip doll (will also fit Blythe) on: July 20, 2008 03:46:53 PM
Ok, will someone help me with this?

I'm pretty confident about this pattern, I'm still a noob, but I'm a fast learner. I think I know what I should be doing... Except for the last bit on ever line.

I mean:

inc 1* (18{or other number})

Seriously, what the hell does that mean?

I am really, really late to this, so you've probably already gotten the answer - but that number at the end tells you how many stitches you will have when the round is completed. It's used in a lot of written knit and crochet patterns, but I can see how it will throw off a newbie!
4  UNITED STATES / Hawaii / Re: Maui Craft stores on: September 15, 2007 07:51:05 PM
505 Front Street #125
Lahaina (Maui), HI 96761
phone: (808) 662-8554
phone (toll-free) 866-688-8876
webpage: theneedleworkshop.com
email: [email protected]
Dolphine David and Ruth Ann Wilson
Yarn, crochet and knitting supplies, needlepoint and embroidery supplies.

222 Papalaua St (couple of blocks away from Front St, towards the mountains)
Lahaina (Maui), HI 96761
phone: (808) 661-1001
email: [email protected]
Lindsay Elam
hours: M - S 10 am - 5 pm, Sun 10 am - 2 pm
5  UNITED STATES / Hawaii / Re: Craft Supplies On Oahu on: September 15, 2007 07:45:46 PM
Yarn shops:
Isle Knit
1188 Bishop St., Suite 1416 (corner of Bishop and Beretania St)
(808) 533-0853
Hours: Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri: 9:30-5:30,  Sat 10-2, closed Sun/Mon
Proprietor: Sue
Email: [email protected]
Isle Knit has a pretty good selection, especially considering the size.  You can get fancy-schmancy yarns (Anny Blatt) or relatively inexpensive basic yarns (Ella Mae, Plymouth Encore) - just tell Sue what you are looking for.  Lots of patterns and notions, too.

Ursula Fischer: Needle Arts
1717 Kalakaua Avenue, 2nd floor
(808) 949-8900
Hours: variable mornings, look for the rainbow afghan or call before heading over
Proprietor: Ursula Fischer
Lots of high-quality acrylic (like Cascade Cherub), some fancy novelties, German sock yarn, and yarns good for felting with.

Yarn and Friends
1010 South King St (S. King and Victoria, in the Medical Arts building, Ewa/West side, facing Thomas Square park)
phone (808) 593-2212
Hours: MTWFSa 10-5, RSu closed
Proprietor: Raynette Malefyt
Japanese yarns, crochet lei yarns, and some basics like Cascade 220.

UI MAU A MAU (Beautiful Forever)
Harbor Center
98-027 Hekaha Street
(behind Cutter Ford in Aiea)
mobile phone (808) 255-5821
fax (808) 239-6221
email: [email protected]
hours: T/W/Th 10-6, Sa 10-5, Su 12-4
Proprietor: Tracy Harada
This shop specializes in yarn for crochet leis - lots of novelty and ribbon.

46 Hoolai (Kailua)
(808) 262-9555

46-018 Kamehameha Hwy #209 (Kaneohe)
(808) 234-5865
I've heard great things about the shop from their regulars, but I've never been there.  Sock yarns, crochet lei yarns, and helpful, cheerful atmosphere.

85-841 D Farrington Hwy. (Waianae)
(808) 352-0971


Fiddlesticks Cross Stitch & Needlepoint
620 Coral St
Honolulu, HI
(808) 533-4565
[email protected]
Super-friendly, helpful staff, big selection of embroidery and needlepoint supplies. 

Most of these shops have been reviewed on my blog.

Japanese bookstore with craft books:
Hakubundo Inc.
1600 Kapiolani Blvd. Suite 121 (Pan Am Building)
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
Tel: (808) 947-5503
Fax: (808) 947-5602
Email: [email protected]

Hakubundo has books for sewing, crocheting, felt, knitting, and other crafts.  They also carry origami paper, kits to make origami boxes, some art supplies, and magazines. 

6  UNITED STATES / Hawaii / Re: Thought we might introduce ourselves... on: September 15, 2007 07:29:10 PM
Thanks! Sad about the name. Are there people who crochet? I don't know how to knit at all Sad

I am really, really late in answering this!  Yes, there are crocheters too.  SNB was a better term (and the moderator who had to change the name couldn't get in touch with most of the members because the group had been shut down), so she made a quick name choice that doesn't make it clear that we have crocheters and spinners too.  Aloha Knitters is all about the fiber love - we don't get snobby about knit vs. crochet (besides, some of us do both). 
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Crochet Coffee Cup Cozy (16 oz) with tute on: September 04, 2007 11:13:23 PM
And oh, will this work with acrylic yarn as well? Huh
This will work fine with any yarn - I use whatever scraps I have on hand.  Yours look great! 
8  UNITED STATES / Hawaii / Re: Thought we might introduce ourselves... on: July 28, 2007 12:06:05 AM
Nice meeting you all.  BTW Whatever happened to the SNB?
We had to have a quick name change when the Sew Fast Sew Easy people decided that they own the term "stitch and bitch" and Yahoo! shut down all the groups that used the term (we thought SNB would pass, but it didn't).  The group is now called Aloha Knitters, and we still meet on Thursdays at Mocha Java, Ward Center, from 7 - 9 pm.  There's a MySpace profile for the group too. 
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Mug and French Press Jacket on: July 18, 2007 02:07:06 AM
The mug cozy is on my to-do list.  It's stunning!  Thank you for sharing the pattern.

Btw, I knitted your sushi toilet paper cozy!  I love it.  It's going to be a door prize at a family reunion.  I'm sure people will be fighting over it!
Huh? Where is this? I must see...
That tp cozy has been a popular gift item for me too!  The crochet and crochet + knit versions I designed is available free through Crochet me, and I have other free knit and crochet patterns on my blog (left sidebar, you may have to scroll down a bit).  A lot of them have been posted to Craftster (like the knit sushi tp cozy); I'm not sure how you'd find them here - maybe through my profile?
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Mug and French Press Jacket on: July 18, 2007 01:09:53 AM
Glad you all are enjoying the pattern! 

Lovely! And your pictures are so professional looking, how do you do that Huh
If you saw my photo studio setup, you probably wouldn't believe me.  It's a folding table with a cardboard lightbox*, tripod, two clamping work lights (from the hardware store), and an old bedsheet.  Oh yes, and the digital camera I got for $50 because sometimes the screen goes all funny and you have to smack the camera to get it to work again.  I took photography classes when I was in art school, and use very little of what I learned in those classes when taking photos of my projects.

Alicia Paulson had a recent post on her blog (as in, yesterday) that turned me on to eBay Photos That Sell, a book by Dan Gookin and Robert Birnbach that gives good basic info without a lot of fancy tech talk.  What Alicia demo'd in her blog post sold me.  You can find used copies for a pretty low price, too.

*instructions for a $10 DIY Macro Studio available at Strobist - please note that there is a LOT of great info and tutes on the site, spend a little time poking around!  There are other tutes and variations on how to make your own lightbox out there; I got the tip about the old bedsheet (drape over box and camera to get soft, filtered light while using bright, bright work lights) from a different tute.
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