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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Long Draw Spinning on: April 25, 2008 05:29:50 AM

But seriously.  Long draw spinning has been like my personal spinning demon for like the last year.  So this week I decided I'm going to conquer the beast and I'm just going to sit down and do it.

I've tried a couple different ways, and I'm still swearing more than spinning.

Has anyone wrestled with this before ?

Any tips? Tricks?  Words of reassurance?  Suggestions of good books or magazines or online articles?
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Solid Shampoo Base? on: April 24, 2008 08:47:13 AM
Does anyone know if there's any such thing as a Solid Shampoo base?  Similar to melt and pour soaps, but for shampoo?

I'm thinking about trying it out, but I'm trying to figure out what it made be made up of and how it would be different than regular soaps.

I'm wondering if it's possible to adapt/add to some existing types of melt and pour bases, or if it's different enough that it would require it's own base, or just can't be made melt and pour style.

Thanks for any advice!
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Going to Visit The Black Lamb (shpherder) on: February 22, 2008 08:18:14 AM
So I'm in Toronto on business, and someone mentioned in the 'where to buy roving' thread that shpherder had roving up on ebay again.

That made me think, "heeeey, isn't shpherder in canada? and i'm in canada? and it's not like canada is a big place right?"

Ok, so kidding about that last bit.  But in a burst of spontaneous awesome, it turns out that The Black Lamb (shpherders B&M store) is only like an hourish from here.

How awesome is that?

You may all commence being jealous of me......  now.

4  CANADA / Ontario / Yarn shops in Toronto on: February 14, 2008 08:31:57 AM
Hey all, I'm making a business trip next week to Toronto, where I've never been.  It's all being thrown together at the last minute, so I haven't had alot of time to do my research.

Does anyone know of any yarn stores that I might be able to find in the area?  I'm staying at the Four Seasons, which looks like it is near Bloor St, which I've gotten the idea might be a shopping area.

I will have a rental car, so I can travel a little way, but I don't know the area, so things that might not be too far away would be great.

Thanks for any suggestions!
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Cheap Spinning Wheels at UC Davis on: November 29, 2007 10:05:19 AM
Another community I'm in linked this and I thought I'd share it with all of you.

The UC Davis "Bargain Bin" has three Babe Spinning Wheels listed for $50 each.

It doesn't look like they ship or anything, so you'd have to be near there to take advantage.

6  UNITED STATES / Indiana / Souther Indiana Fiber Arts Festival? on: October 02, 2007 06:32:28 AM
Is anyone going to the Southern Indiana Fiber Arts Festival in Corydon later this month?


I will be there, and am dragging my hubby along.  Grin
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / What have I done?! on: September 28, 2007 11:18:14 AM
So, in making the chit chat at my dentist's office recently, I learned my dental hygenist  (that we've followed from dentist to dentist since I was a little girl), keeps sheep.

She said she had a ton of wool in her barn and they don't use it and if I wanted to come and look at it and wanted it she'd give me a "good deal" on it.

Well, I finally got out there last night, and she tells me her husband really wants it gone, so the "good deal" turns out to be free!

So yay! Free local wool from pet raised sheep!


It's like about 10 black garbage bags full.  And since they don't use the wool they just shear it and bag it, so it needs to be skirted, picked etc.

I am equally excited and terrified.  I think I'm going to walmart tonight to get some big mesh lingerie bags so I can wash up some of the alpaca n stuff I have at home that already needs washed to clear up some space for all this new stuff!
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Shop the Swap Round 6 Discussion on: September 04, 2007 08:24:01 AM
A few brief announcements while I might have your attention Smiley

I'll still be doing this round, so continue to expect your accustomed slow service and the ignoring of your PM's.  Smiley

I'll try and do better this month.

Don't forget to send in your sign up PM's.  You'll use the same feedback slot this month.

Next month, however, alteredmommy will be taking my place in the triumverate of evil, so make sure you leave an extra feedback spot open for her to create your feedback for round 7!
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Shop the Swap - Round 6 on: September 04, 2007 08:20:09 AM
Swap name: Shop the Swap Round 6
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  raynbow
Craftster member who is the backup organizer for this swap: xladyluckx, redheadskydiver
Sign-up date range: 09/01/07-09/24/07
Date to send item by: Once someone claims from you, you have one week  to mail the item.  The swap runs through the last day of August.
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No
Non-U.S. participants allowed? Yes! Be aware that by signing up for this swap you are agreeing to ship items internationally if they are claimed by someone outside of your country.All ages allowed? Or 18+?  All ages.  If you are under 18 be sure that:
A)   you have your parents permission (youll be using their address OR a P.O. Box)
B)   you have access to a computer where you can keep in contact (i.e. if you get grounded from a home computer, you can use the one at the library/friends/etc.)
C)   you are able to walk/get a ride to the post office ON TIME
D)   you have enough supplies or funds to purchase supplies needed to create awesome crafted items

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES, xladyluckx and redheadskydiver will be helping out!

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed at least one swap successfully before signing up for more: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES

Organizer meets the 4 conditions for swapping and will make sure that
every participant meets these conditions: YES

All swappers MUST be pre-approved for this swap!

This is a finished item swap.  Post a "shop" of at least 5 items for everyone else in the swap to choose from.  All items should be finished, and hand crafted.  They do not necessarily need to be crafted by you, but credit the creator wherever possible for items you did not make.

What is a shop?
A shop is a post in this thread,listing the items that you have available to be claimed.  You don't have to have an actual online shop to participate in this swap.  As long as you can post a list of items, with pictures if at all possible, you have a swap shop!  You can also manage your shop pictures on your own picture hosting and just post links in your shop post.  It's up to you to keep your shop as up to date as possible by removing items that have been claimed and posting any new items you want to add.  Items in your shop should all have a 'price' between 1 and 3 points.  Make sure it's clear how much each item costs.

- The majority of the posts in this thread should be shops.  That's what we all want to see, right?  So let's try and keep all the discussion over here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=194149
- When you claim an item, mail redheadskydiver, xladyluckx, and the person you claim from.  Claims will be first come, first served.  The first person to send a PM to all three of the proper people IN THE PROPER FORMAT will get the item.
- Rather than keeping track of the number of claims, like the other ongoing swaps, we will be using a point system for this swap.  Here are the most important things you need to know about your points:
- Every time someone claims an item from your shop, you get the price of the item in points. (You cannot use your points until you have SENT the item that was claimed.)
- Every time you claim an item from someone else's shop you spend the amount of points in the price of the item.
- Once you have +7 points (either pending or spendable), your shop will be temporarily closed for business until you have less than 5 points.  Please edit your shop post to put 'CLOSED' in large bright letters to make it clear to everyone when your shop is closed.  There will also be a list near the top of the thread with all the closed shops.
- Once you have 0 points, you can't claim any items until you have at least 1 point.
- The organizers will keep a running point total at the top of the thread, but you should try and be aware of your own points too.  All claims you make and claims made from you should be posted at the bottom of your swap shop.
- When you receive an item, PM raynbow and xladyluckx and the person who sent it to you.
- DC# are required on an object that is eligible for one.
- When someone claims an item on your list and is confirmed by an organizer, you are responsible for removing that item from your shop post.

(Please make the title of your PM the name of the swap)

Name of swap: Shop the Swap Round 6
Craftster username:
Email address:
Real name and mailing address:
Do you have at least 5 items to post in your shop to start out with?

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

Please feel free to ask raynbow or xladyluckx or redheadskydiver if you have any questions!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Patterns for Teaching? on: August 24, 2007 11:32:50 AM
Any knitting teachers out there?

I may be getting a sidejob teaching knitting at a local chain craft store, and I'm trying to figure out what is the best source of patterns.

There's the obvious, use patterns from books, and require everyone to buy the book.  There are two potential issues here.  First, the selection of books at the local craft store are limited.  So finding a book with good projects in it there, and then having enough copies for the whole class are both problems.  Secondly is that I hate to ask people to potentially buy a new book everytime they take my classes.    I figure if they are taking classes at the local chain craft store, as opposed to the LYS, they are probably either beginners, or can't afford the LYS or both.  So the expense seems unneccessary.

There's also the option of writing my own patterns.  I could probably do that for some simpler things, but I've never done it before.  So adding the stress of writing my first original patterns to the stress of teaching my first knitting class is a little scary.

I could use free patterns, but then you get into a copyright issue.  Some free patterns give you the right to make copies and/or distribute, as long as you keep the copyright intact, but some don't.

Can I use things like the free online Lion Brand patterns?  If the store sells Lion Brand?  That seems like it would still techincally be copyright infringement.

I know I've taken classes before where we've used copies of free patterns from online.  And I'm pretty sure some of those patterns didn't specifically allow for copying and distribution.  I guess it's possible they asked permission before using the patterns, but I honestly don't know.

I never really thought about any of this until I looked at it from the point of view of a potential teacher.

So knitting teachers, what do you guys do?

And people who have taken knitting classes, what kind of patterns have you used?

Especially interested in people who have taught/taken classes at the big chain craft stores.

Thanks for any help.
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