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#### POF

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« Reply #855 on: April 08, 2014, 11:01:59 AM »
I would love to see  a pic of this

#### alkira6

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« Reply #856 on: April 08, 2014, 11:10:29 AM »
I would love to see  a pic of this

So would I    .  I have almost no pictures from before 2006 and very few of those afterward that weren't digital.  The gown, along with the marriage, are long gone, and I was friends with the groom rather than the bride, so no recourse there.

#### knitwicca

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« Reply #857 on: April 08, 2014, 02:06:34 PM »
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Yeah, I laugh at what people think something costs vs. what it actually does cost.

Several years ago, I knitted a sleeveless top for my sister-in-law. She chose the color and was thrilled with the finished garment.
My mother saw it and wanted the same top in another color.  I knitted it and mailed it to her.  A few weeks later, I called to be certain Mother got the top. She had. And threw it away because "it was just a piece of home made cr*p".
"Ummm, no....it was a handcrafted, custom-fit top in the fiber, style and shade you requested."

I have a co-worker who is an absolute joy to work with.  She also was a helicopter mechanic while serving in the military and suffered frostbite on her hands.
In the winter, our offices can be quite chilly.  CW's hands would hurt due to her history. It was difficult for her to work at all.
I knitted a pair of fingerless gloves of a wool blend in her favorite color. She loves those gloves and locks them in her desk when she is not in the office.

Co-worker #2 has the cubicle next to CW. She saw the fingerless gloves and stated her own color preferences for herself, her teen-aged daughter and her mother.  Except she also wanted intarsia of a certain style on one pair, beading on another and a mix of cables and lace on the third.  And they needed to be made of a type of wool she had heard of but never actually touched.
I smiled and told her "I am happy to teach you to knit. My next beginner's class begins on X date at X time at X location. The cost is $XX per person for the month of classes. I will give you a supply list when you pay the tuition." And, for the record, CW#2 is the reason CW has to keep her gloves locked up....they keep getting "borrowed" And people wonder why I don't knit "on demand" #### jedikaiti • Swiss Army Nerd • Member • Posts: 2790 • A pie in the hand is worth two in the mail. ##### Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies) « Reply #858 on: April 08, 2014, 02:09:35 PM » I am VERY happy that the few folks who have asked me to knit things have asked for simple things (hackey sacks when I was learning to knit spheres - I could knock those out in 2 hours while we're hanging out anyway), and/or have no problem hearing "Sure, but it might be a year or so - I have other projects on my docket already." What part of v_e = \sqrt{\frac{2GM}{r}} don't you understand? It's only rocket science! "The problem with re-examining your brilliant ideas is that more often than not, you discover they are the intellectual equivalent of saying, 'Hold my beer and watch this!'" - Cindy Couture #### goldilocks • Member • Posts: 844 ##### Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies) « Reply #859 on: April 08, 2014, 02:36:44 PM » I thought I was immune to this, but apparently not. I quilt and crochet, and I'm actually always looking for someone to make something for! (family and close friends only). So when my stepdaughter wanted a quilt I was happy to oblige. She has seen me make quilts before and knows that I hand quilt, so it can take months to make one. She picked out and paid for most of the fabric. I've pieced the top and have the quilt mounted to start quilting (I do this while watching TV). then she says - it would be finished much faster if you machine sewed. I replied - Yes, but I hand-sew because I enjoy it and find it relaxing. She says - Machine sewing is relaxing. I replied - really? Because I've never seen you run a sewing machine and didnt even know you had one. She dropped it then. I hope I'm not in for endless comments about the time this quilt takes. BTW - my sewing machine could not begin to do something like machine quilting. #### wolfie • I don't know what this is so I am putting random words here • Member • Posts: 6894 ##### Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies) « Reply #860 on: April 08, 2014, 02:45:44 PM » I have noticed a few people talking about using washable yarn. What would be the benefits of using unwashable yarn? and does that make it dry clean only? #### MariaE • Member • Posts: 5055 • So many books, so little time ##### Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies) « Reply #861 on: April 08, 2014, 03:07:46 PM » I have noticed a few people talking about using washable yarn. What would be the benefits of using unwashable yarn? and does that make it dry clean only? I assume they mean machine-washable, so it's not that the alternative can't be washed at all, it just has to be washed by hand. Dane by birth, Kiwi by choice #### jedikaiti • Swiss Army Nerd • Member • Posts: 2790 • A pie in the hand is worth two in the mail. ##### Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies) « Reply #862 on: April 08, 2014, 03:26:09 PM » I have noticed a few people talking about using washable yarn. What would be the benefits of using unwashable yarn? and does that make it dry clean only? I assume they mean machine-washable, so it's not that the alternative can't be washed at all, it just has to be washed by hand. That's what I usually mean. I make sure to use machine-washable yarn for any and all baby projects, to make life easier on the parents. What part of v_e = \sqrt{\frac{2GM}{r}} don't you understand? It's only rocket science! "The problem with re-examining your brilliant ideas is that more often than not, you discover they are the intellectual equivalent of saying, 'Hold my beer and watch this!'" - Cindy Couture #### ladyknight1 • Member • Posts: 11904 • Not all those who wander are lost ##### Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies) « Reply #863 on: April 08, 2014, 09:03:03 PM » Quote Yeah, I laugh at what people think something costs vs. what it actually does cost. Several years ago, I knitted a sleeveless top for my sister-in-law. She chose the color and was thrilled with the finished garment. My mother saw it and wanted the same top in another color. I knitted it and mailed it to her. A few weeks later, I called to be certain Mother got the top. She had. And threw it away because "it was just a piece of home made cr*p". "Ummm, no....it was a handcrafted, custom-fit top in the fiber, style and shade you requested." I have a co-worker who is an absolute joy to work with. She also was a helicopter mechanic while serving in the military and suffered frostbite on her hands. In the winter, our offices can be quite chilly. CW's hands would hurt due to her history. It was difficult for her to work at all. I knitted a pair of fingerless gloves of a wool blend in her favorite color. She loves those gloves and locks them in her desk when she is not in the office. Co-worker #2 has the cubicle next to CW. She saw the fingerless gloves and stated her own color preferences for herself, her teen-aged daughter and her mother. Except she also wanted intarsia of a certain style on one pair, beading on another and a mix of cables and lace on the third. And they needed to be made of a type of wool she had heard of but never actually touched. I smiled and told her "I am happy to teach you to knit. My next beginner's class begins on X date at X time at X location. The cost is$XX per person for the month of classes.  I will give you a supply list when you pay the tuition."

And, for the record, CW#2 is the reason CW has to keep her gloves locked up....they keep getting "borrowed"

And people wonder why I don't knit "on demand"

^ That is why I no longer make jewelry gifts for anyone but my one jewelry making friend. My mother has destroyed too many hand made beaded items because she had to pick at them constantly. My effort and time is worth more that that.
“All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost."
-J.R.R Tolkien

#### IrishGenes

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« Reply #864 on: April 08, 2014, 09:53:26 PM »
A musician responds to a restaurant's online ad for local bands to play.  While it does not explicitly say that it is not a paying gig, no mention of compensation is noted in the ad:  http://i.imgur.com/YZzTBKy.jpg

This felt unnecessarily snarky to me.  Yes, established bands will usually get paid for gigs like that - but there's also a pretty solid tradition of open mic nights and such, where musicians *don't* get paid and *do* perform for free in the hope of selling some CDs and building an audience.  I can understand the snark if the restaurant specifically contacted the musician, but not if they just put out an open call.

I hope you were referring to the ad and not to my comments.  I'm not sure how I was snarky in my post

I agree that the response to the Craigslist ad was a bit much... but there could be a backstory or a history that we're not aware of (even though it's a public forum like Craigslist).

Oops, sorry, yes!  I meant the article, not you

Okay, good!

#### Dindrane

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« Reply #865 on: April 09, 2014, 12:31:59 AM »
I have noticed a few people talking about using washable yarn. What would be the benefits of using unwashable yarn? and does that make it dry clean only?

I assume they mean machine-washable, so it's not that the alternative can't be washed at all, it just has to be washed by hand.

I'm pretty sure that's what they mean, too. The advantage of machine-washable yarn is, of course, that it can be washed (and sometimes dried) in machines, so it's easier to care for. However, in order for yarn to be machine-washable, it often needs to incorporate acrylic or other synthetic fibers, which aren't always as nice to work with and may not look as nice or feel as nice in the finished product.

So the advantages to being willing to use hand-wash-only yarn is that you have more choice of fibers, and can use natural ones that don't do well in machine washing. Wool can definitely always be washed, but if you use hot water or agitate it too much, it can start to felt and it will shrink a whole lot. Silk can also be washed, but it shrinks if it comes into contact with heat while wet, and it's delicate. Other natural fibers can be machine washed, but it just depends upon what they are and what they are mixed with. In general, though, it's not the water that does damage to most hand-wash-only yarns...it's either the heat or the agitation of washing/drying. One thing I've noticed, though, is that a lot of the really high end yarns (that feel awesome, look great, are easy to work with, and/or have a wide variety of interesting color choices) just aren't made to be machine-washable.

Whenever I make things like blankets for people, I always put a priority on ease of washing, which means I often use acrylic yarn so it can be machine washed and dried. But for things like hats (which are easy to hand-wash and don't get that dirty most of the time) or clothing for people who don't mind hand-washing, I wouldn't pay much attention to how the yarn needed to be cared for when picking it out. In that case, the color or feel or ease of use for the yarn in question would matter a lot more.

#### wolfie

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« Reply #866 on: April 09, 2014, 08:33:21 AM »
I have noticed a few people talking about using washable yarn. What would be the benefits of using unwashable yarn? and does that make it dry clean only?

I assume they mean machine-washable, so it's not that the alternative can't be washed at all, it just has to be washed by hand.

I'm pretty sure that's what they mean, too. The advantage of machine-washable yarn is, of course, that it can be washed (and sometimes dried) in machines, so it's easier to care for. However, in order for yarn to be machine-washable, it often needs to incorporate acrylic or other synthetic fibers, which aren't always as nice to work with and may not look as nice or feel as nice in the finished product.

So the advantages to being willing to use hand-wash-only yarn is that you have more choice of fibers, and can use natural ones that don't do well in machine washing. Wool can definitely always be washed, but if you use hot water or agitate it too much, it can start to felt and it will shrink a whole lot. Silk can also be washed, but it shrinks if it comes into contact with heat while wet, and it's delicate. Other natural fibers can be machine washed, but it just depends upon what they are and what they are mixed with. In general, though, it's not the water that does damage to most hand-wash-only yarns...it's either the heat or the agitation of washing/drying. One thing I've noticed, though, is that a lot of the really high end yarns (that feel awesome, look great, are easy to work with, and/or have a wide variety of interesting color choices) just aren't made to be machine-washable.

Whenever I make things like blankets for people, I always put a priority on ease of washing, which means I often use acrylic yarn so it can be machine washed and dried. But for things like hats (which are easy to hand-wash and don't get that dirty most of the time) or clothing for people who don't mind hand-washing, I wouldn't pay much attention to how the yarn needed to be cared for when picking it out. In that case, the color or feel or ease of use for the yarn in question would matter a lot more.

okay. I don't hand wash anything - I just throw them in the gentle cycle of the washing machine. A friend made me a blanket for my wedding and for years I didn't use it because I had no idea how to clean it. Finally I decided to just throw it in the wash and if it shrunk/broke so be it. Nothing happened so it must be washable yarn and I am really happy I finally took a chance cause it is my favorite blanket now.

That makes sense. But makes me more wary of hand made things now.... now I have to be afraid of ruining them in the wash.

#### Dindrane

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« Reply #867 on: April 09, 2014, 08:45:51 AM »
A lot of people who make things to give away do use washable yarn, so it's just something you'd want to ask about when they give it to you. Yarn typically comes with the same type of washing instructions as clothing (with the same symbols, even), so they should definitely be able to tell you how to care for it.

Personally, I sometimes prefer synthetic yarns, because I'm rather sensitive to wool. Some wools can be uncomfortable for me to knit or crochet with, because it can irritate my fingers as I'm working. So I would say that a lot of handmade items probably are machine washable (even if they aren't machine dryable), and it's always worth asking about if anyone ever makes something for you.

And honestly, a lot of hand-wash-only yarns would probably be just fine if you washed them in cold water on the gentle/delicates cycle and laid them out flat to dry. That avoids heat, excessive agitation, and distorting the fabric while wet, all of which are the major culprits in ruining knit or crocheted items.

#### TootsNYC

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« Reply #868 on: April 09, 2014, 09:02:11 AM »
Anything that's knit--even storebought sweaters or sweater dresses, plus bras--goes in a net bag, in my house.

Even acrylic yarn can be stretched out of shape, so I just put it all in a net bag which keeps it from getting too twisted and keeps it from tangling with other clothes.

And then I don't bother w/ the gentle cycle; I consider the net bag to *be* the "gentle cycle," bcs it protects the clothes from excess agitation and tangling.

And none of it goes in the dryer; in my house, the net bag is the clue that this item is hung to dry.

#### GreenHall

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« Reply #869 on: April 09, 2014, 09:11:58 AM »

And none of it goes in the dryer; in my house, the net bag is the clue that this item is hung to dry.

If only I could remember/find the net bags when doing laundry that would work great.  I have 3 of the suckers, but they like to travel.  Or I put them in a 'good place for the future' - too bad next week my idea of a great location isn't the same...