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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Purple neck brace on: December 10, 2007 02:44:10 PM

I meant to make something like this smaller tapered neck warmer, but it came out a lot bigger, with a fun (and warm) fold-over asymmetrical collar thing. I like it!

The scarf is just a long triangle, with two buttons tied together to make a cuff-link type fastener (reversible, movable). I posted a pattern on my website, but it's really easy to wing it.

2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Financial advice for anti-authoritarian types? on: October 18, 2007 05:04:15 PM
I'm hoping there are some crafty punks, rebels and feminists out there who have tips about personal finance and entrepreneurship. I'm alright, but I'm trying to really understand money and my finances as a self-employed person.

The problem is that like a lot of DIY/crafty self-employed sorts, I REALLY don't relate to mainstream, corporate money books. They are all about how to play the capitalist game (get rich!), with no info on what a gal might want to do if she thinks that game is stupid and wants to do better. No discussion of the ethics or politics of money and how to apply that to your life. No discussion of the role of money, capitalism, and current markets in oppression, no criticism or challenges.

The few money books I've found that claim to be at least feminist (e.g., The Anti 9-to-5 Guide, Women & Money) talk about pretty lite feminist topics like "is it harder for moms to have jobs?", or only cover really basic topics like not spending more than you make.


Does anybody know of an anti-authoritarian resource about understanding money or business that comes with some historical and ethical context? Anti-oppression economic analysis or something? I don't care if it is a bestselling advice book, a blog, an out of print zine, a German-only textbook or what. Even better search terms would help.

OK thanks!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Face warmer? Surgical mask? A link to a free pattern. on: September 25, 2006 12:19:05 PM

I've noticed masks and gags popping up in fashion shoots and record covers a lot recently, and I'm getting a little obsessed. Masks can mean many things!

This one is cuddly cotton, and mostly meant for warmth and ninja style. But I immediately wanted to make one in lace, as more of a seductive veil, and another more political version (censorship, spying and secrecy, oh my!).

Free pattern on my website. The straps sit behind your ears (like glasses, kind of), so it doesn't interfere with your hair. And did I mention it is cozy? It is really cozy, and makes kissing *hilarious*.
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Twisted chokers - one spacey, one fit for a unicorn on: May 10, 2006 02:47:10 PM
This is my first attempt at making jewelry. I've been wearing this first necklace a lot, which makes me excited to exploit the rest of my massive stash of beads and oddments.

It's just silver wire with intermittent beads, wrapped around a cord. I added one extra twist of wire to make one of the blue bobbles stick out. More details and a close-up on the blog.

I made a second version, but it turned out not at all my style. I call it Bride Of The Unicorn.

I can't remember what I was intending it to look like, but I don't think "grapes made of pearls" figured into the plan. Oops!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Jellyfish dress from bedsheet on: April 02, 2006 02:13:27 PM
I've been obsessed with dressing like a jellyfish since I watched a deep sea documentary a few months ago (while hopped up on cold medicine). This is my first foray into jellyfish couture, made out of an old bedsheet (fitted single size):

I started with a big tube and gathered it with elastic at each end, to make the main skirt. Then I added a ruffle, and the weird bodice, et voila! My very own puffy body with ruffles and streamers. There are more complete instructions over at The Pearl of Civilization, but be warned that I am underschooled in the ways of sewing, so the fit and fastenings are pretty kooky.

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Putting the fun in funfur on: January 13, 2006 09:41:12 PM
Ah, orange fun fur. The perfect accessory for lounging around in the evening?

This is just .2 meters of the most glorious, long-haired ridiculousness that i've ever encountered, sewn into a tube. $3, 5 minutes, instant entertainment for me.

I didn't hem the ends because they were selvedges. This would double as a convenient hand warmer if the scarf were longer (my coy pose was meant to demonstrate this important feature). I see a proper muff scarf in my future!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / top-down bust shaping help... short rows? on: October 26, 2005 12:01:10 AM
hello helpful craftsters!

i'm about to embark on my first top-down sweater, but i can't visualize how to add bust darts. (you may be familiar with my frequent crafty rants about my rack.) it seems like short row darts would point in the wrong direction when worked top-down... can anybody offer advice or an alternate method?

8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Hometown Heroes Swap Gallery on: January 31, 2005 08:17:41 PM
For to show off our mix cds and crafty goodies featuring specific hometowns!

9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / mail art experimental results on: January 17, 2005 06:15:46 PM
hey swappers,

i saw this report on success in mailing ridiculous objects in the annals of improbable research. basically, it is an empirical look inside the timeless question, "what will the mail carrier think?"

also it is pretty funny Smiley
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Hometown Heroes Music Swap (SIGNUP closed; MAIL BY 1-Feb-2005) on: January 02, 2005 11:00:46 AM
Swap name: Hometown Heroes Music Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: ookpik
Sign-up date range: 2-Jan-2005 - 16-Jan-2005
Date to send item by: 1-Feb-2005

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No.

Non-U.S. participants allowed? Yes.

All ages allowed? Or 18+? All ages.

Organizer is aware of current list of "suspended traders"
list and will not allow those members to participate: YES

Organizer has been a member for at least 1 month and will
make sure that every participant has been a member for
at least 1 month: YES

Details of swap:
We will make and trade crafty mix CDs featuring music from our hometowns, plus one or two crafty items showcasing an element of our hometown culture. This is a chance to promote great local artists, musicians, zines, fashion designers and crafters from your town or area! I'll try to match people up based on musical tastes.

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of the US?
What is your hometown (if different from mailing address)?
What kinds of music are you interested in receiving? Not interested in?
What kinds of music will you likely put on your hometown mix CD?


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.
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