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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Tea bag wrappers (foil-paper) on: November 03, 2006 10:33:25 AM
Okay... I've been drinking a lot of Stash tea (red aka rooibos if anyone cares).  They pack their tea bags in little foil backed paper packets.  I've been considering finding loose tea so I wasn't throwing out so much unrecycleable packaging (guilt, guilt, guilt) but then I thought, maybe I can do something with them?

I'm not interested in the outside packaging.  The label isn't very interesting to me - unlike how some craftsters save candy wrappers FOR the logo.  So I'm really looking at what I could do with the foil-side but am open to any suggestions.  Also the foil can be removed from the paper (with a lot of patience, I think - have yet to completely remove all paper from foil).  When you open them up flat they are about 2.5" wide x 5" long.

I'm sure I could make wrapper bracelet/rings but I'm not very interested in that though.  Any ideas?

Thanks in advance!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Red Scarf Project - Charity Knitting on: September 15, 2006 09:02:56 AM

Sorry if this should go in Crafts For Good Not Evil instead, since it is knitting-specific I thought it might be better here.  I saw this posted at KnittingHelp and thought folks here might be interested too.

Red Scarf Project 2007 web page
The Red Scarf Project, a project of the Orphan.org, collects red scarves (and other unisex colors) to send in Valentine's Day care packages to college students who have aged out of foster care. These brave young people are going it on their own and trying to improve their lives and the community by attending college. The care packages are welcome tokens of encouragement to young people who otherwise receive little to no mail. Your scarf should be soft (any material), unisex design, and approximately 60 inches long by 5 to 8 inches wide. Machine washable is a plus, but it is not absolutely necessary.

The scarves are shipped to Orphan Foundation of America in January so they can be distributed for Valentine's Day.

This sounded like a neat idea to me.  And let's face it, it's one more reason to buy yarn! Wink And I like the idea that I could work on it over the next few months; there's no rush.

Anyone else in?  Check out the website (link above) for Red Scarf Project 2007 Headquarters.

Knitter who attended 2006 boxing party blog report  (yummy scarf pictures)
Orphan Foundation of America
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / PayLoadz - anyone using? (not Paypal) on: August 18, 2006 02:14:58 PM
So here and there I've stumbled upon PayLoadz (payloadz.com) an electronic file delivery system that works with PayPal.  It will automatically deliver pdf documents (like patterns) once PayPal receives payment.

I figure this might be really good for me as I *think* I will be using PayPal as my estore shopping cart.

I'm just wondering if anyone is using it currently, what your thoughts are and what kind of account you have (ex: basic/free, monthly fee, or merchant percentage)?

Thanks in advance 
4  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,
5  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.
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Return policies? on: July 13, 2006 04:30:52 PM
I'm looking into starting an online business (maybe expanding to fairs, etc. in the future but for now online only) for knit and sewn items.  Most items would be one-of-a-kind with a few continually-produced/custom order things too.   

What - if any - return policies do you all use?  I'm especially interested in folks who sell crafts online but in-person/brick and morter examples are welcome too.

Thanks in advance,
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