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21  Washington / Washington: West / Re: seattle fabric stores on: August 08, 2006 03:52:26 PM
Quote from: maluhia
there's a huge store in portland www.fabricdepot.com.  every other month they have all fabrics 40% off.
  << quickly scribbling notes to self >> THANKS!

Pacific Fabrics Outlet/Warehouse on 4th in SODO as mentioned above for cheaper things but it is a treasure hunt

and on my list to check out but I"ve never been to:
Designer Fabric Liquidations
Eastlake Neighborhood: 3204 Harvard Ave. E
(206) 721-7981
out-of-production and overstock fabrics

22  Washington / Washington: West / Re: Random acts of crafting in Seattle on: August 08, 2006 03:47:32 PM
Waiting for the Interurban (Fremont) and Jimmy Hendrix (Broadway/Capitol Hill) are always crying out to be 'adorned'

(however note: The Authorities do watch Jimmy closely and will take off any additions... if they catch you I guess they can be quite nasty...)

I'm thinking this town will like that sorta thing (EX: Sadako Crane Statue that people add paper cranes to - when they aren't sawing off her body parts).  Have fun you guys... hope to see some Random Acts of Crafting  Cheesy
23  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Animal [hat] ears, looking for on: August 08, 2006 03:36:07 PM

I've found the kitty hat Kitty Hat link and that covers pointy ears but I'm wondering about more round ears, like a bear or something cuddly... or that youi could put on the side like a monkey, etc.

Anyone know a pattern like that?  I'm sure it's just a more gradual, rounded decrease than the kitty-angular one but it's nice to have something already written. 

Thanks in advance,
24  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking for a hat monkey on: August 08, 2006 09:57:45 AM
Okay - this thread is a little old to catch up but today I saw this photo: boy in monkey hat link

1) it's adorable
2) idea for HT make monkey hat
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Color(s) best for swatches? on: August 04, 2006 08:38:32 AM

Wacky, silly question here:  What color or colors do you think work best for test swatches?

I know the basic answer is whatever you have in your stash that is a similar weight/product to whatever your real project will be.  However, most of what's left in my stash is expensive or earmarked for particular priojects.  I'm going to be creating some patterns (or pattern bashing/mixing) and need to try stitches (complex stiches and laces) that I have never done before, therefore I really need swatches to see what my gauge is like. So I'm going to be picking us some cheap yarn and I started wondering, hmmm... what colors would work best for pattern swatches?

For example, black and navy would probably be poor choices.  Would white or pastels be better to see design and review stitches or some medium tone color?

This isn't a quesion of great important (rather frivolous actually), more a 'huh, what do yah think?' sorta query.  Any musings would be delightful and appreciated.
26  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Labor Charges on: July 31, 2006 01:05:00 PM
do y'all keep track of your hours crafting [each item]?  I've also read where people triple their materials cost to ballpark time and labor for total price. 

thoughts?  thanks in advance
27  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Faxing: What do you do when businesses want to fax you? on: July 31, 2006 12:53:06 PM
I don't have a fax but have you heard of eFax?  www.efax.com.

I have not used them myself but I knew a coworker who used this (5+ yrs ago?) when it was free.  Looks like there are monthly or annual charges now.  So do the math for eFax vs. buying fax machine and second line.  Or if you are going to use your fax very sparingly, I think you can hook it up to your regular line when you are expecting a fax.  It is more professional to have a dedicated fax line though (and less annoying for answering unexpected faxes with squeally modem sound).

eFax assigns you a fax number routing all documents through a server; docs are delivered to analog fax machines and you receive faxes via email.

ETA: it looks like they have something called "eFax Free" under "Home & Home Office" and it of course offers an upgrade ($) to bigger packages.  It gives you a non-local fax number.  They've got plenty of fine print to read. 
28  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Business license app on: July 31, 2006 12:37:29 PM
thanks Ayn!

I talked to a friend of mine who had filled out a business license (for a completely different kind of business) and she had a good laugh.  She said that just putting "handcrafted accessories sold online" would probably suffice.  She's of the opinion that they don't really read that deeply... and I have had two other people give me similar advice (but it had been decades since they filled out their paperwork to remember exactly what they wrote).  I'm going with the descriptive but very short and sweet mentioned above.  Since this isn't going to be my new full-time gig, I'm not really sure of everything I'm going to do anyway... so I'm sure in the next year or so there will be changes of inventory.   
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: CHECK OUT new needles! on: July 20, 2006 02:45:06 PM
knit lite
I just read about these but I haven't seen any in person yet.  I'm going to my LYS soon so I'll take a peek.  Sounds very interesting.  Not sure I need a pair but...  Wink

- just when you thought you've seen everything -
30  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: VOTE : yet another naming dillema. on: July 20, 2006 09:40:35 AM
I like Saftey Off!, Disorderly Conduct and Contrary Cherry...

I guess to choose one of the above: Contrary Cherry... it sounds good - more memorable.

Good luck!

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