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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Two bags on: March 30, 2012 04:45:18 PM
Knit in hand dyed t-shirt yarn, and the yellow one is lined in excess t-shirt material (I think the crafter's motto should be 'every part of the buffalo'...I don't know how many times I've said, 'Don't throw that away! I can use it to make something!). Vintage buttons 'borrowed' from my Mom's HUGE collection.

(Sorry for the fuzzy pic, I kind of needed three hands.)
2  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / T-shirt Yarn Dyeing Bonanza! on: March 30, 2012 04:40:57 PM
Finally got all my white t-shirt yarn dyed for an upcoming craft fair. Our dining room table looks like a mad scientist's laboratory! A combination of hand dyed and dip dyed in procion mx dyes.

3  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Cotton yarn in dryer without tangling? on: March 16, 2012 11:38:28 PM
I've been on a major dyeing binge this week, as I have become obsessed with making t-shirt yarn ($.45 for 35 yards? SOLD.) Is there a method anyone uses to dry appropriate yarn in the dryer without it becoming a tangled mess? Considered a garment bag, but didn't want to risk it until I got some advice. Nothing puts a damper on a yarn binge like untangling 4 skeins of wet cotton....
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / My First Craft Fair!! on: March 13, 2012 01:36:50 PM
I landed a spot at a local craft fair (YAAAAYYY!!) and it's my first one. It's a relatively small local fair, but I'm still a little nervous about all I don't know. Such as: I don't have an Etsy yet (was going to use this stock to start one, but now I'll bring it to the festival first), but it seems a wasted opportunity to NOT pass out business cards. So what the heck do I put on them? My business name and...what? Question the second: Any advice on display? I have wound ball upon wound ball of individual hand dyed yarn, and I can't really think of the best way to display them so they're visually appealing and everyone can see all the colors.

GAH! So much to learn!
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Buying fleece from farm? on: March 13, 2012 01:31:06 PM
I hope I'm posting this in the right place. Browsed around, and landed here!

I'm lucky enough to live in Indiana and be surrounded by farms full of alpaca. I was wondering if it's possible/how to go about buying fleece or top directly from the farms? Has anyone done this before and what should I expect? Thanks in advance!
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Bowie Collage on: March 12, 2012 08:00:45 PM
After having 'Under Pressure' stuck in my head all week during midterms, I decided to make the little ear worm into some art. Mixed media, oil pastels, acrylic, paper. Still new to the forum, so here's the link instead of a picture! (Hope I linked it correctly...)

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Blocking bamboo advice on: March 02, 2012 03:16:08 PM
I have just finished knitting a gorgeous, drapey tunic top from DROPS http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/en/pattern.php?id=4011&lang=en using a 100% bamboo ribbon yarn. (P.S. - bought it at Mass Ave Knits in Indy, which has an ENTIRE room of yarn marked $4 a skein!)

So I've finished it up, and it's a little too big. Not so big that it's unwearable, because it's kind of oversized anyway. But I'm a bit nervous about blocking it, as I've never worked with bamboo before. Some people have said it blocks great, and others have said it 'swells', which could make this gorgeous project of mine turn into something way too big to wear. Anyone have any experience or advice to share before I block?
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