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1  UNITED STATES / New Mexico / forming an Abq Craft Guild on: April 12, 2006 05:36:31 PM
There are several of us around town and some in my stitch n bitch group have been talking about forming oun own Albuquerque-based crafting guild and hosting our own renegade craft fair.

There are specific guilds for spinning and weaving as well as one for knitting but we're hoping for a younger, more general craft group. Sort of in the vein of the "Austin Craft Mafia" or the "Church of Craft".

Along with offering booths for our Etsy members we're hoping to sponsor fun competitions like "Ugliest first scarf", "Oldest Work in Progress", fun things like that instead of the ubercompetitive submissions they have at the fiber fiesta and state fair. 

We want to put the FUN back in Craft!

You're welcome to come by our Stitch n Bitch group - meets on Tuesdays from 7 pm to 9 pm at the Flying Star on Rio Grande Blvd.
The stitch n bitch group weblog is:  http://abqsnb.blogspot.com/
The Snb yahoo group is: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/abqsnb/

Or at the "Knitters not Quitters" group which meets on Saturdays from noon to 3 pm at Napoli Coffee on Carlisle.
The KnQ yahoo group is:

There's also a Knit Night group that meets on Tuesdays from 5 to 7 pm at the Satellite Coffee shop on Central directly across from the UNM Bookstore.
This is their Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/albuquerqueknitnight

I've run across a few others around but those are the three I've been to.

If you're interested in getting together about the guild or specific Etsy stuff I'm going to be at Napoli this Saturday for a few hours. Email me at nolnoodle@comcast.net and we can get together.

Oh, and children are welcome at the Napoli group!  There's been questions about that since we try to keep the Flying Star kid-free so the moms can have a night off to let their hair down and use their potty mouths.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / My Heated Hedgehog Habitat on: December 05, 2005 09:08:03 AM
Hello!  I made this about three years ago for my (then) baby hedgehog but it's been a sort of ongoing DIY project. 

Basically I made it with a few Sterlite organizer bins, plastic-coated closet organizer shelves, ferret tubes, and a soldering wand.  It used to have a third bin as a second story but I got worried the climbing was too hard for her so I just covered that hole with duct tape. She's not even remotely interested in escaping so that's all I needed to do. 

I posted a lot more info about it on my weblog. http://www.egeltje.org/archives/diy_hedgehog_habitat.php

This fall I changed the way I regulate the temperature using reptile cage heaters on a rheostat now instead of turning on human heating pads whenever it seemed too cold.  She's much MUCH happier and more active with a consistent temperature.
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Setting the twist for silk blend? on: November 15, 2005 12:40:32 PM
Hey guys!  I'm spinning the most beautiful kitchen sink batts of dark brown kid mohair, orange merino, and white silk.  Beautiful stuff that looks like Sweet Potatoes with marshmallows.   Here's a photo I took the other day:

Isn't this stuff great?  I got it on ebay Smiley

So I'm about done now and started wondering if I should do something different to set the twist!  I usually drop the yarn in a bath of really hot water (I like the yarn to felt just a little) and baby lavender shampoo then rinse it with warm water and hang it to dry.  But I was thinking, what if the silk shrinks? 

What do you guys think?  Should I set it in cool to warm water ?  This is my first time spinning non-animal fibers so I'm a bit leery about how well the silk bits will hold the twist.  Maybe I should've done it on my wheel but for some reason this yarn wanted to be spun on the drop spindle instead.

Any suggestions?
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Reversible Autumny Hat on: November 05, 2005 04:04:49 PM
I spun some beautiful Autumnal roving from Hello Yarn about a month ago

Then last week I knit it into a big hat.

It's sort of a beret, sort of a tam, or dredsack kind of thing.  I dunno.  It's a variation on the page boy hat from stitch diva. 

I like it a lot Smiley

I have a bunch more photos and info on my blog http://www.egeltje.org/archives/jaunty_warm_hat.php

and flickr set http://www.flickr.com/photos/littlehedgehog/sets/1300070/
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Pets and Crafts Pics Flickr group on: October 18, 2005 06:28:30 PM
Surely I'm not the only crazy person who likes taking photos of her pets and crafts together!  So I started a Flickr group.

Please come post your pics and make me feel a little less insane in my hobby.


6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My So-called Set on: October 14, 2005 03:53:58 PM
I didn't have enough yarn leftover from making my so-called scarf to make a hat but I wanted to use the yarn up.  So I cast on 16 stitches and followed the pattern until it was wide enough to go around my head and made a headband / earwarmer.

I was worried it was going to be too small for my friend or that it was going to stretch out over time so I added two eyelets to three alternating "purl" rows towards the end and sewed on some wooden beads I got at an estate sale to use as buttons.  So all three rows can be buttoned or they can be changed to make it a bit wider.  It would probably make a good small neckwarmer too.

Oh I used two skeins of Manos and alternated the skeins every other row.  I can't get over how the colors change in different light.

But I wrote more about that on my blog Smiley http://www.egeltje.org

And in case you haven't seen the pattern this is it:  http://www.sheepinthecity.prettyposies.com/archives/000079.html
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / kitten mittens (pic intensive) on: October 08, 2005 12:43:39 AM
The biggest challenge for knitting stuff for my niece and nephew has been finding something that San Diego kids will actuall be able to use.  Well, it turns out the one year old niece likes playing with mittens.  So I knit her a little pair.  But added a twist.

I had such a great time making these up.  I'll be posting the pattern for it and the little stuffed bear scarf (see below) on my weblog (http://www.egeltje.org) sometime this weekend.

Oh I also knit a fun Sloppy Slubby Scarf out of some yarn I spun last week Smiley

But I think I like the kitten mittens best Cheesy
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / knitty mascot rabbit has passed away on: August 28, 2005 05:54:19 PM
According to KnittingFrau's weblog (http://knittingfrau.blogspot.com/) Amy Singer's pet bunny, Newton (featured on their website here:  http://knitty.com/rabbit.html ), has passed away at a very respectable twelve years old.

I'll never forget the photo of Newton wearing the knit nosewarmer as a hat. 

I know knitty has provided a lot of inspiration for online knitters and thought you all might want to know and take a moment to remember the bunny.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cream beaded Merino "X" Scarf on: August 26, 2005 11:00:56 AM
I won this gorgeous handspun merino plied with beaded string on ebay but there was only 100 yards so I decided to make a small version of the "crossover scarf" on knitty gritty (http://www.diynet.com/diy/na_knitting/article/0,2025,DIY_14141_3520331,00.html).  I was also thinking about that article on summer scarves in the summer Vogue Knits - there was the same drop stitch crossing method for one of those scarves.  So I thought I'd give it a try. 

It's a neat method and looks a lot more complicated than it really is.  This yarn is sooooo soft.  Kind of hard to see the beads.  There aren't too many, just enough to add some interest.

I posted more about the scarf and my first attempts at spinning on my website too!

(oh, wanted to add that I knit this on 8s rather than the larger needles in the pattern)
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Nouveau Poncho on: August 19, 2005 07:27:42 PM
I have such the love hate thing for Fiesta Rayon Boucle.  Fiesta has an outlet store here and it was my first non chain, LYS experience.  I love how finished objects look and feel when they're made from the boucle but its grabbiness with itself yet incomparable ability to slide off needles drives me crazy while I'm knitting with it or rolling it into a ball. 

I finally managed to use the last of it in my stash to make the Stitch Diva Nouveau Poncho.

These aren't the best pictures.  I hadn't been up very long and Mr. Photographer man was impatient and wanted to go get food.

It was knit in the round on us 13s and the beaded fringe mentioned in the pattern.. (http://www.stitchdiva.com/ProductInfo.aspx?productid=SDS-007)  let's just say that didn't work out.  I wrote all about what happened on my blog

It's fun to wear and very soft though!!  Hope you like it!
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