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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: *update* monster hat and scarf *now with tute* on: October 17, 2007 07:34:46 PM
I usually just look and dont reply but this is FABULOUS.  I am going to try to loom knit it.  Thank so much for the pattern.  great job Grin Grin
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Anyone make things like this??? on: October 10, 2007 02:31:42 PM
Here is a pattern for one done on a knitting board. 
http://www.isela.typepad.com/
It is on I sela Phelps blog.  She is one of the stars of the loom knitting world.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Anyone make things like this??? on: September 28, 2007 06:35:43 PM
Kellytubbie, can we see a pic?  Or are you scared we'll make a knock off of it Grin
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Anyone make things like this??? on: September 25, 2007 06:51:16 PM
The Yahoo Knifty Knitter group I am a member of has been discussing this scarf thing for a while now.  I wish you could read them all.  Its kinda funny.

I love the idea of making them for Christmas presents and attaching the web address.

Also, if they "use no electricity", do they knit with no lights and no running water.   Tongue

I use a Knifty Knitter knitting board and the stitch these are made in is the simplest stich there is for a knitting board.  And (no offense to KK knitter - I love my KKs) but even a trained monkey could knit with a knitting board.  The hardest part is the buttonholes.

I have had cars that costs less than this scarf.  You have to admit though that "Pidge" is a cute word.  It probably means "F U" in some obscure culture that worships goats. Wink

I am going to Micheals tomorrow and every week until Christmas and buy one of every color of the new Bernat Cashmere yarn  (actually it was on sale for like $2.79) and make one for everyone.

If I make one, I post a pic.  LaShawn
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: An Underselling Discussion: crafting problem everywhere... on: September 18, 2007 10:22:02 AM
I have given up selling on-line because it is not worth it.  People just do not want to pay what things are worth.  Now, I strictly sell at craft shows and through family and friends. I find I do really well at craft shows and have plenty of time between shows to make more of something and add new things.

Most of the time for my pricing, I look at the cost of materials and add a reasonable amount.  It seems like a lot of times, if my materials are inexpensive it takes more time whereas if my materials are more expensve there is less time involved.  I never give myself a wage per hour because it always takes me twice as long to make the first one of anything.  For example, pre-quilted fabric is very expensive but it will only take me about an hour to make a purse versus buying less expensive fabric and quilting it myself takes a few hours.

Plus, a lot of crafters do not consider the cost of overhead. Such as electricity to run sewing machine, lights, oven or whatever.  I also purchase most of my supplies on sale or in bulk and can sell for less than others.  And I will not make and sell very big things (bed spreads, sweaters, afghans, quilts, etc.) because you will very rarely be able to get your cost and time out of it.  I have had several request to make bed-sized quilts and refuse because it is too time consuming. 

Maybe crafters need to strike or revolt.  I dont know but I really think my prices are fair but I will not make anything that I have to price "high" to get my money out of it.  Maybe we need a universal pricing guide for crafters.  I do try to match my prices to what others are selling at a craft show.
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Would anyone wear this? on: September 18, 2007 09:48:28 AM
Very pretty.  I would wear it (if I wore jewelry) Cheesy
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Simply Soft Quick versus Lion Brand Big on: September 12, 2007 01:35:30 PM
I am getting the same gauge but it does not look as tight knit as the photo in the book.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Simply Soft Quick versus Lion Brand Big on: September 12, 2007 10:02:34 AM
I am working on the Pink Elephant Purse from the book 100 Purses to Knit and Crochet.  The pattern calls for Super Bulky yarn (6).  It also says the model was made with Lion Brand Big.  I couldnt get Big so I got SS Quick.  So far it seems like my elephant is WAY too floppy.  Has anyone out there used these yarns?  Can anyone give me advice on what the problem is or is it supposed to be that way?  TIA  LaShawn
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Softening Red Heart on: September 12, 2007 09:57:10 AM
Most things I make are made of acrylic.  I just wash it by itself on gentle with fabric softener in the rinse.  Then dry on low heat.  I use red Heart a lot.  I bought some super cheap acrylic at Micheals ($3 for a one pound ball).  I eventually made an afghan for a Christmas present with it.  the whole time I was crocheting with it I was praying it would soften.  It was so stiff it almost stood up by itself.  After a wash and dry, it was so soft you would swear it was a wool blend (like Wool-ease).  Good luck.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: always check gauge :( : sweater on: September 08, 2007 07:41:33 PM
that is so cute.  I like to look at all the (regular sized) sweaters people knit and wish I had a body that would fit the deminsions in a knitted sweater.  I could totally make these and not feel bad that it didnt look right on me.  You should make a mini of one of those really fitted sweaters (with a huge bust and tiny waist).  Those are the sweaters I want to knit for myself but unfortunately my deminsions are the opposite.   ::)A tiny bust and huge waist dont look so hot in a fitted sweater.  Still love this and the hats and cant wait to see more.  Smiley LaShawn
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