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11  Ohio / Ohio: Northeast / we got a forum for christmas! on: December 22, 2006 03:26:58 PM
hurrah!  merry christmas everyone!!  if anyone's in town this week, i'll be up for pints or cocoa. :-)
12  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / where to look? on: November 20, 2006 07:34:29 PM
i'm not a spinner (although i did grow up with a wheel in the house and sheep in the pasture), but i am an avid yarn junkie.  as a shopper, where's a good place for me to start looking for 100% wool yarn that's almost as fat as a thumb?  i'm thinking somthing very loose, but not anywhere close to unravelling... is it a "slub"??  when i yarn hunt i try terms like "extra bulky" but that hasn't been helpful.    is there a place, or better yet, do any of you sell handspun/hand-dyed yarn like what i'm talking about? 
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / i'm doing it!! omg, it's awesome! on: November 19, 2006 08:47:09 PM
i'm literally squealing in delight --- i'm knitting!!  i can't believe it... it was much easier than i thought it would be and omg, it even looks scarf-like, yea!  why did i wait so long to try this?  oh yeah, cause i thought i was a die-hard crocheter... who knew?    Roll Eyes


14  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / birthday beanie for hubby! on: November 05, 2006 07:24:31 PM
My dear hubby is so cute.  He watches me squirrell away with yarn for hours on end making things for everyone but us.  Once, a few years ago when he was just my boyfriend, I made him a blanket.  He was so thrilled to have his own crocheted item.  It was cute to watch him drag it around the house from couch to bed and back to couch.  

Since we just moved to colder city I thought that this year I'd make him a beanie!  I had a hank of Noro Kureopatora (they don't make it anymore... kinda a precursor to their Kureyon line) to play with so I did it.  I actually made him a birthday beanie!

It looks like this:  

halfway there by Mopped Top, on Flickr
15  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / baby hats, lots of 'em. on: October 05, 2006 09:27:11 PM
No, I'm not pregnant.  But a few of my friends are expecting little ones very, very soon.  So I've been cranking out baby hats like there's no tomorrow.  I already uploaded the pics to flickr and don't want to slam the bandwidth here, too.  So.  Pick a link, any link!

There are 6 more... but my camera batteries are charging.... and busy thinking of my next baby project.  Roll Eyes
16  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Yarn Stash on: September 30, 2006 09:18:31 AM
I go through yarn like it's a bad habit.  At the bottom of my yarn stash lived a giant pile of yarn labels from my old purchases and projects.  Well... last night, in a moment of pure geek manic, I catalogued my yarn stash.  I drafted a quick form on MS Word and printed out a bunch of copies on cardstock (leftover supply from wedding invites).  Then I sat at the kitchen table filling in the blanks and taping swatches of yarn to the sheets.  After I finished recording the details, I'd recycle the label.  All I need to do now is find a 3-ring binder and use it to store the sheets for my new Yarn Stash Catalogue.   Smiley  I'm such a yarn geek.

Each sheet records the following details about a particular yarn:
  • Yarn Name
  • Manufacturer
  • Color
  • Dye Lot
  • Weight
  • Yardage
  • Fiber Content
  • Price
  • Washing Instructions
  • Special Notes

It kicks much organizational-ass if I say so myself.  They look like this:

Yarn Stash Sheets by Mopped Top, on Flickr
 Anyhoot.  They're already super helpful to have around, so I thought I'd share them with y'all lovely craftsters.  
17  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Pricing for baby hats on: September 21, 2006 09:20:47 AM
I've been making baby hats for ages now.  Mostly I give them as gifts to my friends or family as they add to the family.  But people want to buy them and I'm trying to think of a fair price to ask.  I'm using the following calculation:

cost of material + labor (based on min. wage) = minimum price

Here's a basic hat in 100% egyptian cotton (modeled by my adorable nephew).  I can make 3 hats with 1 skein of this particular yarn and it takes about an hour and a half.  So, it'd be $1.75 +  $11.25 = $13.  I thought maybe I could sell it for $15... opinion?

And the merino wool ones that I'm being asked a price on look like this:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/moptopstumptown/249045044/in/photostream/
I can make 2 hats per skein of this particular yarn (80% brushed merino wool, 20% nylon) and it takes about an hour to complete.  So, this is at least $4 + $7.50 = $11.50.  Is $15 too much?  

Help, feedback?
18  Ohio / Ohio: Northeast / Cleveland - art & sewing resources? on: September 17, 2006 04:41:47 PM
ART SEARCH:  I'm looking for high-quality decorative papers and teach-yourself-silk-screen supplies.  So far I've only seen Michaels and I'm not too impressed. Where do you go to find your goods?

SEWING SEARCH:  I'm also toying with the idea of signing up for sewing lessons/classes somewhere.  Anyone here know of a place or a group that wants to meet up and do this?  If there isn't an offical location, I'd be happy to host a craftster group for sewing tutorials. 

Big thanks y'all!
19  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Gimpy Skull Potholder on: September 15, 2006 03:25:16 PM
I had leftover cotton yarn from making Not Your Granny's Square (http://www.flickr.com/photos/moptopstumptown/241539665/in/set-155012/) , so I decided to try the skully potholder pattern.  I made it while drinking pints with my hubby which explains why I forgot to count my stitches... he decided we should keep the gimpy one and make better ones for Christmas gifts. 

20  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / pressing suede? on: September 01, 2006 07:29:03 AM
I'm making a bag for a swap and want to crisp up the edges by pressing them with the iron... so I was testing settings on a scrap piece of the suede I'm using, and it looks um, shiny.  Any way around this?  Is there a better way to press the piece or should I leave well enough alone?
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