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1  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!

2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / 1 year's hosting @ dreamhost under $10 on: June 24, 2005 07:19:27 PM
i've been digging around for new hosting and finally decided on dreamhost [it was a tossup btwn them and lunarpages] mostly due to reviews from craftster... thanks guys!

but the most super-di-duper part was that in the brief "should i really push the button and spend $120 on hosting, or should i try to set up my own server and spend the money on yarn instead" period of indecisiveness, i googled "dreamhost reviews" and came across a promo code that gives you ONE YEAR of their not-too-shabby base plan for $.77 a month - a grand total of $9.24, to be exact.  so if you're in the market, the code for their 7 year anniversary promo is ... "777".

and they give you a new domain name, and will host two others you already have too.  yay!

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / sustainable/eco-friendly/vegan-friendly yarns + fibers on: June 21, 2005 05:26:50 AM
hey all~

being the treehugger that i am, and a rabid knitter, i've decided to compile a list of yarns and fibers that i can use in good conscience, and maybe someday open my own oys/lys.  i'm looking for help in finding some of the smaller operations out there that produce sustainable knitting products.  here are my criteria:

1.  products contain NO acrylic, rayon, nylon, polyamide, mercerized cotton, ramie, microfiber
       [or any other synthetic fibers produced to the detriment of the environment]
2.  any animal products obtained without cruelty
3.  organic practices preferable: don't necessarily require certification... no conventionally grown cotton content!
4.  recycling is good.
5.  fair trade is really good [eg Manos, Rio de la Plata, Malabrigo, Pachuko, Himalaya]
6.  minimal processing and eco-friendly dying are really good.

i've already got a list of 160 yarns that may fit the bill, and think that i've got all the large companies covered [SW trading company, Cascade, Classic Elite, etc.] and some of the smaller companies too, but if anyone has worked with fibers from any other operations and fallen in love, pass it on!

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / happy puppy's lovely cute style on: April 17, 2005 01:23:09 PM
here are a few objects i've made for Annabelle, my little bichon rescue.

she likes to sneak out of the apartment into the parking lot, so this is her equivalent of an orange construction vest. made from leftover lion's brand thick -n-quick from when i retaught myself to knit.

since hurricane season is about to start up, i made Annabelle a new tropical print rain
jacket.  i based the shape on the sweater, and used $1/yard water repellant fabric from wal-mart  for the top, and fleece for the lining.  so far, it's worked - although she still doesn't want to be outside when it's raining; guess i need to make her a matching hat.

Anna has really bad food allergies, and always chomps herself raw in response.  our apartment complex also has a few stray cats, one of whom loves Anna a bit too much and gave her fleas, to which she is also highly allergic... so i had to shave her down to nothing, and discovered that she had been chewing herself raw again.  to keep her from chomping on her paws, i decided to make a little puppy hug... it took maybe an hour to knit up and finish.  i've tried making her booties and legwarmers, but she's always managed to take them off; i'm hoping that she won't be able to get these off as easily.

5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / making bamboo handles on: March 23, 2005 12:29:59 PM
has anyone ever attempted to make their own bamboo handles?  i know that the floral departments of some craft stores have packs of treated bamboo for $6, and I have friends with stands of bamboo taking over their yards.

 i would guess that soaking the stalks and then bending them into shape (and keeping them that way while they dry) would provide the proper shape, but does anyone know if they would need to be treated before/after they were dry?

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