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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Procrastination Station: Get Motivated! Never too late to join! on: November 25, 2006 12:44:12 AM
Oh man oh man oh man.  Count me in!


-gift for SIL (ugh. decide on a pattern and get mats) (dec 15)
-project for planeride home (30 hour and minimal weight/room left! whoo!) (dec 3)
-totoro for friend (Jan 15)
-design/create r2d2 bag
-scifi themed wristbands(Dec 10)
-wrist/armwarmers/gauntlets for MIL (Dec 15)
-doggie boots/legwarmers for friend (jan 1)
-housewarming gift for friend.. afgan maybe? (dec 10)

wow. this list seems.. minimal.  Ah, I'm forgetting the non craft related stuff (heh, now that's a whooollle other list.)
22  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Fake Cabled Arm Warmers on: November 25, 2006 12:18:14 AM
ooOoOOh.  Those are super cute.  Any chance of posting a pattern?
23  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: doggy legwarmers? on: November 24, 2006 08:12:27 PM
Ooooh.  or maybe these: http://www.ljccrochetdesigns.com/DogBooties.html
only with a much longer border (red part) and then another tie at the top?

Hmm. I have the feeling the dog himself will hate them, but it'll keep him warm and keep his feet off the sidewalk, right?  (heheh, I could even attach leather bottoms like little shoes...)
24  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / doggy legwarmers? on: November 24, 2006 08:05:17 PM
So, it's so cold right now, my friend's dog gets leg cramps when he goes outside.  I could make him a doggy sweater to help with the heat loss thing, but some sort of doggy legwarmers would probably address the problem a little more directly.

Any thoughts?
I'm thinking if I basically make tubes, they can be slipped on over his legs... it'll probably need to be a bit stretchy, so I might knit them instead, or make them lace up?

not sure...
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Molly's Headband: From Interweave Knits *link to free pattern* on: November 23, 2006 11:55:17 PM
muhaha.  I brought my new dpns and some scrap wool to play with at work (it's really slow) tonight, and decided this was the best pattern.

Unfortunately, I'm reminded of how much I hate variegated wool.  I always get sucked in by the colours (oooh! BRIGHT!) and then when I knit/crochet them up, I'm always disappointed by how much it looks like some kid ate a box of crayons and then threw up.

Ah well.  Someday I will dye my own (or only buy Kureyon?) and be rid of this problem.
26  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: sci fi kal on: November 17, 2006 05:00:54 PM
Oh man.  I've decided I need to make an R2D2 handbag.  Actually, I decided it would be a great candy bag for StarWars halloween costumes, but really, why limit it to that?

Yeah, no pattern or anything yet (although the beanie has definitely given me things to think about/work with), but sooon....  (probably post-xmas).
27  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: What do YOU look for in a yarn? on: November 12, 2006 09:15:28 PM
thanks so much for your replies, guys!  This has definitely given me a lot to go on...
There are a few towns of similar size with LYSs within a few hours drive, so I think I'll talk to them and see what the market's like, and then talk to the local crafters.

So excited! 
I've talked to a few distributors who have also been really helpful, but I think the plans have been put a little more on hold, now (I didn't realize just how much startup inventory would cost, and think I should pay off my student loans before doubling the debt...)

Thanks, guys!  I'll keep you posted on how it goes!
28  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / What do YOU look for in a yarn? on: November 04, 2006 02:20:13 PM
Hi guys.  Looooonnnng time lurker (uh, like two years) first time poster.

SO.  Here's some stuff about me:  I'm currently in New Zealand doing some post-graduation travelling - I'm due to return to smalltown Alberta (Canada) in a month, but have fallen head over heels in love with the AMAZING wools here that I can't seem to find anywhere at home.

AND.  I have decided, that perhaps I should open a yarn shop - however, I must do some relatively intense market research first, to make sure it would survive.  (My hometown has a Walmart for craft stuff and that's about it.  The nearest specialty shop or Micheal's is just over an hour away.  But a 'need' doesn't mean it will be successful...)

SO!  If any of you are interested in helping a lady out by answering a few craft-purchasing related questions, please PM me!  (How often you buy wool? how much, on average, you might spend per purchase? Where do you shop for wool: specialty stores, craft stores, or walmart type stores?  How large is your city?)

ANYHOW, onto the other things (for stock decisions, etc.):

What are your favorite yarns?
What do you look for in new yarns?  Is price or quality more of a factor?
Do you have a favorite brand?

thanks everyone!

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