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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: sustainable/eco-friendly/vegan-friendly yarns + fibers on: August 29, 2006 12:36:00 AM
o.k.... here's the first update to the list (e.g. what i've missed in a year)::


As discussed in another thread, the yarn sold here is not fun fur... at least it's not much fun for the animals it's made from.  My goodness... WHY???   My first guess would be that it would take 2-3x the amount of a pelt to equal the amount of real fur yarn to acheive a density of fur that would keep you warm... unless you're knitting it up on size 35 needles... but, still...

I would definately have to put this one on the not-sustainable, not-eco-friendly, non-vegan-friendly yarn list. 

I agree that mulesing isn't an ideal practice... but where the hell is PETA on this one?!?!?!?


btw... anybody notice the name of the school where the seminar is being held?  perhaps... oy, that's just too easy!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / sustainable/eco-friendly/vegan-friendly yarns + fibers on: August 28, 2006 04:22:29 PM

I'm so glad to see so many have been interested in this topic, and sorry I've been out of commission for so long.  My apartment flooded when Katrina passed over Miami, and 2 inches of water sitting in an apartment for a week and a half without electricity kinda made it uninhabitable.   Luckily, I was able to save everything important (read, yarn and most of my record collection), but I wasn't able to live there any longer, so I've been living with the 'rents outside Chicago ever since.   

Unfortunately, I haven't been able to continue work on the list, as I've been without the research I'd already done (it's in storage along with everything else I own - including my yarn!) and without internet (unless you count dial-up with 5k/sec data transfer... ugh!) 

I've just moved to San Francisco, starting a job, and more importantly, I'm getting real internet access and my stuff out of storage!  Hopefully I'll have something to show sometime in the next 2 months or so. 

So.... just wanted to give an update and my most sincere apologies.  Plus... good luck to anyone still down in FL - hurricanes suck.


p.s.  anyone in the bay area... check out https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=117495.0
3  California / California: Central / SF House of Craft, anyone? on: August 28, 2006 03:58:41 PM
Hey all!

I've just moved to San Francisco, and I'm looking to find a place to live with some like-minded craftsters.

Although it would be great to have a craft "room," I realize that space is at a premium here... I would, however, like to have a space where I could set up a small-medium sized kiln with a 13" shelf for glass fusing/jewelry making (not pottery) without burning the house down!  I don't have the kiln yet, it's an anticipated holiday gift.  Other crafty stuff I've got: 40+ function brother sewing machine, cutting mats,  dress form, a whole box of hand and power tools, glass cutters, tile nippers, Inland diamond glass grinder, other various mosaic tools, 2 sets of straight and circular knitting needles... a ton of yarn, with enough Noro to make an entire wardrobe, and boxes of fabric, and knitting and design books galore.  Actually, I probably have more than what I've listed here, but my belongings have been in storage since I was flooded/molded out of my apartment in Miami during Katrina... I don't remember everything I had!  I'm willing to share almost everything except some of the yarn, provided anyone who uses the equipment takes good care of it.

I've gotten at least one job offer already, starting sometime in sept.  Willing to go up to $1000 for the right space, although I'd prefer to spend less on rent and more learning glassblowing over at public glass!

One final word: I've got a small, well-behaved, non-shedding, hypoallergenic bichon.  There are pics of her around here somewhere, I'll try to find the links and post them.  She loves cats, and sometimes acts more like a cat than a dog... but she's been trained not to chase your yarn when it rolls across the floor Smiley

Please reply if this sounds like a good idea to anyone... if you're looking... if you know someone else who is... or if you already have a place, even better!

4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: 1 year's hosting @ dreamhost under $10 on: July 24, 2005 04:49:18 AM
i have absolutely no clue... i would say the sooner, the better.
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: 1 year's hosting @ dreamhost under $10 on: July 19, 2005 03:29:16 PM
nope... and i do think that was related to the storm.   
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: 1 year's hosting @ dreamhost under $10 on: July 08, 2005 06:14:03 PM
well, until about 45 sec. ago, it was excellent, but now i can't seem to get into ftp.  could have something to do with this hurricane thing that's rolling in... 

otherwise, for blogs and oscommerce, it has been great - easy installation of oscommerce and wordpress, easy admin tools and access to ftp and shell - so far, i'd highly recommend. 
7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: solutions for mosquito bites? on: July 05, 2005 05:56:31 AM
witch hazel, tea tree oil, fresh aloe vera extract... not necessarily together, but whatever you have on hand.

spit works too.  i think it's the enzymes...  but you can just usually lick yr finger a little and rub it on - so people won't think you're a wierdo or anything.  unless they already know otherwise.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: sustainable/eco-friendly/vegan-friendly yarns + fibers on: July 01, 2005 05:29:04 PM
fiber_freak:: do you have any links to info on type B / sustainable australian farms?  i've spent ~half an hour googling, and have come up with a few links about Pygora goat fleeces, not really relevant...

anyhoo, it's been my opinion that (at least down here) the majority of people at the lys's know  very little about natural fibers at all, let alone what continent the wool is sourced from or what breed the fiber is sourced from, save reading directly from the label (and some don't even know what fibers are natural and what are synthetic! aargh.) 

i'd love to point people in the right direction, so any info you have would be appreciated.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: sustainable/eco-friendly/vegan-friendly yarns + fibers on: June 30, 2005 05:31:29 PM
i've been looking as much as possible for small, handspinners who work with fibres from known sources or from their own sheep; unfortunately, there aren't too many in south florida...

so... if anyone has info about or could track down phone numbers/contact info about small, preferably organic farms that don't have a real presence on the internet that i could help give some publicity or handspinners that /know/ what they're spinning /and/ dyeing with, PLEASE pass them along!!! i've spent a long time looking, but if y'all have any leads... 

about fabric:: i just posted elsewhere about a possible fabric co-op:: i'd like to get recycled PET woven fabric, but I don't think I need 150 yards.   see here https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=41480.0

but for right now, i'm planning on focusing on fiber/yarn, except for those i come across in my research.  we'll save that for august Wink

Food for thought:: Not all plant fibers are vegan:: some commercially spun knitting/weaving cotton is treated with a solution containing pig pancreas-derived enzymes... (I don't know which ones by brand yet, only some that aren't).
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: sustainable/eco-friendly/vegan-friendly yarns + fibers on: June 30, 2005 06:47:37 AM
i like the idea of stocking things and including information about their background so people can easily make an informed choice, even if it's stuff that you personally would be less likely to use.

do you mean carrying diff. animal fibers or things like acrylic/other synthetics?
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