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11  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / What's a fair price to offer for knitting classes? on: October 05, 2009 09:54:09 PM
  I think this happens to everyone who does any kind of craft, but at least once a day, someone at work, or on the train home, or at the dog park or the coffee place will say to me, "Ooh, I wish I could knit!" and I thought today, I could start teaching a very small, very low key, knitting class!
   My only problem is how much to charge. I think I would be buying the supplies, to keep things uniform as far as gauge and stuff, but I work at a crafts store so I get a good discount. I was thinking of teaching 8 classes of about two hours each. Do you think 30$ or so per person, per 'course' is too much? How much would you be willing to pay? I feel like I'm experienced enough with most knitting techniques to be able to cover them. (the popular stuff anyways.)
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Ruffle-y Cardigan! on: September 29, 2009 06:48:05 PM
Hello again!
  After completing my first ever knitted sweater, I got the urge to do something a little more complicated. I work at a Michaels, (hate the job, love the discount,) and we always have the crafting magazines at the counter, which I read while I'm supposed to be working. I fell in love with the Maple Street Cardigan pattern in the Fall issue of Interweave Knits, and I had to see if I could do it for myself. I was a little intimidated, because
    A) It came out of a magazine, with glossy pages and everything, and it looked very serious and had other projects with intimidating things like charts and lace and cables, and
   B) The ruffles looked insanely complicated. (They really aren't. They're just increases. But they look hard.)
   So I got to work! The raglan set up was plenty familiar, I got the whole thing done in about three weeks, and then did the ruffles. The stockinette curled up. I blocked it. I thought it looked better. I ran out to where my fiance was playing World of Warcraft and  asked him what he thought. He managed to pull himself away from the screen, looked at it, and said,
     "The ruffles make it look kind of....genital-ish."
     And went back to his game.
     I ended up having to sew the ruffles to make them stay down. But stay down they now do! I still have to block it once more and trim the danglies. But I'm pretty proud of it.


     It still looks 'handmade' (I think use needles that are just way too big and make things too chunky,) and by the time I had gotten to the ribbing I was so excited that I was making mistakes all over!


     Close up of the ruffles, and the buttons I got at work. There's a G-Street fabric near us, but I'm always too intimidated to go in there- that's where real knitters go to get their buttons, and I'm just a n00b.


     It fits! (pardon my pudge, lol.) I ended up wearing it to the dog park tonight, then instantly regretting it when Rosco the boxer kicked mulch all over it. (I lint rollered it all off.)

     Thanks for looking! If you see any mistakes I made or any way I could've knitted it better, please let me know! I'd love to improve. Smiley     

13  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First-Ever Knitted Sweater! on: September 18, 2009 11:47:34 AM
  I've been knitting since I was six, (my grandma taught me,) but never really made anything but garter-stitch scarves until I was in high school, where I advanced to garter stitch hats.  Recently, I've dived back in, and gotten much more into knitting, much to my Grandma's delight. I finally finished my first real live sweater project and wanted to share with anyone who will hold still long enough.

    Here it is!!!! I wish I had thought a little before I went ahead with those colors- we both love the red/blue color combination, but I think it's a little better on upholstery then it is on actual clothes.  My sister loved it though. I took the picture before I finished weaving in the ends and blocking it, so it dosn't have little danglies coming off of it anymore.

     Thanks for looking!  Grin
14  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / first batch of CP soap!!!!!!! on: July 11, 2009 08:17:04 AM
  So I was too intimidated for the longest time to make actual soap from scratch. I was convinced that I, or my boyfriend, or my dogs, would end up covered in lye burns or my kitchen would be on fire. But a couple of weeks ago, after lots of research, I donned a raincoat, goggles, two pairs of rubber gloves, and some wellies, and made some soap!

   I used vegetable oil, olive oil, and crisco. It was all I had on hand. Getting it to trace took about three hours of stirring. Then I added some vanilla and cream cheese frosting scent. Here it is in its (ziploc container,) mold, all ready to harden!

    The really yummy cake scent faded really badly, but it's definitely my fault. I left them out in the air for three hours while I was stirring and then didn't cover the soap well enough while it was hardening. So It smells very faintly like vanilla now that it's finished. It looked really horrendous about three days in.

    I'm thinking the next batch I make, I'll make plain soap FIRST, and then a day or two later rebatch it to make sure the scent dosn't change. Especially since some of my favorite scents are 'not good for CP soap.'  It looks a lot less gross now that's it's all hardened and cured, but it's still pretty fugly-

     But it's real soap! It unfortuneately makes a really ugly brown lather, but I think I added too much fragrance/ didn't mix it well enough so it's all runny. But I've been using it in the shower and it's got a really nice, rich, silky lather and it's great for shaving. It's a little drying, cause I didn't add any supefatting ingredients, but it's real honest to goodness soap! I've been taking it to work and showing anyone who will stand still long enough, "Look! It really bubbles!" lol.
15  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / First Soaps! on: May 07, 2009 06:32:34 PM
   My younger sister is turning five, and my parents are throwing her birthday party at the Baltimore Aquarium. (Lucky.)  My mom asked for some help throwing some goody bags together, so I made 'ocean critters in a bag' soap, inspired by the goldfish soap tutorial featured a couple of months ago.

     Here's  what I have so far- (My internet is being crazy, I hope linking these is okay!)


    Group shot! I have- a Killer Whale, a Dolphin, a Shark, a Lobster, and an Octopus. I also had  a frog, but I scrapped him, as the soap/frog ratio was too low and he was bellyup and poking out of the top of the soap. Not cute.

      Here's the shark:


      And the octopus! He's my favorite, I love octopi. (I might just keep him.)


     I've never made soap before, so feel free to rip these apart! Thanks for looking! Smiley
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