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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: More Yarn, Less Art - Knitting Photography *IMAGE HEAVY* on: January 12, 2006 03:54:46 PM
Beautiful!  I'm not a photographer, but I take pictures of my knitting for my blog, and I usually get frustrated trying to photograph the feel of the yarn.  So I am super impressed by how you've captured the texture of the yarns.

You ask if non-knitters would be interested, and I think many would.  Have you ever taken a non-knitter into a yarn shop?  Even if they have no interest in learning to knit, they'll stare at the colors and poke at the textures.  They'll whine about wanting to buy something but not knowing what to do with it.  Your pictures seem to be a good compromise--yarn for non-crafters--a way to buy the yarn without feeling guilty for never turning it into something else.

As for purchasing--if I didn't buy those pictures it would have more to do with my lack of funds than my lack of desire. Smiley
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: how do you let a muggle down nicely when they ask you to knit something? on: January 12, 2006 03:45:52 PM
I have to admit, I do feel a good deal of pride when someone asks me to knit them something.  And I wish that my family would be a little more upfront about asking for what they'd like--I like knitting for them, but I don't want to put in the time for something they won't use.  That said, when folks I'm not as close to ask me to make them something, I'm just real upfront with how much my time and supplies cost.  Even something simple, like a felted Sophie bag, would take me about 8-10 hours.  So I tell them that if I was getting paid $10 an hour, that would be $80-$100.  Add in the $7 for the yarn.  Usually I just laugh and make some joke about how they can't afford me--and when they're faced with a number they're not willing to shell out, then they seem pretty comfortable backing down.

Then they go away impressed by the effort I put into my own knitting, and I go away with a swelled ego for thinking that my knitting is envy-able.  And that's the way it should be, right?
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Stash Swap Gallery on: September 05, 2005 03:53:14 PM
Wow!  I have a fast partner and a fast mailman!  My package made it from Italy to Indiana in just about a week... and here are the goodies:

First, a crocheted bikini and wrap coverup-skirt.  The wrap is a full half-circle, but I couldn't fit it all in the picture.  Modeled by my porch, because if I modeled it there'd be a bit more of me on the internet than I'd like. Smiley  But lots of fun.  I knit, but don't crochet, so I love just looking at the stitches!

And the rest--a tote bag with a cute deer, a crocheted hat that will get much use as the fall temperatures drop (and it stretches to fit over all my curly hair!), two necklaces (the blue one has a shell bead in the middle, and one with a black cord has the most adorable whale bead), and a pair of earrings.  And she threw in a few bits of indi-made soaps that smell wonderful.  After spending a warm day in my mailbox all the items smell like the soaps, very yummy.

I was super surprized to get this package so soon, and I love all the goodies in it.  Thank you, lucertola!  Your package should be complete by the end of this week.  I hope the mail moves as quickly eastward as it did westward!
4  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: YARN DYEING 101 - KOOL AID on: August 22, 2005 07:00:52 AM
What sort of pattern did you lay the yarn out in? Did you just dye the skein a different color in each half/quarter?

The key to self striping is winding a hank long enough that one time around will knit through the whole stripe pattern.  To figure out how long it'll need to be, decide how many stitches you'll need to get a stripe the thickness you want (this was sock yarn, so I wanted a three line stripe that would go around 50 stitches--150 wraps.  And I wanted two colors, so take that times 2, 300 wraps.  Then I put two chairs out so that winding around them would make a hank that size.  Rather, I tried to use two chairs, but my apartment was too small.  So I had to use an extra chair to turn the corner down the hall...

I wound my yarn around this setup, tied it in lots of places so it wouldn't tangle, and dyed half in orange and half in red.

Does that kind of make sense, or is a proper tutorial in order?
5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Stash Swap (Sign up 8/10/05 - 8/24/05 Send by 9/21/05) on: August 19, 2005 04:18:22 PM
Ta Da!  Post number 15... now I can join in!  My stash is definitly in need of some thinning, and this looks like fun.  I'm off to sign up...
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: well we all cant make uber awesome projects...so on: August 19, 2005 09:57:28 AM
Great job... you're inspiring me to getting around to learning to crochet.  At first I thought your coaster was a part of the book's picture, it looks so good!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: dead kitty cat hat! :D on: August 19, 2005 09:53:11 AM
Ha!  What a great color.  Reminds me of a bright orange sweatshirt my brother wears when he wants to be particularly fashion-un-concious.  But your brother does a pretty good job of pulling it off. Smiley
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Bunnies wear pearls, right? on: August 19, 2005 09:47:44 AM
That turned out so cute, especially with the little shrug!
9  UNITED STATES / Indiana / Fort Wayne? on: August 18, 2005 02:49:25 PM
So, how about it?  Anyone from around Fort Wayne?
10  UNITED STATES / Indiana / Re: Unique Stores in Indiana on: August 18, 2005 02:48:05 PM
Two of my favorite yarn stores:

Mass Ave Knit Shop in Indianapolis--huge shop, they have everything, and if you can think of something they don't have then they can tell you where to get it.  Comfy shop, too.

The Shuttle Shop in Warsaw--small store, but the inventory changes a lot, and Cathy (the owner) will bend over backwards to help you or will sit around and chat about patterns and projects.
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