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1  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Natural dye co-op on: April 06, 2006 02:34:18 PM
hey, this is for you business owners and designers out there--
I'm starting a handpainted yarn business and have been focusing on "socially conscious" yarns (bamboo, soy, wool when I know the sheep, yarn from women's collectives, etc) and have been researching natural dyes. The company that produces the dyes I want requires a minimum order of $350 for the first wholesale order and not only do I now have that, I don't need that much dye (enough for about 500lbs of fiber)!
Anyone interested in joining me for a co-op? I can send a price list and the company's info if you are!
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / How to negotiate custom orders with shops? on: January 05, 2006 08:18:43 PM
Hi, tomorrow morning I have a meeting with a local yarn shop to show them some of my handpainted yarns and to discuss handpainting unique colors just for them. I've thought it through tonight, but now I have questions that I can't seem to come up to an answer for:
1. we'll be coming up with colors exclusive to her shop, and this will probably require some trial and error...do I charge her for the trials? do I just ask that she purchase the yarn that I'm experimenting with? Or do I purchase it, dye it and if she doesn't like it, I sell it on etsy?
2.  What if she doesn't like the colors I have (perhaps she wants more muted or something) do I insist that I can come up with something to her satisfaction, or do I take it as a hint that she's not interested?
3. If she's purchasing the yarn and I'm charging a 'handpainting' fee...should we have some k ind of contract?
Ack! I"m sure I have more but can't come up with them-Thanks!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Anthropologie strikes again! on: October 30, 2005 01:10:21 PM
Check out this "knit kit" that they're selling! very similar to the cable purse on Craftster with some skeins of yarn!
WE should sell these to unsuspecting rich women...or give them as gifts...
4  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Hot Lava Knitalong on: October 08, 2005 04:45:46 PM
Hi! Are you knitting the Hot Lava Cardigan from our fellow craftster?...Here-
If so, knitalong with us!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My first self-designed sweater! on: August 22, 2005 06:55:36 PM
It's a mix between glampyre's boobholder and a lace pattern I found in the Spring 05 VogueKnitting. It's actually a lot more blue, not so gray.

To see more pictures, visit my blog: staralee.blogspot.com.  If you would like to know how I created it, just ask!
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Help with buss. card on: August 08, 2005 07:32:40 PM
Ok, so I have NO experience with this, but I'm trying to make my own bussiness card (b/c people keep asking, as soon as I sell some stuff I'll get a proper one)   Please be honest, brutally honest
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help with knitting zine, please on: August 08, 2005 02:03:17 PM
Hi. I'm making a zine (a real handheld one for a swap for The Gleaner yahoo group)  about knitting. I think I'm going to make it a series of zines about traditional domesticity with my first issue about knitting...so it's going to be more of an art zine than a 'knitting zine' (eg. no patterns) with articles about why I knit, knitting in the culture, knitting as rebellion, and whatever else I come up with. I'm also going to include swatches and yarn scraps.
So I'd like some help with this, if anyone has any ideas of ephemera I could add or if you want to write an article or contribute some artwork-I'd appreciate it! I can't pay for the contributions (because I'm not selling it, just swapping it) but if I choose to use your article, artwork, or if you send me some ephemera, I'll send you an issue of the zine. I can't really repay you for ideas, although I'd appreciate it!
If you have any questions-ASK!
Thanks for your help!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Another idea from anthropologie on: July 03, 2005 05:31:03 PM
Hi. Inspired by Lothruin, I looked around the site and found this sweater that I looove:
I'm thinking it could be made from the top down like Glampyre's boobholder. Any ideas about the sleeves? crochet or knit?
any help would be appreciated!
9  Ohio / Ohio: Southwest / Interest in a Dayton area crafters meetup? on: May 16, 2005 04:22:49 PM
I recently joined a Meetup group for knitters in Dayton and the organizer left and I'm considering becoming the organizer...but only if there's some interest, ya know? I'd open it up to all crafters and we'd meet somewhere convenient (a bookstore or coffeeshop that is central to all) Let me know if you're interested!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / 2 Buttonhole bags (with link to free Tutorial) on: April 16, 2005 08:22:58 PM
I found this pattern here: masondixonknitting.com and found it super simple and fun to mess around with the sizes. Here are the two I made:
The first one was made with Cascade 220 and was, in my opinion, too floppy, so you really do need bulky wool (like the pattern says) I've got it next to an Easter egg for scale:

This one was made from some yarn that I recycled from a $1 Goodwill sweater and then dyed with Berry Blastin Kool-Aid:
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